Last night, a group of our volunteer tutors from London and Brighton gathered at our offices in Waterloo for our first ever tutor panel event.
From the offset, it was a reminder of how lucky we are to have such a fantastic group of volunteers, from all different backgrounds. People in full-time work, students, freelancers and retired professionals all came together to ask questions, share their experiences, and discuss ideas for improving their tutoring and making their sessions as helpful as possible for our pupils.
As Jen (Interim CEO) pointed out when she welcomed the group, we are so proud to have volunteers who are so committed to ongoing development and sharing their ideas for how we can improve.
Our panel was made up of Luke Chapman (who has tutored maths on both GCSE and primary programmes), Elizabeth Kretsch (who has tutored at seven different London schools), and Paul Williams, a very experienced maths tutor, with over 12 programmes under his belt, who broadened the discussion to include insights from Brighton.
After introducing themselves and sharing their favourite tutoring moments, we opened the discussion to questions from the floor. In just an hour, we heard from our panellists on specific methods and topics, improving engagement, using our workbooks and building confidence in the pupils we support. We also heard about the differences of working one-to-one and in a small group, how to tackle pupils working at different paces, and the differences between tutoring on GCSE programmes and working with younger pupils preparing for their SATs.
For those of us on the frontline of programme delivery, we’re often focused on day-to-day logistics – particularly in the autumn term. How many workbooks need to be delivered? Which classroom will we be in? Which exam board will the pupils be sitting?
Last night was a wonderful opportunity to step back, take in the bigger picture and think about the bigger questions. It was inspiring and humbling to hear from the committed community of volunteers who are at the heart of Action Tutoring’s mission and vision.
We’re looking forward to another event in the future – watch this space! In the meantime, why not keep the conversation going over on our volunteer Facebook group? We’re always so happy to see it being used to share questions, ideas, and tips for tutoring sessions. If you’ve got a story or experience from a tutoring session that you’d like to share, why not write a blog for us?
Thank you again to all who attended our first tutor panel – and a particular thank you to our fantastic panellists. It was a real pleasure to hear so many great questions, to have our panellists share their experience and expertise, and to be in a room full of people truly committed to tackling educational disadvantage.
See you at the next one!