What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?
The 16 to 19 tuition fund is an additional allocation funding for the 2021 to 2022 academic year, which is an extension of the fund made available last year. It is ring-fenced funding for 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19). The funding has been provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, Maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted.
Who can be supported by the 16-19 Tuition Fund?
The fund is designed to primarily benefit 16-19 students who have not already achieved a GCSE Grade 4 or higher in Maths and/or English, however, the fund may also support students who have achieved a higher grade but are from an economically disadvantaged background. Students aged 19-24 with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) can also be supported through the fund.
How will Shrewsbury Colleges Group use the 16-19 Tuition Fund?
SCG will use the fund to support the following activities:
- Small group delivery of GCSE and Functional Skills English and Maths;
- Small group delivery of specialist Technical and Vocational subjects, most affected by the COVID disruption;
- Small group delivery of Academic subjects, most affected by the COVID disruption;
- Bespoke 1-2-1 and small group activity to support students to catch up in individual subjects in which they have fallen behind.
A small group is considered to be up to five students, but in exceptional circumstances could be up to seven students.
The Shrewsbury Colleges Group Commitment
SCG is committed to using the 16-19 Tuition Fund in accordance with Government guidance. The college will:
- Produce this statement to explain what the fund is and how the college will use it;
- Publish the statement on its website;
- Record and maintain all evidence required to support the use of the 16-19 Tuition Fund inline with guidance using pre-existing college systems;
- Record the use of the funding, including the needs of those students, the number of hours delivered, and retain evidence of the tuition provided and additional cost;
- Deliver the tuition and support in accordance with the intention of the fund;
- Notify the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend at the appropriate time.