Action Tutoring was founded by Susannah Hardyman in 2011. Having seen first hand the difference tutoring could make, Susannah set about establishing an organisation that could make the benefits of tutoring available to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it, through the use of volunteers. With the support of the Shaftesbury Partnership, an initial pilot programme ran in spring 2011 with two London schools in Hackney and Peckham.
Following the success of the pilot programme, the SHINE Trust provided funding for a larger pilot programme and in the academic year 2011/12, fifteen programmes were delivered with schools across London, benefitting 250 pupils.
Growth and expansion
Since 2012, the organisation continued to grow rapidly in London and in spring 2013 a pilot programme launched in Manchester. Funding from NESTA and the Cabinet Office enabled Action Tutoring to expand the regional model quickly around the country, benefitting hundreds of young people preparing for GCSEs.
Action Tutoring was pleased to begin working with Impetus-PEF in May 2014 to further refine the model, ensuring the greatest possible impact for the pupils we work with.
In October 2016 Action Tutoring began working with primary schools to prepare Year 6 pupils for their SAT exams.
Action Tutoring now supports pupils in seven cities and areas across England: Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Sheffield and Sussex (including Brighton, Hove, Seaford and Hastings). You can find out more about this delivery under the Where we work pages.
You can read Action Tutoring’s latest annual report and accounts below: