Academic Mentors:
Information for schools

Employ an Academic Mentor to help support your pupils.

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Pupil support

Academic Mentors work with small groups of pupils to help them reach their full potential, develop their skills and build conference.


Schools are able to choose which subjects they would like tuition to be delivered in, as well as the size of the groups the Academic Mentor works with.

Professionally trained

All Academic Mentors are expertly trained and certified through our online bespoke course with Liverpool Hope University.

95% funded

Academic Mentors are employed directly by the school, but 95% of the salary cost to schools is covered by the Department for Education.

How does the National Tutoring Programme support your school?

The National Tutoring Programme was established in response to clear evidence that Covid-19 is likely to widen the attainment gap between poorer pupils and their peers in English schools. It is funded as part of the Government’s £350m allocation to tutoring, through the £1bn coronavirus catch-up package.

Academic Mentors work alongside the pupil’s teacher to address a range of interventions, focusing on one-to-one and small group tuition sessions. In the areas that are most in need of support, you can employ trained individuals to provide targeted support.

Academic Mentors will provide support tailored to the needs of pupils, including subject-specific work, revision lessons and additional support available outside the school setting. Your Academic Mentor will be employed by you (with 95% of their salary subsidised by the DfE) full time throughout the academic year, to work exclusively with your own school.

Hear how pupils have benefited from targeted support from Academic Mentors

Burnage Academy for Boys

Burnage Academy for Boys has used the National Tutoring Programme to fund their two Academic Mentors. Learn how they have seen progression in the students they are working with.

Unity School Partnership Trust, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Havering

The Unity School Partnership Trust discusses how they have utilised Academic Mentors to support their pupils’ learning and progress, having “seen a noticeable improvement in their confidence.”

Register your school

Signing up takes less than five minutes and gives you access to make amends to your account and documentation to support you throughout the process.
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Find out about the other routes of the National Tutoring Programme

Tuition Partners

Schools can access high-quality tutoring from an approved list of providers known as Tuition Partners, who have passed a set of quality, safeguarding and evaluation standards.

School-Led Tuition

School-led tutoring can include using existing staff such as teachers and teaching assistants or external tutoring resources, such as private tutors or returning teachers.