Analysis: Catch-up programme would be more effective if schools received the funding directly
When ministers have faced difficulty during the pandemic, their response has been to send money to the private sector to deliver a solution. That approach struck gold with vaccines – but elsewhere the failures piled up. Test and trace, for instance, has been described by a former permanent secretary to the Treasury as “the most wasteful and inept public spending programme of all time”.
When it became obvious that millions of children were going to be affected by weeks and months out of the classroom, the government again turned to the private sector for its national tutoring programme (NTP) for England.