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21st October 2021

National Tutoring Programme – Two Ways We Can Help

Government funding is expected to help up to 1.5 million pupils to access high-quality tuition at school over the next few years. We’re here to support schools in making the most of their allocated funding, by hiring professional, qualified tutors to work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children in small groups, to help close the attainment gap caused by a year and a half of school closures.

Tutoring is big news right now, and with several routes available to schools, it’s important that leaders know their options and what will work for their unique needs. Book a call with our NTP manager below if you have any questions.

What Options Do Schools Have?

There are three options for schools to utilise allocated tuition funding, and it’s really important that a route is chosen based on the specific needs of a school – for some, working with a Tuition Partner might be the best-matched route, whereas others may prefer the flexibility of School-Led Tutoring. Funding is allocated for around 60% of pupils eligible for pupil premium per school and must be spent on tutoring, or returned at the end of the next academic year. These ring-fenced funds are automatically available, with no need for schools to apply. 

NTP Tuition PartnerS

Schools access tutoring with their preferred partner agency or tutor through the NTP Tuition Hub. Agencies must be approved as Tuition Partners on the National Tutoring Programme and all tutors are fully compliant and background checked. Schools must fund 30% of the cost of tutoring through the NTP, which can be paid for with recovery and or catch-up funding. Find out more about Engage and the NTP here.

  • Dedicated Tuition Hub for booking and progress tracking
  • 70% of tuition funded, 30% subsidy for schools
  • List of approved providers


The School-Led route offers increased flexibility. Schools can choose to spend funding in different ways, such as paying current staff that are familiar with students to tutor, or with different sized groups. The Department for Education recommends that schools work with agencies that are approved on the CCS Framework. Being part of the framework means that agencies have a proven commitment to fair, compliant and efficient recruitment practices – it’s a great starting point when choosing an agency to work with. Find out more about the CCS Framework and what it means for schools here.

  • Schools can source their own tutors or work with a CCS-approved agency
  • 75% funded tuition, 25% subsidy for schools
  • Increased flexibility in hiring, group sizes and utilising current teachers


Schools can also hire trained graduates as tutors. Graduates can choose to work as a tutor as a way of gaining experience in a school environment and will receive a full salary, paid training and ongoing career development. Find out more about Academic mentors on the government website here.

How CAN Engage Support Schools?

Our tutors are already in schools helping children and young people to catch up on missed learning. As both an approved Tuition Partner and a CCS-approved agency, we’re perfectly placed to offer the best advice to fit your pupil’s tuition requirements and source the tutors that you need, whichever route you want to take.

We have a comprehensive compliance and quality assurance process. In order to be successful, tutoring has to be targeted, flexible and delivered by individuals who are passionate about helping kids to overcome the challenges of the last year. The tutors that we work are fully vetted, qualified teachers who attend our specialised training and receive consistent support and reviews from our Partnership & Development team.

We’re one of the few agencies right now that can offer both available routes to funded tutoring. Our NTP manager can talk you through the options, what they mean for your funding and source high-quality tutors from our network of qualified teachers. Book a call at a time that suits you to kick-start your tuition programme today.

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