The Department of Education has announced a ring fenced amount of funding to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is being provided to support small group tuition for students aged 16-19 in English, maths and other subjects that have been disrupted, including vocational and/or academic learning. It is being targeted at students who had not achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE maths and/or English by age 16 or students who have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and may benefit from catch-up support. However, it is worth noting that the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English and/or GCSE maths.
Providers have the flexibility to decide the most appropriate approach to resourcing the delivery of small group tuition supported through the fund but should prioritise support for students who have not achieved a grade 4 in GCSE English and/or GCSE maths, as well as those students who would benefit the most from small group tuition such as those with special educational needs or disabilities.
The full guidance can be accessed here.
At Durham Sixth Form Centre we will use the 16 to 19 tuition fund to employ academic mentors who will provide small targeted tutoring across the academic subjects our students study.