School-Led Tutoring Programme

FAQs

Further information on the School-Led Tutoring programme, including details of how the programme works and how to enrol, is available on the National Tutoring Programme website.

National Tutoring Programme website

The following set of questions and answers refer to the School-Led Tutor Training Course.

What is the training offer for tutors?

The training offer consists of a free online training programme in tutoring, called the School-Led Tutor Training Course. This is available to all internal staff nominated by their school or academy trust. There are three pathways to this training: one for staff with QTS, one for primary staff without QTS, and one for secondary staff without QTS.

The QTS pathway (which is also open to teachers with two years’ teaching experience in the subject and phase they wish to tutor in) should take prospective School-Led Tutors around 2 hours to complete. This pathway isn’t mandatory but teachers are strongly advised to complete it as a valuable development opportunity.

The non-QTS pathways are mandatory for staff without QTS (excluding non-QTS teachers with two years’ teaching experience in the subject and phase they wish to tutor in) and consist of a course expected to take around 11 hours. All three pathways include a short assessment at the end which participants need to successfully pass before starting tutoring.

 

How will this training help me?

The School-Led Tutor Training Course is designed to help you plan for and deliver effective small group and 1:1 tuition in your school setting. The training content brings together a vast array of research on small group tutoring and useful resources for various subjects and phases. It also includes useful modules on SEND, tutoring in alternative provision settings and delivery speech and language therapy sessions. The training platform also allows for prospective School-Led Tutors to share ideas and resources as they progress through their learning.

 

What does the course cover?

The non-QTS curriculum covers the following core topics:

  • How children learn
  • How to plan tutoring sessions
  • How to work effectively with class teachers
  • Child safeguarding and protection
  • Adapting learning experiences for SEND pupils
  • Behaviour
  • Motivation
  • Literacy across the curriculum
  • Mastery learning
  • Delivering tutoring online

There are optional additional sections on:

  • Providing support in alternative provisions
  • Speech and language therapy

The QTS curriculum covers the following core topics:

  • How children learn
  • How to plan tutoring sessions
  • Closing the literacy gap for secondary pupils
  • Improving fine motor skills for primary pupils
  • Delivering tutoring online

There are optional additional sections on:

  • Providing support in alternative provisions
  • Speech and language therapy

 

Will there be subject-specific training?

The non-QTS training pathways are phase-specific: one primary and one secondary. Both sets of training have a section on subject-specific content and where to find resources.

The QTS training pathway also has a section on subject-specific content and where to find useful resources for your subject or phase.

 

How long do I have to complete the course, and can this be completed in one session or over several weeks?

You have 4 weeks from the day of your welcome email to complete the School-Led Tutor Training Course.

Over this time, non-QTS participants must complete a mandatory 11-hour course followed by an end-of course assessment. QTS participants are highly encouraged to undertake an optional 2-hour course followed by an end-of-course assessment over the 4-week period following their registration as a School-Led Tutor.

 

How will I find out who I am supposed to tutor?

Your school will provide this information to you. We recommend contacting your School Lead for further details.

 

How many modules are there/do I need to complete all of them?

The QTS course has 2 hours of content and both the non-QTS primary and secondary course have 11 hours of content.  You will need to complete each compulsory section of the course in full before you can take the assessment.

How is it assessed?

At the end of each of the three pathways there is an assessment consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. Three attempts are provided to pass assessment, with a 24-hour gap between each attempt.

Upon successful completion of the online course, including the assessment, tutors will be certified as a School-Led Tutor by the National Tutoring Programme. This certification is endorsed by the Chartered College of Teaching.

School-Led Tutors who are eligible to register to work towards Chartered Teacher status will have three years from their completion of the School-Led Training Course to register and receive the partial credits toward Chartered Teacher Status.  For more information please visit the Chartered College of Teaching website.

 

Will I receive certification at the end of the training?

Yes, upon successful completion of the online course, including the assessment, tutors will be certified as a School-Led Tutor by the National Tutoring Programme. This certification is endorsed by the Chartered College of Teaching.

School-Led Tutors who are eligible to register to work towards Chartered Teacher status will have three years to from completion of the School-Led Training Course to register and receive the partial credits toward Chartered Teacher Status.  For more information please visit the Chartered College of Teaching website.

 

What credits do I get towards chartered teacher status?

Achievement of Chartered Teacher Status requires candidates to successfully complete 5 units of assessment. Successful completion of the assessment at the end of the School-Led Tutoring Training Course provides credits towards one of these units of assessment, reducing the number of assessments you will need to complete to become a Chartered Teacher.

School-Led Tutors have three years to from completion of the School-Led Training Course to register and receive the partial credits toward Chartered Teacher Status. 

For more information on the Chartered Teacher programme, including details of how to register and how to use your credits please visit the Chartered College of Teaching website.

 

Who are the Chartered College of Teaching (CCT)?

