NTP Tuition Partners: Best practice for tutoring organisations
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NTP Tuition Partners: Best practice for tutoring organisations

NTP Tuition Partners: Best practice for tutoring organisations

A new evidence briefing from the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) reviews the best available evidence on effective tutoring.

The funding round to become a National Tutoring Programme (NTP) Tuition Partner opened last week. We’ll be accepting applications until 17:00 on the 18 September.

The 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 Tuition Partners pillar aims to give state-funded primary and secondary schools access to high-quality subsidised tuition from an approved list of tutoring providers.

Tuition Partners will be selected based on the quality of their model, evidence of impact, and potential to support large numbers of pupils. If you are interested in becoming an approved NTP Tuition Partner, you can find detailed application guidance notes here.

Additionally, a new evidence briefing from the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) reviews the best available evidence on effective tutoring. It aims to offer approved Tuition Partners guidance on how to deliver high-quality tutoring in schools and answer common questions they may have. These include:

  • Considering both qualifications and experience when recruiting tutors. The evidence suggests that impact is greater from those who have the highest qualifications and most relevant experience, particularly for students with SEND or in Alternative Provision. However, even tutors with relevant qualifications will require additional training to ensure delivery is in line with the Tuition Partners’ model. 
  • Working in a way that compliments the school. Each school environment will be different. Working in a way that best suits the needs of pupils for example, working with schools to consider appropriate session frequency or how best to group pupils, will likely result in a higher impact. 
  • Aligning the work of tutors with classroom practice. Teachers and tuition partners should work together to ensure that the additional support provided by the partners is building upon the learning that is happening in the classroom. 
  • Encouraging positive relationships between tutors, teachers and pupils. Tutors should take the time to respond to the individual needs of each student, and consideration should be taken to support schools in presenting this as a positive opportunity for pupils to further their learning. This includes the support of parents and carers to help ensure pupil motivation and attendance.
  • Maintaining effective assessment and feedback. Tuition Partners should consider how they will use assessment data from schools and consider how they will collect information on pupil progress throughout. This should be used to provide feedback to pupils and teachers.

To make an application to become an approved Tuition Partner, please follow the link to the portal.

Briefing for tutoring organisations

Brief guide summarising key messages for tutoring organisations, based on the best available evidence for effective tutoring.