Orbital South Colleges (East Surrey College and John Ruskin College) are committed to ensuring their allocated funding (‘catch up’ funding) is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance for 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, retaining the evidence of the tuition provided and demonstrating the impact of this support
- Delivering the extra tuition and spending the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/21
- Notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed
The Government has provided some funding to colleges that will enable small group tuition for 16 to 19 year old students enrolled onto a study programme where learning has been disrupted. The College has prioritised support for students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths, however, students who already have a grade 4 can also benefit from the funding to address the need for catch up support.
Students, through assessment, will be identified from a “number of at risk” factors including:
- Assessments and assignments not meeting intended grades
- English and maths skill levels below the standard to achieve a grade 4
- The need to receive dedicated support to catch up on teaching input lost
These assessments were completed during the first half-term of the academic year. Skills and knowledge gaps were identified and student support targeted based on the teachers’ evaluations. Subsequently small intervention groups of between 3 to 5 students meet with a skilled teacher to address skills and knowledge gaps.
Examples of small group tuition include:
- Catch up for Maths and English including a Breakfast club
- Additional Maths tuition for Engineering students
- Additional tuition on essay writing skills for Health and Social Care students
- Additional practical vocational sessions for progressing students who missed out on these in 2019/20
- Additional catch up sessions for missed knowledge or academic skill for progressing students on vocational programmes (Science, Health and Social Care, Sports, Business and IT)
The success of these interventions will be judged on student attainment of target grades and progression onto positive destinations.