In response to the Covid19 pandemic the Government has announced the introduction of the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund. This is £96 million of one-off funding available to support learners where learning has been disrupted as a result of the pandemic.
Learners eligible to benefit from the fund are 16-19 must be on study programme, with priority support for those learners who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths.
Colleges have been asked to prioritise students that will benefit most from small group tuition, based on the criteria above.
In line with the guidance on the use of the Tuition Fund delivery is through small groups of no more than 5.
The learners from London Skills for Growth became part of London South East Colleges from the 1st January 2021, London South East Colleges will use the Tuition Fund to ensure that learners have the technical knowledge and skills to progress into their chosen positive destination and make sure that learners are not disadvantaged by the effects of the pandemic.
We plan to use the 16-19 Tuition Fund in the following ways:
English and maths
For eligible learners who will benefit from the funding there are a range of interventions in place consisting of:
- Small group taught sessions which are focussing on backfilling knowledge gaps missed during the pandemic.
- Additional small group sessions which are designed to help learners with exam preparation and revision, rebuilding confidence and skills.
- Participation in the “Get Further” programme focussing on GCSE achievement.
The College has also used some of the Tuition Fund to invest in a specialist English and maths Software platform “Century” which will be used to support learners with filling any knowledge gaps. The platform contains resources and materials which will target knowledge gaps and provide a self-marking platform to monitor and show progress.
Vocational Study Programmes
The 16-19 Tuition Fund will be used to support eligible learners across our study programmes. Depending on individual needs, learners may benefit from a range of activities comprising of:
- Small group sessions focussed on developing missed specialist and technical knowledge.
- Small group practical sessions designed to develop and practice missed practical activities which could not be delivered remotely.
- Small group preparation and revision for vocational exams and assessments.
Mental Health and Well Being Support
It is recognised that the pandemic has negatively impacted Mental Health and Well Being, which is such an important part of being able to engage with study and thrive. As such the College is also expanding the range of mental health and wellbeing support available to students.