16-19 Tuition Fund

What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?

The 16-19 tuition fund has been extended for the 2021-22 academic year. It is ringfenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The funding is to support small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 in English, Maths and other subjects that have been disrupted. Students aged 19 to 24 who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan are also eligible for support. The funding should be used to support tuition above and beyond the programmes of education already planned for students who have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or Maths or have a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support.  We have chosen to opt-out of this funding source for 2021-2022.

How Thorpe St Andrew Sixth Form used the Tuition Funding during 2020-2021?

The funding was used to focus on intervention for students in Year 13; there were three target areas identified:

Target Area 1:

  • Students, who had fallen behind, were invited, by departments, to attend a one hour session after school, in the Supervised Study Centre – this ran all year (when COVID restrictions allowed)

Target Area 2: 

  • Students achieving a grade equivalent to D, E or U in their End of Year 12 assessments 

  • Students requiring more stretch and challenge identified on their latest assessment data

  • Students achieving a grade equivalent to B or C based on their latest assessment data

Target Area 3:

  • Students were invited during the February half-term, Easter break and May half-term to come into school to catch up if needed

The following support was offered to students:

During Autumn Term 2020

  • Individual students in Target Area 1 were offered catch-up sessions for coursework and revision in the form of supervised study periods – these occurred in slots of one hour after the normal school day on Mondays to Thursdays inclusive

  • Groups of students (grades D, E and U) in Target Area 2 were offered subject specific workshop sessions – again these were offered after the normal school day and ran for one or two hour sessions, either online or face-to-face

During Spring Term 1 2021

  • Groups of students (A, A*, B+) in Target Area 2 were offered subject specific workshop sessions in order to stretch the more able – these were offered online due to Covid restrictions in place at the time

During Spring Term 2 2021

  • Groups of students in Target Area 3 were offered subject specific workshop sessions – this would enable students originally identified in the Autumn Term to get additional support

We had hoped to offer further intervention during the school holidays but due to Covid restrictions, this was not possible.

Thorpe St Andrew Sixth Form will comply with the terms of finding by:

  • Providing this statement explaining how we will use this funding to prioritise support for disadvantaged students.

  • Recording the use of the funding, including reference to the individual students that receive the support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered, and retain the necessary evidence of the tuition provided and additional cost.

  • Delivering the extra tuition and spending the associated funding in the 2020 to 2021 academic year – see overview detailed above.

  • Notifying ESFA of any unspent funding from this fund at the end of the 2020 to 2021 academic year for it to be reclaimed.