Robin Shields

Pronouns: he/him

Robin joined Action Tutoring in August 2022 as Programme Coordinator for Nottingham.

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

I enjoy working for an organisation with whose aims and motivations match my own. You feel like you are truly making a difference and using education to help change people’s lives. There is a wonderful workplace culture here and I was made to feel welcome before I started in the role.

The last team day was a wonderful opportunity to meet members of the organisation from around the country. As a new starter it gave me a great insight into the wider team and I learnt so much, about my own role and those of others, from our time together.

Before joining Action Tutoring in August 2022, I had been working in education since 2016. I previously taught history at a top 30 UK university both in-person and online, across several academic years. I have long been motivated by a desire to reduce inequality in education and began working for two other educational charities, as part of the quality assurance team and more importantly as a tutor. It was through these roles I ended up finding out about the NTP and Action Tutoring. When a possible placement in Nottingham became available I jumped at the opportunity to join as a Programme Coordinator.

As a Programme Coordinator I particularly enjoy supporting the tutors, pupils, and schools in order to make their experience as rewarding as possible. Having previously tutored for another organisation I know how important is to make sure all sides are pulling the same direction and this aspect of the job is the most rewarding for me.

I am looking forward to seeing Action Tutoring expand further across more of the country. I have always been interested in educational inequalities in rural and coastal communities, and hope in the future that we will be able to further support those regions.