Just give us the cash: Schools' National Tutoring Programme plea

Schools should be able to access National Tutoring Programme (NTP) cash without having to match funding from “extremely stretched” budgets, headteachers have said.

The Department for Education (DfE) had been due to reduce its tutoring subsidy from 60% to just 25% from September – but it has now confirmed that it will only fall to 50%.

However, it means that schools will still be required to stump up 50% of the cost of NTP interventions – which headteachers say will be impossible for many given the state of school budgets.

The Association of School and College Leaders, while welcoming the change, said that schools which struggled to cover 40% of the cost of tutoring this year will find it no easier to cover 50% of the cost next year.

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