Vacancy at Action Tutoring – North West Programme Manager


Action Tutoring are recruiting for a North West Programme Manager to look after their work in Liverpool, Wirral, Chester and Southport.

At Action Tutoring they 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 they have less access to the tools to support them to reach their potential.

This isn’t fair. Tutoring is an effective way of improving academic attainment and so they harness the power of volunteer tutors to bridge the gap and ensure this help can be accessed by every pupil who needs it, not just those who can afford it.

They specifically help pupils facing socio-economic disadvantage and who are at risk of leaving primary or secondary school without reaching national standards in their exams, limiting their future opportunities. They work in partnership with schools, in eight cities across the UK, to deliver weekly tutoring, in English or maths, to those pupils who need it the most.

Last year, 61% of secondary school pupils who attended 10 or more Action Tutoring sessions were able to achieve a 4 or above in their English Language GCSE and 58% were able to achieve a 4 or above in maths, both surpassing the national disadvantaged average.

74% of primary pupils supported by Action Tutoring achieved national standards in their Readings SATs and 81% achieved national standards in maths, surpassing the national disadvantaged average in both subjects.

Job title: North West Programme Manager

Reports to: Head of Delivery

Place of work: The role is home based with regular travel to Action Tutoring’s partner schools in Liverpool, Chester and Southport. Occasional travel to our London office will be required. Travel costs will be paid.

Salary: £26,291

Contract and hours: Fixed term contact until 31st August 2021, subject to a successful three month probation period. With the possibility of an extension, depending on funding.
Full time, 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday)
Occasional evening or Saturday work may be required, for which time off in lieu will be given.

Benefits: 25 days holiday per year plus bank holidays and additional days for longer service (1 day per year, up to 3 years).
Employer and employee contribution to pension following successful probation period, in line with auto-enrolment pension requirements. Start date: 7th December 2020 with an earlier/ later start date available for the right candidate.

To apply: Please send a CV and cover letter to
Cover letters should be attached separately to CVs and must not be more than one page long. Your letter should clearly state why you want to work for Action Tutoring, why you would like this particular role and how you think you meet the person specification.

Applications that fail to meet these criteria will automatically be discounted.

Closing date and interviews: Applications to be submitted by 9am, Friday 30th October 2020. However, we will interviewing as we go and may close the job early If we find the right candidate.

Further information: Please visit

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DBS requirement: All Action Tutoring staff must have a DBS check. Should you be aware of any incidents, cautions or convictions that would appear on your DBS check, you should notify us with your application.

About the opportunity:

“We are looking for a high-calibre candidate to join our growing team as the North West Programme Manager. You will be responsible for a geographical area and the schools within it (Liverpool, Chester and Southport), overseeing Action Tutoring’s programmes, liaising with our partner schools, supporting and engaging pupils, managing our pool of volunteer tutors and driving the quality of the programmes.

As a Programme Manager, you will line manage Programme Coordinators to ensure they manage their caseload of schools and that the delivery of programmes meets organisational targets. This role will take a lead on new school recruitment and managing school partnerships within your region to ensure Action Tutoring’s growth targets are met.

Additionally, you will contribute to the wider leadership of the Action Tutoring programme team and you will be expected to take the lead on an area of the charity dependent on your skillset.

The position would suit someone who enjoys working with people in a frontline role, and wants to increase their management experience in an exciting and rapidly developing charity.

The successful candidate should be able to manage their own workload to a high standard as well as support others, have excellent attention to detail, be able to work well with a range of stakeholders and be confident carrying out administrative tasks to support programme delivery. Comprehensive induction and training will be provided.

Action Tutoring is committed to providing development opportunities for its staff and, as a growing charity, there are plenty of opportunities to take on new areas of responsibility.”

Duties and responsibilities

• Oversee the delivery of all Action Tutoring programmes and corresponding work in Liverpool, Chester and Southport.

• Line manage four Programme Coordinators, meeting weekly with them and overseeing the delivery of their programmes, and supporting them to ensure consistently high quality programme delivery. Line management would also include HR responsibilities (appraisal, recruitment etc.) with support from others in the charity.

• Manage your own caseload of 1-2 programmes in partner schools in Liverpool (both Primary and Secondary) to a high standard, reaching key performance indicators. This includes regularly attending tutoring sessions and managing Action Tutoring’s volunteer tutors, pupils and Link Teachers on those programmes.

• Lead on reviewing and improving programme delivery across the North West. Using data to reliably assess programme performance and engaging with quality assurance processes to drive impact.

• Develop and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders in Action Tutoring’s partner schools in the North West, including members of the Senior Leadership Team.

Find full job vacancy specification including person requirements below:


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