Covid recovery: Schools support use of tuition, but not via the NTP

School leaders are shunning the government’s flagship National Tutoring Programme (NTP) in favour of organising and delivering tutoring themselves as part of Covid recovery efforts.

Research shows that while 70 per cent of school leaders believe that one-to-one and small group tuition should be a priority as part of recovery work with pupils, only three per cent think this should be delivered via the NTP.

The “bureaucracy” surrounding the government’s high-profile initiative is blamed for the lack of engagement. School leaders have also previously raised concerns about the quality of tutors being offered via the NTP and many believe that the NTP’s funding should be going directly to schools.

So far, the NTP has cost tax-payers £350m with a further £83m being announced earlier this year as well as an additional £218 allocated as part of the Department for Education’s ridiculed Education Recovery Plan.

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