Guide to tutoring for schools: 2023 to 2024
This guide provides information for schools about the National Tutoring Programme in 2023 to 2024 academic year. The guide summarises the changes implemented for this academic year, including funding levels and data submissions. It provides an overview of the tutoring routes available in addition to information to help you decide the most appropriate support for your school.
The Department for Education hosted a recent NTP webinar for schools. It was an interesting and interactive session which captured several questions that schools raised. You can view the comprehensive FAQ document along with the webinar slides. If you have any NTP queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To review questions asked in the webinar please click this link.
Answers to commonly asked questions about the National Tutoring Programme - Academic Mentors
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Academic Mentors work flexibly with your wider team, developing and delivering bespoke tutoring to help pupils achieve their academic goals. Employing an Academic Mentor can help improve academic outcomes, boost pupil engagement, and aid recovery from lost learning due to the pandemic. You can learn more about the benefits of Academic Mentors here.
Schools receive one tutoring grant to contribute to all tuition routes. This will be paid in termly instalments. You can view your school’s allocation on GOV.UK.
In the 2023 to 2024 academic year, each tuition route will have a 50% subsidy rate. Remaining costs can be subsidised using other budgets, such as the Pupil Premium. A maximum hourly per pupil rate applies. These are:
•£18 for mainstream schools, of which the DfE subsidy will be £9 (50%)
•£47 for non-mainstream schools, of which the DfE subsidy will be £23.50 (50%)
This means you must record, for all tutoring delivered in 2023 to 2024, the total cost you incur, and the number of hours delivered, which you will be required to share with DfE via your funding return in summer 2024. Where your hourly rate (total cost incurred divided by number of hours delivered) is £18 or less (£47 or less for non-mainstream schools), DfE will cover 50% of the cost you have incurred (subject to your school’s allocation). Where your hourly rate is greater than £18 (or greater than £47 for non-mainstream schools), DfE will cap your return at the relevant maximum rate.
If you are considering employing an Academic Mentor, and you are a small school or have limited funding, you may wish to consider arrangements with other schools in your academy trust or local area to share this tutoring resource. This flexibility is encouraged if it works best for schools and extends the benefits of tutoring to a higher number of students in need of support.
We use a 5-step process for placing Academic Mentors in schools.
Register your interest
Matching & compliance
Schools are welcome to conduct their own evaluations to assess the impact of tutoring. When selecting pupils for Academic Mentor tutoring, you may find it helpful to consider those who are currently tracking behind in reading or writing, preparing for primary assessments, or who would benefit from a boost for GCSE exams or similar. Schools should ensure that they keep track of the number of pupils receiving tutoring, the total pupil hours provided, and the total cost incurred, to be able to fill in the Year-End Statement.
It is for those with lower levels of attainment. It is up for schools to decide which pupils would benefit most from tutoring for example, those with upcoming exams or near a grade boundary for a certain subject.
There is no limit to the number of Academic Mentors you can employ but we would encourage you to check your 2023/24 funding allocation carefully.
Yes, all schools can request an Academic Mentor with up to 50% of the cost subsidised by the 2023/24 funding allocation. The funding you can claim if you employ an Academic Mentor in 2023/24 will be based on the number of hours of tuition delivered. Therefore, the 50% subsidy applies to this hourly rate, rather than their annual salary.