Finance Score: 8
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 14
  • Liabilities <10%: +3
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Large volunteers +3
  • Grant maker support: +11
Overall GiG Score: 31 ?



Action Tutoring supports socio-economically disadvantaged pupils at risk of falling below national exam standards by providing tutoring in Maths or English from high-quality volunteers.

Collaborating with Public First, Impetus, The Tutor Trust, and Get Further, they launched 'The Future of Tutoring' report that has emphasised the impact of tutoring of their target demographic, and impactful partnerships including the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award highlight the quality of service they provide.

A Charity Governance Awards nomination also recognised their Trustee Board's support in embracing online delivery and they have expanded virtually into areas like Southport, Hartlepool, Rotherham, Corby, and Portsmouth. A significant partnership with the QBE Foundation also committed £1.5 million over the next three years to enable them to support even more disadvantaged pupils.

Source: Giving is Great


Helping pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds reach an adequate competency in English & Maths to allow them to progress into further education, employment or training.
Analysis by Giving is Great


  • This charity has been successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • This charity has a robust balance sheet
  • There has been strong growth in spending over the last 5 years
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • One or more trustees receive benefits from the charity

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 4.8%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 6%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 6%
Highest pay band: £70,000-£80,000
Liabilities/Assets: 5%
Liabilities/Income: 3%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 100%
Reserves/Spending: 9.8 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 10 months
Quick Ratio: 21.4
Asset Split ?
Established: 12 years

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How you can help
What it does
Action Tutoring provides free tuition to pupils from low-income backgrounds through partnerships with schools, using high quality volunteer tutors, aiming to ensure pupils are equipped in English and maths to be able to progress to further education, employment or training. The charity operates in the following cities: London, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Sheffield, Brighton and Newcastle.
Listed activities
  • Education/Training
  • General Charitable Purposes
GiG Classification
  • Academic support
How it operates
  • Provides human resources
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Throughout England,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • The General Public/Mankind
Who works here?
  • 71 employees
  • 1,743 volunteers

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
Impetus PEF£856,000
Dulverton Trust£86,666
The EQ Foundation£75,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Dulverton Trust - Core Funding
£70,000 19/10/2022
Core Funding
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Action Tutoring
£25,000 16/08/2022
Impetus PEF -
£100,000 01/08/2022
Woodward Charitable Trust - Core costs
£5,000 12/11/2021
Towards core costs
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Action Tutoring
£25,000 01/08/2021
Impetus PEF -
£62,500 01/07/2021
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£9,764 23/09/2020
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to ....more
Impetus PEF -
£253,000 01/07/2020
Dulverton Trust - Online tuition pilot (Action Tutoring)
£16,666 10/06/2020
Online tuition pilot (Action Tutoring)
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Action Tutoring
£25,000 01/05/2020
Coronavirus appeal
Nesta - AC01106
£13,500 23/04/2020
COVID19 Emergency Fund programme grant to Action Tutoring Ltd Grant Ref AC01106
The Fore - RAFT COVID-19 response grant to Action Tutoring
£5,000 15/04/2020
Grant from The Fore's RAFT Immediate Response Fund to Action Tutoring, as part of The Fore's COVID-19 Response programme.
Sussex Community Foundation - Grant to Action Tutoring
£5,000 18/11/2019
Funding was provided for a tutoring programme in Glebe and Eastbrook Primary Schools in Southwick.
Impetus PEF -
£440,500 01/07/2019
Impetus PEF -
£364,000 01/07/2018
Impetus PEF -
£255,000 01/07/2017
Nesta - AC00598
£129,501 16/03/2017
Growth and Sustaining Fund programme grant to Action Tutoring Ltd Grant Ref AC00598
DCMS - Follow on Funding
£64,751 16/03/2017
In April 2013, the Office for Civil Society launched the Centre for Social Action with the goal of encouraging people to make a difference through social action. As part of the Centre, the Office for ....more
Walcot Foundation - Tutoring for disadvantaged pupils in Lambeth
£10,000 22/08/2016
Tutoring for disadvantaged pupils in Lambeth
Impetus PEF -
£277,000 01/07/2016
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Action Tutoring
£50,000 26/05/2015
£50,000 over 18 months for work to improve tutor materials and training resources, recruitment of a Programme Coordinator and improvements to the way in which pupil outcomes are monitored.
Nesta - AC00367
£167,989 11/12/2013
Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund programme grant to Action Tutoring Ltd Grant Ref AC00367
The Fore - Grant to Action Tutoring
£20,000 31/12/2012
Grant enabled Action Tutoring to continue to expand their programme while they built up the sustainable long-term income sources to ensure the future of the organisation. Action Tutoring has since ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How do they operate?

