16 to 19 Tuition Fund and National Tutoring Programme

Department for Education written question – answered at on 19 October 2023.

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Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has for the (a) National Tutoring Programme and (b) 16-19 Tuition Fund after the end of this academic year.

Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of how many young people in receipt of Pupil Premium or an equivalent will have received tutoring through the (a) National Tutoring Programme and (b) 16-19 Tuition Fund by the end of (i) this and (ii) the next academic year.

Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the (a) National Tutoring Programme and (b) 16-19 Tuition Fund.

Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of (a) not requiring schools to contribute matching funds to and (b) other funding models for the National Tutoring Programme.

Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what underspends have been returned to HM Treasury in the last four years of the National Tutoring Programme; and whether she has made representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the use of those funds.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department has made over £1 billion available through the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) over the four academic years since the programme’s introduction in summer 2021, which has seen the Department deliver nearly 4 million tutoring courses as of May 2023. This has included providing £310 million directly to schools in the 2021/22 academic year and £350 million in the 2022/23 academic year. In the 2023/24 academic year, the Department will provide £150 million directly to schools.

In the 2021/22 academic year, which is the most recent full year for which data is available, 47% of pupils receiving tutoring were eligible for free school meals at some point in the last six years. Final delivery figures for the 2022/23 academic year will be published in December. Figures for the current academic year will be published throughout the year.

The Department has committed that, from the 2023/24 academic year, tutoring will have been embedded across schools in England. The Department expects tutoring to continue to be a staple offer from schools, with schools using their core budget, including pupil premium, to provide targeted support for those children who will benefit.

Funding for the 16-19 tuition fund is currently in place until the end of the 2023/24 academic year. The Department is evaluating the Tuition Fund and considering the most appropriate way to support disadvantaged 16-19 students from the 2024/25 academic year.

The NTP’s Year 2 Implementation and Process Evaluation report examined the implementation of the programme in the 2021/22 academic year. It found that most head teachers were satisfied with the programme and that the programme is perceived as having a positive impact on pupils’ attainment, self confidence and helping them catch up with their peers. It also found that most schools are prioritising pupil premium eligible pupils for tutoring. This report can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-tutoring-programme-year-2-implementation-and-process-evaluation. The Department plans to publish in autumn 2023 an external quantitative impact evaluation, which explores the impact of the programme on pupil attainment in the 2021/22 academic year.

For the 2020/21 to 2023/24 academic years, the Department is making available funding of up to £420 million for one to one and small group tuition for 16 to 19 year olds. The 16-19 tuition fund is targeted at students in most need, enabling schools and colleges to deliver up to 700,000 tuition sessions each year.

The 16-19 tuition fund implementation and process evaluation report was published in July 2023 and can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/16-to-19-tuition-fund-implementation-and-process-evaluation-report. This reported that over 80% of students were satisfied with the tuition they received and found its content relevant. A full report on the impact of the tuition fund will be completed later this year and published in due course.

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