Commenting on a poll commissioned by the Sutton Trust on the prevalence of private tuition, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Increasing use of private tuition reflects the worries that the Government has unnecessarily created in so many parents’ minds about school standards and students’ prospects.  Although offering support to students whose parents can’t afford private tuition may seem appealing, any extra funding available for disadvantaged students should be directed at addressing the shortfalls in pupil premium funding and the Government’s decision to favour schools in less disadvantaged areas in its own recent funding announcement.”