TalentEd welcomes the government announcement today of a National Tutoring Programme to help disadvantaged students catch up from the impact of school closures. £350m has been pledged to fund this scheme, which will allow schools to access heavily subsidized one-to-one or small group tuition. This is an important step towards ensuring disadvantaged students do not get left behind by the public health crisis.
As Professor Becky Francis, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said, “Tutoring is the catch-up approach supported by the strongest evidence we have.”
This announcement comes after significant work behind the scenes by a group of organisations including the Education Endowment Foundation, The Sutton Trust, Impetus, and Nesta, to which TalentEd contributed. We were also part of the campaign, along with a group of other organisations of the Fair Education Alliance coalition, that has been active in calling for the government to take action.
However, we are concerned about the exclusion of Further Education and Early Years from this announcement, and encourage the government to consider what can be done to support these groups.
Full details of the scheme can be found here.