Success Stories

Sandy McNicholl, Deputy Head, Ambler Primary School

Action Tutoring has been working with Ambler Primary School since autumn 2018. 

“Action Tutoring was recommended by the network of schools who received funding from the Richard Reeves Foundation. All the schools involved in the consortium chose Action Tutoring to deliver tutoring to Year 6 pupils. Our Pupil Premium numbers have dropped over the last few years and currently 24% of the school fits this category. However we are very aware of the factors that affect our families leading to hidden deprivation – families who do not claim benefits due to a number of different circumstances. In addition we have a large number of EAL (English as an additional language) children, with over 53 languages spoken in the school. This is certainly a factor that affects attainment. Covid-19 has had a big impact on our school community with some families leaving the UK; children affected by death in the family; some families too scared to send their children into school and families without the IT facilities or the knowledge to support children with remote learning.

The first lockdown in March 2020 has impacted children academically but also mentally and emotionally. The majority of children really enjoy the opportunity to work with a tutor in pairs. The tutors work very hard to build positive relationships with the children. The data from previous years has shown the children all to make progress over the academic year. [We have] nothing but praise for Action Tutoring! The communication between myself and the lead is fantastic. They really know the children and always flag up any concerns if they see pairs of children not working well or just individuals who are not working so hard or are distracted. I think it is an extremely valuable resource and I am delighted to continue working with Action Tutoring. I value the hard work and dedication of the volunteer tutors and the fact that they are so reliable. The delivery of sessions face to face has been exemplary.” 

Sandy McNicholl, Deputy Head, Ambler Primary School

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Sandy McNicholl, Deputy Head, Ambler Primary School