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Treasurer and Two Trustees (3 Roles) Action Tutoring

Join the board of Action Tutoring at a time of great excitement as we embark on our new ambitious 3-year strategy. This is an opportunity to support us to grow and scale at a time when access to tuition for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds has never been more vital.

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Salary: Unremunerated

Action Tutoring is a national education charity working in eight regions across the country and beyond virtually, to deliver tutoring programmes through the use of quality volunteer tutors, to the most disadvantaged young people who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

We started with just a handful of pupils in London to now supporting thousands of young people each year around England to reach their full academic potential and to help close the attainment gap.

We exist because we know pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds aren’t less able, but they have less access to the tools that support them to progress in school.

This means they are not able to reach their full academic potential and we create a positive intervention to support closing the attainment gap.

Through partnering high quality volunteer tutors with pupils through our partnerships with schools, we increase pupils’ subject knowledge, confidence, and study skills. We work with Secondary Schools to support pupils preparing for GCSEs and Primary Schools supporting year 5 and 6 pupils preparing for SATs. Action Tutoring have recently launched a year 7 programme too, to ensure those pupils that didn’t reach national standards at the end of year 6 can make rapid progress at secondary school.

The impact of the pandemic on education has been significant and we have never been more needed as pupils who are already at risk of not achieving have been pushed further behind. Even before the pandemic pupils were, on average, already 18 months behind their non-disadvantaged peers and studies have suggested this could widen even further to an attainment gap as wide as 75%.

In response to the pandemic, we launched our first trial providing online tutoring to pupils and now we offer this across England, which has allowed us to support pupils from more communities than ever before. From an online pilot with just 6 schools from April – June 2020, in 2020-21 80% of Action Tutoring’s programmes were online, reaching over 4,000 pupils.

This is an exciting development which enables us to reach more children and tutors and to make a bigger impact, with this we are an innovative leader in the sector.

During this time, we applied and followed a stringent process and were accepted to be part of the National Tutoring Programme, which has been renewed this year, and we are playing a vital role to ensure pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have access to high-quality volunteers tutors no matter the location. Action Tutoring doubled as a result of the National Tutoring Programme in 2020-21, to work with over 5,000 pupils. This year (2021-22) we have a target to grow by a further 60%, reaching approximately 8,500 pupils.

During the pandemic, Action Tutoring grew significantly in public profile as it supported campaigning for the National Tutoring Programme, with features and interviews on BBC One’s Politics Show, features on BBC and ITV news, interviews on Radio 4’s Today Programme and the PM programme, plus comments in the Telegraph and Guardian. In June 2020 our founder and CEO Susannah was invited to the House of Commons Education Select Committee to give evidence on the impact of the pandemic and to share how the model of Action Tutoring could be implemented more widely.

Given the need and demand, we have grown faster than ever, and we’re in the process of creating a new three-year strategy following the pandemic, to continue to scale and reach more communities in more regions around the UK. As we embark on our new strategy, we are looking to appoint a number of Trustees who can support us.

We are looking for people who are passionate about equality and access to education, people who are innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative, who will be engaged and can act as our critical friends during this exciting stage of development.

Specifically, we are looking for a new Treasurer with financial expertise, a senior leader from a Multi-Academy Trust particularly with Secondary experience, who can bring knowledge and expertise of the education sector and we are looking for a charity leader who has experience of scaling, developing, and growing a charity.

This is an opportunity to be part of a successful, growing education charity who is seeking to significantly close the attainment gap.

The board meets quarterly in the evenings (currently virtually), with an annual strategy away day and four sub-committee meetings a year which are virtual.

Our sub-committees include a Finance committee and a Remuneration Committee.

We expect with reading, phone calls, consultation meetings, visiting our tutoring sessions when it is safe to do so and other ad hoc activities that the time commitment will be up to a day a month.

Closing date: Monday 22nd November 2021

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364 034

Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 078 220

 

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Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in Action Tutoring, and for considering joining us as a Trustee. You will be joining us at an exciting and ambitious stage of growth and development and as we begin to embark on our new strategy.

