The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) is urging teachers to sign up to a new government initiative which will provide extra one-on-one support for 600,000 pupils struggling in mathematics and English. The call to action comes as new research shows the majority of pupils (73 per cent) find it hard to ask for extra help in class.
The TDA is calling on current, former and retired qualified teachers to sign up to the programme, with the aim of recruiting up to 100,000 tutors by October 2010. Tutors will be paid to provide ten one-to-one sessions to eligible pupils aged nine to 14 to help get them back on track.
The majority of pupils see the benefit of extra support with mathematics and English, with nearly two thirds (60 per cent) of those questioned believing it would help them improve in the subjects they find challenging; and over half (51 per cent) that it would �help them to achieve their very best�.
TDA Chief Executive, Graham Holley, said: �One-to-one tutors will help ensure that the right support is in place for all children who need it, regardless of class or social background. Our research shows that there's certainly appetite amongst the pupils for more one-on-one time with teachers.
�I would encourage teachers to sign up for the programme, which can only improve their teaching skills and understanding of how children learn. They will be rewarded financially and professionally, plus there is flexibility to work when it suits them.�
Schools will work with their local authorities to identify eligible pupils and tutoring will begin in September. Sessions can take place in a school, in the pupil's home, or at a town centre location such as a library. Tuition can take place during school hours, after school, at weekends or in school holidays.
Tutors will be paid a typical rate of £25 per hour for 12 hours per pupil - 10 hours tuition and two hours planning time.