National Tutoring Programme

The National Tutoring Programme

Information about Protocol Education's NTP offering

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Protocol Education is a National Tutoring Programme Tuition Partner. Below is information about how we recruit, clear and train our tutors and details of how we run our NTP tuition programmes.

Who are we?

Protocol Education has been at the forefront of supporting schools, local authorities and pupils throughout England for over 28 years.

Our nationwide branch network works with over 3,500 schools annually, and we are recognised for providing a knowledgeable and reliable local service. We work across all age groups, school phases and subjects, fulfilling many staffing roles including small group and 1:1 tuition to support thousands of disadvantaged children every year.

Providing tuition services since 2007, our success in this area is down to close engagement with school leaders to understand pupil needs, tutor compatibility and ongoing feedback on effectiveness.

Where do we work?

East Midlands: Nottingham, Derby, North Nottinghamshire, East Derbyshire, South Nottinghamshire, South and West Derbyshire, Leicester

South East: Berkshire, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire CC, Oxfordshire, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex CC, West Surrey, East Surrey, West Sussex (South West), West Sussex (North East), Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight, South Hampshire, Central Hampshire, North Hampshire, Medway, Kent Thames Gateway, East Kent, Mid Kent, West Kent.

London: Camden and City of London, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Hackney and Newham, Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Islington, Lewisham and Southwark, Lambeth, Bexley and Greenwich, Barking & Dagenham and Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, Enfield, Bromley, Croydon, Merton and Kingston upon Thames and Sutton, Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames.

North East: Durham, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees, South Teesside, Tyneside, Darlington, Northumberland, Sunderland, Newcastle, Middlesbrough.

North West: West Cumbria, East Cumbria, Warrington, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Manchester, Greater Manchester South West (Salford and Trafford), Greater Manchester South East (Stockport and Tameside), Greater Manchester North West (Bolton and Wigan), Greater Manchester North East (Bury, Oldham and Rochdale), Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Lancaster and Wyre, Mid Lancashire, East Lancashire, Chorley and West Lancashire, East Merseyside, Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral.

South West: Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire CC, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bournemouth and Poole, Dorset CC, Somerset, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Plymouth, Torbay, Devon CC.

West Midlands: Herefordshire, Worcestershire CC, Warwickshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire CC, Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Dudley.

Yorkshire and Humber: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire, York, North Yorkshire CC, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale and Kirklees, Wakefield.

East of England: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire CC, Suffolk, Norwich and East Norfolk, North and West Norfolk, Breckland and South Norfolk, Luton, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock, Essex Haven Gateway, West Essex, Heart of Essex, Essex Thames Gateway.

What types of schools can we work with?

Primary mainstream, Secondary mainstream, Alternate Provision; SEND

What modes of tutoring do we offer?

1-1, 1-2 and 1-3 in person or online

What subjects and stages do we offer?

English KS1, English KS2, English KS3, English KS4; Maths KS1, Maths KS2, Maths KS3, Maths KS4; Science KS1, Science KS2, Science KS3, Science KS4; Humanities KS3, Humanities KS4; Modern Foreign Languages KS3, Modern Foreign Languages KS4].

How much do sessions cost?

Delivery Methos

Total cost for 15-hour block of tuition

Cost to school of 15-hour block with 70% subsidy applied

1-3 in person



1-2 in person



1-1 in person



1-3 online



1-2 online



1-1 online



Are we required to charge VAT on our educational services?

We are required to charge VAT on the services we are providing, and VAT will be charged on the full value of the service. For example, if the cost of a block of tutoring sessions before the NTP subsidy is applied is £200, then VAT charged will be on this full amount. Once the NTP subsidy is applied you will need to pay 30% of the cost of the tutoring block, plus the VAT on the full cost.

Please note, you are able to recover in full any VAT charged pursuant to s.33 of the VAT Act 1994 for Local Authority schools, or s.33B of the VAT Act 1944 for Academy schools, as a cost directly attributable to your non-business activity of the free supply of education to pupils.

Who are our tutors?

Fully Qualified Teachers; Newly Qualified Teachers; Subject Specialist Graduates and Experienced Learning Support Assistants. All tutors have school based experience.

How do we recruit our tutors?

Our comprehensive tutor recruitment process involves the following steps:

  • Initial application form

  • Pre-screening call

  • In-depth interview

  • Enhanced DBS/DBS Update Service record

  • Overseas criminal records check (where relevant)

  • Barred List check

  • Reference and career history checks

  • Identification and Right to Work check

  • Qualifications check

  • A medical declaration form is completed

How do we train our tutors?

Tutors are required to complete “The Tutor Toolkit”, a CPD Accredited training course developed by Best Practice Network. Comprised of six modules the course covers a range of topics and offers practical tools for delivering high-impact tuition. Every tutor will also have completed Level 2 or above safeguarding training.

How will we communicate with you?

Schools are assigned a Tuition Manager who is contactable during school hours. Throughout each programme, Tuition Managers will meet with you (in-school or online) to discuss progress. As well as regular communication between class teachers and our tutors, our LEAP portal will also play a key role in communication and reporting.

How will we keep track of pupil progress?

The assessment tool used by our tutors will uncover existing learning gaps prior to the start of tuition. The results will be used to build personalised and focused tuition programmes. Assessment is on-going, with feedback returned after each session, culminating in an end of programme assessment to measure pupil progress.

Find out more about Protocol Education's National Tutoring Programme work.