The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a £96 million one-off fund for the 2020 to 2021 academic year only to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses. The funding is being used to support the tuition activity above and beyond the programmes of education already planned for 2020 to 2021. All supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme, including students aged 19 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, and who had their learning disrupted in 2019/20 from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has allocated Leicester College a part of this fund to support and develop knowledge, skills, experiences and training during 2020/21 so that disadvantaged students have a greater opportunity of completing and achieving their educational targets.
Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.
Eligible students will be offered an assessment to determine what additional tuition would benefit them and the arrangements which can be put in place. Additional tuition will be delivered in small groups of no more than five students, in accordance with the guidance released by ESFA.
Examples of the type of support which could be offered to students are:
- Development of knowledge
- Delivery of knowledge gaps
- Literacy skills
- Numeracy skills
- Additional preparation for assessments
The expectation is to support and enable students to catch up on their education which had been disrupted in 2019/20 due to the pandemic, allowing students the opportunity to progress as previously expected.
The full guidance is available at 16 to 19 Tuition Fund