The fund is a government initiative to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).
The funding is to support small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 in English, maths and other subjects that have been disrupted, including vocational and/or academic learning. All students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and the funding should be used to support the tuition activity above and beyond the programmes of education already planned. It is for students who:
· have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or maths
· have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support. These are defined as students from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the index of multiple deprivation
Institutions should have regard to the needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning because of their specific needs and disabilities. Institutions may choose to use this funding to support eligible learners with SEND to catch up on vocational and academic skills, and skills and learning that are important for their preparation for adulthood, subject to them meeting the eligibility for the fund.
Crompton House Sixth Form will use the funding to provide small group tuition across a range of subjects as per the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) .
The Education Endowment Foundation has published a toolkit which some institutions may find useful. The toolkit provides extra information on small group tuition, including links to related resources.
Tuition and additional support may be provided using a blend of on site and remote delivery.
Small Group Tuition: Tuition support will be allocated according to individual needs, based on assessment data, learning aims and expected outcomes. These sessions will address:
- Subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills gaps catch up sessions.
- Exam preparation sessions.
- Non-Examined Assessment sessions.