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The Department for Education have granted Walsall Academy with further funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

The funding is to support small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 in English, maths and other subjects that have been disrupted, including vocational and/or academic learning. All students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and the funding should be used to support the tuition activity above and beyond the programmes of education already planned. It is for students who:

  • have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or maths
  • have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support. These are defined as students from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the index of multiple deprivation

Walsall Academy received £27,000 of this fund. The money will benefit 19 students in Year 12 and 13 who are retaking maths and English GCSE as well as the sixth form students who are from an economically disadvantaged background.

The funds will used in one to one and small group tuition (5 students), 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.