The National Tutoring Programme
Posted on 24th June 2020 at 10:27
The government recently announced a National Tutoring Programme to support disadvantaged students who have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme will make high-quality tuition available to state-maintained primary and secondary schools across the country, helping students who have missed out most on their learning as a result of school closures.
There is a wide attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils, which the government classes as those students eligible for Pupil Premium support, and their peers. This gap is likely to grow further while schools are closed to the majority of students.
Evidence quoted by the Education Endowment Foundation shows the benefits of small group tuition on a student's learning, particularly for those who have fallen behind. Overall the research shows that small group tuition (which is defined as a professional educator working with two to five students together in a group) is an effective tool in helping students catch up and progress their learning.
The issue with tutoring however is access. Most disadvantaged students are not able to access high-quality tuition and it is therefore students whose families can afford tuition that benefit. This does nothing to close the attainment gap and means that it in fact widens. By making tuition accessible to schools and subsidising the costs should therefore help those students who need it the most the government hopes.
At Marvellous Minds Tuition Centre in Bedford, we see firsthand the benefits of small group tuition. Pupils are often able to progress very quickly in a small-group environment with the right targeted and tailored support on hand. We also appreciate that the cost of tuition and the access is a barrier for many families. To help address this we have a number of schemes available at Marvellous Minds to support those students who need it the most. These include our Marvellous Minds scholarship places which offer heavily subsidised tuition to low-income families. We also accept childcare vouchers and working tax credits and have a number of referral discounts available for those who recommend us to their friends.
To find out more about how we can help, give us a call on 01234 480 949.
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