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National Tutoring Programme

Flexible, high-quality tutoring


The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) supports schools by providing access to high-quality tutoring, to help pupils whose education has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Schools can choose from three routes to tutoring:

  • Tuition Partners
  • Academic Mentors
  • School-Led Tutoring.

We deliver an evidence-based, self-directed and accessible online National Tutoring Programme Training Course, focused on best practice in tutoring. This training is being offered to all school staff, who are nominated as School-Led Tutors by their school leaders, and to those who are recruited as Academic Mentors by Cognition. 

School-Led Tutors and Academic Mentors will receive recognition by the Chartered College of Teaching and gain access to further resources, as they continue to navigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their pupils’ outcomes.  

Take part

Find out more about the programme and how to register, on the NTP website.

National Tutoring Programme website

How it works

State-funded schools will receive NTP funding over the course of the 2023/24 academic year, to deliver tuition to their pupils. This funding is paid in termly instalments, via local authorities and academy trusts. Funding allocations are calculated based on the number of pupil premium (PP) eligible pupils each school has, and funding is intended to cover 50% of unit costs incurred in the delivery of tutoring, with schools targeting the tutoring offer towards their PP cohort and making up the remainder of the cost using PP, or other core school budgets.

The overall approach to the NTP in the 2023/24 academic year, is to put schools in charge of designing and delivering a tutoring offer that suits the needs of their pupils. The Department for Education will support this by:

  • providing training, via Education Development Trust, for School-Led Tutors and Academic Mentors
  • providing core funding to schools 

  • recruiting, via Cognition, well-qualified Academic Mentors 

  • helping schools find high-quality tuition partners 

  • providing training, via Education Development Trust, for School-Led Tutors 

  • offering support to any school that requires it  


Get your copy of the 'Guide to tutoring for schools: 2022 to 2023 academic year


There are a number of different training pathways to accommodate School-Led Tutors and Academic Mentors’ differing experiences, phases and subject specialisms, which are outlined below.

Estimated completion times are dependent on the optional modules, chosen by the participant, along with their existing knowledge and experience of tutoring or academic mentoring. 

Benefits of this programme

  • Putting schools in charge of designing and delivering a tutoring offer that suits the needs of their pupils

Programme Content

The training content brings together a vast array of research on small group tutoring, together with a range of resources.

The curriculum covers core topics, including:

  • how children learn
  • how to plan tutoring sessions
  • how to work effectively with class teachers
  • child safeguarding and protection
  • adapting learning experiences for SEND pupils
  • providing support in alternative provision settings
  • speech and language therapy
  • behaviour
  • motivation
  • literacy
  • mastery learning and delivering tutoring online.  

At the end of each of the pathways, there is an online assessment.  


Upon successful completion of the online course, tutors receive certification as a School-Led Tutor or Academic Mentor, recognised by the Chartered College of Teaching, as well as partial credits towards Chartered Teacher Status. 

After completion, we will be running a series of webinars for certified School-Led Tutors and Academic Mentors, providing guidance on delivering tutoring in schools.

Teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are encouraged to undertake an optional training course, which will help them plan for and deliver effective tutoring. The school is responsible for nominating the correct pathway for each School-Led Tutor.

All other staff who have been nominated to become School-Led Tutors – including teaching assistants and trainee teachers – will be required to access the mandatory training course for their subject and phase.

Participants will have four weeks in total to complete the virtual, self-directed training and assessment, regardless of which pathway they are enrolled on.


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If you have any queries about the National Tutoring Programme Training Course, our dedicated support team are here to help.

Contact the National Tutoring Programme Training team

Take part

School-Led Tutoring 

Your school can nominate candidates for School-Led Tutoring, once a school leader within your school has registered via the National Tutoring Programme Training portal. If you would like to be nominated as a School-Led Tutor, we advise contacting your Line Manager, who can begin the application process. Once they have nominated you, you will receive a link via email to our onboarding form to register your details. 

National Tutoring Programme registration portal 

Academic Mentors 

To apply to become an Academic Mentor, please follow this link for more information. 

Become an Academic Mentor 

If you are interested in using an Academic Mentor in your school, please follow this link for more information. 

Find out more about Academic Mentors 

Get more details about the National Tutoring Programme and how to register, on the National Tutoring Programme website. 

National Tutoring Programme website 

Participate in research

We are conducting research, in partnership with ImpactEd, to assess the impact of the National Tutoring Programme on pupils and to identify ways to implement the programme most effectively. We are looking for schools to participate in a continuation of this evaluation, over the next two years.  Taking part will give your school the opportunity to build your own institutional knowledge, for tutoring implementation as well as to support and contribute to research, which will benefit schools and pupils nationally. 

Due to the need to capture baseline data, we particularly welcome participation from schools who are about to initiate the programme.  If you are interested in participating in this research project, please complete an Expression of Interest. 

Express your interest 

Get your copy of the 'Guide to tutoring for schools: 2022 to 2023 academic year'

The guide summarises the changes implemented for the 2022/23 academic year, including funding levels and data submissions.

It also provides an overview of the tutoring routes available, along with further information to help you decide the most appropriate support for your school.

Guide to tutoring for schools: 2022 to 2023 

For guidance for the 2023/24 academic year, visit the Department for Education website.

A more in-depth guide to tutoring for schools: 2023 to 2024 will be available here once this has been published by the DfE.



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 We now offer fully funded Tutoring Excellence seminars for School-Led Tutors and Academic Mentors to develop tutoring best practice.

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