This project will evaluate the implementation and impact of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) in its third year (2022-23). The NTP is an important part of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery response, providing schools with funding to spend on targeted tuition support for pupils who have been hit hardest by the disruption caused by the pandemic, with an aim of improving their progress. It is available to pupils in years 1 to 11 across all state-funded schools and has three routes of support: Tuition Partners, Academic Mentors and School- Led Tutoring.
There is a new delivery model of the NTP in year 3. All funding will be paid directly to schools, giving them the flexibility to decide how best to provide tutoring for their pupils. The DfE will provide central guidance and customer support for schools (including finding tutoring providers). New contractors are in place to provide training for tutors, to recruit and deploy academic mentors, and to quality assure tuition partners.
The Department for Education (DfE) has commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to evaluate this new model and the services being delivered, in order to inform policy and the delivery of the programme in 2023-24. An implementation and process evaluation (IPE) will seek to explore the implementation of the new NTP model, the extent to which tuition is embedded within the school system, the extent to which the NTP is supporting pupils with SEND and the perceived impact of the NTP. To explore these issues, NFER is carrying out online surveys of school staff at two time points (autumn 2022 and spring 2023), as well as interviews with NTP providers, school staff, and tutors in the spring 2023. Interviews will also be carried out with the DfE customer support team, external contractors, and Tuition Partners.
An impact evaluation will explore the impact of the programme on Year 6 and Year 11 pupils’ attainment in maths and English, and how this impact varies by pupil characteristics, region and amount of tutoring received. Schools will not be asked to provide data for the impact evaluation directly to NFER, as data will be obtained from secondary datasets such as the Pupil Census and National Pupil Database.
How to take part in the research
School staff participating in the NTP in 2022-23 will be invited to take part in the online staff surveys and interviews. NTP tutors, members of the DfE customer support team, external contractors, and Tuition Partners will also be invited to take part in interviews.
If your school is using the National Tutoring Programme to deliver tutoring this year and haven’t received our invitation, please complete the survey here.
For more information about what personal data will be collected from school staff via the surveys and interviews, please read the privacy notice which is available here. A privacy notice relating to the use of pupil data in the evaluation is also available here.
Privacy notices for tutors taking part in interviews can be found here.
A privacy notice for NTP providers (members of the DfE customer support team, external contractors, and Tuition Partners) taking part in interviews can be found here.