News & Insights 23 April 2021

Action Tutoring launches programmes in new cities across England

At Action Tutoring, our vision is a world in which no child’s life chances are limited by their socio-economic background. We wish to support as many disadvantaged pupils as we can, across as many regions as possible, to close the attainment gap and help these pupils fulfil their potential.

That’s why we’re delighted to announce the expansion of our current reach to new cities across the Midlands, North West and North East of England.

This means that with the help of our dedicated volunteer tutors, we will be able to deliver more sessions across the country, helping more disadvantaged pupils catch up on the learning they have missed as a result of the disruption caused by the pandemic.

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The story so far

Action Tutoring began in London in 2011 and in 2014, we expanded to partner with schools in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Sheffield and Sussex, before reaching Newcastle in 2017 and Nottingham in 2019.

During our time in these cities, we have made valuable relationships with schools, volunteer centres and other local organisations, in order to spread the word about the work that we do, with aims of having a positive impact on the local community.

Now, 10 years after our very first sessions took place, we are excited to be expanding further, reaching schools in Coventry and Derby in the Midlands, Chester and Southport in the North West and Durham in the North East.

Head of Delivery, Adam Geach, said, “It’s fantastic that we have been able to expand the work we are doing and partner with schools that we have previously been unable to support.

Previously we have been limited to working in large cities due to the restraints of our volunteers, however with the development of our online model, we are now able to support schools further afield. This means we are able to reach and support disadvantaged pupils from different communities, where the inequality gap is stark.”

Adam added, ‘It’s fantastic to see our programme coordinators work so closely with the schools and to have tutors from across the country support pupils from these areas.”

For more information about the schools we are working with, please visit our Where We Work pages.

The benefits of online tutoring

Programmes in these new cities are currently all online, with pupils entering virtual classrooms from school, while tutors join remotely from across the country, as we build our pool of amazing volunteers in these areas to support pupils at local schools.

Programme Coordinator for Chester, Cathy Cartwright, said, “Since January we have launched six programmes in five different schools across Cheshire West and Cheshire, supporting pupils in Years 5,7,10 and 11.

“With these being online programmes, tutors from all across the country have been able to support pupils in Chester develop their confidence and subject knowledge in their English and/or maths.”

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If you live in one of these cities and would like to help disadvantaged pupils in your community catch up on the learning they have missed, please apply now using our application form.

Similarly, if you are a school in one of these cities and would like to get involved, please enquire via our school inquiry form.

We are also always looking to expand further, so please get in touch even if we aren’t currently running programmes in your region.