What is it?
The 16–19 tuition fund is £96 million of one-off funding for the 2020–2021 academic year only. It is ring fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16–19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).
What will it be used for?
The funding is being provided to support small-group tuition for 16-19 year-old students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. For example, vocational courses where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown. 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 4 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16. All supported students must be on a 16–19 study programme.
Will any students be prioritised?
HTP Apprenticeship College will prioritise students who will benefit most from small group tuition, based on the criteria above. HTP will also have regard to the needs of 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. Therefore, the funding will be used to support the tuition activity above and beyond the programmes of education already planned for 2020–2021 in the most effective for students, considering students’ needs and local circumstances.
How exactly will HTP utilise the fund?
HTP Apprenticeship College, along with other providers, has flexibility to decide the most appropriate approach to resourcing the delivery of small group tuition supported through the fund.
To support students who have had their learning disrupted, our activities in 2020-2021 will include, but are not limited to:
- offering small tutorial groups in maths and English to support ‘catch up’ activities and learning.
- having additional tutorial support for completion of vocational aims especially where the completion of work experience aspects has been impacted.
- timetabling additional groups of GCSE exams sat in November 2020.
- appointing an additional maths and English tutor and increasing existing staff hours to support the activities above.
- injecting additional resources and investment in online learning platform.
- providing additional support for SEND students – both on-campus and remotely.
In line with funding obligations, HTP Apprenticeship College:
- has produced this statement explaining how we will use this funding in line with ESFA guidance to prioritise support for disadvantaged students.
- has published the statement on our website prior to 5th February 2021.
- will record the use of the funding, including reference to the individual students that receive the support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered, and retain the necessary evidence of the tuition provided.
- will deliver the extra tuition and spend the associated funding in the 2020–2021 academic year.
- will notify ESFA of any unspent funding from this fund for it to be reclaimed.
HTP Apprenticeship College Principal and Chief Executive