The National Tutoring Programme Year 2: Implementation and Process Evaluation
26 October 2022
This report summarises the findings from the implementation and process evaluation of the second year of the National Tutoring programme (2021-22). The programme is an important part of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery response, offering tuition support to disadvantaged pupils who have been hit hardest by the disruption.
Drawing on survey and interview data, the report focuses on: reasons for participation in the NTP; its implementation (particularly School-Led Tutoring (SLT) which was new in 2021-22); the impact of the NTP on workloads; the effect of the NTP on pupil premium spending on tutoring; satisfaction with the programme; and perceptions of its impact.
- Most school leaders and teachers were generally positive about all three NTP routes, although favoured the SLT route because they valued control and autonomy over delivery of tutoring.
- Most senior leaders involved in each of the individual routes perceived the NTP was having a positive impact on pupils’ attainment, self-confidence and them catching up with their peers.
- The majority who were participating in the NTP were satisfied with the quality of tuition across all three routes, yet a minority had found it difficult to access provision and lacked confidence in being able to obtain high-quality tutoring.
- Some schools were not participating in the NTP because they felt the subsidies were insufficient, but could be encouraged to participate in the future if subsidies were increased.
- Most senior leaders had experienced an increase in their workload, particularly due to the management and administration time required to deliver tutoring.