The 16 to 19 tuition fund is funding for the 2020 to 2021 & 2021-22 academic years. It is ring fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The 16-19 Tuition Fund is available to all 16 to 19 providers such as Sunderland College and is ring-fenced for 16 to 19 small group tuition only.  This funding will be used to provide personalised support through small group tuition for specific cohorts of 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. For example, vocational courses where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown.   

The College commits to using the small group tuition funding to provide tailored intervention in order to improve English and maths skills and develop practical and academic skills in vocational provision.  Sessions will be limited to up to five students per group (max of 7 in 2021-22) and will be above and beyond normal timetabled hours.  

In some cases, it will provide additional Progress tutorial sessions to further enhance personal development and progression opportunities for identified students. Additional pastoral support will be delivered to ensure the wellbeing of students and allowing them to fully engage with the available academic support. 

We will prioritise support for students in this order:  

  • Those students who have not achieved a grade 4 in maths and/or English in the first instance.
  • Have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support. This allows us to offer tuition to disadvantaged students who have been impacted by the pandemic, while still maintaining focus on low prior attainment.
  • Then for those students provide tuition on the basis of a student not having received a grade 5 in maths and/or English