16 -19 Small Group Tuition Funding

The Department of Education has recently announced the availability of funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID pandemic.

This 16-19 Tuition Fund is available to all 16 to 19 providers such as Barking & Dagenham College and is ring-fenced for 16 to 19 small group tuition only. The funding can be used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. The guidance indicates that the supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and have not achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE maths and/or English by age 16. Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 19 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan will also be eligible for support via the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund.

Barking & Dagenham College commits to using the small group tuition funding that it has been given to provide maths and English and vocational support to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic on our study programme students. Sessions will be limited to three to five students per group and will be above and beyond normal timetabled hours. Students will be prioritised for small group tuition based on the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The full guidance can be accessed here.

Maths and English catch-up support sessions will be prioritised for those students:

  • who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths
  • with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan
  • with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities
  • who will benefit most from small group tuition

Vocational support sessions including personal development and study skills support will be prioritised for those students:

  • where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown
  • with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan
  • on study programmes where learning and skills development have been disrupted
  • who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths

If our funding allocation allows, support may also be provided for those students who have achieved a grade 4 in GCSE maths and/or English by age 16.