16-19 Tuition Funding Statement

The purpose of this statement is to set out how Co-op Academy Priesthorpe plans 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 use of this fund will reflect our ethos and mission, in putting learners first and ensuring the most appropriate support is in place for every individual.

What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?

The 16-19 tuition fund is a one-off funding allocation for the 2020/21 academic year. The fund is being provided to support learners to catch up and close any gaps in their learning that may have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdown.

Who can be supported by this fund?

Learners must be aged 16-19 and must not have already achieved a GSCE grade 5 or above in maths and/or English by age 16.

How is Co-op Academy Priesthorpe using this Fund?

The 16 to 19 tuition fund will be used to provide individual or small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 who have not yet achieved a grade 5 or above in English and/or Maths. The Fund is not limited to supporting GCSE Maths and English but can be for any aim in the learner’s programme of study. It may also be used to help progressing students on vocational courses where assessment may have been deferred because of lockdown. Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who require additional tuition to help them catch up with their studies will also be supported by this provision.

Groups will comprise of no more than five students and the tuition sessions will be scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2020/21.  Tuition and additional support may be delivered using a blend of online and face to face delivery. The support offered will be based on an individual need’s assessment, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations and current progress.

Examples of some of the support on offer will include:

  • Maths and English topic support, including revision strategies and exam practice
  • Academic skills support and development
  • Pathway course catch-up sessions
  • Vocational skills and/or assessment preparation

What is our pledge?

Co-op Academy Priesthorpe 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 to set out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students
  •  Publishing this guidance on the Academy website
  • Recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retain the evidence of the tuition provided and demonstrate the impact of the support provided
  • Providing the extra support and to spend the allocated funds in the academic year
  • Notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed