Programme Team

Emma Hooper

21 August 2021

In a previous role, I worked as a youth worker in a children’s charity for some of the most disadvantaged and deprived children and young people in South East London. From seeing first hand how economic deprivation can impact a young person’s life before they have even got to school (no bedroom, desk, access to books, high levels of stress in the home etc.) I wanted to support young people achieve in education. I strongly believe in the power of education to improve the life chances of young people, and I often think a person, role model, tutor, has the power to do this.

At Action Tutoring I enjoy working with the wonderful, passionate, caring and interesting people. We are such a supportive team and are all really aligned in our mission. I really value and appreciate Action Tutoring’s focus on mental health and the existence of the Mental Health First Aid team. It ensures that I feel safe at work, and when times get tough, I have someone impartial and trained to speak to within the organisation to speak to, even if no solution is required.

I’m excited to expand to regions and areas with high levels of deprivation, through our virtual programmes, that we previously haven’t been able to reach before! There are so many schools in hard to reach areas who are under funded and supported.

Alice Nelson

21 August 2021

I love talking to schools about the great work that we do and encouraging them to partner with us. I also love being able to visit programmes, sometimes to tutor, sometimes to talk to our pupils and tutors, and often to receive feedback from school leaders. Knowing that we are making a difference daily is inspiring. Having fantastic colleagues that I work with across the country makes hard work really enjoyable too.

As an organisation, I think one of our key strengths is our agility. Over the past few years we have worked hard to support our pupils in a post-pandemic world, changing systems and developing online tutoring to provide the best tutoring we can. We have recently started to work with schools outside of our core regions. I’m excited by the prospect of being able to reach more rural communities in the future, that aren’t always offered external interventions such as tutoring.

I really value our Team Days where we have a chance to work really collaboratively across all departments, and socialise with colleagues who we don’t work with on a day-to-day basis!

Nargis Tailor

21 August 2021

I enjoy working with such a hardworking and supportive team at Action Tutoring. It’s great to know that all of my colleagues have genuine care for the work we do and our mission of supporting young people.

I was drawn to working at Action Tutoring because I enjoy working with young people and I’m keen to play a role in closing the attainment gap, which affects children from disadvantaged backgrounds. I like that I have the chance to work with various different people including tutors, school staff, headteachers, funders and colleagues. I also enjoy that I have the opportunity to visit schools and be in the classroom.

In the future, I’m looking forward to the charity working with even more schools and pupils.

Grace Campbell

6 October 2021

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.

Laetitia Pilgrim

25 October 2023

Action Tutoring is a brilliant organisation with collaborative and reflective values. It is fantastic to be part of a team that is committed to understanding its impact through collecting strong evidence.

Before joining Action Tutoring, I was a Programme Coordinator for an education charity that supports 16 to 19 year olds retaking their GCSE English and Maths qualifications. Working with post-16 students indicated to me how important it is to intervene early, and close the attainment gap in primary and secondary schools, so that all young people are equipped with the literacy and numeracy skills that enable them to thrive. I came to Action Tutoring because I’ve seen the benefit of tutoring, and I wanted to help give this opportunity to primary and secondary pupils across London.

I enjoy working with such a brilliant variety of people as a Programme Coordinator, from pupils, to volunteer tutors, teachers, and the internal team. I love being part of a wider network of education charities working in schools and colleges across the country to make a difference to children and young people’s lives. Not only is tutoring an effective way to boost pupils’ attainment, it also builds children’s confidence and enjoyment of learning. I enjoy seeing the rapport that tutors build with their pupils, and it is always fantastic to see pupils make progress over the course of a programme.

I’m looking forwards to seeing Action Tutoring grow, and I hope that our advocacy work will help tutoring to become an embedded part of the education system.


Anissa Meddeb

21 July 2023

The main thing I enjoy about Action Tutoring is having a positive impact on disadvantaged children. Seeing the direct impact is very gratifying! The team is incredibly supportive and you learn so much from the differences between each of the schools you visit on a daily basis.

I am particularly looking forward to seeing Action Tutoring growing and reaching more and more pupils and schools, to meeting new inspiring teachers and teammates and continuing to make a positive impact in the community.

Liveta Bogdelyte

15 November 2023

The main thing I enjoy about Action Tutoring is the welcoming and supportive team within the organisation. The people I work with are all extremely dedicated to the cause of closing the attainment gap and providing disadvantaged children equal opportunities to achieve and make progress in their academic careers. Working alongside like-minded individuals is truly empowering and makes everyday at Action Tutoring feel fulfilling.

Before joining Action Tutoring I worked as a SEN Teaching Assistant in a mainstream school. I gained first-hand experience of supporting young people in education and witnessed the detrimental effects that the pandemic had on pupils’ achievement. This motivated me to pursue a meaningful career in the charity sector in which I can continue to have a positive impact on pupils education. As such, it was Action Tutoring’s mission and the strongly embedded values that coincided with my own which brought me to Action Tutoring.

As a Programme Coordinator I enjoy the variety and flexibility of my role. I am constantly engaging with our volunteer tutors, supporting young people, and maintaining relationships with school staff as well as our internal team. I particularly enjoy visiting our face-to-face programmes and witnessing the progress pupil are making after every session.

I am looking forward to seeing Action Tutoring continue to grow and expand its reach to more schools and pupils nationally.

Hannah Ground

21 August 2021

I moved to South London in 2018 to complete a MA degree in Education Policy. I soon became aware of some of the detrimental impacts of gentrification affecting the local residents in the area. Volunteering at a local primary school with Action Tutoring was a way for me to connect with and give back to the community. I enjoyed the experience so much, I decided to apply for a job role and have been at Action Tutoring ever since!

Action Tutoring is made up of so many passionate and innovative people. I’m excited to see how we can keep expanding on and improving what we do by utilising our team’s diversity of backgrounds and experience.

Rachael Flatt

21 June 2022

In my previous job I delivered outdoor education to a wide range of young people. Through this job I saw huge disparities in the opportunities available to pupils and wanted to move to a role where I could support efforts to close the attainment gap. While on furlough, I volunteered for a local Mutual Aid group and saw first hand the impact of the pandemic on educational inequalities. I learnt new skills and realised how much I enjoyed working with volunteers. I was looking for a role where I could work with young people and volunteers and Action Tutoring was the perfect fit.

I love that I am not stuck at a desk all day. As a Programme Coordinator I travel to different schools and work with pupils, teachers and volunteer tutors every day. We work with the same pupils during the academic year and in my role I get to see pupils progress and feel more confident with a subject, which is really rewarding.

Samuel Winn

14 September 2023

The people and culture at Action Tutoring is great. Although we may all be off doing different things in different places, every day is collaborative and full of support and connectivity.

After some very enjoyable teaching and tutoring experience I was drawn to Action Tutoring by my desire to work in and contribute to education in the UK. I could see no better way to do this than by joining Action Tutoring in their mission.

I love how fast-moving the role is, allowing me to be out and about, on the move, problem solving, and interacting with a variety of people inside and outside of the organisation.

Its great to have joined a charity that is constantly looking to expand and do more. I’m really looking forward to being part of this.

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