Grace Campbell

Pronouns: she/her

Grace joined Action Tutoring in September 2021 as Programme Coordinator for London, covering the south east area.

Grace is responsible for overseeing a caseload of partner schools in London, liaising and working closely with the schools and pupils as well as managing our pool of volunteer tutors.

I enjoy working in an organisation with strong values and a clear purpose, with people who are not only very dedicated to what they do, but also friendly and supportive. I feel genuinely lucky to have such wonderful colleagues who are always willing to help each other out.

I have previously worked as a tutor and in learning support in a school, and the pandemic made it really clear that an important advantage pupils from more affluent backgrounds have over their peers is access to private tutoring. Action Tutoring is formed around the idea that all children and young people deserve to receive that kind of targeted, focused support if they need it, regardless of whether their parents or guardians are able to afford it. This is something I think is very important and worthwhile, and will remain so for as long as educational inequality exists in this country.

As a Programme Coordinator, I’m in schools each week supporting volunteers to deliver tutoring sessions. This means I get to witness first-hand the rewarding relationships that can develop between tutors and pupils, and how tutoring can improve not just pupils’ academic attainment but also their confidence and self-image. It’s also great to have a chance to meet volunteers of lots of different ages and walks of life. You can see how volunteers well as pupils grow in confidence and discover a passion and talent for working with young people– a few have even embarked on new career paths inspired by their experiences with tutoring.

I’m looking forward to seeing my pupils across another academic year, and to seeing how Action Tutoring changes and adapts and grows to support even more pupils across the UK.