Tuition programmes play a crucial role in supporting pupils' academic progress and addressing individual learning needs. As schools strive to provide quality education and support to their pupils, it is essential to effectively manage tuition programmes. In this blog post, we will explore key aspects of managing tuition programmes, types of tuition programmes, as well as utilising funding resources such as NTP Funding, SLTG funding for tuition, and maximising the potential of Pupil Premium Payments.
Staff and Student Management
Efficiently managing the staff involved in tuition programmes is vital to ensure their effectiveness and success. Here are some essential considerations:
a. Identifying educators: When selecting staff for tuition programmes, it is crucial to prioritise individuals with the necessary subject knowledge and expertise. Skilled teachers who can engage pupils and address their specific learning needs are essential for successful tuition programmes.
b. Training and professional development: Provide ongoing training and professional development opportunities to tutors involved in tuition programmes. This helps them stay updated with the latest teaching strategies and techniques, equipping them to effectively support pupils in their learning journey. All of our tutors will have been through the Tutor Toolkit training and have completed Safeguarding training within the last 12 months.
The Tutor Toolkit is CPD Certified training and free of charge for our registered teachers and learning support staff. It includes six modules (some compulsory for NTP tuition) and will help tutors acquire the strategies and techniques to deliver truly impactful tuition.
c. Collaboration and communication: Encourage regular communication and collaboration among tutors, classroom teachers, and school leadership. Sharing insights, strategies, and progress reports will contribute to a cohesive approach to pupil support.
d. Floating Tutor: If work within a MAT, you could consider hiring a floating tutor, who can visit different schools to provide tuition and consistency.
Managing pupils and ensuring their engagement and progress within tuition programmes is equally important. Consider the following points:
a. Identification of pupil needs: Prioritise a comprehensive assessment process to identify pupils who can benefit from tuition programmes. This might include analysing academic data, teacher recommendations, and input from parents and pupils themselves.
b. Individualised learning plans: Tailor tuition programmes to meet each pupil's unique learning needs. Develop individualised learning plans that outline specific goals, strategies, and progress monitoring mechanisms.
c. Regular progress monitoring: Implement a system to track pupil progress throughout the tuition programme. This could involve regular assessments, feedback sessions, and adjustments to the learning plan as necessary. Timely monitoring ensures that pupils receive the appropriate support and interventions to achieve their goals.
At Protocol Education our reporting provides schools with actionable data insights on pupil attendance and progress. Feedback systems, including Pupil Voice, identify pupils at risk of disengaging and help tutors adopt strategies to address these issues.
The LEAP portal lets you:
View attendance reports
View current, past and future sessions
Assign pupils into groups
Add pupils to tuition programmes
Check on the progress of pupils and groups
Types of Tuition Programmes:
Schools have the flexibility to design and implement various types of tuition programmes based on their specific needs and resources. Here are some common types of tuition programmes to consider that our experienced tutors can deliver:
a. One-on-One Tutoring: This type of tuition programme involves a dedicated tutor working individually with a student. It allows for personalised attention and tailored instruction based on the pupil's specific learning needs, providing a highly focused and targeted learning experience.
b. Small Group Tuition: Small group tuition programmes involve a tutor working with a small group of pupils who share similar learning needs. This approach encourages peer interaction, collaboration, and collective problem-solving while still allowing for individualised attention.
c. Subject-Specific Tuition: Schools can offer tuition programmes focused on specific subjects, such as math, English or science. These programmes can cater to pupils who require additional support or enrichment in particular subjects, allowing them to deepen their understanding and improve their performance.
d. Homework and Study Support: This type of tuition programme focuses on helping with homework completion, study skills, and organisation. Tutors can guide pupils in developing effective learning habits, time management skills, and provide clarification on challenging concepts.
e. Exam Preparation: Schools can implement tuition programmes specifically designed to support pupils in preparing for exams. These programmes may include revision session, practice tests, and exam-taking strategies to help pupils feel confident and perform at their best.
f. Online Tuition: With the advancement of technology, schools can consider incorporating online tuition programmes. Online tuition can be delivered synchronously, with real-time interaction, or asynchronously, providing recorded lessons and resources for pupils to access at their own pace.
g. Intervention and Catch-Up Programmes: Schools can offer tuition programmes specifically designed to support pupils who are behind year group level or in need of intervention. These programmes focus on addressing learning gaps, providing targeted remediation, and helping pupils catch up with their peers.
Maximising Funding Resources for Tuition Programmes
a. NTP Funding (National Tutoring Programme):
When utilising NTP Funding, schools can maximise its impact by:
Identifying target groups: Identify the specific groups of pupils who would benefit most from the tuition programme. This might include disadvantaged pupils, those with special educational needs, or pupils from certain year groups.
Selecting appropriate tuition providers: Choose tuition providers, such as Protocol Education, who have experience working with the target group and can offer high-quality, targeted support aligned with the pupil's needs.
Monitoring and evaluating: Establish systems for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the tuition programme. Regularly review progress, gather feedback, and make adjustments as needed to optimise outcomes, which can be done with our LEAP portal.
b. SLTG Funding for Tuition:
To make the most of SLTG funding for tuition, schools can:
Develop a clear plan: Outline the objectives, target groups, and specific outcomes the tuition programme aims to achieve. Ensure alignment with the school improvement plan and identify measurable indicators of success.
Build partnerships: Collaborate with external organisations, such as educational charities or specialist tuition providers, to enhance the expertise and resources available for the programme. Using Protocol Educations tutors you can relieve pressure on permanent staff.
Training and professional development: Allocate a portion of the funding for professional development opportunities for both tutors and classroom teachers. This will enhance their skills, knowledge, and understanding of effective instructional strategies to better support pupils.
c. Utilising Pupil Premium Payments:
To optimise the use of Pupil Premium Payments for tuition programmes:
Targeted intervention: Identify students eligible for Pupil Premium funding who would benefit from additional support and allocate resources accordingly. Prioritise pupils who may be at risk of falling behind academically or require targeted intervention to bridge learning gaps.
Individualised learning plans: Develop individualised learning plans that address each pupil's specific needs and align with their learning goals. Use Pupil Premium Payments to fund additional resources, materials, or tutoring services that support these plans.
Regular progress monitoring: Establish a system to monitor and track the progress of Pupil Premium pupils within the tuition programme. Use the data gathered to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and make data-driven decisions to further support pupil achievement.
Protocol Education builds tuition programmes that achieve results. To discuss how we can help support your tuition programmes contact your local branch.