A new study from the NFER (Moore & Lord, 2023) has found that two-thirds of school leaders currently using the NTP plan to continue using the scheme next year – even though many feel it is not cost-effective.
The research involved 439 school leaders in primary and secondary schools and found that:
The survey finds that 76% of those currently using the NTP believe it is improving the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, while 73% believe the programme allows them to prioritise pupils most in need of academic support.
However, while 42% said the NTP was cost-effective, 45% disagreed. Furthermore, 58% said they do not think tutoring is a long-term solution to closing the attainment gap.
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