Action Tutoring welcomed Rt Diane Abbott MP to Mossbourne Community Academy, to view its programme at work last Friday.
At the visit Diane had the chance to meet a few of the Year 11 pupils in their Action Tutoring English session, where they were busy working with a team of dedicated volunteer tutors. Each week around 16 pupils stay behind for an hour after school to receive this extra support, helping them to tackle any areas they are finding challenging and work through methods to prepare them for their crucial GCSE exams next year.
Diane got involved in some discussions with the pupils about their work in the sessions, their aspirations for the future, and their ideas on lowering the voting age and also reflected on the time she spent tutoring when she was younger.
Action Tutoring now works with over 30 schools across London and has been working with Mossbourne Community Academy since early 2016. During the visit, Diane was able to chat with both the pupils and the volunteers to get an understanding of the impact the tutoring has had, “It was a pleasure to visit the pupils at Mossbourne. The pupils obviously appreciated the input from Action Tutoring.”
Action Tutoring empowers members of the local community to support these young people by training and developing them as volunteers. Last year the charity worked with nearly 500 volunteers in London from all walks of life, including university students, corporate employees and retired individuals – helping them to build and enhance their skills in the role. The charity is proud to deliver an activity that benefits both the pupils and the volunteers involved.
One of the inspirational local volunteer tutors at Mossbourne Community Academy reflected, “It’s a real pleasure to be a tutor, I think because it’s so amazing watching your pupils grow more and more confident. It’s amazing to watch the pupils gain confidence and start to really enjoy English and you can see how that they’re proud of themselves for achieving! I really think everyone should do some tutoring at some point in their life!”
As a small but steadily growing charity, Action Tutoring is keen to showcase its work and spread the word about the importance of its efforts to level the playing field between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier peers.
Action Tutoring started in London in 2011 and now provides support in partnership with schools in seven cities and areas across the UK: Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Sheffield and Sussex. The charity needs to recruit as many volunteers as possible to ensure that these pupils can be supported. For more information about becoming a volunteer tutor, visit: www.actiontutoring.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-as-a-tutor/