How the funding works

Information for schools on costs and funding for the National Tutoring Programme.

All routes of the National Tutoring Programme: Tuition Partners, Academic Mentors and School-Led Tutoring are subsidised by the Department for Education.

In the 2021 to 2022 academic year, should you choose to utilise support via Tuition Partners, 70% of the cost will be subsidised. 

If you choose to employ an Academic Mentor, 95% of the cost will be subsidised. We anticipate that the remaining costs can be typically funded through the Recovery Premium or Pupil Premium. 

Alternatively, if School-Led Tutoring is the right solution for you, your school will have a ring-fenced grant to fund locally sourced tutoring provision. 75% of the cost will be subsidised and the remaining could be funded by schools via other budgets such as the Recovery Premium or Pupil Premium.

Academic Mentors

Academic Mentors are employed members of staff and are paid by the schools. The subsidy payment will be paid by the National Tutoring Programme directly to the schools.

Tuition Partners

Funding for the Tuition Partners route is paid directly to the Tuition Partner on your behalf, and they will then invoice the school for any unsubsidised element.

School-Led Tutoring

For School-Led tutoring, there is no opt-in process, all schools with pupils eligible for pupil premium funding will have received a grant paid directly by the Department for Education.

Unity School Partnership Trust, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Havering

The Unity School Partnership Trust discusses how they have utilised all 3 routes of the National Tutoring Programme to support their pupils’ learning and progress, having “seen a noticeable improvement in their confidence.

Burnage Academy for Boys, Manchester

Burnage Academy for Boys has used the National Tutoring Programme to fund their 2 Academic Mentors. Helping “pupils feel safe and confident”. Learn how they have seen progress in the students who are accessing tuition.


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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.

School-Led Tutoring

School-Led tutoring can include using existing staff such as teachers and teaching assistants or external tutoring resources, such as private tutors or returning teachers.