National Tutoring Programme Tuition Partners

A summary of the funding and what it means for your school

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What are NTP Tuition Partners?

In order to mitigate lost learning from the pandemic, the Department for Education introduced the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) in 2020. The NTP is a large-scale programme that is made up of several different initiatives, and has been extended for the 2021-22 academic year.

One of these initiatives is their £433m Tuition Partners scheme. Through this scheme, the NTP provides subsidies to Approved Tuition Partners so that schools can purchase tuition to fill planned interventions at a heavily discounted rate.

How does it work?

The funding enables Approved Tuition Partners to provide tutors at a 70% discount. Schools can pay for this with pupil premium, recovery funding and general budget.

Tutoring must be purchased in 15-hour blocks as per NTP guidelines. In most instances, this will be for 1:3 group sessions, but 1:2 and 1:1 tutoring sessions are available for pupils with unique needs. This is because DfE research indicates that a 15-hour block of 1:3 tuition can accelerate a child’s learning by 3-6 months.

Schools can access tutoring through the NTP’s Approved Tuition Partners. Zen Educate is one such partner, and guarantees in-person tutors with Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) or extensive Teaching Assistant experience at a rate of just £3.50 per hour per pupil.

How can I use it?

As schools pay just 30% with the rest being subsidised, booking with Zen Educate will only cost you £157.50 for a 15-hour block of 1:3 in-person tutoring; that's just £52.50 per pupil. That’s a huge saving compared to other providers, as shown here.

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