School leaders slam 'underhand' plan to publish tutoring data

School leaders have accused the government of attempting to distract from the “mess” it has made of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) with the “underhand” introduction of tutoring league tables.

The Department for Education (DfE) wrote to schools on Bank Holiday Monday (when they were closed) to tell them of the decision to publish tutoring data.

The letter has landed badly, with school leaders suggesting that instead of the complex, convoluted and only partially subsidised NTP, the government should have “provided a recovery programme which was simple and adequately funded”.

The DfE estimates that 40% of schools are yet to offer any tutoring sessions on the NTP this academic year. Schools not using the NTP can expect to be contacted individually by DfE officials from this week to “discuss their plans and offer support”.

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