Vanessa Leach

Vanessa Leach

Managing Director

Understanding Online Education Accreditation: A message from Tute

Online Education Accreditation Scheme (OEAS)

At Tute, we’re dedicated to delivering exceptional online teaching to students in need of alternative provision. As the landscape of online education evolves, so do the standards and accreditations that govern our sector. 

It’s important to clarify that no online education providers, including Tute, can be registered with Ofsted. Similarly, direct Department for Education (DfE) registration is not applicable to online education providers. This is a common misconception, and we want to set the record straight for our valued partners. 

The Online Education Accreditation Scheme (OEAS), introduced by the DfE, is the relevant accreditation for providers like us. This scheme is not an Ofsted registration but an accreditation that signifies a provider has met a set of standards akin to those for independent schools. Successful accreditation leads to an entry on the DfE’s Get Information about Schools webpage, offering reassurance about the quality of education provided. 

Ofsted, as the appointed quality assurance body, conducts inspections under the OEAS. However, it’s the DfE that makes the final decision on accreditation. This ensures a rigorous and fair assessment of online education providers, aligned with non-statutory standards for education quality and safeguarding. 

At Tute, we are closely monitoring the OEAS and will soon apply for accreditation to reflect our unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality online education. Amongst other priorities such as further developing our platform; employing more expert staff into our team; enhancing our overall offer to partners; and improving students outcomes, we are also ensuring our alignment with the OEAS’s requirements and are relocating our operations to England to meet eligibility criteria. 

Our commitment to transparency and quality remains our priority. We want to ensure that all our stakeholders understand the accreditation landscape and the standards we strive to meet. Stay tuned for further updates as we continue to navigate the accreditation process and uphold the highest standards in online education. 

You can find out more about our teachers and quality assurance here but as a reminder, Tute: 

  • Has been delivering online alternative provision for 12 years – we are not new to this  
  • Only employs fully-qualified, experienced and DBS checked teachers 
  • Has a robust pedagogical approach underpinning all our lessons at every level and every subject 
  • Is rigorously quality assured by an external Ofsted Outstanding academy trust 
  • Employs a dedicated QA team who assure and control quality  
  • Is approved by the DfE as a Tuition Partner in the NTP and undergoes rigorous, annual DfE quality review on safeguarding, provision, and governance  
  • Operates a safeguarded learning environment built by the team with quality and safety at the forefront 
  • Has a large team of teaching and non-teaching staff to ensure capacity that meets demand  
  • Puts the student at the core of everything is does

Thank you for your continued support. Tute is not just committed to elevating the standards of online education, we are leading it.

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