- The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) is a new large £350m DfE programme which is being organised through a collaboration of five charities – the Education Endowment Foundation, Sutton Trust, Impetus, Nesta and Teach First.The NTP will soon be appointing 50 organisations to offer tutoring to schools beginning on the 1st of November. The NTP aims to support teachers and schools in providing a sustained response to the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a longer-term contribution to closing the attainment gap. Participating schools will be able to decide which of their pupils will most benefit from additional support, and which type of support is more suitable.Schools will choose a Tuition Partner to work with and identify students requiring tutoring.Over the past few weeks we [The Dyslexia Guild, British Dyslexia Association (BDA), Patoss and Helen Arkell] have been meeting with the new National Tutoring Programme to help us understand their objectives and explore how we might contribute. It is clear that whilst they also want to help support young people who may have fallen behind academically they are also hoping to use this significant initiative to evaluate and build the evidence base about what time of tutoring and individual and small group teaching is most effective.We have, therefore, come to see this as an opportunity to demonstrate the positive difference our members can make to the attainment of children and young people. It is also a positive response to the crisis and will help ensure the children that need our support most will receive it.The Dyslexia Guild, BDA, Patoss and Helen Arkell are concurrently asking all their members whether there is interest in us jointly bidding to become one of the approved tutoring organisations.Please note that it will not be possible to access the NTP funds without being formally linked to an approved organisation - also referred to as a Tuition Partner.Before we commit to bidding we would like to garner the interest of members in taking part in this initiative as tutors. Please note that the current thinking is that tutors would be engaged on a self-employed basis.If you are listed on our websites as providing tuition please be aware that you may also be contacted by other tutoring organisations who are bidding for this work.At this stage we would like you to please express an interest and to say how many tutoring hours in principle you could offer each week. We will not hold you to this response! It is however important for us to know that there is significant interest before we prepare a bid.Please respond using the link below, as soon as possible, and by Friday 28th August at the latest. Your responses will help us decide whether to continue with our potential joint bid.Google form to express your interest https://forms.gle/awzf5QBhKEJpYW5P8If you are not interested in being linked with our initiative you can register your interest directly with the National Tutoring Programme, https://nationaltutoring.org.uk/contact-us for other potential Tuition Partners to contact.Please note that an organisation is likely to require you to tutor in their particular method.We welcome this opportunity and we hope that it will make a positive contribution to children and young people.Yours sincerelyMark Turner, MD of Real Group and The Dyslexia GuildGillian Ashley, Interim CEO of BDALynn Greenwold, CEO of PatossAndy Cook, CEO of Helen Arkell
Sarah Wissing, a research student at Birbeck University is looking for individuals with dyslexia to participate in a research project find out more about their experiences in the workplace in order to find out what the barriers might be to disclosure and seeking support. This is done by a short interview (depending on how much the individual has to say) over Zoom. See the attached Information Sheet for more details
Qualified specialist teachers may be interested to learn more about the initiative to set up the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) as part of the Government’s response to the effects of the recent pandemic.
A joint group of providers including The Dyslexia Guild have written to the Secretary of State for Education indicating that they wish to support the NTP by offering access to their joint resources of professionally qualified and experienced specialist teachers and assessors of learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).
The letter also notes that a qualified specialist teacher not only identifies any specific intervention required for a student experiencing specific learning difficulties but also the impact on their curriculum access and therefore their educational progress. It is therefore essential that fund allocation through any named provider agreement confirmed by the government is flexible enough for schools to be able to choose and fund qualified, dyslexia-trained tutors for the subgroup of their students with processing weaknesses, while using more general, less specifically trained, catch-up tutors through this national scheme for other students where appropriate.
The government have therefore been asked to make funding arrangements which include flexibility for schools to use our professional associations, specialist tutor organisations and independent qualified specialist dyslexia tutors where necessary, rather than all funding being allocated only for tutors within the remit of a few named national organisations.
At present there is no sign up for the National Tutoring Programme, we will keep members informed when we have any update.
Letter to the Secretary of State for Education 6 July 2020 click here
TES Article: National Tutoring Programme: All you need to know click here
The FREE toolkit is only available to Dyslexia Guild members’ and is suitable for those supporting adults (the materials will also be relevant to practitioners working with children with literacy difficulties as many of the ideas within it can be adapted for use with younger learners).How to access the toolkit
- Go to this link
- Click 'Dyslexia Guild Supporting Adults Toolkit'
- Enter the password when prompted
- Password is guest
- Moodle (our online learning environment software) may time out after 2-4 hours, if so please just log in as a guest
- This free toolkit will not be recognised as CPD for ADG FE/HE provisional membership status ie. for those who have not yet completed The Certificate in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACRT56), but will be suitable CPD for qualified Guild members’ to add to their CPD Log (total 4 hours, no certificate is provided).
The Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP) is now available as a course to qualified and experienced specialist teachers/practitioners.
The course consists of practical activities based on case studies and provides the core DALP handbooks (a learner is not required for any part of this course).
Anyone who has recently studied the Dyslexia Action Professional Programme, Module C (within the last 4 years) or Unit 3/83 of the Dyslexia Action Level 5 Certificate Programme will find there is an overlap in content.
Please click here to check the details and book your place.
Real Training is offering a free online course about Exam Access Arrangement updates in September. For more information see here: https://realtraining.co.uk/free-access-arrangements-update-course.
With the changes to JCQ regulations now released, the Dyslexia Action Shop can provide the materials you'll need for undertaking the completion of Access Arrangements Form 8's and these are available for purchase with your 10% Guild member discount. Contact the shop to advise that your account has been set up and activated by calling +44 (0)1784 222339 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org