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Full guide to National Tutoring Programme for schools in 2022-23 academic year

The Department for Education has revealed details of how the NTP will work through the school year for 2022/23

Schools are now back up and running across England and as we enter a new academic year, the government has released details about how the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) will work.

Earlier this year, the Department for Education announced plans to simplify the programme for the 2022/2023 academic year.

The DfE said it recognises that each school has pupils with varying needs, so have "developed a tutoring proposition that provides a high degree of flexibility and choice".

Take a look at our useful guide below for teachers and school leaders, which includes everything you need to know about the NTP and how to choose a provider.


Jump straight to any of the key points here:


What is the National Tutoring Programme?

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) provides primary and secondary schools with funding to spend on targeted academic support, delivered by trained and experienced tutors and mentors. Pupils in key stages 1 to 4 (years 1 to 11) are eligible for the NTP.

Why was the National Tutoring Programme introduced?

As we return to pre-pandemic ways of living, the focus is on helping pupils catch up on lost learning and turning towards the long-established challenge of tackling the attainment gap.

It is a priority for the NTP to embed tutoring as a permanent fixture in the school system because it is a universally recognised method of addressing low attainment and educational inequality.

The government says it is committed to narrowing the attainment gap and improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged in society. The DfE says: "Strong evidence suggests that the model of targeted, academic support, through highly trained tutors working with small groups and individuals, can make a difference to academic progress that can be expressed in months."

Who can deliver National Tutoring Programme lessons?

  • Tuition partners – tutors recruited by external tutoring organisations quality-assured by DfE. Tuition partners must be NTP accredited.

  • School-led tutoring – members of a school’s own personnel, either currently employed or specifically engaged for this purpose, including retired, returning or supply teachers, support staff, and others.

  • Academic mentors – full-time, in-house staff members employed to provide intensive support to pupils who need it.

Which route should schools take?

This will be entirely the choice of key decision makers at schools, but there are a number of key factors to consider. Contracting an accredited tuition partner, for example, eases the level of work and hassle for school leaders as the programme will be managed and delivered in full by a trusted provid