Schools continue to shun National Tutoring Programme

The evidence continues to stack up that schools want to be funded to deliver their own “catch-up” tutoring interventions and are shunning the struggling National Tutoring Programme (NTP).

Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows that among schools’ strategies for recovery work, the NTP was used by just 19 per cent of primaries and 33 per cent of secondaries during autumn 2020 (Achtaridou et al, 2022).

However, of these schools, 89 per cent of the primaries said they ran small group or one-to-one tutoring as part of recovery work, as did 80 per cent of secondaries. The schools preferred internal solutions to external options or the NTP.

This attitude is evidenced in the latest take-up figures for the NTP, published this week (DfE, 2022). They show a poor take-up for tuition offered by the NTP’s approved third-party providers – known as tuition partners – with just 52,000 courses having begun as of December 12 last year. This against a target of 524,000.

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