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School-led Tutoring Guidance


New Department for Education guidance for school leaders, school staff and governing bodies on school-led tutoring which is being introduced as part of the National Tutoring Programme in 2021/22.

Disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in significant missed education by pupils. Disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils have been particularly impacted.


Tutoring is one of the most effective tools for helping pupils recover lost education and many pupils have already benefited this year from the National Tutoring Programme (NTP). The Government is offering schools and academy trusts a new expanded tutoring offer from the start of academic year 2021/22.


Schools and academy trusts can now access three tutoring routes as part of the National Tutoring Programme:


  • Route 1: Tuition Partners
  • Route 2: Academic Mentors
  • Route 3: School-Led Tutoring


The guidance sets out the NTP tutoring offer, including how the three routes can meet different needs of pupils and how they complement each other.


The main part of the guidance provides schools and academy trusts with further information on School-Led Tutoring only.


Under School-Led Tutoring, all eligible state-funded schools and academy trusts are given a ring-fenced grant to fund locally sourced tutoring provision for disadvantaged pupils. This could include using existing staff such as teachers and teaching assistants or external tutoring resources such as private tutors or returning teachers. The grant gives schools and academy trusts the flexibility to use tutors with whom they are familiar.


The full guidance can be found here.

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