School-Led Tutoring Grant FAQs
Do schools need to apply for the School-Led Tutoring Grant?
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?
For maintained schools, payment will have been sent to local authorities on the last working day of each month in:
– January 2022
– April 2022
For academies, payments will have been made in:
– January 2022
– May 2022
What’s the difference between School-Led Funding and tutoring through NTP Tuition Partners?
Tuition Partners refers to the specific DfE accredited tuition providers, including Third Space Learning. For 2021/22, these are available with a 70% subsidy as part of the NTP, with the school only invoiced for 30% and the government covering the rest of the costs.
From the start of the 2022-23 academic year, all tuition funding will be arranged via the school-led tutoring grant. Tuition will still be available from DfE accredited Tuition Partners, but schools will be invoiced the standard price and be able to use the school-led tutoring grant to cover this, rather than receive a subsidised invoice.
Is this funding exclusively for pupils eligible for pupil premium?
No, although the grant has previously been calculated based on pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, 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.
What funding is available to cover costs not covered by the School-Led Tutoring Grant?
Schools can use existing school budgets such as Pupil Premium to cover the remaining costs.
Do schools have to spend the School Led Tutoring Grant?
Yes, any money unspent or not spent on tutoring will be recovered at the end of the academic year.
Can schools use more than one provider at the same time?
Yes, pupils are able to receive tuition from more than one provider 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 School-Led Tutoring 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) and as such will fund 60% of the cost of tuition up to this price.
Schools are free to spend above or below this assumed average; where schools spend less than £18 per hour the DfE will still only cover 60% of the cost, where schools spend more they will need to cover more than 60% out of their own budgets (e.g. pupil premium).
Because all Third Space Learning tuition is delivered online via our global tutor community, we’ve been able to provide one to one tuition for the price many other providers charge for small group sessions.
Can schools use the School-Led Tutoring Grant on tuition from Third Space Learning?
Yes! Schools can use the school-led tutoring grant on tuition as they see fit, including from DfE accredited Tuition Partners such as Third Space Learning.
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.