We are a national education charity supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment, helping them to progress to further education, employment or training. To do this, we partner with primary and secondary schools to deliver tutoring programmes in English and maths. 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. So, we empower and support inspirational volunteer tutors, from a whole range of backgrounds, to carry out personalised tutoring programmes to support pupils who otherwise would be unlikely to access such support.
Volunteering as a tutor
Volunteering with Action Tutoring is an easy and rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of young people living in your community. By volunteering and tutoring for just one hour a week, you will be able to directly support disadvantaged young people to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future, as well as developing your own skills.
As a volunteer English or maths tutor with us you will choose one of our partner schools to volunteer with. You will work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term; either before, during or after the school day. We provide all of our tutors with training and workbooks to use in sessions, and we will also process a DBS check for you.
For in-school programmes, sessions are delivered on the school premises at the same time each week; so the opportunity can flexibly fit around university and busy work schedules.
For online programmes, sessions are delivered via an online platform. Online tutoring is a great option for anyone on a busy schedule, less able to get to school locations or continuing to keep their distance from groups of people. Online tutoring also allows us to expand and recruit tutors from outside of our regions.
Through tutoring with us our volunteers are able to develop a wealth of transferable skills that employers love (interpersonal, organisational, communication) and whilst making a significant difference. We have worked with students from universities and corporations across the UK. Help your community. Apply today.
- Enthusiasm for learning and a strong understanding the subject you’re tutoring (English or maths) is important (but you don’t have to have studied it for your degree). You need to be a fluent English speaker, achieved an A or B at A-Level (or equivalent) in the subject, or similar subject, you are wishing to tutor.
- Enthusiasm for learning, good communication skills, patience, and the ability to be committed and resilient.
- All volunteers must be willing to undergo a DBS check.
- Experience working with young people is helpful but not essential.
- We do review all qualifications and experience however and would encourage you to apply - even if you don't meet the exact criteria.
We are looking for volunteer tutors to support disadvantaged young people from Autumn 2020. We are taking applications now and running online training sessions, so you can be ready to support pupils then. In-school volunteering will resume when it is safe to do so, and we are rolling out online tutoring (which can be done from home) more widely from the Autumn
Volunteers come from a range of courses and levels.
Volunteers interested in careers in education or academia often benefit from the opportunity to develop experience and skills in a school setting, but this is not a requirement.
Programmes usually run before school (8-9am) or after school (2-4:30pm) on weekdays during term-time.
Newcastle and North Tyneside
Transport costs reimbursed
Details of training provided
You’ll attend a 2 hour training session and apply for a DBS certificate before choosing which day and time you want to volunteer on. Then you’ll be paired with two or three pupils and use our workbooks to provide tailored tutoring weekly for a school term.