Union warns national tutoring programme will only reach a fraction of children who need it

Headteachers have said the government’s tuition programme for disadvantaged children who have lost out most during lockdown will only reach a fraction of the pupils who need it.

The national tutoring programme (NTP), which starts this week, was set up to provide one-to-one and small group tuition to disadvantaged five- to 16-year-olds in state schools in England, as part of the government’s £1bn catch-up scheme.

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