Birmingham Volunteer Tutor Training -The Access Project Sat 12th October, 9...

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The Impact Hub

Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street



B5 5NR

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You are warmly invited to join us for a tutor training session to become a volunteer tutor with The Access Project.

The Access Project works with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition to help them gain access to top universities.

What do tutors do?

We look for volunteer tutors to spend 1 hour a week tutoring a student aged 14-18 in a school subject.

  • Support a young person in their tutored subject to achieve the GCSE / A level grades they deserve and to fulfil their potential

  • Use professional experience and life experience to put learning into real-life context

  • Inspire and motivate

  • Raise aspirations towards further education & the world of work

This training session will prepare you with everything you need for your role as a volunteer tutor. No prior experience necessary!

During this training session, we’ll cover:

· What to expect as a tutor

· Teaching techniques to help your student learn

· How to plan your tutoring sessions

· Teaching resources, lesson plans & worksheets

· How we will support you while you volunteer with us

Before you arrive:

1. Register: If you haven’t already done so, please complete our volunteer sign up form at

2. Collate your ID documents for a DBS check: We’ll conduct a DBS check (a criminal records check) at this training session to ensure that all volunteers are suitable to work closely with children. Please see below for the full what documents to bring with you).

3. Complete your safeguarding training online: Upon signing up as a volunteer you’ll also have received an email inviting you to complete your Child Safeguarding training online. Please follow the instructions and the link in that email. We recommend completing this before attending the training session.

How to get there:

Training will take place in our Birmingham office: The Impact Hub, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, B5 5NR.

You’ll find the entrance to the Walker Building just before the railway arches on Oxford Street. Please buzz the intercom to enter the courtyard, then go straight ahead and The Impact Hub will be on your left. It's a little tricky to find so we recommend the walking direction video here: and more details about getting there here:

By Train: The Impact Hub is 10 minutes walk from New Street station or 5 mins walk from Moor Street station.

By Bus:The 13, 17, 57, 58, 60 and 97 buses stop on Digbeth High Street.

Parking: Limited street parking is available around Digbeth and there are two large Pay & Display car parks very close to the Walker Building: Digbeth Car Park on Oxford Street and Bordesley Street Car Park, on the corner with Oxford Street – entrance off Bordesley Street. All-day parking costs £2.80 at both.

On Weekdays please ring the bell marked The Impact Hub, on the gate of the Walker Building, and a member of reception will grant you access. The entrance to the Impact Hub is straight ahead across the courtyard on your left. If you don’t get an answer, please ring a member of The Access Project team to let you in on the number below.

On Saturdays, the reception is closed but The Access Project staff will listen out for the doorbell. The entrance to the Impact Hub is straight ahead across the courtyard on your left. If you don’t get an answer, please ring a member of The Access Project team to let you in on the number below.

In case you have any problems on the day of the training (running late or struggling to access the building) please call 0751 328 7635 and one of our trainers will take your call and assist you.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,

The Access Project team


Why is this valuable for disadvantaged young people?

The professional experience that our volunteers bring is particularly valuable for students because it helps them to gain a better understanding of the real-world context of the curriculum that they are learning at school. Tutoring supports young people to fulfil their potential and helps them to understand the wide range of careers that a subject can lead them to, as well as help to raise their aspirations.

How does tutoring work?

Volunteer tutors meet with a young person aged 14-18 for 1 hour a week to tutor them in a specific subject during term-time one academic year. You’ll usually support the same student all year.

The student chooses a school subject they would like support with and their teacher will suggest topics for you to focus on with the student. The aim is to help them to understand and learn the curriculum content and to improve their grades.

Who will run the training session?

This training session will be run by The Access Project team, who have many years of combined experience of supporting and inspiring young people.

Where would I be volunteering?

In Birmingham and the surrounding areas we are looking for volunteer tutors for our partner schools: Holte School (Lozells), Waverley School (Small Heath), Moseley School (Moseley), Colmers School (Rednall near Longbridge), Ormiston Forge Academy (Cradley Heath, Sandwell) and Wood Green Academy (Wednesbury/Walsall).

The Access Project operates across England, currently supporting students in 31 schools across London, Birmingham, the Black Country and East Midlands towns of Ashfield, Mansfield and Shirebrook.

Do I need any prior teaching experience to be a tutor?

No – you don’t need to have taught before. Our in-person training and resources will give you the information you need to deliver the tutoring.

You’ll attend a three hour training session before you begin volunteering and you’ll receive ongoing support with lesson planning, topic guidance and resources from their team.

