Who is NTP Tuition Partners for?
The NTP Tuition Partners has been designed with the simple aim to make high-quality tutoring available to disadvantaged pupils. Through Tuition Partners, schools will be able to access high-quality tutoring from an approved list of tutoring providers, who have passed a set of quality, value-for-money and safeguarding standards. Any state primary or secondary school in England is eligible to receive tutoring through Tuition Partners. Tutoring is aimed to support disadvantaged pupils, those eligible for pupil premium funding. But it’s down to schools to decide which of their pupils would benefit the most from extra support.
How and when can schools access tutoring?
Schools will be able to request tutoring from approved Tuition Partners from Monday November 2nd at 10am.
The NTP website will have a searchable function that will allow schools to view the Tuition Partners that best fit their needs. Schools will be able to view more information about each Tuition Partner, including what sort of training their tutors get and how much a block of 15 hours of tutoring costs. All tuition will be subsidised through NTP by 75%. With the subsidy paid directly to approved Tuition Partners, so schools only need to pay the 25%.
Will there be enough tutoring to go round?
The NTP is an ambitious project. We want to reach as many disadvantaged pupils as possible in the coming academic year. But with this ambition will come teething problems.
In order to ensure tutoring is of the highest-quality, the number of tutoring sessions available to schools is finite. We expect demand to be high and, to make sure that as many schools as possible can access support from Tuition Partners, we may have to put caps on the amount of tuition schools can buy. But we are confident that as Tuition Partners bed down, and as capacity ramps up to meet the demand for the spring term, schools and pupils will receive valuable support from the NTP.
Is there a maximum number of pupils schools can buy tutoring for?
There will be no maximum number of pupils schools can buy tutoring for. However, the NTP is aimed at making tutoring accessible to disadvantaged children who need the provision most. We trust schools to exercise their professional judgement when accessing support through Tuition Partners.
In the case of demand exceeding supply, we may have to limit support at times to ensure that more schools can access support.
When schools are considering the number of pupils to put forward we would recommend they carefully consider both the funding they have available for this, but also importantly how many pupils they can successfully coordinate tutoring for. Coordination of tutoring would include: scheduling sessions and providing the space and/or technology required for tutoring to take place; having the time to liaise with Tuition Partners and input on the content of sessions, and monitor and troubleshoot pupil attendance at, and engagement with, the tutoring sessions. Schools may therefore initially want to only put forward those pupils who they think really need tutoring the most, to see how things work and if it is the right approach for their school and pupils.
We believe the NTP has the potential to make a huge difference to tens of thousands of disadvantaged pupils across the country in the first few weeks. We hope we can lay the foundations for a programme that makes a long-term contribution to the attainment gap and we’re excited to start getting tutoring to pupils.