Tutoring: Hitting the target but missing the point?

The government has pledged to deliver tutoring for six million pupils by 2025. But with dwindling subsidies, Nick Brook says that ministers could well find themselves hitting the target, but missing the point

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world

Revolution, The Beatles (1968)

A month ago, I found myself sat in the main hall of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester listening to a discussion on the government’s flagship National Tutoring Programme (NTP). It was peppered with references to a “tutoring revolution” in schools.

I’m all for a tutoring revolution. How could you argue with an ambition that every child, in every school, in every part of the country should have easy access to high-quality tutoring as and when needed, irrespective of family wealth or background? This is a worthy ambition. It’s just not one I hear articulated often enough.

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