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Catch-up tuition fund criteria widened

Maths , GCSE , English
Teaching functional skills - Level 5 courses

Students who have not achieved a grade 6 in English and/or maths at age 16 will now be eligible to receive support from the 16 to 19 tuition fund.

Background

The COVID-19 16 to 19 tuition fund is specifically allocated funding for all 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 due to the pandemic. The funding is available to all 16 to 19 institutions and is targeted at students in most need, offering small group tuition to recover lost learning.

Changes

  • Students who have not achieved a grade 6 in English and/or maths at age 16 will now be eligible to receive tuition support.
  • Students who meet the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund eligibility criteria will now be eligible to receive tuition support, even where they do not meet the current eligibility criteria of living in the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country (based on the index of multiple deprivation).
  • Students with high prior attainment who are eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund can now receive tuition support, if it is needed for them to reach their full potential.

Summary of eligibility

All students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme or T Level and the funding should be used to support the tuition activity above and beyond the programmes of education already planned.

The following students are eligible for funding via the 16 to 19 tuition fund:

  • students with low prior attainment, meaning those who did not have a GCSE grade 4 or above in English and/or maths at age 16 and would need catch-up support
  • students that have not achieved a grade 6 in English and/or maths at age 16 and would need catch-up support
  • students from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country (based on the index of multiple deprivation) and would need catch-up support
  • students that are economically disadvantaged who meet the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund eligibility criteria and would need catch-up support to reach their full potential will be eligible, even where their prior attainment is high
  • students aged 19 to 24 who have an education, health, and care (EHC) plan are also eligible for support, subject to meeting the eligibility for the fund

For full details on the 16 -19 tuition fund, visit the gov.uk website

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