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The NTP in year three: A guide to making the most of your school's funding

About 4 months ago By Scott Owen

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The changes to how the DfE is allocating tuition funding to schools are now in effect. The expectation from the DfE and Ofsted is that primary and secondary schools use their grant on targeted academic support delivered by trained and experienced tutors and mentors. They have provided guidance for schools to help them implement tutoring programmes that work.

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Tuition works best when it is linked to classroom teaching and pupils’ specific needs, well planned and supported by teaching resources.

Creating a close relationship between your tutor and the regular class or subject teacher is critical to make your tuition programmes effective. You should set aside consultation time between your tutor and the class teacher. Your Tuition Partner should arrange this for you. This will ensure the tutor is well prepared to create a programme that fits in with the class learning objectives and the particular needs of the pupils.

Alternatively, NTP funding can be used to hire supply teachers to release the class teacher to deliver tuition. Protocol Education is able to provide both supply cover or programmes with tutors creating bespoke planning to meet your pupils' needs.

High-quality and individualised feedback are essential elements in a pupil’s progress.

Feedback should be tripartite. Tutors should be able to provide detailed reports on progress to the school immediately after every session and at the end of tuition blocks. Likewise, tutors should offer feedback to their pupils, reinforcing progress and highlighting areas that need more work. Finally, those pupils who receive tuition should have the opportunity to feedback on the sessions ensuring that they have a sense of ownership of the support they are receiving.

Protocol Education's LEAP platform and the Session Reports created by the tutors provide an excellent source of feedback. With our new Pupil Voice feature, pupils will be able to add their views on the progress of tuition.

Regular assessment and monitoring will ensure pupils remain on track and identify focus areas.

The use of standardised assessments across your tuition programmes is essential for both quality control and monitoring pupil progress. Via Protocol Education's LEAP platform, you can access free EdPlace assessments at the beginning and end of the tuition programme, ensuring progress is monitored and recorded.

Short, regular, sustained tutoring sessions tend to have the most significant impact.

Delivering short, sustained tutoring sessions requires staff flexibility. Using temporary staff to deliver tuition is the best way to achieve a positive impact for the tutored children, without disrupting the flow of the school day.

All Protocol Education's staff are flexible enough to provide cover and tuition as required by your school.

Smaller group sizes or 1-to-1 lead to better outcomes for pupils.

At Protocol Education, we recognise the need to make tuition work for the pupil and the school. Our popular 1-to-3 tuition sessions deliver high-quality learning and are a cost-effective way of stretching funding to help the most pupils possible.

Tuition is most effective when staff are fully trained and supported.

Our Tutor Toolkit Training Programme, developed by Best Practice Network, is essential to our tuition programmes. We also offer our tutors regular support and feedback to ensure they operate at the highest level possible.

Protocol Education's Tuition Teams are well placed to meet the needs of your school and help you develop programmes that fit with your school budgets and fully meet the needs of your pupils.

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