16 to 19 Tuition Fund Statement

16 to 19 Tuition Fund Statement

27th Jan, 21


16 to 19 Tuition Fund Statement


The purpose of this statement is to set out how Fir Tree CIC is planning to utilise its 16 to 19 tuition fund allocation to support students who may have had their learning disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The targeted and strategic use of this fund will reflect our vision and mission to ensure our students believe in themselves, are supported to achieve their full potential and have the tools and skills to succeed in life. 

Fir Tree CIC will utilise our experience and support model to ensure that all of our learners benefit from the fund where necessary and appropriate 

What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?

The 16-19 tuition fund is a one-off funding allocation for 20-21 academic year only. The fund is being provided to support learners to catch up and close any gaps in their learning that may have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdown. The fund will be used for small group and 1:1 tuition in English, Maths and vocational learning for 16-19-year-old learners. This tuition will be in addition to the planned Preparing for Adulthood Programme hours. 

Who can be supported by this fund? 

Learners must be aged 16-19 and must not have already achieved GCSE Grade 5 or above in maths and/or English by the age of 16. Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – including those aged 19-24 who require additional tuition to help them catch up with their studies will also be supported by this provision and fund. 

How is Fir Tree CIC using this fund? 

In addition to the already timetabled Preparing for Adulthood Programme for the academic year 2020/21, Fir Tree CIC will offer smaller tuition sessions in groups of up to three learners, and 1:1 tutorial session which will be delivered face-to-face, online or through a blended delivery model. 

Examples of some of the Tuition Support on offer will include;

  • Maths and English catch-up and revision topic sessions
  • Study skills support sessions and personal development tutorials
  • Functional skills assessment preparation tuition sessions and workshops
  • 1:1 Maths and English sessions with Functional Skills Tutor
  • Additional ICT and Digital Skills sessions
  • Additional support to improve engagement for learners with SEND. 

Tuition support offered will be based on an individual’s needs, and in line with their learning plan and individual goals/aspirations with progress being regularly assessed and recorded. 

What is our pledge? 

Fir Tree CIC is committed to ensuring that the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Governments guidance on the 16 to 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 Fir Tree CIC 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
  • Delivering the extra tuition and support and spend the allocated funds within the academic year 2020/21
  • Notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) if and underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.

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