Another national lockdown was not the way most of us wanted to start the new year, but we must deal with the reality of the situation we find ourselves in. Schools are now closed to most pupils, except for vulnerable students and children of critical workers. School staff are working exceptionally hard to ensure their pupils have the necessary resources and technology to access online learning, whilst also delivering face-to-face lessons for those pupils that are in school.
At the heart of our mission is ensuring disadvantaged pupils do not lose out from any disruption to schooling. This includes any tutoring that schools had arranged through NTP Tuition Partners, as most sessions were due to take place in school. However, in light of events, we have updated our requirements on how tuition should be delivered.
In the first instance, schools should speak to their chosen Tuition Partner as soon as possible to confirm or rearrange delivery. Tuition that was meant to take place either online or face-to-face in school may be rearranged to take place online-at-home. Our guidance for schools regarding online-at-home tuition offers advice on what considerations need to be made. Alternatively, tuition can be postponed to a later date if that is the preference of schools.
For pupils still attending school, we would suggest that tutoring still takes place in school as planned, to ensure high attendance and to make sure pupils have the necessary equipment to access the sessions. This is in line with the evidence on effective tutoring which suggests that arranging tutoring during the school day had the best impact.
26 Tuition Partners are currently approved to deliver online tuition at-home, and we’re working to add more to that list.
It is still also possible for schools to book tutoring for their pupils, using our search function to find providers in their area. Tuition Partners that are able to deliver online tutoring at-home are highlighted.
If you are an individual wanting to tutor, you can still sign up with one of our Tuition Partners as normal.
The decision to postpone, rearrange or continue with tutoring as planned is one for schools to make. We want to give schools the flexibility to decide what works best for their pupils. Schools and Tuition Partners will continue to work closely and collaborate to support additional learning for the children that need it most.