Teachers have already seen the challenges students have faced returning to school after the pandemic, and the varying ways they have been dealing with their different experiences. Creating a safe, positive environment helps students feel supported and improves pupil engagement, confidence and well-being.
Teachers can be positive role models, drawing on a wide range of skills and experience to support pupils returning to in-person schooling. A mix of practical tools and activities could also help to provide pupils with a healthy, positive outlook.
In order to support schools in closing the attainment gap for pupils impacted by this disruption, the government set up the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) to offer schools the opportunity to access discounted programmes of tuition through approved tuition partners. This catch-up tuition funding is in addition to the pupil premium and pupil premium plus funding, which schools may already be accessing to provide additional support to pupils who require it.
The benefits of partnership tuition can be seen from students through the school/council and also to the parent/carer seeing a difference in attitude, learning and development.
Our approach to tuition is centred around pupils’ individual needs ensuring effective delivery of tuition. We:
- Involve scaffolding pupil learning within sessions
- Embed assessment for learning in every session
- Involve a range of tutoring techniques
- Provide guided learning and activities adapted to the pupil’s preference
- Establish learning goals/outcomes
Our tutors will adapt tuition programmes in line with the pupils and schools preferences and needs. Therefore our approach continues to be child centred.
Examples of our adapted tuition provision includes:
- Breaking up sessions into “bite size” chunks, allowing for regular breaks and learning activity rewards
- Using pupils interests to initiate discussion and encourage focus
- Changing tuition/support activity
- Being mindful of listening when pupil wants to discuss reasons for changes in behaviour/attitude/engagement
- Changing pace/tone
- Changing support from 1:1 to group/increasing worker ratio
- Changing material/resources/topic/approach
All our workers have completed Covid Awareness Training as well as accessing CPD on “Trauma & Attachment post Covid” and “Promoting a Growth Mindset” to ensure they are ready to support pupils' academic and pastoral needs.
Our typical specialist tutors have the below qualifications and attributes to promote engagement for your young people to achieve their educational goals.
- qualifications - QTS, PGCE, HTLA, TA level 2 and 3
- attributes - open, caring, good listeners, resilient, not judgmental, adaptable, good behaviour management, creative, engaging
- experience - teachers, youth work, counselling/mentoring experience, social work experience, SEN
- subject areas - English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages
If you want to use our specialist tutors to empower your pupils to learn, here is what to expect:
- Initial introduction meeting to discuss the process
- Criteria outlined of tutors you are looking for
- Learning objectives set for the pupils
- Any additional information about the pupils to be on the programme (behaviours, triggers, ways of learning etc)
- Assessments and timelines
- Agree and set regular updates/review meetings
- Ascertain how you would like our tutors to interact within the school setting
- Gain access to Opus for insight of what is covered in each tutor session, reports can be provided as well (which show progression per pupil and their achievements)
Here’s how we have helped so far
- We've delivered 1 million+ sessions of 1:1 support
- Supported 4,500 schools and 400+ universities and colleges
- Support to 85 local authorities
- We're an approved supplier to the DfE and Crown Commercial Services