Randstad welcomes the Government’s announcement to significantly alter the structure for next year’s delivery of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) having worked hand in hand with the Department for Education (DfE) to evolve its objectives over the course of its partnership.
Imperative to the success of the NTP is the ability to adapt to the changing nature of our times. Over the course of this academic year it has become apparent that school-led tuition is proving the most attractive to schools and we believe that putting more power into the trust of those who know their pupils foremost is the best possible option where it can be achieved.
Schools and pupils continue to require support to compensate for lost contact time and work still needs to be done to bridge the attainment gap between social demographics, with our country’s most disadvantaged children struggling to keep pace with more fortunate classmates and at risk of being left behind.
NTP Director Karen Guthrie said:
“Randstad has been privileged to have worked hand in hand with the Government to deliver this year’s National Tutoring Programme and shape its future. The NTP continues to support schools and students who have been unfairly disadvantaged by the pandemic and is constantly evolving to meet the needs of those accessing it.
“We have been lobbying the DfE and Ministers for some time to simplify the rules around accessing the programme and standardise the funding and we are pleased that our advice is being implemented for next year. We have always supported the position that schools know best what is needed for their students and welcome the fact the department has recognised this.
“Feedback from our users has consistently shown that access to the high-quality tutoring and mentoring the programme facilitates has a measurable impact on the attainment levels of the pupils who are benefiting.
“Recent figures have shown that Coronavirus is still having a significant impact in our classrooms meaning that the NTP still has an integral role to play to minimise gaps in knowledge and inequality across our younger generations.
“We also support a fair and transparent procurement process and appreciate that a material change in programme scope requires a new procurement exercise as is right and proper in the protection of public funds.
“We remain committed to the programmes’ principles and its delivery and still have an important job to do for the remainder of this year. Randstad will look to continue its relationship with the DfE if we believe it is in the best interest of the programme and all those benefiting from it.”