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 16-19 Tuition Fund is available to all 16 to 19 providers such as Northumberland College and is ring-fenced for 16 to 19 small group tuition only.  This funding will be used to provide personalised support through small group tuition for specific cohorts of 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. For example, vocational courses where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown.  

Eligible students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and will be those identified by the Government as disadvantaged, meaning those who have not achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE maths and/or English by age 16. Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 19 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan will also be eligible for support via the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund.

The College commits to using the small group tuition funding to provide tailored intervention in order to improve English and maths skills and develop practical and academic skills in vocational provision.  Sessions will be limited to three to five students per group and will be above and beyond normal timetabled hours.

In some cases, it will provide additional Progress tutorial sessions to further enhance personal development and progression opportunities for identified students. Additional pastoral support will be delivered to ensure the wellbeing of students and allowing them to fully engage with the available academic support.

We will prioritise small group support for students:

  • who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths. This will include Basic Skills and GCSE tuition support.
  • who have missed the opportunity in 2019/20 to develop practical skills in their vocational provision to succeed.
  • that will benefit most from small group tuition and have particular regard to the requirements of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities.