With the help of our inspiring volunteer tutors, collaborative partner schools and supportive parents and guardians, Action Tutoring has begun delivering online tutoring sessions for pupils, who are currently learning from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and move to online learning.
When the Government announced the move to remote learning at the beginning of January, Action Tutoring made the decision to continue running tutoring sessions to pupils based at home by switching as many online and in-person programmes as possible to online-at-home based delivery. We did this with the support of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) team who have been putting their contingency plans in place.
We have 133 schools already taking part in at-home tutoring this term and almost 550 pupils have already had their first session in this latest lockdown, with many more about to get started. This means that, for the first time, our pupils will be able to benefit from extra academic support outside of the classroom. The NTP officially approved Action Tutoring to offer online sessions to pupils at home. This means we can deliver this tuition effectively and safely, making a difference to pupils who need our support the most.
Home-based tutoring is new for Action Tutoring and we know there will be some challenges along the way, as pupils access the technology from home and engage in learning outside the usual structure of the classroom. However, after a successful pilot of this approach last year, and a promising start to this term, we are on track to help pupils achieve valuable progress with their tutors at the most challenging time to their education.
Home-based tutoring explained
As part of the move to remote learning, pupils will now join the Vedamo virtual classroom from their homes to access our tuition. Our programme staff have been working hard to manage demands to ensure tutoring can still take place. This includes liaising with all of our partner schools, as well as each parent or guardian directly, to seek permission for pupils to take part. These conversations also help us to make sure each pupil has access to the right technology and the adults involved learn important details about sessions going forward. We have also produced new materials specifically for parents, including PDF and video guides, that outline what we do and give instructions on how to join tutoring sessions from home.
Despite no longer being in the classroom with pupils, Action Tutoring programme coordinators continue to oversee every programme, entering virtual classrooms to observe sessions and troubleshooting any technical difficulties that may arise.
Programme Manager for London, Nargis Taylor, said: