School-Led Tutoring: Information for schools

Information on grant funding directly to schools to support provision of School-Led tutoring.

Pupil support

Schools are able to decide how to effectively support their pupils to help them reach their full potential, develop their skills and build their confidence.

Flexibility

Giving schools the flexibility to choose the best solution for their students. Schools can decide which pupils need the most support and how to deliver this.

Localised approach

Giving schools direct funding to source their own local tutors. Some may choose to use staff members who are already familiar with their pupils.

Government funded

Ring-fenced grant funding directly to schools allocated for around 60% of pupils eligible for pupil premium in Year 1-11.

What is the School-Led tutoring route?

School-Led tutoring gives more flexibility for schools to use resources to best meet the needs of their pupils. This can be achieved by using internal staff such as teachers or teaching assistants, external staff such as supply or returning teachers, or private tutors. 

Tuition sessions are delivered one-to-one or in small groups (recommended ratio of 1:3,maximum 1:6). Evidence demonstrates that small group tuition has greater outcomes for pupils. Schools should organise tutoring to take place at a time that will encourage high attendance from pupils and scheduled so that they do not miss specialist support or core curriculum. The school is also able to decide the subjects the tutoring is delivered in to ensure the greatest impact on its pupils.

What training is required for School-Led tutors?

School-Led tutoring gives more flexibility for schools to use resources to best meet the needs of their pupils. This can be achieved by using internal staff such as teachers or teaching assistants, external staff such as supply or returning teachers, or private tutors. 

Tuition sessions are delivered one-to-one or in small groups (recommended ratio of 1:3, maximum 1:6). Evidence demonstrates that small group tuition has greater outcomes for pupils. Schools should organise tutoring to take place at a time that will encourage high attendance from pupils and scheduled so that they do not miss specialist support or core curriculum. The school is also able to decide the subjects the tutoring is delivered in to ensure the greatest impact on its pupils. Some internal staff will be required to complete a free, online training course developed and delivered by Education Development Trust before they can begin tutoring. This applies to staff without QTS, with the exception of non-QTS teachers who have at least two years’ experience in the subject and phase in which they wish to tutor in. All Teaching Assistants must complete the online training.

Internal staff with QTS can begin tutoring from September, along with external tutors. A shorter course in best tutoring practice will be available for internal staff with QTS and we strongly recommend teachers complete this once the training becomes available. 

Learn more about the training 

Hear what others have to say about the School-Led route

Wilnecote Junior Academy, Tamworth

Wilnecote Junior Academy’ Headteacher, Nicola Glover, reflects on the difference their school has seen by utilising additional support from their Teaching Assistants through the School-Led Tutoring route, to support their work with maths Tuition Partners.

Queensmead School, Middlesex

Carl Kavanagh, Assistant Head and Lead for Pupil Premium at Queensmead School, Middlesex, shares how his school has invested in School-Led tutoring to focus on catch-up lessons for students in Year 9 who they have identified as needing extra support.

Register your school

Register your schools interest to participate in the School-Led tutoring training course.
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Find out about the other routes of the National Tutoring Programme

Academic Mentors

Academic mentors are salaried members of staff and will work alongside teachers to provide a range of interventions, focusing on one-to-one and small group tuition.

Tuition Partners

Schools can access high-quality tutoring from an approved list of providers known as Tuition Partners, who have passed a set of quality, safeguarding and evaluation standards.

This website contains information relating to academic year 2021 to 2022.

If you are an Academic Mentor looking for a new role for September 2022, continue on this website to complete your application.

For information regarding academic year 2022 to 2023, click the link below.