School-Led Tutoring

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

School-Led Tutoring is one of the three NTP tuition routes for 2021/22. Under this route, all eligible state-funded primary, middle and secondary schools and academy trusts in England will receive a direct, ring-fenced grant from the Department of Education to spend on local tutoring provision.

As part of the NTP, School-Led Tutoring is designed to help close the education gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. We know that these pupils were disproportionately affected during school disruptions as a result of COVID-19. The grant should therefore focus on providing support to these pupils, although schools can use their discretion to extend it to other pupils in need of catch-up support.

School-Led Tutoring is designed to give schools and academy trusts more flexibility to use tutors who they determine will best meet the needs of their pupils. This could include:

  • Internal staff such as teachers, teaching assistants or Initial Teacher Trainees
  • External staff such as supply, retired or returning teachers
  • Private tutors such as individual tutors or tutoring organisations

Schools and academy trusts can start tutoring from the beginning of the Autumn term, although the first instalment of the grant will not be made until the end of September or October. The amount of funding, including how many hours of tuition each grant is expected to cover, will be communicated to schools and academy trusts in September.

Some internal staff will be required to successfully complete a free, online tutoring training course before they can begin delivering sessions. 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 they wish to tutor in.

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 it is launched. The training will be available from November and more details will be issued in due course.

The Department for Education has published two documents on School-Led Tutoring which provides comprehensive details on how to plan, access and deliver this tuition route. These should be read together:

School-Led Tutoring guidance

School-Led Tutoring conditions of grant

Frequently Asked Questions

How to deliver School-Led Tutoring in your school

Quality Assurance

Funding for School-Led Tutoring

For any questions about School-Led tutoring get in touch through the contact form.