Practical guide offers tips for tutoring interventions

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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A practical guide has been published by researchers offering tips for schools looking to implement one-to-one and small group tutoring interventions.

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is based on evaluations of the first and second years of the National Tutoring Programme – which was set-up to support Covid recovery work in schools, particularly with pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The “how-to” classroom guide draws out seven key themes from the evidence designed to help teachers implement effective tutoring programmes. These themes are:

  • What do I need to consider when planning tutoring in my school?
  • What do I need to consider when selecting pupils and tutors in my school?
  • What group size is best for our target pupils?
  • Should we choose face-to-face or online tuition?
  • How do I best schedule the sessions – when and for how long?
  • How can we promote good information sharing and communication with tutors?
  • How will I ensure that the tutoring meets my pupils’ needs?

Dr Ben Styles, the NFER’s head of classroom practice and workforce, said:

“Schools want to engage with the evidence but are incredibly tight for time. We want to make our research easier to read for teachers and leaders by creating outputs which draw out the key implications, specific to them.

“As we conducted the evaluation of years 1 and 2 of the National Tutoring Programme, our researchers have been able to pull out the key evidence-based insights to help schools plan tutoring effectively.”

The NFER has also created a poster with tips from the guide which is designed for use in staffrooms.


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