The 16 to 19 tuition fund is £96 million of one-off funding for the 2020 to 2021 academic year only. The idea behind this funding is to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).
The funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, Maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. For example, vocational courses where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown.
Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.
The Academy has been allocated with a sum of money to be spent on our 16-19 students, with each instance being entitled to £150. As an academy we received the funding based on the number of kids on roll for the 2020 to 2021 academic year who didn’t achieve a GCSE grade 4 or above in English and/or maths.
As an academy we propose to spend this funding money to support the tuition activity above and beyond the programmes of education already planned for 2020 to 2021.
With our learners in mind we have decided that the most effective way of utilising this money is to provide small intervention/ tuition session within each subject area. These sessions will be held additionally as a twilight after the timetabled scheduled hours of an evening, during Saturday academy and during our school holidays.
We have invested in specialist coaches in Maths and English to provide subject support in areas where pupils are resitting the GCSE qualification.
Taking into consideration our learners and their personal needs and local circumstances, as some sessions will be ran remotely due to ongoing Covid isolations the investment in laptops will enable tuition to take place remotely when isolating or for periods of closure, the English and Maths revision guides and workbooks are there to support pupils in this process.