We signed up for the first year of the National Tutoring Programme, which enabled us to provide a range of catch-up interventions to support our pupils. Tuition worked really well for us, and it made sense to sign up for the NTP again for the 21/22 academic year.
Our recovery plan was devised around our budget and a baseline of all our pupils, created using diagnostic maths and reading assessments. We found that Years 2 and 5 would benefit the most from additional support. Year 5 were selected because of general gaps in their education and Year 2, due to missing so much of their important early years. Whilst maths was a priority for both year groups, we also felt this would be beneficial for all pupils, so we focused all our online tutoring on this. Reading was also a key strategic priority for all pupils, as there were many pupils behind on their reading ages.
We utilised the School-Led Tutoring funding and also accessed tuition via the Tuition Partner route, with our Tuition Partner being Tute. Using tuition funding we constructed various programmes focused on improving attainment in literacy and numeracy
We currently have three tutors funded through the School-Led Tutoring grant, who are either retired/experienced teachers and are supporting multiple tutoring groups. We are planning to expand our use of tutoring to Year 6, as well as an additional booster programme for Year 5 and Year 2.
We receive regular reports on progress and attitude to learning from Tute and have access to a dashboard to view the pupil’s progress. The feedback we have received is extremely positive on the progress made so far. The pupils really enjoy the sessions and tutors can change or adapt the programme if needed.
Parents are also incredibly positive and supportive of tuition. They think it’s great the pupils are getting additional support and have accommodated earlier or later pick up times. One parent remarking “I know Jack enjoyed being Harry Potter for the day. He got a medal from Mrs. Drury, his recovery tutor, today, for finishing his reading with her. He has come on leaps and bounds since doing it. This programme has really helped his confidence.”
We send a weekly newsletter to parents to give updates on our recovery programme and a full report will be done at the end of the academic year, this will be shared with parents.
We would definitely recommend other schools use the NTP.
Our advice would be:
1. Work closely with your online tutors. Tute were so good at adapting to our needs and trying their hardest to deliver a tutoring programme best suited to our pupils and any gaps in their learning.
2. Look at different Tuition Partners that are available, to see what works best for you. We had heard that some Tuition Partners had varying rates, in some cases between £10 a session. We were prepared to pay a higher rate due to the quality of service we received last year.
3. Think carefully about where you place tutoring in the timetable, so it works for your pupils and maximises attendance and engagement.