Application - volunteer tutor for Action Tutoring

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a tutor with Action Tutoring.

To help us assess your suitability to volunteer with us as a tutor, please complete the form below in full.

Please note that if your qualifications do not match the requirements outlined below, we would still encourage you to apply. We take all previous experience into consideration, so please do include anything you think might be relevant. Once we've reviewed your answers we may then contact you to arrange a telephone interview with you, to chat through your answers and ask a question relating to the subject you've offered to tutor.

Please note the following before applying:
  •  Application questions: Please write answers to these questions in your own words, without use of AI or other assistance.

  • Commitment: the commitment is an hour a week (not including preparation time) for a duration of 10-20 weeks. Programmes will pause during school holidays. Only submit an application if you are confident that you will be able to make this commitment.
  • Qualifications: Educated to degree level, or to be studying for a degree.  Received a grade B grade (or above) at A Level (or an equivalent qualification) in the subject you wish to tutor OR a relevant subject e.g. history, politics or sociology for English tutors and physics, chemistry and economics for maths tutors. We are unable to accept applications from those currently studying A Levels. We consider all qualifications and experience, if you did not take A Levels, please add details of your other qualifications when prompted in the application form. 
  • Age: We ask all volunteers to be aged 18 or over.

  • DBS check and training: All successful applicants will be required to complete an enhanced DBS criminal record check. Our policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is available on request: pleas email Action Tutoring complies fully with the relevant Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly.  Successful applicants are required to undertake full training provided by Action Tutoring. You will not be able to tutor until you have completed this training.
  • Our pupils: Action Tutoring supports young people facing socio-economic disadvantage, who are often experiencing challenging situations outside of the classroom.  We are looking for tutors who will remain empathetic and understanding to this group and support them to build their confidence and academic abilities.
  • Our programmes run over the course of the school terms. We do not work in schools during the summer holidays. Tutoring sessions take place before, during or after the school day, Monday to Friday.

  • We run face-to-face tutoring sessions, where you can meet pupils in person, in the following locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cheshire, Coventry, London and outer borough Bromley, Merseyside, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Sussex.  We also run online tutoring with schools in these locations and surrounding areas. Tutors located across England, Wales and Scotland can apply to support on an online programme. We do not accept tutors who currently live overseas.

  • We provide additional training for our online tutors, which introduces you to our virtual classroom.  You will need to be confident using online tools and platforms and have a desktop/laptop, webcam and internet access to ensure the tutoring is a positive experience for both you and your pupils.  

  • In line with the Equality Act 2010, if you require any specific adjustments for this application, the interview process, training or tutoring please get in touch with us and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements.

If your university is not listed, please select 'Other/Other University' and enter the university name below.

(Please note, this must be a pre-approved placement confirmed by the relevant subject/careers department)

Address details

Your postcode must be in a valid UK format and capitalised. Unfortunately due to restrictions with DBS checks we are unable to accept applications from anyone living outside of England, Scotland or Wales.
Personal details


We use this data to better understand the diversity of our volunteer community (of which ethnic diversity is one aspect). The team reviewing your application will not be able to see your answer. We recognise that the ethnic groups listed do not represent how all people identify. If you don't identify with any groups from the list, you can select 'Other ethnic group - please type' and tell us in your own words. (

Contact details

Mobile numbers should be in +44 format. The +44 replaces the 0 at the start of the number. Please do not use spacing when entering your mobile number.

Please include your international prefix and any dashes, but please do not use spacing when entering your mobile number.

We consider all qualifications and experience. If you did not take A Levels, please select 'No' and add details of any other relevant or equivalent qualifications.
A Levels
If you completed A Levels please input your subjects (limit of 40 characters) and the results you received for each. If you have more than three A Levels, please just include the three most relevant to the subject you wish to tutor.

As you did not take A Levels, please give details of your alternative qualifications here. If your qualifications are international, please tell us as far as possible how they compare to UK qualifications. 

If your university doesn't appear in the list, please select 'Other/Other university.

If you attended university, please share your current or most recent degree subject

If you have not yet completed your degree please enter the year you expect to graduate.

Tutoring Preferences

In-school tutoring is only available to volunteers in one of Action Tutoring's locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cheshire, Coventry, London and outer borough Bromley, Merseyside, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Sussex.



Guidance: The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website. You can also find further advice on the Narco website or the Unlock website.

We value diversity and inclusion in our volunteer community. If you may need any reasonable adjustments, please indicate below.

We are happy to discuss any necessary adjustments required: please contact our Head of People and Culture We may disclose this information to the relevant staff. Please read our tutor privacy notice for more information.

If you'd prefer to discuss these details, please contact our Head of People and Culture We may disclose this information to the relevant staff. Please read our tutor privacy notice for more information.
Data Protection
Please review Action Tutoring's Privacy Notice for Volunteers, which outlines the information we collect, how it is used, who it is shared with (including the National Tutoring Programme) and how you can manage it, including your communication preferences.
Action Tutoring would like to track how you engage with the emails we send you (for example whether or not you have opened an email or followed a link) to help us learn and improve the quality of our communications, understanding what interests our audience.
You can opt in or out of email tracking at any time. Further information about how this data will be used can be found in our Privacy Notice for Volunteers.
Aside from 'core communications' relating to your volunteering activities, Action Tutoring would like to send you 'additional communications' to enrich your volunteering experience. More detail is available in our Privacy Notice for Volunteers.

What additional communications would you like to receive from us?
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We're always looking for new volunteers. Do you know anyone who might like to join us too? Simply share our volunteer page. We'd love to hear from them. Check out our spread the word page to learn how referrals can win you a prize!
Please note: We assess all applications for the quality of written communication. Before you move to the next page, please read over it carefully and ensure that all questions are answered fully.

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As part of our safeguarding policies we need to collect two references for each volunteer. Please share the contact details of two individuals who can act as your reference. These should be professional contacts or trusted members of your community (for example a university lecturer or teacher, coach or activity leader).

We will only request a reference from them after you have attended training with us. This is normally 1-2 weeks after you submit your application, so there will be time for you to notify them before we reach out.

The reference form will be short and easy for them to complete. If you'd like to change one or both of your referees after you submit your form, please email Unfortunately we can only accept email addresses, not telephone numbers.
Details of first referee

Details of second referee

After submitting, you’ll be directed to a Thank You page on our website and you’ll receive an email acknowledging your application soon after. If this doesn’t happen, please email to check your application has been received.