16-19 Tuition Fund

As required by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) we are publishing this statement explaining how we will use the funding allocated to Aspire Sixth.

The funding has been made available to provide support through small group tuition for students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID pandemic. Aspire Sixth is eligible to receive £3,706.00 from this fund for small group tuition.

The funding can be used to support 16 to 19 students in English, Maths, and other Level 3 courses. The guidance indicates that the supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and have not achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE maths and/or
English by age 16. The subjects covered in the tuition will not be limited to English and maths but will be identified according to need and existing programmes.

Aspire Sixth commits to using the small group tuition funding that it has been given to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic on our programme students. Sessions will be limited to five students per group and will be above and beyond normal timetable hours.

All tuition groups are being delivered by subject specialists on a weekly basis for sessions, where they will focus on misconceptions, key exam skills and assessment practice. It is our view that using existing subject staff is more impactful than using external agencies.

All sessions will adhere to our risk assessment to ensure the environment is COVID-secure. Students will be prioritised for small group tuition based on the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Examples of some of the support on offer will include:

  • GCSE exam resit preparation for English and Maths.
  • Bespoke subject support/ accelerated learning.

Implementation

Aspire Sixth will use the funding as follows:

  • Recruiting a number of subject specialists from our staff across our school to work with students in small groups to support teaching and learning.
  • Run small group sessions in addition to the existing timetabled hours.
  • Support will be offered and provided based on the individual needs of each student.
  • Support will be offered both remotely and face to face as the current global situation allows.

Aspire Sixth Commitment

Aspire Sixth is committed to ensuring that 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 schools 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 and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/21
  • notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.

The full guidance can be accessed here.