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Tutoring gives kids the boost they need

Headteacher Ann-Marie McGough on how the Department for Education’s National Tutoring Programme has had a real impact on pupils at her Doncaster school.

Headteacher Ann-Marie McGough on how the Department for Education’s National Tutoring Programme has had a real impact on pupils at her Doncaster school.

17 Apr 2023, 8:27

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Learning in small groups, short bursts of tuition and providing extra support for disadvantaged children: these are three strategies one headteacher is using to help her pupils catch up and close the attainment gap.

Ann-Marie McGough was in the eye of the storm when she became acting headteacher of St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Doncaster, South Yorkshire in March 2020. But thanks to a close-knit team and an additional tutor who was employed under the National Tutoring Programme, Mrs McGough is seeing impressive results. The Department for Education currently funds 60% of the cost of tutoring to schools and it’s provided a real boost to pupils’ attainment, confidence and mental health.

“This has been a very successful journey for us in terms of children’s reading, fluency, speed and outcomes,” says Mrs McGough. “Our tutor is an ex-pupil who’s now a qualified teacher. She’s employed full time and we have a structured timetable where she takes out any child with gaps in their learning and works one-to-one or in very small groups with them.”

A recent report published by the Sutton Trust revealed that the National Tutoring Programme has been key in terms of levelling the playing field for access to tutoring overall. So, like all teachers, Mrs McGough is keen to make sure tutoring is targeted at pupils who need it most and is delivered in a way that’s tailored to their needs.

“We have 52% disadvantaged children at our school and we prioritise the pupil premium children from years one to six. It’s paying off because we had our best key stage 2 results in a long time in July 2022 and a lot of that is down to the tutoring programme,” says Mrs McGough.

There’s real synergy between teachers and the tutor, with progress being monitored closely, which Mrs McGough says is the key to making the most of the National Tutoring Programme. Reading was identified as a priority for pupils at this stage, with the tutor building on a wide range of skills.

“Reading comes into every lesson, so a child who feels their peers are better than them will feel the effects on their confidence. For year one, our tutor is focusing on the sounds they’re not secure with and for year two it will be comprehension,” says Mrs McGough. “She has regular talks with their class teachers to make sure the learning is tailored for each child. If something’s not working, we ask why. Perhaps we need to change the time of day or the structure of the session. We’re looking for ways to accelerate their progress because these children have gaps and we need to narrow them.

“We’re seeing some excellent results, including some children who’ve made reading age progress of 18 months in one term. I don’t think they’d have done that without the tuition. Children feel happier and more confident, thriving in those one-to-one sessions that really give them that boost.”

Find out more about tutoring here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-tutoring-programme-guidance-for-schools-2022-to-2023 

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