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16-19 Tuition Fund

SHSFC plan re use of the allocated 16-19 Tuition Fund (‘catch-up fund’) in the academic year 2021/22:


  • In Summer 2020 the Government (DfE, ESFA) announced the continuation of the Covid Catch up Tuition Fund for the next year.  The ‘catch-up’ resource allocation recognises that the progress of some students was significantly disrupted by Covid 19 and the impact from the disruption to learning continues.
  • The 16-19 tuition fund is being extended beyond 2021 to 2022 for a further two years into the 2023 to 2024 academic year.
  • The funding can be used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, Maths and other subjects that have been disrupted including vocational courses (e.g. BTEC, City & Guilds etc.).
  • The DfE guidance indicates that the supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and who primarily, 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 SHSFC for deployment in 2021/22 year is approximately £263,000 – the level of allocation having been calculated upon their assessed number of students at the College who had not achieved GCSE grade 4 or above in Maths and/or English.
  • The College plan (SHC) has been based upon the judgement that the most effective ‘catch-up’ arrangements for the specific students is three-fold. Firstly, SHSFC has employed more teachers in Maths and English who can devote time exclusively to providing this catch-up tuition in-house. As such, all tutors on this programme will be directly employed by the College. Secondly, we decided structure our sessions 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.
  • For L1/L2 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. We currently provide over fifteen   sessions of Covid Tuition for GCSE English and Functional Skills L1/2 per week. Each session is 90 minutes.
  • 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. We currently provide over fourteen sessions of Covid Tuition for GCSE Maths per week.
  • Sessions will be limited to between three to five students per group and will be in addition to normal timetabled lessons. It is also separate and different to RAP (Raising Attainment Performance) session that students may also have each week.
  • Most of the catch up sessions will be face to face.
  • 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 will an Education Health Care (EHC) Plan.
  • Those who have not achieved a grade 4 or equivalent in GCSE Maths and/or English.
  • Those who have a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support.

    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 2021/2022.
  • Notifying in due course the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.