The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund 2021-2022

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has made funding available to Post 16 providers to support students who have had their learning affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Tuition Fund is ring-fenced for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus. As such, particular regard is being given to support the requirements of disadvantaged students and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

At Heathcote, allocated funds will be used to support identified pupils to narrow gaps in learning and improve progress and attainment. Pupils will receive small group tuition and, where needed, one-to-one support. Sessions will focus on teaching key content impacted by COVID 19 and will support the development of knowledge and skills in the subject area in preparation for final examinations. 


Examples of some of the support that Heathcote School & Science College will be offering are:

  • Catch-up session and exam preparations for disadvantaged pupils who have fallen below expected levels of progress in A Level courses.  
  • Providing tuition to assist high achieving disadvantaged pupils in reaching their full potential.
  • GCSE resit preparation and functional skills assessment preparation
  • Catch-up sessions for knowledge and practical skills development in vocational courses. 
  • 1 to 1 study skills sessions to support academic progress


How will this be implemented?

  • 1 to 1 or small group sessions will run in addition to the existing timetabled hours. 
  • Small groups will contain no more than 5 learners (or 7 learners in exceptional circumstances), with the ambition of having no more than 3 learners in each group.
  • Funds will be used to recruit several tutors to work with students in small groups to narrow the gaps in learning. Use of third party tutoring services will also be utilised. 
  • Use of existing staff to deliver small group or 1-1 sessions with pupils outside of the existing timetable. 


How will eligible students be selected for support? 

  • Pupils will be selected for support if they are amongst the most disadvantaged (from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the index of multiple deprivation)
  • Those that are classed as vulnerable or impacted most by the pandemic.
  • Those who had been in or are in receipt of a bursary or support from the hardship fund. 
  • Those who have not achieved a grade 4 (in the first instance) or 5 in English and/or maths
  • Those 16-18-year-old learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


As such, Heathcote School will ensure that the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance by:


  • Producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students.
  • Publishing this statement on the School 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 retaining the evidence of the tuition provided.
  • Delivering the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2021/22
  • Notifying the ESFA of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.