The Department for Education announced funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). This 16-19 tuition fund has been ring fenced for schools, colleges and 16-19 providers in the academic year 2020/21 and specifically allocated to support the learning of students who have yet to secure a grade 4 at GCSE in English and/or Mathematics. The guidance indicates that students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and/or those who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will also be eligible for support via this Fund. Although the funding has been allocated to support students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or Mathematics by the age of 16, the support does not have to be used solely for English and Mathematics tuition.
Walsall Academy received £9,420 of the Government’s £96 million one-off fund. The money will benefit 41 students in Year 12 and 13 who fit the criteria. Of these students, 19.5% are SEND and 34.1% receive, Free School Meals (FSM) the students study a range of A level and BTEC courses.
The funds will used in the following way
- Small group tuition, which is in addition to their timetabled subject sessions. These sessions will be conducted by our current staff body and external credible sources. The small group tuition objective is to maximise exam achievement. These tuition sessions will follow the 5R mechanism (a recall beginning, routine questions, revision element to fill knowledge gaps, repeat content to address misconceptions and finally ensure students are ready to progress to exam questions).
- Bespoke support to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, this includes, but is not limited to, personal development skills, positive mental health strategies and exam preparation.
- Ensure students have access to the wealth of resources and support available online.