Evidence if any were needed on the effectiveness of one to one tuition was reported in the Times last week.
Research by the Institute of Education, London University has analysed the performance of children with the lowest level of achievement at the end of Year One (aged six) at ten schools. Children that received one to one reading recovery support under the £10m Every Child a Reader programme found that they are now on track to reach the expected level by the end of primary school.
They found evidence that these children made momentous progress within a few months of intensive tuition, and were ahead of their peers by about half a level in reading and a third of a level in writing by the end of year four.
What was interesting about the IOE’s research was that it focused on economically disadvantaged children, with just over half taking free school meals, often with English as a second language.
We are pleased to see this initiative opening up the opportunity of private tutoring to all – and would love to see private tutoring make more of an impact in the public sector.