The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a one-off funding for the 2020 to 2021 academic year only  provided from the government. This funding is ring fenced for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers 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. All supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme.

Priority will be given to students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths. However, further to those students  we would  consider any young people with a grade 4 also needing catch up support. Schools were asked to  prioritise students that will benefit most from small group tuition, based on the criteria above. Schools should also have regard to the needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities.

Schools have flexibility to decide the most appropriate approach to resourcing the delivery of small group tuition supported through the fund. This may include a mix of both teaching and learning support staff as appropriate. Anyone delivering small group tuition should have the appropriate knowledge, skills, and experience. Resourcing could be through paying for more hours from existing staff, hiring new staff, or buying in a service from a third party provider. 

Barriers we have identified at Strood Academy impacting learning of our students aged 16-19

  1. Gaps in knowledge and curriculum coverage due to national lockdowns and limited transition as a result for year 12.
  2. Missed learning due to student and teacher absence 
  3. CPD needed to adapt Teaching and learning strategies to support social distancing in classrooms
  4. CPD needed to help teachers to identify learning gaps through effective assessment of students
  5. Student wellbeing, anxiety and mental health concerns arising from isolation and distancing from peers 
  6. Variation in access to resources during lockdown for certain students during lockdowns. 

We have reviewed the Education Endowment Foundation – COVID-19 Support Guide for Schools to allocate this funding effectively. EEF COVID-19 SUPPORT GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS

Monthly Amount: £465.08,

Full Academic Year: £5,580.97

Year 12 and 13 Holiday Intervention for resit£1745October, Feb/March
English/Maths: 4 teachers x 4 hours x 1 day = £548
11 students Maths
4 English
Wages: £1645 + inc on costs
Resources: £100
Total per programme = £1745
Positive attendance to intervention classes during the two week October half term
Intervention P6 for Year 12 and 13£225Internal staff used to support with group intervention P6 weekly and also 1:1 support sessions after school.
Resources and ensuring students have appropriate materials for exam focussed intervention. Printing of past exam papers and questions.
10 weeks of intervention
15 students
Per session: Maths 120 pages, English 30 pages = £225
Positive engagement and attendance for all sessions.
Additional resources for key groups to support their learning. £135Ensure students have appropriate materials in order for them to access the entire curriculum, catch up and meet Academy targets.
Printing of work packs for students who have no access to school resources when working remotely.
6 weeks of intervention
15 students
Per session: Maths 120 pages, English 30 pages = £135
Exam technique consolidation
Identify and reduce gaps in knowledge
1:1 sessions for Maths for 11 students each week with DoI£2310Sessions were taken by the Trust Director of Improvement Maths Tuition was provided to support students 1:1 and close any gaps
11 students 6 weeks, £35 per hour inc on costs = £2310
To provide personalised support and guidance to Maths students 18% passed their resit, with 100% improvement in student outcomes.
1:1 sessions for English for 4 students each week with DoI£560Sessions were taken by the Trust Director of Improvement Maths. Tuition was provided to support students 1:1 and close any gaps
4 students 4weeks, £35 per hour inc on costs = £560
To provide personalised support and guidance to English students
75% passed their resit.
GAP analysis of exam papers and then CPD for those delivering tutoringN/ADepartments carried out analysis of papers to identify topics in Maths and English. Teachers received CPD on this Wednesday afternoon to support small group intervention sessions and tutoring.Allows teachers to focus learning according to gaps in knowledge and skills in order to improve outcomes and close gaps.
National Tutor Programme£581Tutoring for all Maths retake pupils which will be undertaken by my tutor as part of the national tutoring programme
9 students receiving tuition at a cost of £65 per student
The NTP will focus on each pupil's particular gap in learning. The programme takes place over 15 weeks and has been shown to have an impact on pupils progress and learning.