16-19 TUITION FUND

COACHING INTERVENTION PROGRAMME 2020-21

This programme is designed to support gaps in the knowledge of students whose education was interrupted during the national lockdown in 2020.

Our primary aim is to ensure that our 16-19 students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 in English and/or Maths GCSE are given the opportunity to have focused support from college in order to help them make good progress in their forthcoming GCSE, functional skills and vocational qualifications.

We are providing 30-60 minute small group (maximum of three students per group) tuition which is led by trained learning coaches recruited for this purpose, working alongside our maths and English teaching teams. The coaching principally supports English and maths skills development. The students and teachers identify what aspects of their learning they struggle with the most. Students then attend small group sessions with a learning coach (currently on line via Zoom) to work on additional exercises in the areas identified.

We hope that by being able to cater to the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses we will be able to rebuild their confidence, improve their areas of weakness with focused and individually targeted support and enable them to achieve well in future assessments as well as developing lifelong skills.

Identification of Groups

Group 1:
We have identified a high priority group of students of 64 students on Level 1 Construction and Level 1 Vocational Studies who are following either Functional Skills or GCSE maths and English and would benefit from additional support to prepare them for assessments.

• Level 1 programme area
• Aged 16-19
• Have not yet achieved a grade 4 in maths and / or English at age 16
• Currently enrolled on maths and English at GCSE or Level 1 Functional Skills course

A significant minority of these students also:
• are in receipt of student bursary
• qualify for High Needs funding or have an EHCP
• qualify for free school meals

These students will receive weekly half hour small group tuition in maths and English and also targeted study skills and welfare support small group tuition. The additional tuition will last from the start of January through to July. We will take them out of either maths and English lessons or their vocational choices for small group support – typically groups of 3.

Group 2:
We have identified a second priority group consisting of 277 enrolments (149 in maths and 128 in English – there will be overlap as many students study both). These students meet the following criteria:

• School of Sixth Form Studies programme area levels 2-3
• Aged 16-19
• Have not yet achieved a grade 4 in maths and / or English at age 16
• Currently enrolled on a maths and / or English GCSE course

A small proportion of these students
• are in receipt of student bursary
• qualify for High Needs funding or have an EHCP

We will provide small group tuition for students during maths and English lessons. Thirty minutes to an hour each of maths and English, on average every fortnight. This may depend on how well student performed the November ‘resit’ exam, which may reduce total number needing to access the support.

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