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National Tutoring Programme

Subsidised online maths tuition from Third Space Learning

What is the National Tutoring Programme?

The National Tutoring Programme is a government-backed charitable initiative to help to mitigate the impact of school closures by providing schools with access to heavily subsidised one to one and small group tutoring options.

It aims to help the most disadvantaged young people, many of whom will have had fewer opportunities for learning throughout school closures than their peers. The tuition is provided by an approved list of Tuition Partners, organisations who have met the National Tutoring Programme’s strict eligibility and quality criteria.

The programme first launched in November 2020, and subsidised 75% of the cost of tuition during the 2020/21 academic year. This is dropping to 70% in Year 2. The full list of Tuition Partners for 2021/22 has not yet been confirmed.

Third Space Learning worked as an approved NTP tuition partner in the 2020/21 academic year, chosen to deliver high quality maths tuition. While many NTP tuition partners work in specific regions of the UK, Third Space Learning teaches maths through a sophisticated online tutoring platform making it avalable across all regions.

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The children love Third Space and it really supports what they do in class, filling in their gaps in learning and building their confidence. The fact that children speak with their tutor and explain their reasoning helps to develop confidence and mathematical vocabulary.
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Specialist online maths tutors who have each completed a full-time three week training programme designed in partnership with UCL.

All tutors complete our full time, three week training programme including teaching demonstrations, webinars and assessments.

Tutors are assessed on their ability to deliver student-centred teaching, subject knowledge and familiarity with online tutoring guidelines and safeguarding policies.

Hired tutors receive ongoing CPD, frequent lesson evaluations and personalised feedback.

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Keeping you in control and up to date

Teachers select appropriate learning strands for each pupil and we begin with a diagnostic assessment to identify gaps. Downloadable session reports show how pupils are progressing each week, including content covered and tutor and pupil feedback. Following our end of programme assessment, termly reports measure progress made over time.

Our customer support and communications teams have experience helping thousands of schools, from ensuring pupils are set up for their first one to one session to providing session reports and helping schools measure impact. They’re available to help with any additional support or questions via email, telephone or live chat.

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What’s included?

Weekly online one-to-one maths lessons for your target pupils

Regular assessment and reporting

Free headset for each pupil

Full access to all the resources and video CPD in the Third Space Maths Hub

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Let us know how many pupils you’re looking to support and we’ll be in touch with more information about how we can help.

Target your spending where it's needed
Target your spending where it's needed

Pricing is calculated according to the number of pupils you’d like to receive the 1-to-1 lessons.

Save on recruitment and training
Save on recruitment and training

All our maths specialist tutors receive over 130 hours of initial training and high-quality ongoing CPD.

Free up staff time
Free up staff time

Up to 15 pupils can receive personalised 1-to-1 support at once and getting set up is quick and easy.

Enhance teaching across your school
Enhance teaching across your school

Full access to our library of whole-school maths resources and video CPD is included at no additional cost.

Link spending clearly to impact
Link spending clearly to impact

Regular reports track learning objectives, show progress made and help inform class planning and teaching.

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How does the National Tutoring Programme work?

The Department for Education has provided a fund of £76 million to fund the delivery of high quality tuition via the National Tutoring Programme in 2020/21. Schools are able to access this heavily subsidised catch-up support from an approved list of Tuition Partners, with up to 75% of the cost paid for by the National Tutoring Programme fund. Schools are free to use additional catch-up funding to cover the remaining 25%. The NTP will continue for the 2021/22 academic year, with Randstad as the new delivery partner chosen by the Department for Education.

Who is the National Tutoring Programme for?

The National Tutoring Programme is available to all state owned primary and secondary schools in England. The programme is targeted to reach pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds eligible for Pupil Premium funding, but schools are able to exercise their professional judgement to determine which pupils are in most need of support.

How have the tuition organisations been selected?

All approved Tuition Partners have passed a strict set of eligibility and quality criteria, including tutor training, safeguarding ensuring DBS or equivalent, quality assurance, history working with schools, experience working with disadvantaged pupils, secure evaluation standards, and evidence of impact.

How much will tuition cost?

The cost will depend on which Tuition Partner your school chooses. Because Third Space Learning is delivered online, it’s often a more cost-effective solution for schools. The total cost for a 15-hour block of Third Space Learning maths tuition is just £275; with the National Tutoring Programme subsidy this now comes to £68.75. This price would include initial and ongoing assessments, regular reporting, headsets for each pupil and full access to our online resource library, The Third Space Maths Hub.

What age groups does Third Space Learning support?

We have high quality tutoring programmes available for KS2, KS3 (for Year 7 pupils working below Age Related Expectations who need support to secure outstanding gaps from KS2) and for KS4 with our GCSE maths revision programme.

How does Third Space Learning compare with the other Tuition Partners?

The tutoring organisations selected to be part of the National Tutoring Programme have all been through a rigorous application process and are all providers of high quality tuition. It is an explicit National Tutoring Programme aim to offer as wide a variety of tuition as possible; some partners are providing small group tuition, some face to face, some online. At Third Space Learning we are specialists in online maths tuition. All lessons are delivered one to one as this is the teaching method with the most extensive evidence for accelerating progress and plugging gaps among disadvantaged children. We’ve long been committed to closing the maths attainment gap and our online maths intervention programmes have been running since 2013. Working directly with tens of thousands of pupils in thousands of schools over the last 7 years has helped us refine and improve our intervention programmes to ensure the best possible maths support for the pupils who need it most.

Can the tuition continue during school closures?

Following the return to remote learning in January 2021, Tuition Partners have undergone a rigorous process to ensure they are able to deliver tuition online to pupils in their homes safely. Third Space Learning has been approved by the National Tutoring Programme to deliver sessions at home throughout school closures. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the initial period of school closures, we've been able to continue supporting the schools signed up to our online intervention programmes. This is because our maths tuition is delivered online so pupils can continue their sessions from home. Where this is not possible, schools can switch pupils and/or continue the sessions from school for those pupils still attending.

What do I need to do next?

A full list of approved NTP Tuition Partners is available from The National Tutoring Programme website. School leaders are able to choose which organisation they would like to use and get in contact with them directly. If you’d like to book subsidised spaces with Third Space Learning, get in touch with us today.

Further information about the National Tutoring Programme and its charitable partners – the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), The Sutton Trust, Impetus, Nesta and Teach First – is available from the NTP website.

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