Suppose you are a retired teacher looking to make some extra money. In that case, the National Tutoring Programme could offer an excellent opportunity. Here we look at what this programme entails and how you might be able to get involved to boost your earnings.
What is the National Tutoring Programme?
The National Tutoring Programme is the scheme set up by the Government to address the impact of COVID-19 on pupil’s learning. The pandemic resulted in school closures that lasted from March through to September. Consequently, students experienced four months of lost learning, is being audited now by schools, and from the start of November students who suffered most will receive additional learning support.
Even though it is Government-funded, the scheme is led by educational establishments. These establishments were invited to apply to take part in the programme to provide high-quality tuition. Those vetted and deemed to offer the appropriate level of expertise and experience are then offered to state-maintained primary and secondary schools looking for additional support.
The EEF analysis of the potential attainment gap between those from disadvantaged backgrounds and their classmates has identified a significant challenge. This tutoring programme is designed to empower schools to address this gap.
How might you get involved?
There are two pillars to the programme. First, there are Tuition Partners. These are organisations that have a proven record of working as tutoring companies. Also, they have a suitable level of quality, safeguarding and evaluation standards in place. These are likely companies that previously offered tutoring services to parents who could afford additional payments to teachers to improve the life chances of their child. Now, with the help of this programme, disadvantaged students can benefit from the same additional input from teachers. You could get involved by approaching these tutoring companies and offering your services.
Academic mentoring is the second pillar. These mentors are in-house staff who are attached to a student to help them with intensive support. Teach First is taking the lead in recruiting, training and placing the first cohort of academic mentors. You could register your interest by visiting the Teach First website.
Why you should get involved
We need all hands on deck to counter the loss of educational opportunity for our most disadvantaged children. Consequently, your first motivation might simply be to offer your help at a time when it is needed. However, it is also a significant opportunity to boost your income and use your skills. If your motivations are financial, you need to speak to an independent financial advisor to discuss possible abatements on your pension.
The content in this article was correct on 16th October 2020. You should not rely on this article to make important financial decisions. Teachers Financial Planning offers advice on your Teachers’ Pension Scheme. Please use the contact form below to arrange an informal chat with an advisor and see how we can help you.