Academic Year 2020/21
When we first heard of the National Tutoring Programme, we explored each route to access tuition as we wanted to give our pupils the best possible chance to recover from the lost learning brought on by the pandemic. Our focus was on pupils’ learning and progress, but confidence was another key factor which required careful attention. The Trust was fully committed to ensure the effective use of government grants.
For the first year of the programme, we wanted to focus this targeted support to pupils that were most in need of tuition. This was predominantly our disadvantaged pupils and those in examination years that found it difficult to engage in home-learning.
Once we had tutors assigned to pupils, we quickly started to see improvements in their engagement and confidence.
Academic Year 2021/22
We have continued to use the National Tutoring Programme this academic year, through engaging with Tuition Partners and Academic Mentors. In September, we were pleased that the new School-Led tutoring funding had been made available to pay and train our existing staff to fulfil the tuition function. We have enrolled a number of our qualified teachers as tutors to support our Year 11 pupils, under the new School-Led tuition route. This additional support has offered us more flexibility and meant that tuition could start immediately in the new academic year. We also hope to up-skill our support staff to become tutors in the Spring term, following completion of their online training. To date, the programme has had a fantastic impact on the pupils, and we have seen a noticeable improvement in their confidence. This has also been reflected in teacher and parental feedback. We are looking forward to seeing the impact of these efforts in pupil assessments.
We have taken the opportunity to gather feedback from our pupils who are receiving tuition sessions. Overall, pupils have said they enjoy their time with tutors and look forward to the next session.
We would certainly recommend as many schools as possible to sign-up to the National Tutoring Programme, as once you get a tutor in place the impact makes it worth it.