If you already possess a degree, you are able to tutor an A level student, or a GCSE student in a subject you studied at A'Level.

If you are an undergraduate student (Aston or Birmingham University) you will need a minimum grade B at A'Level in the subject you will tutor at GCSE.

What skills will I develop through tutoring?

You’ll be developing your leadership and management skills, communication, coaching and planning skills and getting real job satisfaction. The Access Project volunteers often say tutoring is the most rewarding hour of their week.

Do I need to complete a criminal records check (DBS check) to take part?

Yes. A DBS check is a criminal records check undertaken by the Disclosure and Barring Service. You will be sent a link to complete a DBS form online, then you will need to present 3 pieces of ID to be checked at the above training session.

What documentation should I bring for my DBS check?

For most people, we can complete a DBS check with the following 3 documents:

1. Passport (currently valid)

2. Driving license (full or provisional)

3. Letter with proof of your current address such as: Council tax statement (dated within 12 months),

Pensions account letter (dated within 12 months) or a p60 (dated within 12 months).

Please refer to the full list of accepted documentation for a DBS check below:

3 documents must be seen: 1 from group 1 plus any 2 from group 2a or 2b.

If you have a valid Passport and Driving License they must be shown, and at least one piece of identification must verify your current address.

If you are unsure about the documents you're planning to bring please contact us ahead of time at

Group 1 – Primary Identity Documents:

  • Current valid Passport

  • Biometric Residence Permit (UK)

  • Current Photocard Driving Licence (UK, EEA, Isle of Man / Channel Islands) (Full or Provisional)

  • Birth Certificate (UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands) - issued at the time of birth;

Including those issued by UK authorities overseas, such as Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces.

  • Adoption Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)

Group 2a – Trusted Government Documents:

  • Current Driving licence (Full or Provisional) – Paper version (If issued before 1998)(UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and EEA)

  • Current Photocard Driving Licence (All countries outside the EEA – excluding Isle of Man and Channel Islands) (Full or Provisional)

  • Birth Certificate (UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands) - (issued after the time of birth)

  • Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands)

  • Immigration Document, Visa or Work Permit. (Issued by a country outside the EEA. Valid only for roles where the applicant is living and working outside of the UK. Visa/Permit must relate to the non-EEA country in which the role is based)

  • HM Forces ID Card (UK)

  • Firearms Licence (UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands)

Group 2b – Financial/Social History Documents:

  • Mortgage Statement (UK or EEA) (Non-EEA statements must not be accepted)

  • Bank/Building Society Statement (UK, Channel Islands or EEA)

  • Bank/Building Society Statement (Countries outside the EEA) (Issued in last 3 months – branch must be in the country where the applicant lives and works)

  • Bank/Building Society Account Opening Confirmation Letter (UK)

  • Credit Card Statement (UK or EEA)* (Non-EEA statements must not be accepted)

  • Financial Statement (UK) - e.g. pension, endowment, ISA (UK)

  • P45/P60 Statement (UK & Channel Islands)

  • Council Tax Statement (UK & Channel Islands)

  • Utility Bill (UK) - (Not mobile telephone bill)

  • Benefit Statement (UK) - e.g. Child Allowance, Pension

  • A document from Central/ Local Government/ Government Agency/ Local Authority giving entitlement (UK & Channel Islands)- e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service , Customs & Revenue, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security

  • EEA National ID Card

  • Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo (UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands)

  • Letter from Head Teacher or College Principal (16-19 year olds in full time education in the UK (only used in exceptional circumstances when all other documents have been exhausted))

  • Letter of sponsorship from future employment provide – NON-UK/NON-EEA Only. Valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at the time of application.

Please note:

If a document in the List of Valid Identity Documents is:

  • · Denoted with * - it should be less than three months old.

  • · Denoted with ** - it should be issued within the past 12 months.

  • · Not denoted – it can be more than 12 months old.

Please note that we MUST see original documents and cannot accept scanned, downloaded or photocopied documents (e.g. we cannot accept print-outs of online bank statements).

I already have a DBS certificate - can I use this if required?

Yes, but only if you have registered on the DBS Update service (free for volunteers). You will need to provide your DBS certificate number and one piece of photo ID (such as driving license or passport). With your permission, The Access Project can then check that the DBS check is valid – this can be completed in a few minutes by verifying your status online.

Other questions and queries:

If you have any questions or queries, we’re more than happy to help. Please email us on

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