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Schools: One-to-one Support

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 25 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How one-to-one tuition for low-attaining pupils in English will be delivered under the Making Good Progress pilot schemes; and what use will be made of voluntary and community sector organisations in delivering this tuition. [HL4968]

In the Making Good Progress pilot, one-to-one tuition will be an out-of-school-hours programme of up to 10 hours of individual tuition in English and/or mathematics. Tutors will liaise with the class teacher to ensure that the tuition that they offer meets the needs of the child and is closely tied in to the work that the child is doing in class. Each pilot local authority will be responsible for overseeing the recruitment of suitable tutors, who must be qualified teachers, and for organising locations in which the tuition can take place. We know that some local authorities are liaising with community groups that have offered venues for tuition.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of organisations delivering one-to-one literacy support in primary schools; and what role these organisations will play in delivering literacy support under the personalised learning agenda. [HL4969]

Most one-to-one support is provided directly by maintained schools. It is up to individual schools to decide whether it will be most effective to work with external organisations to provide additional support.

The department’s review of early intervention schemes, What Works for Children with Literacy Difficulties: The Effectiveness of Intervention Schemes, provides schools with the information that they need to make informed decisions about which interventions will best suit the needs of their pupils. An updated and expanded edition will be published later this year.

The department is also working with the KPMG Foundation and the Institute of Education to plan the delivery of the national rollout of the Every Child a Reader programme to help children who will benefit most from intensive literacy support.