Lessons learned: Research outlines tenets of effective tutoring provision

Tutoring provision in schools is effective when it is well-planned, delivered in small groups, aligned with the school curriculum, delivered by qualified teachers, and when it builds on students’ prior knowledge.
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The advice has been published in a research report collating the findings from phase 2 of Ofsted’s on-going review of the government’s National Tutoring Programme (NTP).

Inspectors warned, however, that remote tutoring through NTP tuition partners route was “the weakest form of tutoring” due to poor communication between tutors and staff, and schools having little involvement in the content of the sessions.

Having said this, a second review of NTP provision, published this week by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), found “high satisfaction” for the programme overall across all three NTP routes (Lynch et al, 2023).

Both the Ofsted and the NFER reviews sound clear warnings about schools’ intention to cut NTP provision when the government subsidy is axed next year.

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