Tuition Fund Statement

Posted by SCL Education Group on 29.01.21

What is the 16-19 Tuition fund?

The 16 to 19 tuition fund is £96 million of one-off funding for the 2020 to 2021 academic year only. It is ring fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. This funding is only available for learners on 16-19 study programmes.

Further information is available HERE

How have SCL utilised the Tuition Fund?

The Tuition Fund has supported SCL to adapt and meet the needs of our learners across all study programmes throughout the ongoing pandemic. Resultantly, a number of measures have been devised to mitigate against the negative impact of Covid-19 on our learners, these include:

  • The development and implementation of a nation-wide process for identifying the learners most impacted by the pandemic. This is regularly reviewed and reassessed in order to provide support appropriately.

  • Providing additional targeted support to learners already identified as vulnerable, at risk and/or with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This is on top of any existing measures which remain in place.

  • Resourcing and providing 1-2-1 and small group tutoring to those requiring it via a range of methods, including online, phone and email. This tutoring covers vocational qualifications and/or English and maths, as need dictates.

  • Intensive small-scale English and maths courses have been designed and delivered to all learners who meet the English or maths resit condition of funding. These occur in blocks outside of the regular timetable and will repeat throughout the academic year.

How are SCL ensuring compliance?

As per the official guidance SCL will:

  • produce a concise statement explaining how they will use this funding in line with our guidance to prioritise support for disadvantaged students

  • publish the statement on their website in the autumn term

  • record the use of the funding, including reference to the individual students that receive the support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered, and retain the necessary evidence of the tuition provided

  • deliver the extra tuition and spend the associated funding in the 2020 to 2021 academic year

  • notify ESFA of any unspent funding from this fund for it to be reclaimed

The ESFA may conduct additional spot checks or samples as they feel appropriate.

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