The pandemic has had a huge and detrimental impact on our education especially to those students most at risk from disadvantaged backgrounds. The attainment gap has widened to the extent that our services have doubled in size since the first lockdown. Our aim is to reach more pupils across more diverse communities across different regions of England through our digital online programme.

We were founded 10 years ago by our current CEO Susannah Hardyman and since then we have gone from strength to strength. Investment from Impetus since 2014 helped to transform our model, refine our impact and has enabled us to significantly grow.

Given our growth we are mindful to have a board who are engaged, excited and can be our critical friends to support us through our next phase of development. We are now looking for people to join us with a diverse range of skills including a new Treasurer with financial expertise, a senior leader of a Multi-Academy Trust and a charity leader who has driven growth and expansion.

We want to encourage you to consider these roles if you are excited at the prospect of supporting us to scale and are committed to educational equality. We hope you will find all this information helpful and that it inspires you to join our board.

Peter Baines

Chair.

At Action Tutoring we believe every child should be given the opportunity to succeed in school.

Unfortunately, in the UK today young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to achieve the grades they need to progress in life.

This isn’t because they are any less able but because they have less access to the tools to support them to reach their potential.

Action Tutoring is an education charity working in eight regions across the country. We are a team of over 70 people, who are passionate about improving the life chances of disadvantaged young people.

 

Our Mission

Action Tutoring supports young people facing socio-economic disadvantage to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment, with a view to enabling them to progress in education, employment, or training. We do this by partnering high-quality volunteer tutors with pupils to increase their subject knowledge, confidence, and study skills.

Our Values

Last academic year, Action Tutoring was able to deliver tutoring for six months up to when the pandemic struck, and schools were forced to close in March.

During the time of delivery, pupils made an average of +12% progress from their initial assessment, sat at the start of their programme, to their progress assessment in February.

Even before the crisis, disadvantaged pupils were, on average, already 18 months behind their non-disadvantaged peers by the end of secondary school.

Projections suggest school closures will widen this gap, reversing all progress made to narrow it since 2011. Studies suggest it could widen by as much as 75%.

 

From an online pilot with just 6 schools from April – June 2020, in 2020-21 80% of Action Tutoring’s programmes were online, reaching over 4,000 pupils.

Action Tutoring doubled as a result of the National Tutoring Programme in 2020-21, to work with over 5,000 pupils. This year (2021-22) the organisation has a target to grow by a further 60%, reaching approximately 8,500 pupils.

Why we matter

Our work matters for several key reasons:

  • The attainment gap: In the UK there are huge gaps in attainment between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. Nationally, 63% of pupils leave school with 5 good GCSEs including English and maths, versus just 35% of pupils eligible for free school meals. The attainment gap at Primary School is smaller at 11%, but a gap exists nevertheless and only widens through Secondary School. Those that fail to reach national standards at Primary School very rarely go on to catch up and achieve 5 good GCSEs at Secondary school.

 

  • Qualifications matter: Achieving 5 good GCSE including English and maths significantly reduces a young person’s chance of ending up not in education, employment, or training (NEET). A young person’s chance is significantly increased of reaching this milestone if they have reached national standards at Primary School. Nearly 800,000 16–24-year-olds are currently not in education, employment, or training, many of whom because they have not got basic GCSEs to enable them to progress to the next steps in life. The cost to the state of each NEET has been estimated at £56,000 over a lifetime; we therefore believe that the work of Action Tutoring not only benefits the individual, but also wider society.
  • Tutoring works: Tutoring has been shown to add up to 5 months of progress, but it is expensive, often costing at least £30-£40 an hour. Whilst tutoring is a booming industry, it is simply not an affordable option for many families. The Sutton Trust estimates that 1 in 4 pupils now have a private tutor, with that figure rising to 42% in London. As the gap in attainment only continues to widen between rich and poor, the social imperative to level the playing field through access to wider educational support has become all the stronger.

Further Information

Please click the link for more information:

Our Website

Our Team

Our Trustees

Our Impact Report 2019-2020

Our 2019 Accounts

Our 2018-2021 Strategy

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    Closing date: Monday 22nd November 2021

    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 30th November 2021

    Treasurer Interviews: Tuesday 7th December 2021

    Trustee Interviews: Friday 10th December 2021

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