St James' C of E Primary School, Blackburn

National Tutoring Programme

National Tutoring Programme

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) provides primary and secondary schools with funding to spend on targeted academic support, delivered by trained and experienced tutors and mentors.

On 31 March 2022, the Department for Education (DfE) announced plans to simplify the programme for the 2022 to 2023 academic year. This involved providing £349 million of core tutoring funding directly to schools and giving them the freedom to decide how best to provide tutoring for their pupils.

Each school has pupils with varying needs so schools have the autonomy to decide the best course of tutoring for its context.

There are 3 routes to providing subsidised tuition:

  • academic mentors – full-time, in-house staff members employed to provide intensive support to pupils who need it
  • tuition partners – tutors recruited by external tutoring organisations quality-assured by DfE
  • school-led tutoring – members of a school’s own personnel, either currently employed or specifically engaged for this purpose, including retired, returning or supply teachers, support staff, and others

State-funded schools will receive NTP funding over the course of the 2022 to 2023 academic year to deliver tuition to their pupils. This funding is intended to cover 60% of the unit cost of tuition, with schools targeting the tutoring offer towards their pupil premium cohort and making up the remainder of the cost using Pupil Premium or from other core school budgets.

NTP 2021-2022

For the academic year 2021/22 we received £8100 of funding to support our delivery of the National Tutoring Programme. This national programme was used to provide targeted academic support in the core subjects for pupils across both Key Stages 1 and 2 to deliver a tutoring programme using both Tuition Partners and School Led Tutoring. 

Across the year, 43 pupils recieved a total of 645 hours of tutoring, meaning each child had support for at least 15 hours over the year. The majority of the pupils recieving support were Pupil Premium/ disadvantaged pupils. 

NTP 2022-2023

For the academic year 2022/23 we are receiving £11,988 of funding to support our delivery of the National Tutoring Programme, a programme to provide targeted academic support in the core subjects. We are using this funding, along with a contribution of 40% from the school budget to deliver a tutoring programme in Maths and English across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This tutoring is being delivered by Mrs White who has past experience of teaching across all Year groups. 

In the Autumn term we are targeting Years 5 and 6. By the end of the term each pupil will have received a minimum of 12 hours of tuition. Pupils will be working in small groups alongside peers with very similar targets. The majority of pupils are receiving support to improve their writing as this has been identified as a priority for school this year. The table below shows the numbers of pupils receiving support during this term. In the Spring and Summer term Years 1-4 will be supported.  



Tutoring focused on English 

Tutoring focused on Maths 

Tutoring time divided between Maths and English 


Year 5 




Year 6 








St James' C of E Primary School Earl Street, Blackburn BB1 8EG
Headteacher Mr D Stitcher
SENDCo J. Cameron (KS1&KS2)
R. Limbada (EYFS)
Enquiries should be addressed to Miss R Heyworth.
Telephone 01254 698335
Office Hours Monday to Friday 7:45am to 4:00pm