There are only a couple of weeks of the summer holidays left. School staff are preparing for the return of pupils. Lesson plans have been drawn up, displays have been created and teachers are getting ready to welcome pupils for a new beginning.
Conversely, at the National Tutoring Programme (NTP), we’re wrapping up the first year of delivery. The programme next year will be delivered by Randstad and the team at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) have been working closely with Randstad and the Department for Education to ensure an effective transition. As such, it seems the right time to reflect on the NTP in its inaugural year.
The programme started as one of many ideas in the early months of lockdown, when the lasting impact of school closures was being highlighted by many in the education sector, and evidence was suggesting particularly negative impacts for our disadvantaged pupils. Our concern was that any initiative needed to be evidence-based and sustainable. Tutoring is armed with a strong evidence base, a cost-effective way to boost attainment and supporting disadvantaged pupils.
This is how the NTP came into being, designed by the EEF alongside the Sutton Trust, Impetus, Nesta and Teach First. Set up at pace, the aim was to widen access to high-quality tutoring for those children most affected by the pandemic, by setting quality standards for tutoring that were in line with the evidence-base and offering this tutoring at a subsidised rate to schools.
We’re delighted to say we have exceeded our top projection of enrolling 250,000 pupils. 250,500 pupils were enrolled to access tutoring via NTP Tuition Partners. This is in addition to the 95,000 pupils who received intensive support through the Academic Mentor pillar