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16-19 Tuition Fund


  • In Summer 2020 the Government announced a new ‘one-off’ 16-19 Tuition Fund for the 2020/21 year.  The ‘catch-up’ resource allocation clearly recognises that the progress and achievement levels of some learners has been significantly constrained by Covid 19.
  • The funding can be used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, Maths and other courses where learning has been disrupted.
  • The guidance indicates that the supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and who have not achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths/English or Functional Skills Level 2 by the age of 16.
  • The national tuition fund allocation to Shooters Hill Sixth Form  for deployment in 2020/21 year is £210,000 – the level of allocation having been calculated upon the assessed number of students at the College who had not achieved GCSE grade 4 or above English and English.
  • The College plan has been based upon the judgement that the most effective ‘catch-up’ arrangements for the specific students is three-fold. Firstly, we have employed more teachers in Maths and English who can devote time exclusively to providing this catch up tuition inhouse. Secondly, we decided to tailor our classes to reflect the impact of the Public Health England guidelines (impact of Covid on reduced class sizes). Thirdly, we have created a rota of students to target which creates a roll on, roll off programme of support.
  • For Level 1 and 2 students who have not achieved a GCSE Grade 4+ or Functional Skills Level 2 in English, we have employed a dedicated and experienced English Teacher to provide small group tuition support for students.
  • For L1/L2 students who have not achieved a GCSE Grade 4+ or Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths, we have experienced Maths specialists who provide small group tuition for students.
  • Sessions will be limited to between three to five students per group and will be in addition to normal timetabled face to face or online lessons. It is also separate and different to RAP (Raising Attainment Performance) sessions that students may also have each week.
  • Students are being prioritised based on the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The full guidance can be accessed here.
  • Support sessions will be prioritised for the following students:
  • Those with an Education Health Care (EHC) Plan.
  • Those who have not achieved a grade 4 or equivalent in GCSE Maths and/or English.

SHSFC is committed to ensuring that the tuition fund is being used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16-19 tuition fund by:

  • Producing this statement setting how the fund will be used.
  • Publishing this guidance on our College website.
  • Recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of the students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and we will retain evidence that tuition has taken place.
  • Delivering this extra tuition, over and above the normal timetabled lessons and RAP sessions.
  • Spending the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/2021.
  • Notifying in due course the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.