16-19 Tuition Fund
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Government announced they will provide funding to support children and young people to catch up through a one off catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools such as Park Hall Academy have the support they need to help all students make up for lost teaching time.
As part of this funding, Park Hall Academy received £6000 to enable us to provide support programmes and enable them to reach those most in need.
What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?
The 16-19 tuition fund is a one-off funding allocation for 20-21 academic year only. The fund is being provided to support learners to catch up and close any gaps in their learning that may have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 lock down. The fund will be used for small group and 1:1 tuition in English, Maths and vocational learning for 16 to 19-year-old learners and measures to support that learning. This tuition will be in addition to the planned study programme hours.
Who can be supported by this fund?
Learners must be aged 16-19 and must not have already achieved a GSCE grade 5 or above in maths and/or English by age 16. Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) - including those aged 19 to 24 who require additional tuition to help them catch up with their studies - will also be supported by this provision.
How is Park Hall Academy using this fund?
Additional support and tuition groups will comprise of small groups and the tuition sessions will be scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2020/21. Tuition sessions will be delivered face to face, online or through a blended delivery model.
Examples of some of the tuition support on offer will include:
- Maths and English tutor sessions either in-school or online
- Vocational support sessions either in-school or online
- GCSE revision workshops and holiday school revision sessions
- Academic skills support and development
Tuition Support offered will be based on an individual need’s assessment, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations and outcomes.
What is our pledge?
Park Hall Academy is committed to ensuring 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 Academy 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 and demonstrate the impact of the support provided
- Delivering 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
For more information on the Catch Up Premium, see the DFE website here - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium
The Sixth Form Team at Park Hall Academy have produced a strategy to outline how this funding will be spent. You can view it below.