The National Tutoring Programme

The Sutton Trust is excited to be working with the Education Endowment Foundation, Nesta, Teach First and Impetus on the new National Tutoring Programme, as a direct response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) aims to support schools in providing a sustained response to the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a longer-term contribution to closing the attainment gap.

Through NTP Tuition Partners, schools will be able to access subsidised high-quality tuition from an approved list of providers.The Education Endowment Foundation will be leading the delivery of this part of the programme and has been provided with funding from the Department for Education to fund activity in 2020 – 2021.

Through NTP Academic Mentors, trained graduates will be employed by schools in the most disadvantaged areas to provide intensive support to their pupils.

Teach First will be supporting the recruitment, training and placement of the first cohort of Academic Mentors. The salaries of Academic Mentors will be funded by the Government.

Both pillars are funded as part of Government’s £350m allocation to tutoring, through the £1bn coronavirus catch up package. Further information about catch-up funding, including for early years settings and post-16 providers, is provided on the Department for Education website.

To find out more about the NTP, please visit their website, or sign up to the mailing list.

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