Action Tutoring Programme

Objectives: To close the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers

Intervention period: 8-12 weeks of hour long sessions

Beneficiaries: Socio-economically disadvantaged pupils in primary and secondary school

Location: National

Description: Action Tutoring addresses the educational needs school children at risk of not meeting national exam standards using volunteer tutors. These tutors meet tutoring criteria and support up to 20 pupils each, with oversight from an Action Tutoring staff member to ensure programme quality and tutor development. Each academic year, they aim for 30 tutoring sessions per school in either Maths or English. Baseline and progress assessments guide focused tutoring and online programmes, mirroring tutors in-person approach, offer flexibility with volunteers nationwide and support systems in place for both tutors and pupils.

How effective are they?
Y/EPrimary school pupils tutoredSecondary school pupils tutored% of Primary school pupils meeting national standards in SATs% of Pupils achieving pass grade in GCSEs when completing 10 or more tutoring sessions
Commentary: Historically, Action Tutoring pupils who attend ten or more sessions have consistently outperformed the forecast national figure for disadvantaged pupils in both English and Maths. This is despite the majority of Action Tutoring pupils having been identified as at risk of not achieving pass grades in their tutored subjects. Although the pupils on the programme come from low income backgrounds, their pass statistics are in line with national averages indicating the significant impact of the interventions. In addition to the SATs and GCSE achievements, Action Tutoring has demonstrated impact in other measures of satisfaction volunteers gain from tutoring and increases in confidence seen by teachers from pupils in class after attending sessions
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Who works here?

    Chief Executive
    Appointed: October 2011
Susannah is the founder and CEO of Action Tutoring. She was inspired to start Action Tutoring following experiences working in the charity sector and as a private tutor, recognising the potential to make the benefits of tutoring available to those that might not otherwise afford it, using volunteers. She graduated from the University of Cambridge, where she studied Theology at St John’s College and holds a Masters from Kings College London ....more
    Deputy CEO
After reading Genetics at Trinity College Dublin, Jen spent a year as Education Officer of the Students’ Union before her first post in the charity sector working with ‘Business in the Community’ on their education programmes. In 2012 she emigrated to the UK and spent three years teaching in a secondary school in south London. While there she specialised in programme design for high achieving disadvantaged pupils and completed the Teach ....more
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    Appointed: September 2016
Before joining Action Tutoring, Fleur worked on the Communications Team of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), helping to support young people to develop skills through their DofE programmes and improve their life chances.
    Director of Finance and Operations
    Appointed: July 2023
Nich is responsible for leading all non-frontline areas of operations with the aim of ensuring the smooth running of the team and programme delivery, enabling them to meet their strategic targets. This means managing the finance, IT, legal and governance functions, running the office and ensuring Action Tutoring has the right people processes in place.

How is it governed?

Trustees (8)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 39-65
  • ABBIE HAYES Appointed: 2022 Occupation: University Fundraiser
  • ANNA PAIGE Appointed: 2019 Occupation: Business Executive
Anna is Director of Strategy and Performance at United Learning, a large national schools group. She joined United Learning in 2017, having spent the majority of her career to that point as a civil servant in the Department for Education. At DfE, her responsibilities included leading the recent reforms of GCSEs and A levels, policy relating to....more
Jo has worked in education for 25 years in a number of different posts, including ITT course tutor, teaching and learning consultant, assistant Primary Strategy manager, senior school improvement consultant, as well as senior leadership positions in school, including Principal of two primary academies in a large Multi-Academy Trust. She led her....more
Peter is a partner at Advent Venture Partners in London and has over 20 years experience in Venture Capital. He has considerable experience as a non-executive Director working with small growing organisations. He spent his early career as a consultant with PWC and as a software developer. He has been a volunteer tutor with Action Tutoring since....more
Susannah is the founder and CEO of Action Tutoring. She was inspired to start Action Tutoring following experiences working in the charity sector and as a private tutor, recognising the potential to make the benefits of tutoring available to those that might not otherwise afford it, using volunteers.
Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in England & Wales on 09/05/2012, number: 1147175
  • Registered at Companies House on 14/06/2012, number: 08105978
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Campaigns and political activity policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
11 returns made; all on time
Main office

Action Tutoring
8-10 Grosvenor Gardens



Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving

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