Supporting children’s education

Pupils across the country are seeing the benefits from tuition provided by the government-funded National Tutoring Programme (NTP). As a parent or carer, if you feel your child needs additional help to catch up on lost learning due to the pandemic, speak to your child’s school to see if they are eligible for tailored support.

Young female student with female tutor

High quality tuition is available to eligible students in all state-maintained primary and secondary schools across England, during the 2021/2022 Academic Year. Tuition is accessed by schools and evidence shows this is the best way to make sure the support is effective and linked to what pupils are learning in school.

The NTP covers the following subjects, for primary: Science, numeracy, and literacy and for secondary: English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Modern foreign languages. Tuition can be delivered in specialist settings, as well as supporting pupils with additional needs, including SEND in mainstream settings.

Schools identify children who would most benefit from this tailored support, which can have a positive impact on their academic progress and result in them being more confident and engaged. Tutoring sessions are usually held during the school day, where your child can get one-to-one or small group tuition. This support can also be available outside of school hours, either before or after the school day. There is the option to receive tuition face-to-face or online. Children will be set learning objectives and following completion of the sessions, this will be how success is measured.

If you feel your child could benefit from tuition, speak with your child’s school to see if they are eligible.

Further information on the different types of catch-up support available for your child to boost their emotional, social, and physical wellbeing can also be found on gov.uk.

Resources for schools, parents and carers:

If your child is eligible, here is some information around what you can do to support with their tuition:

NTP summary for parents or carers

If you are a school, here are some templates to use when working with families to support NTP tuition:

NTP evidence based guide on supporting remote tuition 

Working with families to support NTP tuition Template email letter