Become an approved Tuition Partner

Find out how to become an approved Tuition Partner, as part of the National Tutoring Programme.

DfE Approved

As an approved Tuition Partner, you have to meet the tutoring partner quality standards and accreditation criteria. Qualifying you as a high-quality tuition provider.

Access to schools

By joining the programme you will have access to over 120 registered schools. You will work closely with the schools to form strong relationships and assist their pupils.

Subsidised funding

The funding enables approved Tuition Partners to provide tutors to schools with 70% subsidised by the government, making it affordable and appealing.

Support schools

Through the Tuition Partner programme you will be able to work closely with schools to support them and their pupils to help make a real difference to those most impacted by the pandemic.

How are Tuition Partners selected?

Organisations can apply via the Open Access Scheme. This is a commercial process used to create a panel of organisations that are approved to deliver services. In the case of NTP, this framework consists of tutoring organisations who will be eligible to provide subsidised tutoring to schools. Under the Open Access Scheme, a set of criteria are used to define standards. Each standard must be met for an organisation to be admitted to the framework. Organisations that have evidenced that they meet all the standards, have been admitted onto the framework to be eligible to provide tutoring through the NTP, as a Tutoring Partner.

Eligibility and quality criteria

In order for an organisation to be eligible for the NTP, they need to be able to meet the Tutoring Partner Quality Standards and Accreditation Criteria.

View quality standards and accreditation criteria.

What tuition can be offered by Tuition Partners?

Tuition Partner funding covers a range of different tuition models, including online and face-to-face, as well as 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 ratios. The overarching aim of the Tution Partner route is that 80% of sessions will be delivered on a 1:3 ratio, with sessions of 1:1 and 1:2 largely intended for pupils with additional needs and exceptional cases.

Schools can purchase one 15-hour subsidised block of tuition per pupil, from a Tuition Partner. The breakdown of this can vary, for example one session r per week for an hour, over a 15 week period.

It’s important that Tuition Partners develop positive working relationships with both pupils and teachers. Pupil relationships are critical, to ensure motivation to attend sessions. Tuition Partners will also work closely with teachers to maintain   high attendance at sessions. 

Hear what others have to say about the Tuition Partner route

St Giles Church of England Primary School, Wilenhall

St Giles Church of England Primary have chosen to use Third Space Learning’s online one- to-one maths tuition to support pupils whose education has been most impacted by the pandemic in Year 4 and Year 6.

Staindrop Academy, Darlington

Mark Phelps, Assistant Headteacher at Staindrop Academy, shares how working with Teaching Personnel to deliver tuition is benefitting their students.

Quality standards and accreditation criteria