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 the following before applying:
  • Commitment: the minimum commitment is an hour a week (not including preparation time) across the course of a school term. 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.
  • Age: We ask all volunteers to be aged 18 or over.

  • Please note: If your qualifications do not match these requirements, we would still encourage you to apply.  Once we review 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.     

  • We take all previous experience into consideration, so please do include anything you think might be relevant. 

  • 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 can be found here. 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. Generally tutoring sessions take place early morning (8am), mid-morning (10am) or mid-afternoon (3pm). Sessions run on weekdays. A small number of Saturday sessions are available in London.

  • We run face-to-face tutoring sessions, where you can meet pupils in person, in the following regions: Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Sussex.  We also run online tutoring with schools in these cities 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.

To volunteer with Action Tutoring you must be living in England, Scotland or Wales (due to restrictions with DBS checks, we cannot accept applications from anyone living outside of these countries). Please select 'none of the above' if you do not live in one of the listed cities.

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

If you are employed this should be the name of your employer. If you are a student this should be the name of your university. If neither apply, then please enter 'Other' as your answer.

(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

e.g. he/him, she/her, they/them


Action Tutoring would like to ask about your ethnicity. We intend to use the data to form a better understanding of the diversity in our volunteer community, of which ethnic diversity is one aspect. We can then adjust our marketing approaches as we seek to build greater diversity across our organisation. Please note that this information is in no way referenced when we review volunteer tutor applications.

Contact details

Mobile numbers should be in +44 format. The +44 replaces the 0 at the start of the number.


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 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 regions.

In-school tutoring is only available to volunteers in one of Action Tutoring's regions.


Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013)?
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.
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?
We're always looking for new volunteers.  Do you know anyone who might like to join us too? Simply share this application link.  We'd love to hear from them. 

Please note: we assess all applications for the quality of written communication. Before you submit please read over it carefully and ensure that all questions are answered fully.