Last reviewed 7 June 2021

Children and young people across England will be offered up to 100 million hours of free tuition to help them catch up on learning lost during the pandemic, the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed.

As part of the next step in the Government’s plans to boost education recovery, a total of £1.4 billion is being invested, including £1 billion to support up to six million, 15-hour tutoring courses for disadvantaged school children, as well as an expansion of the 16-19 tuition fund, targeting key subjects such as maths and English.

According to the DfE, one course of high-quality tutoring has been proven to boost attainment by three to five months, so tutoring will, it argues, be vital for young people in recovering the teaching hours lost in the last year.

The Government expects the £1 billion investment to transform the availability and approach to tuition in every school and college over the next three years, making sure when teachers identify a disadvantaged child in need of support as a result of the pandemic, extra support is available.

All ages from two to 19 are covered by the offers of radically expanded tuition, specialist training for early years and for school teachers at every stage of their career, from new teachers to head teachers, as well as the option for some year 13 students to repeat their final year.

Schools will now be able to provide additional tutoring support using locally employed tutors.

Randstad will be the new supplier of the NTP (National Tutoring Programme) from September 2021. They will be supported by Teach First to ensure the programme is successfully set up for effective delivery and continuous improvement in academic year 21/22.