Tutoring programmes: summary

Find out about the National Tutoring Programme – including academic mentors and school-led tutoring – and separate schemes for reception-aged and 16 to 19-year-old pupils. Be clear on what funding your school could receive and how to monitor that it's being spent appropriately.

Last reviewed on 9 November 2022
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  1. What's the National Tutoring Programme?
  2. The NTP offers 3 routes for tutoring 
  3. How NTP funding works
  4. Monitor your school's use of NTP funding
  5. Tutoring for reception-aged children 
  6. Tutoring for 16 to 19-year-olds

What's the National Tutoring Programme?

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) for 5 to 16-year-olds provides targeted support for disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils in state-funded schools who need the most help.

While the NTP was established to help pupils catch up on learning lost during the pandemic, the focus is now on the attainment gap more generally. Schools should prioritise pupils that are eligible for the pupil premium to receive tutoring but can decide to offer it to others.

Your school can offer tutoring through different routes, which your leaders are free to decide on according to pupils' needs. They can use 1 or a combination of more than 1.

The NTP offers 3 routes for tutoring 

Academic mentors are employed to work full-time, in-house to provide intensive support to pupils who