Lasbm, featured the following summary article about our partnered Tutoring programme, in their December 2020 edition of their news. It provides an excellent summary about the initiative and do not forget that we are still recruiting for it, see our tutoring page here
How Collaborative Education Partnerships are Helping to Support the Catch up and Attainment Gap.
Now more than ever educational organisations need to work collaboratively to address the growing attainment gap and the subsequent impact this has on poverty and inequality in our society. Educational partnerships are the key to delivering new ways of delivering teaching, learning, and challenging the socio-economic gap. This is exemplified by the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) that is informed by the best evidence-based interventions to help boost the performance of pupils who are under performing. This programme also highlights how private, public and third sector providers underpinned by high quality educational research and evidence, have worked together to bring their own set of skills and talents together, resulting in the neediest pupils having access to high quality tuition and intensive support. The evidence so far indicates that tutoring small groups and one to one tuition are effective interventions for lower attaining pupils catching up with their peers. Furthermore, the partnerships that have delivered this tutoring into schools have also given school leaders the opportunity to bridge the gap in attainment and progress during a time when, due to the pandemic, schools have experienced a setback to the progress they previously made.
Such times as these call for a different approach. Collaborative working improves the quality of service to schools utilising the broader set of skills and talents of other stakeholders in education and in doing so develops a creative approach to an unfamiliar and unprecedented problem in education. This type of partnership proves that educational outcomes can be improved by participants from all sectors coming together to exchange and share best practice, knowledge, and expertise. The pandemic has also highlighted for schools the digital divide, such as the access to IT equipment and internet access in homes which has exacerbated the gap in progress for pupils within differing localities. The collaborative work between schools and private educational organisations within the NTP has resulted in the provision of laptops to schools and homes, and initial evidence shows that this is a key element of progress during these times and has allowed schools to save money and valuable resources. It is this type of collaboration that provides school leaders with ongoing support, providing them with an analysis of group and individual progress.
Undoubtedly, there has to be a new strategy to close the attainment gap and to create higher levels of absolute social mobility. If anything, this pandemic has proved this to be the case. A new way of thinking and collaborative working is evidentially the way forward, supporting school leaders to find impactful solutions. The newly created NTP partnership between The Fischer Family Trust, Success for All and The Operam Education Group offers a unique approach to a collaborative education partnership that utilises the skills and capability of every partner to benefit every pupil. The time for a rethink is now. Visit www.fft.org.uk for more information on the National Tutoring Programme partner.