16 to 19 Tuition Funding
The Department for Education announced funding for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to enable 16 to 19 providers to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is to support those aged 16-19 who have not already achieved a GCSE grade 5 or above in maths and/or English by age 16. The funding is being provided specifically for additional small group tuition to mitigate the disruption to learning students experienced during the national lockdown, particularly where assessment had been deferred or delayed, including vocational/technical curriculum.
Easton College is initially prioritising support for students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths, students who would benefit most from small group tuition and 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.
The college has spent time reviewing individual student starting points and progress students have made through the first half term to help tailor what additional small group tuition might be required to best support student need. All sessions will be limited to a maximum of five students per group and will be additional to the original planned timetabled hours for their programmes of study. Students will be prioritised for small group tuition based upon their needs outlined above and as per the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
In the main, we will be looking at providing catch-up sessions to develop students' skills and knowledge within vocational areas. Areas include:
- Animal and Equine
- Creative and Production Arts
- Engineering and Motor Vehicle
- Hair and Beauty
- Health and Social Care and Childcare
- Hospitality and Catering
- Sport and Public Services
As well as these vocational areas, support around English and maths will continue to be reviewed and catch-up sessions provided where necessary.
Easton College is committed to ensuring the fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition fund by:
- producing this statement explaining how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students.
- publishing this statement on our 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 retaining the evidence of the tuition provided.
- delivering the extra tuition and spending the allocated funding in the 2020/21 academic year.
- notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the fund for it to be reclaimed.