NFER has been appointed to lead the independent evaluation of NTP Tuition Partners. They will lead a consortium of organisations with vast experience of delivering school-based research and large scale evaluations that also includes Kantar and the University of Westminster.
The consortium will be tasked with evaluating Tuition Partners, one of the two pillars of the NTP. Tuition Partners launched on Monday 2nd November with the expectation that around 250,000 disadvantaged pupils will be reached by the programme.
What do they want to find out?
The evaluation has been set up with the aim of generating findings in three areas: impact, effectiveness and take-up.
On impact, the evaluation will look at the difference tutoring makes on pupils’ learning, particularly for disadvantaged pupils. A core aim of the evaluation is to find out if tutoring received via Tuition Partners improves pupil attainment in key subjects such as English and Maths.
The evaluation will also look at the factors that support take-up by disadvantaged schools and pupils and how to overcome any barriers tutoring providers face in their attempt to reach these schools.
Why are we evaluating Tuition Partners?
The independent evaluation will generate crucial insights into the effectiveness of tutoring and how to implement a national programme of this scale.
The evaluation will work alongside the programme, delivering ongoing formative feedback to help improve implementation and effectiveness. The evaluation team will be working with the NTP collaboratively in order to send feedback to NTP Tuition Partners in real-time to improve their delivery.
Professor Becky Francis, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) who are delivering NTP Tuition Partners said:
This is set to be a vital piece of research for the sector into the impact of tuition for pupil outcomes. It is being overseen by a consortium led by the NFER who have experience working with large-scale evaluations. They will rapidly assess NTP Tuition Partners on impact, effectiveness, scale and more
By evaluating NTP Tuition Partners, we will gain crucial insight into how different types of tuition provision affect disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes
The evaluation carried out by the NFER will provide us with rolling feedback so we can learn what works best for those disadvantaged students who need support most.
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