Tuition Funds Statement 16-19

The 16-19 Tuition Fund is a one-off funding allocation for 2020-21 academic year.

Last updated: 3 February, 2022

16-19 Tuition Fund 2021-22

The 16-19 Tuition Fund is additional funding provided by the ESFA to support additional tuition for learners whose learning and progress were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stoke on Trent College will use this fund to deliver additional tuition to support the catch-up of learning and the removal of barriers to learning for individuals and small groups of study programme learners who have been disrupted by the pandemic.  The purpose of these activities will be to improve learners’ progress in acquiring knowledge, skills and behaviours related to both the vocational learning programmes as well as their broader personal, employability and learning skills.  These sessions will be delivered by a range of lecturing staff, learning mentors, learning support assistants and other staff as appropriate, and will be in addition to the planned study programme hours.

The College is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition fund by:

  • producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students
  • publishing this guidance on the College 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
  • deliver the extra tuition support and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2021/22
  • notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed

The College is targeting support for learners across the following categories:

1. GCSE English and maths

Learners who received centre assessed grades (grades 1-3) but have gaps in their knowledge will be supported with additional 1-1 or small group learning (up to 7 in exceptional circumstances) in preparation for the winter 2021 and summer 2022 resits.  Additionally, learners who received a centre assessed grade 4 in their GCSE exams will also be supported to develop and consolidate their skills and knowledge to ensure smooth progression to the next level of vocational learning.

Additionally, learners who wanted to resit GCSE English or maths in autumn 2020 will be provided with additional 1-1 or small group tuition either online or face to face.

2. Learners with Education, Health and Care Plans

A bespoke programme of small group support for SEND and High Needs Funded learners will support lost learning. Support will be developed on specific need, 1-1 or additional group tuition (up to 7 in exceptional circumstances).

3. Foundation ESOL

Learners for whom English is a second language, will be targeted where they were unable to access classroom learning to develop their speaking and communication skills to support their progression and access vocational learning.

4. Electively Home Educated (EHE)

Under 16 learners who are EHE and missed out on learning from March 2020 onwards, will be supported to develop their English, maths and employability skills through additional small group face to face tuition (up to 7 in exceptional circumstances).

5. Vocational Learning

Learners who were disadvantaged during lockdown by the inability to access specific facilities and equipment or whose learning was otherwise affected will be supported to reduce the gap in their practical skills and theory learning. Small group tuition (up to 7 in exceptional circumstances) will be provided to allow students to practice and consolidate their skills and knowledge with better support from staff.  Students whose ability to successfully study and progress in developing their knowledge, skills and behaviours has been impaired through the pandemic period (including less effective on-line learning, struggling to re-engage in face-to-face learning and underdeveloped personal, employability or learning skills) will receive targeted support to address these issues.

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