Throughout my week at Action Tutoring, I learned a lot about how the charity operates. Action Tutoring helps pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve higher academic grades in English and Maths by partnering them with volunteer tutors. They work with approximately 80 schools in 7 cities across the UK supporting over 2200 students with 1000 volunteer tutors. They run approx. 250 “programmes” each year at partner schools which involves 8-10 tutors, with 15-20 students for about 10 weeks each term. Students are eligible for tutoring if they are considered premium pupil candidates; which means that they have received free school lunches at any time over the past six years. They raise money by having the schools pay for a portion, getting grants and by getting companies to make donations.
At my school, we are required to go to work somewhere for one week. I was researching different charities to work at online when I came across Action Tutoring. I read about what they are doing and I decided that I would like to help them. Throughout this week at Action Tutoring, I helped with many different projects. such as organizing workbooks for the tutors and students, printing worksheet pages, locating what was out of stock, and making follow up phone calls to prospective tutors. This placement made me realize how effective this charity is at helping students improve their academics and levelling the playing field between disadvantaged students and their more affluent peers. Tutoring can cost up to 30-40 pounds per hour which is not an affordable option for many families.
Without the work that Action Tutoring does behind the scenes in their office, none of this would be possible. The people I worked with in the office were very friendly and they took time in helping to train me. Overall, the work that Action Tutoring does helps so many students and truly makes a difference in so many lives.