CJ Jessup

Pronouns: they/them

CJ joined Action Tutoring in December 2020 as Curriculum and Training Assistant, before moving to the role of Training and Quality Coordinator in September 2021. In July 2022, they became our Senior Training & Quality Coordinator. In September 2023, they moved into the role of Training Manager (maternity cover).

I was looking for a role that wasn’t teaching but was teaching-adjacent, where I could support young people with their learning. The first role I did at Action Tutoring involved lots of work on the design and development of our tutoring resources – I was attracted by the creativity involved in making these resources impactful and interesting.

My current role involves supporting tutors to learn and develop, through initial tutor training, optional further training and tutor observations. When doing observations, I enjoy seeing our dedicated tutors at work and using my teaching experience to provide feedback and support. Observations also allow my team to spot opportunities to continually improve our resources, training and tech guidance, so we are always learning.

Diversity and inclusion is also a big part of my role; our tutoring can only be high quality if we’re making things inclusive for our pupils, tutors and staff. It’s rewarding to work on projects that are aiming to improve Action Tutoring as a whole and making positive change.

The working groups are a good way of getting to branch out beyond my role to other things I’m interested in, and to work with different colleagues from across the organisation.