Frustration at lack of consultation over DfE's £1bn catch-up programme

School leaders have expressed their frustration at being kept in the dark over the government’s plans for a £1 billion catch-up tutoring programme.

The one-year, £350m National Tutoring Programme (NTP) will be set up to offer catch-up support to primary and secondary school pupils “who have missed out on learning during school closures”.

In addition, schools are to receive £650 million in 2020/21 to support catch up activities. However, there is uncertainty over how this money will be allocated – with concern that it is not to be targeted specifically at disadvantaged students – and whether schools will have complete freedom over how it can be spent.

The Department for Education (DfE) says that state schools in England will be able to access high-quality tutoring via the NTP, which will target "the most disadvantaged young people over the 2020/21 academic year". There will be two strands:

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