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Funding for national tutoring programme in England to be doubled next academic year

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05th June 2023, 11:09 GMT Ms Karen Nelson | Education Staff Writer


The UK government intends to double funding for its flagship National Tutoring Programme (NTP), which was initiated in November 2020 to assist English children in recovering learning losses incurred during the Covid-19 pandemic-induced school closures.


The NTP had been criticised by the Labour Party last January, stating that it had let down children and taxpayers by meeting only 10% of the annual tuition target. The programme was also controversially outsourced to Randstad in 2021, a private company that Labour claimed had minimal tutoring experience.


Despite these criticisms, the government plans to provide an additional £150m to schools in the coming year. This contribution forms part of a broader £1bn package to be distributed over the next four years. Originally, the government had funded 75% of the NTP for the 2021-22 academic year, planning to reduce this subsidy to 25% for 2023-24. However, it has since reversed this decision, increasing the subsidy rate to 50% for the upcoming academic year, with schools covering the remaining costs.


Sir Peter Lampl, Chair of the Sutton Trust, had previously urged the continuation of the subsidy, asserting that despite some delivery problems, the NTP had significantly transformed the tutoring landscape. It provided tuition opportunities to young individuals who would not have been able to afford them otherwise.


Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, stated that since its 2020 launch, the NTP has continuously evolved to ensure its effectiveness for pupils and schools. Over 3 million courses have commenced as a result. He stressed the government's commitment to aiding schools in integrating tutoring in the long term due to its positive impact on pupils. Hence, he expressed his pleasure that next year, the government will be able to match schools' funding contributions while providing broader support through a £2bn increase in overall school funding.


Nick Brook, CEO of Speakers for Schools and Chair of the Department for Education’s Strategic Tutoring Advisory Group, welcomed the government's decision to raise the NTP subsidy to 50% next year. He believes that this will be good news for many schools that have seen positive results from the programme and wish to continue offering tutoring in the following year.


In a concluding statement, John Glen, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, reinforced the government's commitment to providing a world-class education to every student. He affirmed that covering half of the tutoring costs for the NTP next year signifies this commitment and acts as an investment for long-term economic growth.,60-sheffield-terrace,-london,-england,-w8-7na,-united-kingdom-/YKMAP2CjAA.html[email protected],41-clerk-st-newington,-edinburgh-eh8-9jq-~lWNAPpVjQA.html,grand-arcade,-st-andrews-st-cambridge-cambridgeshire-cb2-3bj-SFWNAEhVjQA.html