The National Tutoring Programme has awarded up to £2.5m additional funding to bolster tuition provision for schools across the country.
All 33 approved Tuition Partners were given an initial allocation of places to support schools from November 2020. Now, the additional funding – which comes from the initial £350m allocated to tutoring by the Department for Education – has been awarded through a small internal funding round to increase the reach of nine Tuition Partners delivering tutoring through the NTP.
This funding will focus on improving provision and expanding delivery with a particular focus on online learning. The nine Tuition Partners will be able to reach more pupils through this funding round. A second small funding round will open to approved Tuition Partners in March.
Applicants to the new funding round had to demonstrate they would be able to meet and exceed their initial target allocations. The additional £2.5m will enable the NTP to bolster provision including increasing the amount of online provision available to schools.
Together, the 33 Tuition Partners have enrolled over 125,000 pupils just three months after launching to schools. The programme has reached thousands of schools across England and on-boarded over 14,000 tutors to provide high quality tutoring to pupils affected by the pandemic.
Commenting Robbie Coleman, Director of the NTP Secretariat said:
The NTP team has spoken to schools across the country who have shared their schools’ experience of the NTP so far.
Mike Foster is the Assistant Head at Thorntree Academy in Middlesbrough. The school has accessed tutoring through NTP approved Tuition Partner Third Space Learning. They said:
Diane Murphy is the Assistant Head of Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick. She said:
“I’ve been keeping an eye on the announcements and signed up for updates when the NTP was first announced in the summer. This is a fantastic opportunity to embark on some high quality, expert tuition.”
Kate Batorska, the Headteacher at St Mary’s Primary in Bridport added:
Below is a list of the nine Tuition Partners granted additional funding from the NTP.
|Tuition Partner||Original pupil target||Additional pupils funded||Total new pupil target|
|The Brilliant Club||7,998||1,002||9,000|
|Third Space Learning||15,800||1,000||16,800|
Notes to Editors:
● You can read the full stories of theschools here.
● The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) aims to support schools in providing a sustained response to the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a longer-term contribution to closing the attainment gap.
● The NTP has been designed and developed by a collaboration of five charities – the EEF, Sutton Trust, Impetus, Nesta and Teach First – working in partnership with the Department for Education.
● The programme for 5 – 16 year olds has two parts: NTP Tuition Partners, which aims to give schools access to subsidised high-quality tuition from approved providers; and NTP Academic Mentors, which recruits graduates and qualified teachers to work full-time in schools in the most disadvantaged areas.
● The EEF will be leading the delivery of NTP Tuition Partners and has been provided with £76 million from the Department for Education to fund activity in 2020 – 2021.
● Teach First will support the recruitment, training and placement of the first cohort of Academic Mentors and has been provided with £6.4 million to fund this work. The salaries of Academic Mentors will be funded by the Government.
● Both pillars are funded as part of Government’s £350m allocation to tutoring, through the £1bn coronavirus catch up package.
● Separate tutoring initiatives are in place to support early years and post-16 education.