16-19 Tuition Fund

In line with the Government guidance, this statement outlines how Big Creative Training(BCT) will utilise the 16-19 Tuition Fund in the 2020/2021 academic year

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 at BCT and its subcontractors for small group and 1:1 tuition in English, Maths and vocational learning for 16 to 19-year-old learners. This tuition will be in addition to the planned study programme hours.

Who can be supported by this fund?

In line with Government guidance, we will prioritise the following groups of 16-19 year old students identified by the Government as disadvantaged, for support from the fund:

  • Students who have not achieved a grade 4 in either GCSE maths or English
  • Students with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities
  • Students who have achieved a grade 4 but would also benefit from catch up support due to disrupted learning

How is BCT using this Fund?

Learning groups will comprise up to five students and the sessions will be scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2020/21. The sessions will be delivered face to face, online or through a blended delivery model and will take place at the main site and those of all subcontractors. The types of support are outlined below:

  • Maths and/or English – targeted intervention to support students to fill gaps in their knowledge, practise their skills and reinforce learning from the curriculum
  • Vocational tutoring – targeted workshops that facilitate students to reinforce learning in practical areas and gain practise in the required technical skills (e.g.technical music production or article writing and photoshop in media) with an experiential industry brief being the vehicle for learning

How will we record and monitor use of the fund?

  • Existing BCT systems will be used to track the usage of the fund and the impact of the support on students.

What is our pledge?

BCT is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s 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 College 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 and demonstrate the impact of the support provided
  • Delivering the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/21
  • Notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed