This additional funding is ring-fenced for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, Mathematics, and other courses where learning has been disrupted by Covid. Whislt the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or Mathematics, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 4 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.
Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre is eligible to receive £7362.00 from this fund for small group tuition, following the guidance. The fund will primarily be used to provide small group tuition for sixth form students in English and/or Mathematics as well as in preparation for assessment in Technical qualifications. The provision will also be used to help students on to successful destinations and to support them in terms of academic and pastoral mentoring.
Based on research and evidence by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) in their Teaching and Learning Toolkit, the academy intends to use the funding to support students that have yet to achieve a grade 4 in English and/or Maths on a Level 3 pathway through:
- The purchase of specific resources for students targeted in the tuition catch up and use these to support their learning, e.g. Tassomai for GCSE English Language and Mathematics
- Staffing and delivering additional small group tuition sessions for these students beyond planned learning hours as twilight sessions particularly in preparation for GCSE retakes and Technical qualification assessments in the Autumn 2021 and Summer 2022
- Provision of academic and pastoral mentoring, focusing on study/revision skills, students struggling with independent learning and those with heightened anxiety linked to disruption by Covid
- Academic Subject Conference Day(s) and Masterclasses to support targeted subjects
We are 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 explaining how we will use the funding in line with guidance to prioritise support for disadvantaged students.
- Recording the use of 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.
- Monitoring the impact of the tuition based on student performance and progress in their courses and their preparation for and confidence in applying to future destinations, including higher education, employment and apprenticeships.
- Delivering the extra tuition and spend the associated funding in the 2021-2022 academic year.
- Notify Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any unspent funding from this fund in order for it to be reclaimed