Commenting on the launching in schools of the National Tutoring Programme, to be delivered by 32 organisations selected by the Education Endowment Foundation, Andrew Morris, Assistant General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“The Department for Education had the opportunity to set up a quality tuition programme delivered by qualified teachers.  Supply teachers would have been delighted to help deliver it.  Instead, it has opted for a cut-price scheme which doesn’t require qualified teacher status and pays any qualified teachers who do sign up far less than they should be earning. Many of the NTP Tuition Partners being announced today are commercial supply agencies. The agency system is associated with poor practices and low rates of pay. We cannot continue trying to deliver solutions like this on the cheap – any money which remains unallocated should now be given to schools or local authorities so they can directly employ qualified staff.”

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