Action Tutoring unlocks the potential of children and young people who are facing disadvantage. We are tackling the attainment gap head-on by forging partnerships with schools nationwide. Our trained volunteer tutors are empowered to enable pupils to make meaningful academic progress, opening doors to future opportunities.

Children from lower-income families are less likely to achieve academically than their better-off peers. Action Tutoring is a charity that works to level the playing field.

We are looking for volunteers to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in English or maths across the country. Many programmes are online, but we have several schools in Birmingham and Coventry and some use in person tutoring.

As a volunteer, you’ll:
Work with 1-3 pupils to improve their English and maths, either in-person or online
Commit to a 10-20 week programme, for just one hour a week
Support either primary or secondary school-aged pupils
Use our tutor workbooks to shape your weekly sessions

Good grades improve future prospects, opening the door to a wider range of opportunities. If you enjoy working with children and are passionate about social equality, you can make a tangible difference by volunteering for an hour a week.

What support will I get?
Training (a two-hour induction session)
In-session support from your Programme Coordinator
Tutor workbooks with session plans
Travel expenses up to £5 per session for in person tutoring
A free DBS check

We look for volunteers who:
Have or are studying for a degree (in any subject)
Have a B grade (or above) at A Level (or equivalent) in the subject they wish to tutor, or a similar subject
If your qualifications do not match these requirements, we still encourage you to apply. We take all previous experience into consideration, so please include anything you think might be relevant. Fluency in spoken English and good communication skills are needed when tutoring as are an enthusiasm for education and working with children and young people.

Programmes run during term-time, usually before, during or after the school day. You can sign up at any time throughout the year. We're looking for volunteers

Gained skills
Through tutoring with us our volunteers are able to develop a wealth of transferable skills, including, communication, organisations, planning, initiative, facilitation, emotional intelligence, resilience and, of course, working with children.

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer, visit  

If you have questions, contact [email protected]