I graduated from Aston University in 2015 with a BSc in International Relations and Sociology, with an industrial placement. I went on to study an LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights at Warwick University, currently I’m working for a rapidly growing education charity called Action Tutoring – which delivers high quality tutoring programmes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
During and after my university studies, I devoted a significant amount of time to volunteering for different charities thanks to the conversations I’d had with personal tutors or lecturers, who had successfully built a culture of giving back. My experience with volunteering has been instrumental in shaping not only my career but my values as well. Because of this, I believe that Higher Education Institutions have a responsibility to actively promote volunteering to their students and alumni to produce academically successful, value driven and skilled graduates.
Action Tutoring already has a number of Aston University students volunteering for the charity but it would like to grow this involvement, particularly to engage Aston University Alumni and staff. If you, or anyone you know is interested in volunteering, we’d love to hear from you.
Did you know?
Nationally 71% of pupils leave school achieving a grade 4 in their English and maths GCSEs, but only 44% of those pupils receiving Free School Meals (the government’s way of measuring poverty in schools) achieve this benchmark. Research also shows that almost 800,000 young people each year leave school without the qualifications to get into employment, education or training.
Our response to this inequality
Education isn’t a level playing field in the UK today, as the income of a child’s parents can directly impact their own academic attainment. We want to change this through our tutoring support for both primary and secondary pupils – and help pupils achieve regardless of their backgrounds. We recognise how powerful tutoring can be in supporting a child academically and we believe it shouldn’t be accessed only by those who can afford it.
In the year 2017-18, 27,000 hours of tuition were delivered by 1,100 tutors, with almost 2,500 pupils across 80 schools benefiting from the programme. In this year, 72% of primary pupils supported by Action Tutoring achieved the national standards in their SATs, where only 10% were working at this level at the start of the programme. Disadvantaged secondary school pupils, supported by Action Tutoring, were able to match the national pass rate, after the equivalent of two terms of weekly tutoring, at GCSE level despite the extra hurdles they faced. This is despite the pass-rate for disadvantaged pupils tending to fall 15-20% behind the overall national figures, in English Language and maths GCSEs respectively.
The way we deliver our programmes is by recruiting local volunteers as our tutors. Through this our volunteers are able to have a meaningful impact on the futures of the youngest members of their communities, supporting them ahead of their SATs (Year 6) and GCSE (Year 11) exams.
What we want?
We are looking for volunteers to commit to tutoring for just one hour a week, for roughly 8-10 weeks, at one of our many partner schools across London and our seven other UK cities (Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton and Sussex, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield). Volunteers can choose whether they wish to tutor maths or English and no previous experience is required.
We look for volunteers who have, or are studying for a degree (in any subject) and have a B grade (or above) at A Level (or equivalent qualifications) in the subject they wish to tutor. English or maths-related A Level subjects are also considered, such as: history, politics or sociology (for English tutors) and physics, chemistry and economics (for maths tutors). Good communication skills and fluent English speakers are essential as well.
If your qualifications do not match these requirements, we would still encourage you to apply. Once we review your answers we may then arrange a quick call with you to find out more.
If anyone would like to get involved, they can find out more information on our Website
To apply please follow the link : Application form .
For organisations looking to partner with Action Tutoring : Please email [email protected]