Recently, Action Tutoring submitted its application to be a provider for The National Tutoring Programme (NTP), a new government initiative to support disadvantaged pupils to recover from the educational disruption caused by Covid-19.
We were closely involved in campaigning for this programme and are delighted that the potential of tutoring to significantly benefit pupils is now being widely recognised at a national level.
We are confident that our proposal meets the criteria set by the National Tutoring Programme and are welcoming schools to partner with us as we work to support some of the most disadvantaged pupils in the UK who have been impacted by the pandemic.
But what is the National Tutoring Programme?
Over the summer, the Government announced a new programme to help support children falling behind due to school closures earlier this year – the National Tutoring Programme (NTP).
Government-funded, it will provide tutoring in state-maintained primary and secondary schools to help disadvantaged pupils.
“Through a collaboration of organisations across the country, our aim is to make this tuition available to tens of thousands of primary and secondary school pupils.”
Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation.
The Government has proposed a £350 million budget to support the National Tutoring Programme. Some of this funding is being used to provide academic mentors in schools to work with pupils, overseen by Teach First, and some will go directly to tutoring providers through the NTP. Schools will only have to contribute 25% of the cost of tutoring programmes as part of the programme, the final 75% of the costs of tutoring will be covered by the Government’s funding.
The new National Tutoring Programme has been designed and developed through collaboration with key charities in the education sector – the Education Endowment Foundation, Sutton Trust, Impetus, and Nesta.
The NTP will commence in early November. Action Tutoring has already started our programmes for this term, including online tutoring, and therefore welcome volunteers now to apply to tutor with us.
When will Action Tutoring know if it is a partner?
Action Tutoring has recently submitted our application to be part of the NTP and we hope to receive news of whether we will be a partner in late October.
We have put forward an exciting proposal, which would see the charity grow significantly. We will continue to provide high-quality tutoring, through brilliant volunteer tutors, building on what we have been delivering since our creation in 2011, across an increased number of schools. This will also see us increase our geographical reach, expanding from our current cities and launching in new areas, whilst also continuing to rapidly increase our online delivery.
As we look to prepare for the start of the programme, we welcome applications from both schools and volunteer tutors.