Hamstead Hall Academy

Hamstead Hall Academy
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The 16-19 Tuition Fund for the 2021 to 2022 academic year

Introduction

The purpose of this statement is to set out how Hamstead Hall Academy will utilise the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund. The Fund is ring-fenced for schools, colleges, and all other 16 to 19 providers, to mitigate the disruption to learning and all other forms of disadvantage arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?

The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund is ring-fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 institutions who receive annual funding allocations from ESFA for the provision of 16 to 19 education, to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Who can be supported by this fund?

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.

Students aged 19 to 24 who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan are also eligible for support.

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, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

How is Hamstead Hall Academy using this fund?

Students will receive additional tuition in small groups and/or on a 1:1 basis to help them with English, Maths, and other academic and vocational subjects.

This tuition will be in addition to course and qualification timetabled hours and will be delivered via a blended approach of face to face and online learning as appropriate.

Tuition support is offered based on an individual need’s basis including established starting points, realistic and measurable learning goals, expectations, and outcomes for all students, particularly including those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Tuition will be initially prioritised, based on low prior attainment, for students who have not achieved a grade 4 in GCSE maths and/or English. Subsequently the Academy may provide further tuition, for students who did not receive a grade 5, in GCSE maths and/or English.

The Academy will utilise a mixture of small group and one-to-one tuition focused on students who have been identified as having significant gaps in their learning. Small groups will consist of up to 5 students, in exceptional circumstances this may be extended to up to 7 students.

In addition, the Academy will use the fund to hire specific subject specialist staff to provide targeted support in areas such as maths and English, and other academic and vocational areas.

Who will provide the additional tuition?

The Academy will deliver all additional tuition using qualified teachers which may include a mix of both teaching and learning support staff from its own workforce as appropriate.

The Academy will ensure that anyone delivering small group tuition has the appropriate knowledge, skills, and experience, and has received appropriate training where necessary.

Resourcing could be through paying for more hours from existing staff, hiring new staff, or buying in a service from a third-party provider to provide tuition.

What is Hamstead Hall Academy’s Pledge?

The Academy is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the government’s guidance on the 16-19 Tuition Fund by:

  • Producing this statement.
  • Setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students.
  • Publishing this guidance on the college 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.
  • Delivering the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2021/2022.
  • Notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the 16-19 Tuition Fund for it to be reclaimed.