School Led Tutoring Grant


What is the School Led Tutoring Grant?

The DfE ‘School Led Tutoring Grant’ is the most comprehensive way for schools to access private tuition in England. All state schools will receive funding in three blocks throughout the 2021/22 academic year, without having to apply. Any schools who don’t use the funding will have to return it at the end of the academic year. The funding will be based on 60% of the pupil premium children multiplied by the ‘Expected tuition cost’. The grant will pay for 75% of the tuition and schools will be expected to top up 25%. Schools have total flexibility over who receives the tutoring as the funding is not tied to a pupil, meaning a the grant supports any child the school identifies as disadvantaged. 

How can my school get the grant?

In mid September, your school will receive communication about how much money you will receive. For maintained schools, payments will be sent to local authorities on the last working day of each month in: September 2021, December 2021 and April 2022For academy trusts, payments will be made in: October 2021, January 2022 and May 2022All schools and academy trusts will receive the ring-fenced grant and any underspend will be recovered at the end of the academic year.

  • Allocations distributed in academic year 2021/22 will only be available for that academic year and will not be added to schools and academy trusts’ baselines in calculating any future years’ funding allocations
  • The grant is ring-fenced for expenditure on School-Led Tutoring only
  • This funding cannot be used to pay for the unsubsidised costs of NTP Academic Mentors or Tuition Partners



Who can receive tutoring though the School Led Tutoring Grant?

Quite simply, any child from Yr1 – Yr11 in England who attends a maintained school or academy trust school can receive tutoring using the funding. Schools have total control over the pupils selected to receive tutoring and can spend the funding on pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding or children who are not.. This control will allow schools to effectively target any pupils, who would benefit from the small group guidance of a tutor. 

Can I use my own staff or does it have to be an external tutoring provider?

Schools have control over who they spend the funding with: local tutors, tutoring companies or their own staff. There are however a few stipulations of the grant and how it can be spent on tutoring that are important for school leaders to understand. 
  • PPA cover can not be used to provide tutoring as part of the School Led Tutoring Grant
  • Any tutoring payment to existing staff has to be provided on top of their contracted hours
  • Any support staff or unqualified teaching staff with less than 2 years experience, have to have completed free training provided by Ranstad (NTP Administrator) before being able to provide tutoring for the School Led Tutoring Grant. 
  • This training is not likely to be created until December 2021, meaning schools will have missed out on a whole term of support.
Therefore at Education Boutique, we offer industry leading support and guidance on setting up School Led Tutoring Grant support quickly and efficiently in your school.. We were founded by a teacher and work to empower schools to use tutoring to engage and enhance their support for disadvantaged schools.
  • A huge bank of qualified and trained tutors at your disposal and carefully matched to the needs of your pupils
  • A written report after every hour of tuition for your records (sent automatically to class teachers or School SENCO)
  • Support for how to reference the School Led Tutoring on your School Census and ESFA report
Whilst we never like to change a child’s tutor, we know that life happens. We offer schools the security to match them with another tutor with no cost or effort on the school’s behalf.

How much will the grant be worth to my school?

The grant sum will be calculated by multiplying 60% of the number of Pupil Premium children you school has on roll by £202.50 (maintained school) or by £528.75 (pupil referral units and special schools)

For special schools and pupil referral units, the DfE have specified that the expected cost of tuition is £705 per student for a block of 15 hours (£47ph) This means schools will receive a grant of £528.75 and need to contribute £176.25. For any schools receiving tuition already for pupils, it is a fantastic way to save money on existing tuition bills.

For maintained schools, the DfE have specified that the expected cost of tuition is £270 per student for a block of 15hours (£18ph) This means schools will receive £202.50 and need to contribute £67.50. These sessions are expected to be conducted on a 1:3 basis.


How can we help at Education Boutique and Eteach?

As industry leaders in both tutoring and school recruitment, Education Boutique and Eteach are your school’s trusted advisors for all things tutoring. Whether you need us to deliver the tutoring straight away or prefer to come to the information sessions and webinars first, we will continue to inform you of how to provide your students with the best tutoring provision.

1:1 tutoring (SEN)

£705 for a block of 15 hours for one pupil. This means schools will receive a grant of £528.75 and need to contribute £176.25. 

You are able to pay more or less for tuition and will always pay 25% of the cost


1:3 tutoring (all)

£270 per student for a block of 15hours (£18ph) but it is expected that these sessions will be conducted with 1:3. This means schools will receive £202.50 and need to contribute £67.50.

You are able to pay more or less for tuition and will always pay 25% of the cost.

Masterclasses (all)


Extend your children learning into every holiday period. A great bolt on for holiday club attendees too. £15 for a block of three masterclass sessions. This means schools will receive £11.25 and schools will pay £3.75. A block of 15 hours would therefore include 5 holiday masterclasses, which could be spread across the year.


Extend learning using our innovative School Holiday Masterclasses

Education Boutique are well known for our high quality holiday masterclasses. First formed during the COVID-19 lockdown, Founder and Qualified Teacher, Lucy Alexandra Spencer ran a series of highly successful three session masterclasses in Comprehension and Creative writing. 

  • Comprehension, Creative Writing and Maths Problem Solving, GCSE Maths, GCSE Lang and GCSE Lit
  • Live and interactive lessons lead by industry leading teachers and tutors.

See the below sample comprehension webinar lesson recording. 


Register for our webinar with more details about how to use your School Led Tutoring Grant