MyTutor chosen to deliver high quality tutoring to disadvantaged pupils through National Tutoring Programme

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that MyTutor has been chosen to deliver tutoring to schools as an approved National Tutoring Programme (NTP) Tuition Partner. From 2nd November, schools can access high-quality online tutoring from us, subsidised by 75%.

The announcement comes following a competitive selection process, where all applicants went through rigorous assessment and review. MyTutor is one of 32 approved Tuition Partners who met and exceeded the required criteria, including our ability to work with schools delivering curriculum-relevant tutoring, and our scope to reach as many disadvantaged pupils as possible.

This brilliant news means that we’ll have the opportunity to directly support 30,000 students at 600 secondary schools, helping them to catch up on lost learning and continue to make strong academic progress.

This year has posed unprecedented challenges to the world of education, as Covid-19 restrictions have limited students’ face-to-face contact with teachers and peers, while a national lockdown meant that many students fell behind.

A report conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) revealed a 46% increase in the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their peers since the start of the pandemic.

The NTP, which is a collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), the Sutton Trust, and several other education charities, aims to tackle this growing attainment gap by making high-quality tutoring available to schools, at a heavily subsidised rate.

The focus on tutoring is rooted in extensive evidence demonstrating the potential of one-to-one and small-group tuition as a cost-effective way to support pupils who are falling behind in their learning – with the Teaching and Learning Toolkit indicating it can boost progress by up to +5 months.

At MyTutor, our community of 15,000 trained, subject expert undergraduate tutors will be delivering small group (3:1) and 1:1 (SEND) tutorials to pupils via our innovative online platform. Tutoring will be available for KS3 and KS4 students in core subjects, as well as Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages – with more information in our NTP FAQ.

Commenting on the announcement, James Grant, Co-Founder of MyTutor, said: 

“We’re delighted to have been selected as an approved Tuition Partner to help disadvantaged students catch up as part of the National Tutoring Programme. At MyTutor, we’re fiercely dedicated to delivering life-changing online tuition that creates better academic outcomes for students from less privileged backgrounds.

“Being part of the programme will enable us to provide much-needed support to over 600 secondary schools and tens of thousands of students, helping them to catch up on lost learning amid the ongoing disruption to school life caused by COVID-19.”

“As talented undergraduates with recent exam experience, our 15,000+ trained tutors are uniquely placed to build up students’ confidence, complement the incredible work going on in classrooms up and down the country, and develop positive, nurturing relationships with students.

“This represents a fantastic opportunity to build on the success of the Education Endowment Foundation’s Online Tutoring Pilot, which we participated in over the summer, and which found that 9 in 10 students felt more confident in their schoolwork following tuition. We can’t wait to start making a difference to those who need it most.”

Robbie Coleman, Director of the secretariat of the National Tutoring Programme, said: 

“The National Tutoring Programme has one simple aim – to support teachers and schools to support their pupils who have missed out the most as a result of school closures. We’re pleased to welcome our new Tuition Partners who will make tutoring accessible to disadvantaged pupils who need it most. 

“The National Tutoring Programme is a tool for teachers. We hope that by providing high-quality, cost effective tutoring to disadvantaged pupils the NTP will make a difference to those who need it most across the country.”

Media contact

For any media enquiries about MyTutor and the NTP, please contact Lauren Johnson-Ginn at lauren@mytutor.co.uk or 0203 773 6025.

About MyTutor

  • MyTutor was co-founded by Bertie Hubbard, James Grant and Robert Grabiner with a mission to bring life changing tuition to all. Tutors are subject experts from the UK’s top universities with recent exam experience.  Each tutor is personally interviewed to ensure they can explain topics in a way teens can understand. In 2018, Bertie and James were featured in ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ list of the world’s top social entrepreneurs. The company is headquartered in London and employs a team of 82.
  • Since 2013, MyTutor has worked with over 600 state schools and multi-academy trusts, to provide extra support to their students as they prepare for their exams, delivering over 1 million tutorials via their network of 15,000 tutors. The focus is on transforming lives by helping pupils to hit their target grades and unlock better future opportunities.

About the NTP

  • The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) aims to support schools in providing a sustained response to the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a longer-term contribution to closing the attainment gap.
  • The NTP has been designed and developed by a collaboration of five charities – the EEF, Sutton Trust, Impetus, Nesta and Teach First – working in partnership with the Department for Education.
  • The programme for 5-16 year olds has two parts: NTP Tuition Partners, which aims to give schools access to subsidised high-quality tuition from approved providers; and NTP Academic Mentors, which recruits graduates and qualified teachers to work full-time in schools in the most disadvantaged areas.
  • The EEF will be leading the delivery of NTP Tuition Partners and has been provided with £76 million from the Department for Education to fund activity in 2020-2021.
  • Teach First will support the recruitment, training and placement of the first cohort of Academic Mentors and has been provided with £6.4 million to fund this work. The salaries of Academic Mentors will be funded by the Government.
  • Both pillars are funded as part of Government’s £350m allocation to tutoring, through the £1bn coronavirus catch up package.
  • Separate tutoring initiatives are in place to support early years and post-16 education.

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