The National Tutoring Programme

Make your tuition funding go further and close the attainment gap with DfE-approved maths tuition from Third Space Learning

Third Space Learning is just as effective as bringing in a one-to-one tutor but it’s so much cheaper, so you can afford to have more children doing it. Plus, the children love it and they’re so enthusiastic about it! What’s not to like? It’s cheaper, the children do just as well and they really like it!

Headteacher, St. Matthias Primary School, London
Clare Sealy

Headteacher, St. Matthias Primary School, London

What is the National Tutoring Programme?

Additional per-pupil tuition funding for all state-funded schools in England

Mainstream schools will receive a minimum of £67.50 per pupil eligible for Pupil Premium in 23/24, designed to support disadvantaged pupils but can be used for any school pupil

Can be used to cover up to 50% of the cost of tuition in 23/24, up to a maximum of £18 per pupil per hour

External tutoring organisations must be quality-assured by the Department for Education

What else do schools need to know?

Third Space Learning is the most affordable DfE-approved one to one tutoring provider

Unspent tuition funding will be clawed back at the end of the academic year

Schools must report on total cost, number of pupils supported and hours delivered

Thousands of schools have chosen Third Space Learning to deliver online one to one maths tuition through the NTP

Funding allocations and subsidy vary each year, so visit for further information

56% more affordable

All Third Space Learning tutoring is delivered online via our global specialist maths tutor community, meaning your pupils can receive personalised one to one tutoring for less than half the price of other one to one tutoring providers.

As well as the high-quality tutoring, you also receive full access to our extensive library of maths resources and CPD, helping you raise maths attainment across the school, not just for the students receiving the tutoring.

Specialist maths tutoring trusted by 4,000+ schools since 2013



Adaptive diagnostic assessments ensure lessons plug each pupil's individual gaps



Our virtual classroom means you can provide one to one support to more pupils at once

One to one

One to one

Tutors encourage pupils to verbalise their reasoning and explore different strategies

Measurable impact on progress and confidence

Close gaps

90% of pupils show a solid understanding of each concept at the end of each session.

Close gaps

Double progress

In an independent trial, pupils made 7 months' progress in 14 weeks.

Double progress

Boost confidence

70% of pupils who report low confidence at the start say it has improved after their sessions.

Boost confidence

Improve exam results

Positive impact on confidence and pupil progress. 100% of teachers surveyed felt the sessions helped pupils achieve higher scores in 2023.

Improve exam results
Regular assessments to personalise learning

Regular assessments to personalise learning

All pupils start with an initial assessment to diagnose gaps and identify the best sequence of lessons for each pupil. Mini-assessments after each session keep this continuously updated.

An end-of-programme assessment shows exactly how pupils have progressed in the topics they’ve covered.

One to one teaching to suit each pupil

One to one teaching to suit each pupil

Tutors adapt the pitch and pace of each session to suit. Scaffolded teaching slides and an ‘I do, we do, you do’ structure enable tutors to provide the exact level of support each pupil needs.

Tutors take the time to get to know their pupils and bring lessons into the real-world by framing questions around their hobbies and interests.

Linked to classroom teaching

Linked to classroom teaching

Diagnostic assessments focus on priority topics as identified by each pupil’s class teacher. Each diagnosable gap is linked to an individual Learning Objective designed to plug this gap.

You choose for Learning Objectives to be automatically selected each week, or to manually select Learning Objectives from our GCSE, KS1, KS2 or SATs curriculum. You’re free to skip lessons or amend the order at any time.

Regular reports to monitor progress

Regular reports to monitor progress

Reports are available every step of the way to ensure you’re kept up to date with how your pupils are getting on, including:

  • Assessment results

  • Topics covered in each session

  • Progress made over time

  • Pupil engagement and enjoyment

  • Tutor and pupil feedback

Real-time feedback for pupils and teachers

Real-time feedback for pupils and teachers

Tutors guide pupils through each question, providing feedback and academic support, asking questions and giving praise as they go. Tutors praise pupils for their effort, explanation, focus and working out, not just for finding the correct answer.

Same-day session reports show topics covered, pupil mindset and tutor feedback for each tuition session.

More opportunities for maths talk time

More opportunities for maths talk time

One to one tuition means your pupils engage in meaningful maths conversations with their tutor.

Tutors ask questions like ‘how did you work that out?’ and ‘how would you explain your answer?’ to ensure pupils have really got to grips with the underlying maths behind each question.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance

All tutors are graduates and undergraduates in STEM subjects and undergo a rigorous application including safeguarding and background checks; only 2% of applicants are accepted onto the programme.

