The head of the online school, which was born as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, today welcomed the government’s plans to double the money for high school students affected by the pandemic.
Under the National Tutoring Program (NTP), from September high schools will receive £ 276 per pupil – with the high school earning £ 60,000 compared to £ 30,000 last year.
Schools will also receive more money for direct tuition after the government terminated the contract with Dutch company Randstad. Schools will now receive funding to organize their own learning.
The move was welcomed by the Virtual Academy of Minerva, which called for a revision of the NTP after reports suggested that only a small proportion of children had taken their seats.
Data released this week showed that Randstad had met only a third of its tutoring goals – 165,000 courses – compared to 913,000 courses organized by schools.
Hugh Winnie created the Minerva Virtual Academy in the midst of a pandemic. The school was born of award-winning Minerva Tutors, which Hugh also founded.
“Millions of students have fallen behind as a result of a learning disruption during the pandemic, which has put us in a situation where we are teetering on the brink of a growing skills gap,” Hugh said.
“I wholeheartedly support tutoring as a tool that helps students catch up on what they may have missed, but some time ago I said that the National Tutoring Program needs to be re-evaluated to make sure it is aimed at providing quality education and not at teaching in empty classrooms. to achieve student retention targets.
“This is additional funding and a change in the way money is spent – a step in the right direction. We have seen for ourselves that there is a need in schools, and, outside of the NTP, schools are seeking support through UK-based organizations like ours to offer additional classes to their students.
“We are already working with a number of schools and regularly send other requests. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “
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