Volunteering for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

If you’re 18 or over and have achieved A-Level qualifications or equivalent, you can volunteer as a tutor for one hour a week as part of your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months (if you’ve achieved your Silver Award). Read on to find out more about volunteering as a tutor, or if you’re ready to apply now, you can register your details below. 

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More about the opportunity

By volunteering with 1-3 pupils for just one hour a week, either in-school or online, you will directly support disadvantaged pupils to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future.

We’ll provide you with training and tutor workbooks to support you in your journey.

How often do I need to volunteer?

According to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Volunteer FAQs, sectional activities need to average an hour a week, with the first and last activities being the full section duration apart. For longer sections at Silver and Gold (potentially at Bronze, depending on the activity), it can help for the activity to be longer (in terms of hours per session) but less often. 

For example, in a Gold programme lasting 12 or 18 months, a participant could do one longer session (e.g., six hours) of volunteering per month. Please note that the activity cannot be condensed to less than one session per month.

How this works with volunteering at Action Tutoring

At Action Tutoring we ask that our volunteers commit to a 10-20 week programme. Each weekly session is one hour, and you can choose which school/ programme you sign up to. Having a regular tutor provides consistency for the pupils we work with.

Volunteers can choose to tutor on more than one programme, if they wish to do more than one hour a week. Programmes run throughout the school year, and do not run during school holidays, including the summer break. Sessions usually take place before, during or after the school day.

Can I undertake online volunteering as part of my Award?

Yes. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award advertises a range of remote volunteering activities on their opportunity finder.

You can volunteer with Action Tutoring as an online tutor from anywhere in the UK. It’s a great option for anyone with a busy schedule or less able to access our school locations.

You can learn more about volunteering as a tutor online here.

Further information about The Duke of Edinburgh Award

For more information about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, you can visit their website

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