WHAT IS THE 16 TO 19 TUITION FUND?
The 16 to 19 tuition fund is £96 million of one-off funding for the 2020 to 2021 academic year only. It is ring-fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID19). 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.
HOW WHITLEY ACADEMY WILL USE THE 16 TO 19 TUITION FUND
The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund will be used to provide small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 who have not yet achieved a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths. The provision will not be limited to tuition for English and maths, but will also be used to help progressing students on vocational courses where assessment may have been deferred because of lockdown. Students who are deemed pupil premium and currently access our 16 – 19 bursary will also be supported by this provision.
Tuition groups will comprise of up to five students and the tuition sessions will be scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already scheduled for the 2020/21 academic year. Tuition and additional support may be delivered using a blend of online and on-site delivery.
Examples of tuition and support that will be provided include:
- GCSE examination preparation
- Vocational and technical qualification assessment, including internally verified unit completion
- Vocational knowledge and skills catch-up sessions
- Catch up sessions related to independent living skills for disadvantaged students
- Development of knowledge
- Support in areas of knowledge gaps
- Development of Literacy skills
- Development of Numeracy skills
- Additional preparation for assessments
Eligible students will be offered an assessment to determine what additional tuition would benefit them and the arrangements which can be put in place. Additional tuition will be delivered in small groups of no more than five students, in accordance with the guidance released by ESFA.
The expectation is to support and enable students to catch up on their education which had been disrupted in 2019/20 due to the pandemic, allowing students the opportunity to progress as previously expected.
Whitley Academy is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition fund by:
- Producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students
- Publishing this guidance on the school’s website
- Recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retain the evidence of the tuition provided
- Deliver the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/21
- Notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed
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