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16-19 Tuition Fund Statement

As required by the ESFA – detailed in their document 16-19 Tuition Fund released on 24 July 2020 and updated on 23 September 2020, we are publishing this statement to explain how we will use the 16-19 Tuition Funding in line with the ESFA guidance to prioritise support for disadvantaged students.

This additional funding is for the academic year 2020-2021 only and is to be used to mitigate the disruption of learning arising from the coronavirus. Where subsequent ESFA guidance changes, this document may be updated to reflect any such changes.  

In line with the Government guidance, we will prioritise the following groups of 16-19 year old students, identified by the Government as disadvantaged, for support from the fund: 

  • Students who have not achieved a grade 4 in either maths or English and are on a Level 3 16-19 study programme. 
  • Students with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities. 
  • Students who have achieved a grade 4 but also would benefit from catch up support due to disrupted learning, for example within vocational courses where assessment has been deferred and/or otherwise disrupted because of lockdown. 

How will we determine the support required? 

We will complete a review of all students who meet the Government criteria and determine if they would benefit from additional support during 2020-2021 and what specific support is required.  

What types of support will we provide? 

The types of support outlined below will be provided through 1-2-1 support or small group intervention:  

  • Maths and/or English – targeted intervention to support students to fill gaps in their knowledge, practise their skills and reinforce learning from the curriculum. 
  • Additional learning support - Learning Mentor staff will provide sessions to enable students to overcome barriers to learning. 
  • Pastoral support – specific pastoral support that addresses personal barriers to learning and equips students with strategies to better engage with their learning.  
  • Academic skill development – focused on the development and refreshing of study skills so that students can more effectively engage with the curriculum content.  

How will we record and monitor the use of this fund? 

Existing systems will be used to track the usage of the fund and the impact of the support on students. We will closely monitor the Tuition Fund cohort to determine the effectiveness of the support and modify it as required.  

We will notify the ESFA of any unspent funding from this fund for it to be reclaimed. 


​​​​​​Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any further questions or to speak directly to our Post 16 Lead, Mrs Jodie Gregory.