EEF to support creation of new charity to compete for tutoring contract

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is supporting the creation of a new, independent charity to compete for the contract to deliver the National Tutoring Programme in the next school year (2021-22).

The new charity will submit a bid to run the NTP as part of the Department for Education’s competitive tender process. To ensure they will be able to begin delivery in September if the bid is successful, a new independent charity, the National Tutoring Foundation, is being established.

Christine Gilbert, the former head of Ofsted, has been appointed as the independent charity’s chair and will oversee the bid to deliver the NTP. If successful, Gilbert will ensure a smooth transition from this school year into the next, including the appointment of further trustees and an executive team.

The NTP was set up through a collaboration of five founding charities: the EEF, the Sutton Trust, Teach First, Impetus and Nesta. The EEF and Teach First are responsible for the delivery of the NTP in 2020-21.

The EEF has been awarded up to £80 million to deliver NTP Tuition Partners in this school year (2020-21), through which schools are able to access subsidised high-quality tuition from an approved list of providers. To date, over 150,000 pupils in 4,700 schools are participating in the programme. Over 20,000 tutors have been onboarded.

Initial survey data from the NTP Tuition Partners team shows that 80% of a small sample of schools accessing tutoring through the NTP would like to continue next year, with schools saying they would increase the numbers of pupils receiving it by 45% on average.

The founding charities are committed to ensuring the NTP has a legacy in the English school system and will support whichever organisation is selected through the competitive tender process. 

Sir Peter Lampl, chair of the EEF and of the Sutton Trust, said:

“Given the wealth of evidence behind it, tutoring will have an important role to play in education recovery over the coming years. And while it is not the only solution to many months of disrupted learning, it’s great that the government has committed to funding the NTP beyond this school year.

“Thanks to the hard work of the teams at the EEF and Teach First, the NTP has got off to a strong start and is on track to meet its target of reaching 250,000 pupils by this summer. My hope is that whoever is successful in their bid to deliver the NTP next year can build on this and reach even more children and young people.”

Christine Gilbert, chair of the National Tutoring Foundation, said:

“Throughout my career, I’ve seen first-hand the impact that tutoring can have. For too long high-quality tuition has been the preserve of better-off parents and better-off schools. But in just a few short months, the NTP has started to change this, ensuring that every school in the country has access to high-quality tutoring.

“I’ve been so impressed with the contribution the EEF has made to the NTP, and it has been a real privilege to hear from schools about how the NTP is already making a difference to their pupils’ learning.

“The NTP has the potential to help level the educational playing field between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates. I’m delighted to be coming on board to support this endeavour and the new charity in their bid.”

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1) The founding trustees of the National Tutoring Foundation will be:

- Christine Gilbert (chair)

- Graham Elton, Partner, Bain

- Professor Becky Francis, CEO of the EEF

- Sonia Thompson, Headteacher, St Matthew’s Primary School, Birmingham

With others to follow.

3) Christine Gilbert is a visiting professor at UCL Institute of Education. She is involved in a range of education projects, such as the development of place-based partnerships.

Christine has been a teacher, a secondary headteacher and a director of education- first in Harrow and then Tower Hamlets- and a chief executive in two London boroughs. Between 2006 and 2011, Christine held the post of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector at Ofsted.

4) If unsuccessful in their bid to run the NTP, the charity will be dissolved.

5) The Department for Education is currently running a competitive tender process for the contract to deliver the NTP. It’s expected that the successful bidder will be notified at the end of April.