New-look National Tutoring Programme must 'deliver on its moral imperative'

The new-look National Tutoring Programme (NTP) must address regional disparities in provision and ensure clear targets for reaching low-income students, it was said this week.

The government has finally admitted defeat and has pledged to give all of its catch-up tutoring funding for 2022/23 directly to schools.

It follows months of anger at the poor and chaotic performance of the NTP – the flagship component of the Department for Education’s Covid recovery strategy.

The NTP’s core approach of making schools use “tuition partners” – a list of 57 “approved” and subsidised third party providers, many of which are profit-making companies – has not been popular. Even less popular has been its “academic mentors” route.

The final straw seems to have been a scathing report from the Education Select Committee last month, which accused the NTP of “failing the most disadvantaged” young people.

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