The purpose of this statement is to set out how Middlesbrough College is using its 16 to 19 tuition fund allocation to support students who have been academically disadvantaged due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
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 lockdown. The fund is being used for small group and 1:1 tuition in English, maths and vocational learning for 16 to 19-year-old learners and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This tuition is in addition to the planned study programme hours.
Who will be supported through this fund?
The funding supports 16-19 year old students enrolling from September 2020 who have not yet achieved a grade 5 GCSE in English and/or maths. 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 – are also supported by this provision.
How is Middlesbrough College using this fund?
The 16 to 19 tuition fund is used to provide small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19.
Specially appointed Learning and Pastoral Coaches for English and Maths and subject specialist vocational teachers work with small groups of up to 5 students outside of their timetabled lessons to provide additional support.
Small group tuition and additional support take place online and face to face where appropriate.
Examples of some of the Tuition Support on offer include:
- Small group tutoring with subject specialist teachers on A-level and Vocational programmes
- Small group support for everyday and basic maths and English
- Functional skills assessment and GCSE exam preparation
- Preparation for exams and assessments
Tuition Support is offered based on an individual need’s assessment, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations, and outcomes.
What is Middlesbrough College’s pledge?
The College 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 College 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