Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy statement on how we are using the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund from September 2021.
The ESFA has made funding available to support students who have had their learning affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Tuition Fund is ring-fenced for 16-19 providers for small group tuition.
The funding can be used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. The guidance indicates that the supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and not achieved a grade 5 or above in GCSE maths and/or English by the age 16.
The subjects covered in the tuition will not be limited to English and maths but will be identified according to need.
Sessions will be limited to three to five students per group and will be above and beyond their normal timetabled hours.
Students will be prioritised for small group tuition based on the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The full guidance can be accessed here.
Small Group Tuition will be prioritised for the following students:
- Those with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.
- Those who have a grade 4 or below in GCSE Maths and/or English.
- Those 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.
- Those students most disadvantaged (from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the index of multiple deprivation).
- Those classed as vulnerable or impacted most by the pandemic.
Examples of some of the Tuition Support on offer will include:
- GCSE exam re-sit preparation.
- Bespoke subject support/catch-up.
- SEN student support sessions.
We will deliver the tuition fund small group learning using the following variety of options depending on the availability of resources:
- Existing teaching staff to deliver additional support.
- Additional tuition staff recruited to deliver additional support.
- Online tuition.
We are committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition funds by:
- Producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students.
- Publishing this guidance on the academy 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 retain the evidence of the tuition provided.
- Delivering the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/21.
- Notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.