The purpose of this statement is to set out how Weston College is planning to utilise its 16 to 19 Tuition Fund allocation, to support students who may have had their learning disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The targeted and strategic use of this fund will reflect our ethos and mission, in putting learners first and focusing on ‘Creating brighter futures’. The College will utilise its specialist support model and experience as a SEND Centre of Excellence to inform small group practice and ensure that learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) benefit from the fund where necessary and appropriate.

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What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?

The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund is bespoke funding for schools and colleges to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19). The fund is being provided to support learners aged 16-19 to catch up and close any gaps in learning that might been exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdowns. This tuition will be in addition to any planned study programme hours.

Who can be supported by this fund?

The tuition activity will be prioritised for the following learners on 16-19 Study Programmes:

  • Learners who have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or maths
  • Learners who have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths and come from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support.
  • Learners 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.

How is Weston College using this Fund?

The fund will be used for small group (up to 5 learners) and 1:1 tuition in English, maths, and vocational/academic learning. 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.

All learners will be assessed and evaluated by teachers and support staff at the start of their learning programme. An extended diagnostic period will be used to assess potential need and signpost learners to catch up support. Catch up support will be offered throughout the academic year to help ensure it can be personalised to the needs of learners studying across different subject and technical areas.  Tuition sessions will be delivered face to face, online or through a blended delivery model.

  • Maths and English topic and skills support through designated coaches
  • Bespoke GCSE revision workshops and Functional Skills assessment preparation support
  • Academic skills support and development
  • Technical Knowledge and skills workshops to aid mastery and make up for any shortfall from previous learning
  • Specialist Support to improve engagement for learners with SEND

What is our 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 Weston College website
  • Recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students and the number of hours of tuition delivered
  • Retaining the evidence of the tuition provided and demonstrating the impact of the support provided
  • Delivering the extra tuition and spending the allocated funds in the academic year 2021/22
  • Notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.

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