This programme is designed to support gaps in the knowledge of students whose education was interrupted during the national lockdowns in 2020 and 2021.

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 and students who are given the opportunity to have focused support from college in order to help them make progress in their forthcoming GCSE, functional skills and vocational assessments.

We plan to provide 30-60 minute small group (maximum of 5-7 students per group) tuition which will be led by teachers and trained learning coaches who will be recruited for this purpose.  The coaching will principally support English and maths skills development. Prior to the coaching commencing, the students and teachers will identify what aspects of their learning they struggle with the most to focus on these. For example, in GCSE English, the students will complete short exam based exercises together with their group peers and the teacher will provide feedback on these in conversation with the students, thereby helping them to see what they are doing right to bolster their confidence and identify what they need to work on improving.  Students will be directed to attend small group sessions with a learning coach in the study hub 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.

We will also use the catch up funding to provide support for students who are economically disadvantaged and have been adversely affected by the Covid pandemic. Heads of department will be able to ‘bid’ for time with the English and maths coaches who can support identified students with their other qualifications.

Identification of Groups

Group 1:

We have identified a high priority group of students of 77 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 early October through to at least March (potentially continuing until July for those with the highest needs).  We will take them out of either maths and English lessons or their vocational choices for small group support – typically groups of 3-5.

Group 2:

We have identified a second priority group consisting of 112 Level 2 and 3 students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths. We have 174 enrolments (95 in maths and 79 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 or 16-23 with an EHCP
  • 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
  • qualify for free school meals

In the run up to summer exams, we will provide small group tuition for students during non-timetabled sessions, study community and/or 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 students perform in the November ‘resit’ exam, which may reduce total number needing to access the support.

Group 3:

Economically disadvantaged students on level 2 or 3 programmes who were impacted by Covid will also be identified who would benefit from small group tuition and coaching within study community or supervised study sessions.