SP Tutors closed at the end of academic year 2021-22 in light of the fundamental changes made to the Government’s tutoring programme.
SP Tutors was established by Unity Schools Partnership in collaboration with Unity Research School and Norwich Research School and a variety of other educational organisations in the East of England. Its sole purpose was to ensure that schools were supported to make the most of the funding of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) provided by the Department for Education (DfE) with the ultimate goal of having the greatest impact possible on the attainment of pupils most disadvantaged by the pandemic.
In the unique position of being a Tuition Partner designed by schools for schools, and with a focus on quality tutoring, informed by research evidence, we are proud to have educated over 5,000 pupils, supported hundreds of schools and onboarded and trained hundreds of tutors.
We are extremely pleased and proud to have played a part in the Government’s plan to embed tutoring in schools and to have been able to work with schools towards healing the damage done to pupils’ education by Covid-19.
By the end of academic year 2021-2022, schools had gained the capacity and understanding to organise their own tuition and could access initiatives such as School-Led Tutoring, so it was the right time to step away from being a tuition partner.
The tutors we trained are able to continue to make use of their experience and our training, for the benefit of pupils, by using their skills in schools which can employ them directly.
We sincerely hope tutoring remains a successful part of the education landscape in the knowledge that evidence shows that small group tutoring has a positive impact on pupils’ learning and attainment.
We advocate any intervention that provides equity of education for pupils, especially those that are socio-economically disadvantaged and were disproportionately affected by the pandemic and school closures.