Potential caps on the number of places available via the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) must not result in a “first-come, first served” system, school leaders have said this week.

Just 48 hours after its launch, there has been “significant interest” in the NTP, with some schools reportedly making enquiries about one-to-one tutoring for as many as 200 pupils.

However, the NTP has only funded 250,000 places initially and has told Headteacher Update that this will not be enough to “provide support to every disadvantaged pupil in England”.

Speaking on Wednesday (November 4), an NTP spokesman said: “If demand is very high, caps may be introduced to ensure disadvantaged pupils in as many schools as possible receive support. Caps may be introduced regionally or nationally and will be clearly signalled on the NTP website and by Tuition Partners.

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