The Action Tutoring 2019-20 Impact Report was launched in March 2021, with the country still in lockdown and schools closed. It is particularly poignant given the charity’s last report was also released under these same conditions, back in April 2020.
The report celebrates the charity’s achievements from the previous year – both before and after the pandemic struck – and also highlights the significant impact Covid-19 has had on education and the disadvantaged pupils Action Tutoring supports.
It is a valuable reflection of the previous year and highlights how essential additional academic support, like Action Tutoring, is and will be in helping pupils make up for the time lost.
Read our impact report for an overview of key achievements for the previous year:
- From Sept 2019 to March 2020, Action Tutoring supported 2,108 disadvantaged pupils, in 95 schools across eight cities. The charity’s incredible 1,098 volunteers delivered 8,983 tutoring sessions pupils in this time.
- During the time of delivery, pupils made an average of +12% progress from their initial assessment, sat at the start of their programme, to their progress assessment in February.
- Even before the crisis, disadvantaged pupils were, on average, already 18 months behind their non-disadvantaged peers by the end of secondary school. Projections suggest school closures will widen this gap, reversing all progress made to narrow it since 2011. Studies suggest it could widen by as much as 75%.
- Launching its online delivery proved vital in the months that followed. In autumn 2020 Action Tutoring had over 80 online programmes underway, as well as delivering face to face. With the school closures in early 2021, the charity was able to quickly adapt its provision so that over 130 online programmes were up and running in a matter of weeks, providing tutoring support to pupils whilst they were at home.
Many families have the means to provide their children with an effective education at home, or pay for a private tutor, whilst schools are shut. For the young people Action Tutoring supports, this is simply not an option. These are pupils who are already struggling academically and the absence of education, and any other means of support, will simply leave them further behind. It is highly likely the attainment gap will widen further as a result.
For these reasons it’s imperative that we, as a charity, can survive and continue supporting disadvantaged young people.
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Every year Action Tutoring helps hundreds of young people across the country to improve their life chances with tailored tutoring support. Hear from one of these pupils, Malyoon, below about how she has benefited and from some of the other young people our generous funder Impetus has helped.