Coming up… a graduate job to fight educational inequality!

What is the National Tutoring Programme and why should today’s graduates think about working as tutors during Covid-19?

At a time when many soon-to-be graduates are worried about their career journey, many pupils in the UK’s primary and secondary schools are facing the negative impact of Covid-19 on their learning journey. If you’re looking for an employment opportunity, do consider the National Tutoring Programme for your next steps after graduation!


What is it?

The newly-announced National Tutoring Programme has been created through a collaboration between four charities, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), Sutton Trust, Impetus and Nesta, and funded by the UK government.

Beginning in Autumn 2020, the scheme not only aims to address the effect of Covid-19 and state school closures on pupils’ learning, but it will give priority focus towards supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. In practice, this means bringing in trained ‘coaches’ and subsidised tutoring organisations to schools around England, to help young people from falling behind on their education.

The tutoring programme will start in September 2020 and it has two streams. NTP Partners is the stream for organisations that offer tuition services to receive support and funding. NTP Coaches is the stream for graduates to join as full-time employed tutors. Individuals on this stream will be trained and employed by schools in disadvantaged areas to support pupils in their studies.

Interested in careers in teaching & education? Our Keats pages have heaps of resources for you – including sector guides and career support pages on developing your employability.


So, what’s the deal with this graduate job opportunity?

Here at King’s Careers, we understand that today’s graduates are facing tough decisions, circumstances and a rather grim economic outlook upon their departure from King’s. For graduates going into teaching, this programme is an excellent way to build your employable skills and gain experience.

But graduates from any field are also welcomed to consider the opportunity. If you’ve never considered a job in teaching, remember – your career journey is a long one, and you can learn more from every twist and turn.

If you choose (or need to) take a job outside your immediate field of interests after you graduate, you will still be building important workplace skills and developing your employability that helps you get to where you want to go later on.

To express your interest as a tutor and discover more about the scheme, read through the information on their website and sign up to the scheme’s mailing list for up to date news on the scheme and recruitment timelines.

If you’ve never thought of tutoring as a step in your career journey, here is a quick breakdown of 3 employability gains that this kind of role might offer you:


  • Communication skills and small group facilitation. You’ll use communication skills to describe new concepts and adapt your communication to the skills of different learners in a small group. You will work together with pupils and teachers to create a positive learning experience.


  • Project planning and time-management. You’ll take part in planning a learning journey with your pupils adapting to the curriculum and the needs of individual pupils. You will collaborate with others to create and maintain lesson schedules for long-term tutoring.


  • Being an ally to educational equality. Sharing and passing down knowledge to young learners is also a social endeavour – while you are helping someone learn a concept, you are supporting their future potential in education and boosting their self-confidence.


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Find out more about the National Tutoring Programme here.