As a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic the Department for Education (DfE) in conjunction with the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have provided additional funding designed to support students in KS5 with English, Maths and other subjects where learning was disrupted. The 16-19 Tuition Fund is available to all 16 to 19 providers such as Hayes School Sixth Form. This funding is ring fenced to provide small group tuition and in these subject areas targeted towards:
· Students with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)
· Students who achieved a grade 4 or below in English and/or Mathematics, the break down for which is below for the current Year 12 & Year 13:
· Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning because of their specific needs and disabilities
The guidance indicates that the supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and who have not achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths and/or English by age 16. The subjects covered in the tuition programme will not be limited to English and Mathematics but will be identified according to need and existing programmes.
Hayes School Sixth Form commits to using the tuition funding that it has been given to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic on students.
Hayes School Sixth Form will allocate the funding to all curriculum areas in order to improve students’ knowledge and understanding in both English and Mathematics as well as their chosen subjects. The aim is to support skills development, knowledge and understanding to enable good progress on their study programme and effective transition to employment, further education or training.
Hayes School Sixth Form intends to take a two pronged approach to the sue of funding including:
· the elimination of inequalities in access to IT equipment and software especially for disadvantaged vocational learners
· the provision of high quality study skills programme to support the development of students metacognition skills
We will therefore use some of the funding to prevent a technology inequality by purchasing IT equipment for use by students in the target group. This will include additional software such as Seneca Learning in order to support students when outside of lessons and school.
The global pandemic has meant that for some students gaps have opened in students use and confidence in metacognitive strategies, study techniques and soft skills which we know are invaluable for success in Post 16 study. For a small cohort of student this has had a further impact on their motivation and drive to succeed. Hayes School Sixth Form therefore intends to use some of the funding for small group workshops (5-7 students) which are designed to upskill students in these areas. This will be run by outside organisations throughout the year and will be tailored to meet the needs of the students within the targeted group. These sessions will be run by experts in the field such as Team Thinking.
Impact will be measured both through student feedback, attitude to learning scores given be teachers and by tracking student progress and attainment against baseline data taken at the end of the last academic year 20-21.
Hayes School Sixth Form is committed to ensure that students who have had their learning disrupted due to the on-going pandemic are not negatively impacted and can still make effective transition to their next steps.