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Increased tutoring support for pupils with SEND

Last year, we broadened the scope of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) to include alternative tutoring interventions for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in mainstream and non-mainstream settings. 


Schools can use NTP funding for alternative types of established, evidence-underpinned interventions for pupils with SEND, which can be tailored and targeted to meet individual needs in areas such as:


  • learning capabilities
  • sensory development
  • communication (including speech and language therapy)


You can use your NTP grant to pay for 50% of the total cost of tutoring, subject to the maximum hourly per-pupil rate. The hourly per pupil rates are £47 for non-mainstream schools, or £18 in mainstream schools, to reflect the higher likelihood of small group or specialist tutoring for pupils with SEND.