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National Tutoring Programme

Supporting schools to address the impact of Covid-19 closures on pupils’ learning

The National Tutoring Programme is a government-funded, sector-led initiative to support schools to address the impact of Covid-19 school closures on pupils’ learning.

From the 2020-21 school year, the National Tutoring Programme will make high-quality tuition available to state-maintained primary and secondary schools, providing additional support to help pupils who have missed out the most as a result of school closures.

There is a substantial attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their classmates – and the EEF's analysis suggests this is likely to be growing significantly while schools are closed to most pupils.

There is extensive evidence showing the impact of tutoring to support pupils who have fallen behind.

However, access to tutoring is often limited to the schools and parents that can most afford it. It’s estimated that around 80% of disadvantaged pupils currently don’t have access to quality tuition. The National Tutoring Programme aims to support schools in addressing this.

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) consists of two pillars;

  • NTP Partners: through NTP Partners, schools will be able to access heavily subsided tutoring from an approved list of tuition partners. These organisations – which will all be subject to quality, safeguarding and evaluation standards – will be given support and funding to reach as many disadvantaged pupils as possible.
  • NTP Coaches: through NTP Coaches, trained graduates will by employed by schools in the most disadvantaged areas to provide intensive catch-up support to their pupils, allowing teachers in these schools to focus on their classrooms.

Guided by quality standards and clear criteria to target support to the most disadvantaged pupils, teachers and school leaders will decide which approach best fits their needs, which tuition partners to work with, and which pupils will benefit most from additional tuition.

The design of the National Tutoring Programme has been created through a collaboration between four charities, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), Sutton Trust, Impetus and Nesta. They will be involved in the initial delivery.

Frequently Asked Questions

An FAQs in relation to the National Tutoring Programme available online here:

NTP Frequently Asked Questions

NTP Frequently Asked Questions

NTP is a government-funded, sector-led initiative to support schools to address the impact of Covid-19 school closures on pupils’ learning

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