The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a one-off funding for the 2021 to 2022 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
- Gaps in knowledge and curriculum coverage due to national lockdowns and limited transition as a result for year 12.
- Missed learning due to student and teacher absence
- CPD needed to adapt Teaching and learning strategies to support social distancing in classrooms
- CPD needed to help teachers to identify learning gaps through effective assessment of students
- Student wellbeing, anxiety and mental health concerns arising from isolation and distancing from peers
- Variation in access to resources during lockdown for certain students during lockdowns.