The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teaching in England. Since launching in 2017, it has been working to connect, inform and inspire teachers to take pride in their profession and deliver the best possible education for young people. It is bridging the gap between the profession and pedagogy and removing the barriers to professional knowledge.

The Chartered College is focused on supporting teachers to work in a research-informed manner built on the notion of collegiality. With its members working in schools across England in a range of settings, the Chartered College is in a strong position to support teachers from the second they step into the classroom right through to leadership and beyond. The Chartered College of Teaching has designed the assessment for the School-Led Tutor Training being offered and is certifying those who successfully complete the assessment. 

If you would like to find out more about the Chartered College of Teaching, please visit their website.

 

Is the end of training assessment a pass/fail?

At the end of each course, both non-QTS and QTS, there is an assessment consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. You need to achieve a score of 80% or above on the assessment to pass. If a prospective School-Led Tutor fails, there will be a 24-hour delay before they can re-take the assessment. Participants will have 3 opportunities to pass the assessment.

 

What happens if I fail my assessment?

You have a total of three attempts to pass the end-of-course assessment. There will be a 24-hour delay between each of your assessment attempts.

If you fail your first or second attempts, please do look back over the content and your notes carefully - perhaps make a note of any questions that are tricky and re-visit that content. We also recommend seeking support from your line manager or school colleagues. Our dedicated Customer Support Team are also on-hand to support, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything you need from us.

You need to complete all of the course content and pass the final assessment to receive a certificate of completion.

If you are a QTS participant, you may still progress as a School-Led Tutor if you fail the assessment, however you will not receive your certificate of completion or any partial credits towards Chartered Status that you may have been eligible for.

If you are a non-QTS participant, you will be unable to proceed as a School-Led Tutor if you fail to complete the course and pass the assessment.

When can I apply?

Your school can nominate candidates for School-Led Tutoring via the National Tutoring Programme registration portal. If you would like to be nominated as a School-Led Tutor, we advise contacting your Line Manager who can begin the application process. Once they have nominated you, you will receive a link via email to our onboarding form where you can register your details.

 

How many tutors can a school nominate for the training?

There is no limit on the number of tutors that a school can nominate for training. However, schools and academy trusts will be expected to nominate individuals who can commit to delivering tutoring after they have completed the course. The school will commit to each tutor delivering at least 15 hours of tutoring in the academic year.

 

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply?

Schools can nominate internal or external candidates to provide tutoring under the School-Led route. These candidates could include teaching and learning staff such as teachers, teaching assistants and ITT trainees, external educators such as retired teachers, or local tutoring organisations.

Schools should use their professional judgement to ensure that internal staff have the aptitude to become effective tutors and strong experience of the subject and phase in which they wish to tutor. For external tutors, schools should carry out the appropriate checks including pre-employment, DBS and reference checks to ensure suitability.

 

I’m a teaching assistant, am I eligible?

Teaching assistants, or those with similar support teaching roles, without QTS or who have less than two years’ experience in the subject and phase in which they wish to tutor, need to complete and pass and the online 11-hour School-Led Tutor Training Course to become a School-Led Tutor.

Your school is responsible for nominating the correct pathway for each tutor. Please discuss your eligibility with your school.

 

How do I know if I have the necessary two years’ teaching experience in the relevant phase and subject for the QTS pathway?

Your school is responsible for nominating the correct pathway for each tutor. Please discuss your eligibility with your school.

 

Who is the senior lead for this in my school?

You should receive a notification from your school informing you of your designated senior lead for School-Led Tutoring. If you have not received a notification, we recommend contacting your line manager.

I know my school has nominated me for this training but I haven’t heard anything. What should I do?

It may be that we have been given an incorrect email address for you. Please ask your school to contact the National Tutoring Programme team to check and update this. If your email address is correct, please contact the School-Led Tutoring Programme Team who will be happy to assist further.

 

Will the session ‘time out’ if not completed within a certain period of time?

You have four weeks to complete the training and the assessment. Progress will be saved and you can come back to where you have left off at any point within those 4 weeks. You have three attempts to pass the final assessment.

 

What software do I need to access the School-Led Tutor Training Course?

The School Led-Tutor Training Course is accessible on mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and personal computers with internet connection.

Is the training fully accessible?

We are committed to making all of our School-Led Tutor Training Course content accessible to ensure as many people as possible are able to access and use the training.

We’re always looking to improve accessibility and if you have any feedback or specific requirements that aren’t addressed, please do contact us and we will be happy to assist.

 

I have missed the 4-week window to complete the programme but would still like to complete this, what should I do?

Each of the School-Led Tutor Training pathways needs to be completed within 28 days.

If you are a QTS participant, you may still progress as a School-Led Tutor if you fail the assessment, however you will not receive your certificate of completion or any partial credits towards Chartered Status that you may have been eligible for.

If you are a non-QTS participant, you will be unable to proceed as a School-Led Tutor if you fail to complete the course and pass the assessment.

If you require further assistance on this topic, please email our dedicated customer support team who can provide advice and support.