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Increasing the reach and impact of the National Tutoring Programme

In our 2021 Autumn Satisfaction Survey (sent to 1,573 schools and 359 Academic Mentors),* we heard from schools about the positive impact that tuition is having on pupils. Of the 108 schools and 141 mentors that responded, 77% of schools and 93% of Academic Mentors believe that the tuition their pupils receive through the programme is having a positive impact on attainment.

Building pupils’ confidence is fundamental to engage them in learning. 80% of schools and 94% of Academic Mentors believe the programme has had a positive impact on the confidence of their pupils. Of course, getting the right people with the right attitude and skills is key to education recovery; 78% of schools reported that they are happy with the performance of their Academic Mentor and 93% are happy with the knowledge and skills their tutors bring.

I would strongly encourage schools that have not yet registered to the NTP to consider accessing tuition. In response to feedback from schools last year, there is now greater flexibility for schools to choose which tuition route is the most suitable for their school and pupils. Evidence suggests that small group tuition can boost progress by an average of two months in secondary schools and four months in primary schools. Tutoring is proving to be vital for young people in making up for lost learning.

Academic Mentors act as an ‘in-school’ resource, alongside current teaching staff. You can request a mentor through the programme or nominate a tutor that you think would be the right fit for the role.

We have also recently expanded the number of accredited Tuition Partners on the programme, increasing reach and capacity for schools to engage with experienced tutors across the country. Pupils can access multiple 15-hour packages of tuition if they need support in more than one subject.

If a school prefers to use staff they are familiar with, to deliver tuition, this year’s programme includes School-Led Tutoring, where grant funding is automatically allocated to schools.

Further information

  1. You can access tuition for your school by registering on our website.
  2. If you have any questions, you can read our ‘How to guide’.
  3. To find out more about the programme, you can join one of our series of national and regional webinars.
  4. Or you can contact us via by calling 0330 3903315 or emailing ntpteam@nationaltutoring.org.uk.

* The Autumn 1, 2021 Satisfaction Survey was sent out to 1573 schools and 359 Academic mentors.

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