Last reviewed 13 January 2022

New figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) show that over 300,000 courses began last term as children across the country benefited from catch-up tutoring.

This brings the total close to the total figure for the previous academic year, keeping the National Tutoring Programme on track to deliver the target of two million courses this academic year.

According to the DfE, of the 302,000 courses which began last term, an estimated 230,000 were provided through the new, school-led tutoring pillar, showing, it argues, that the introduction of greater flexibility for schools in providing tutoring is proving powerful in making sure the programme is reaching as many young people as possible.

A further 52,000 courses began through Tuition Partners and an estimated 20,000 pupils have started packages through the Academic Mentor pillar of the programme.

Schools Minister Robin Walker said: “Every pupil — wherever they live — should be supported to get back on track and reach their potential, and that’s what this tutoring programme is doing. We know there is still work to do, but it’s hugely encouraging to see so many students from all backgrounds have been directly reached through the Government’s tutoring programme, and I encourage all schools to take advantage of it.”

As schools manage the higher than expected absence among staff and pupils, he continued, the National Tutoring Programme will continue to offer access to tutoring through all three strands for the remainder of this academic year to ensure schools have greatest possible flexibility in offering pupils the support they need, including access to online tutoring.

More information about the National Tutoring Programme can be found here.