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Almost half of Johnson’s ‘education catch-up’ fund remains unallocated

Investigation reveals just a few hundred schools expressed interest in signing up to national tutoring programme

The £350m “massive catch-up operation” pledged by Boris Johnson to help pupils affected by the coronavirus lockdown has run into difficulties, with 40% of its funding so far unallocated.

An investigation by Schools Week has found that only £106m of the £350m fund will go towards the national tutoring programme (NTP) backed by Johnson, which aims to offer subsidised one-to-one and small-group tuition for disadvantaged school pupils in England.

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