Each tutor completes our intensive three-week tutor training programme before delivering their first session and receives regular and ongoing CPD. Our curriculum, resources and training programmes are designed by qualified teachers with teaching experience at UK schools.

Reduced workload

Reduced workload

With Third Space Learning, schools can enjoy the benefits of tutoring without an increase in workload. We recruit, train and retain expert staff.

Schools opting for the NTP school-led tutoring route will need to take care of this themselves, hiring and training new or existing teachers or teaching assistants. For many busy primary and secondary schools, this will be an added challenge.

Speak to the team today

Let us know how many pupils you're looking to support and we'll be in touch with more information about how it works, the impact you can expect to see and a personalised quote for your school.

Your school will be able to use your National Tutoring Programme funding to help cover the cost.

Trusted by School Leaders

4,000+ schools across the UK have chosen Third Space Learning to support their pupils

Guided by diagnostic assessment

Each pupil embarks on their own unique learning journey designed to plug individual gaps

Cost-effective and scalable

Personalised one to one tuition for the price other providers charge for group sessions

Proven to boost progress

In an independent trial, pupils made 7 months' progress in 14 weeks


All tutoring content and tutors have been quality assured by the Department for Education

You can learn more about how we keep your data safe and secure in our privacy policy.

We appreciate every school’s requirements and budgets are different. Request your quote today and we’ll do everything we can to support as many pupils as possible in a way that works for you.

National Tutoring Programme FAQs

Do schools need to apply for the National Tutoring Programme funding?

There is no requirement for schools to apply for this funding. The grant will be paid through ESFA as part of the DfE’s scheduled payments to schools.

When will schools receive payment?

Local authorities and academies will automatically receive their funding in three stages across the year; September, December and April.

Is this funding exclusively for pupils eligible for pupil premium?

No, although the funding has previously been calculated based on Pupil Premium eligible pupils, this is just a way of allocating funding per school. Teachers are free to use their own discretion to decide which pupils need additional tuition.

Do schools have to spend their tuition funding?

Yes, any money unspent or not spent on tutoring or on academic mentors (another route of the NTP) will be recovered at the end of the academic year.

What funding is available to cover costs not covered by this funding?

Schools can use existing school budgets such as Pupil Premium to cover the remaining costs.

Can schools use their NTP funding on tuition from Third Space Learning?

Yes! We recommend that to provide quality additional support to the greatest number of pupils you use Third Space Learning. Our online tuition enables you to make the best use of your tuition funding but of course other DfE approved Tuition Partners are also available. Talk to several and see what works best for your school environment.

Can schools use more than one provider at the same time?

Yes, pupils are able to receive tuition from more than one NTP tuition partner at a time. This is particularly useful if you would like pupils to receive support in more than one subject. Similarly, there is no limit on the number of providers that a school can work with at once.

Will all approved providers charge the same price?

No, it’s up to the tutoring provider how much they charge. The DfE has assumed an average cost of £18 per hour (blended across one-to-one and small group tuition). The average per-pupil-per-hour cost of tutoring from DfE-approved providers ranges from £51 for one to one to £12 for 1 to 6. Because Third Space Learning delivers online maths tuition via a global tutor community, we’ve been able to provide one to one tuition for the price many other providers charge for small group sessions. We're proud to be the most affordable one to one tutoring provider, £10 cheaper per pupil per hour than the next cheapest provider.

How will Third Space Learning support data collection?

In our termly reports, you will be able to see the number of sessions that each pupil has received, as well as the topics covered. This should make it quick and easy to collect the necessary information for the mandatory data submissions and to report to school leaders.

How long has the NTP been running?

The National Tutoring Programme was a catch-up fund set up to support pupils affected by school closures during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in 2020. Robust research from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Sutton Trust demonstrated that one to one and small group tutoring was the intervention to have the greatest impact on improving outcomes for young people.

How has the NTP changed over time?

In previous years, tutoring from DfE-approved Tuition Partners was subsidised directly from the DfE, with the school only invoiced for the portion not subsidised. As of the start of the 2022-23 academic year, all NTP funding goes directly to schools. Tutoring is still available from DfE accredited Tuition Partners like Third Space Learning, but schools are invoiced the standard price and able to use their NTP funding to cover up the cost, rather than receive a subsidised invoice. If schools wish to use their NTP funding on external providers, they must still choose accredited partners such as Third Space Learning.