The Sixth Form Bolton is able to access funds from the Government 16 to 19 tuition fund. The fund provides 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 funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, Maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or Maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.
The Sixth Form is using its share of the funding to deliver small group and one to one sessions in a number of subjects for learners who have been affected by disruption of their studies
How The Sixth Form will use the 16 to 19 tuition fund:
The 16 to 19 tuition fund will be used to provide 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 provision will not be limited to tuition for English and Maths, but will also be used to help progressing students on courses where these students have faced disruption including: assessments being deferred due to lockdown or self-isolation, falling behind in their learning due to long / multiple periods of self-isolation and not being able to complete external examinations due to positive COVID-19 cases.
Tuition 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.
Support sessions will be prioritised for the following students:
- Those with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan
- Those who have a grade 4 or below in GCSE Maths and/or English
Examples of some of the tuition support on offer will include:
- GCSE exam re-sit preparation
- Bespoke subject support/catch-up
Tuition Support offered will be based on an individual needs assessment, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations and outcomes. Learners and parents will be notified when learners have been invited to attend sessions provided by College staff. Support in GCSE English and Maths is already running and other subjects will be providing relevant support from the New Year right up until the exam series as appropriate to each subject and course.