There are two key, mandatory data collections that schools must complete during the academic year:
- the School Census (once a term) Get further information about completing this online
- the School-Led Tutoring Year-End Statement – an online form which will become available from ESFA in summer 2022.
Other data collections
In addition to the compulsory data collections, we are also asking schools to voluntarily provide more frequent information about their delivery of School-Led Tutoring via the Educational Setting Status Form, every 4 weeks. This will help us understand the progress of the programme and we will use this information to target our communications to schools more effectively.
We will ask schools if they plan to use the School-Led Tutoring grant and, if they have begun doing so, what delivery looks like. If your school has not yet begun using the grant, there is an option to record this in the form as well. A nil return will not affect any future payments.
All pupils who have received any amount of tutoring which has been funded through the School-Led Tutoring grant in the 2021 to 2022 academic year, up to and including on the census day, must be recorded in the school census. This is irrespective of whether the pupil is eligible for pupil premium. Pupils who are expected to receive tutoring funded by the School-Led Tutoring grant, but have not started that tutoring as at the census date, should not be recorded as receiving tutoring.
We recognise that because this is a new field on the census, the previous census submissions may be inconsistent or inaccurate. Follow this guidance, irrespective of whether it contradicts something you have submitted on a previous census.
School-Led Tutoring does not include tutoring provided by tuition partners or academic mentors via the National Tutoring Programme (NTP). Pupils deemed eligible for this funding are in NC Year 1 to 11 or aged 5 to 15, as at 2021-08-31. Reception and post 16 pupils are not eligible for this funding.
The census date for the 2022 summer school census is Thursday 19 May with the deadline for approved submissions being Wednesday 15 June.
The database will be closed to amendments from schools and local authorities on Wednesday 6 July. Schools and local authorities can make amendments to their data at any time during the ‘live’ collection, however the information must reflect the true position as at census day. Find out more information on how to complete the school census.
In summer 2022, the ESFA will release the School-Led Tutoring: Year-End Statement form, and all schools in receipt of the School-Led Tutoring grant must complete and return it.
Whilst the final form is not currently available, to help schools prepare, we will ask for data covering the areas listed.
The School-Led Tutoring tracker and calculator tool has been made available to help schools manage their data, to track information during the academic year and plan spend.
Use of the tracker and calculator tool is entirely voluntary. It has been made available for school’s own internal use if helpful to them.
Where an internal member of staff is delivering tuition within their contracted hours, the grant funding may be used to pay for additional support staff to cover their release rather than the tutoring itself. However, the delivery of tuition must be in addition to the duties of all members of staff involved.
For example, a school may with the grant funding temporarily recruit a supply Teaching Assistant (TA) to cover the duties of an internal TA, who has undertaken the necessary SLT training and is delivering tutoring sessions as outlined in the School-Led Tutoring guidance within their normal working hours. The funding terms are set out in the conditions of grant.
The department has listened to schools’ feedback on the greater flexibility and autonomy the School-Led Tutoring (SLT) route provides. This is demonstrated in the high take-up rate and popularity of SLT to date. With this in mind, the department will redirect up to £65 million towards the SLT route to provide schools with additional funding to deliver high-quality tutoring to their pupils who need support the most.
Updated allocations that apply to the remainder of the 2021 to 2022 academic year were published at the end of April 2022.
All schools will receive the uplift in funding as part of their third and final instalment in May 2022. This is part of the original payment schedule set out in the conditions of the SLT grant.
Allocations will be published by the end of April but to assist with financial planning, we can confirm that each school will receive a 15% minimum uplift in their final SLT payment of this academic year. This means a school that previously received funding for 100 pupils will now be able to support 115 pupils.
As a further example of this additional funding:
School A has 100 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium. The Department currently provides SLT funding for 60 pupils. From April, the Department will fund tuition for an additional 15 pupils. In total, 75 pupils in School A will be able to receive tuition through the SLT grant.
The DfE has used the October 2020 census data to calculate the funding for School-Led Tutoring. Using this data allowed us to make payments to schools early in the 2021 autumn term so they had the option to begin tutoring as soon as they were ready. In the grant allocations, we have set out to schools the number of pupils and the number of hours they can support. This is to help with schools’ planning and delivery.
There are no plans to revise the current allocations that schools have received this academic year. However, the School-Led Tutoring grant for the next academic year, 2022/23 will be calculated using the October 2021 census data.
In addition, you may find the information below helpful to understand how school-level allocations were calculated.
School-Led tutoring is provided to schools to support pupils in Years 1-11, the grant does not cover Reception and Post-16 pupils.
We have included pupils eligible for the deprivation pupil premium this includes:
- previously looked after children and looked after children
- children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) as recorded on the October 2020 school census, or who have had a recorded period of FSM eligibility since January 2015