Statement to support 16-19 tuition funding 2020-2021

As a school community, we are committed to the support of students whose learning has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak during the 2019 to 2020 academic year. Sixth Form students who did not attain a grade 4 in English or Mathematics will be targeted as our priority group to ensure that they gain these essential qualifications needed for progression routes post-18. Research suggests that small group tuition of between two and five students is more effective than larger groups in supporting student progress. This enables the teacher to closely match the work to the students’ needs and use ongoing, low stakes testing to gauge progress and teach focused and specific content. Students are already receiving weekly lessons to support their English and Mathematics GCSE attainment and the first resit examination will be made available to them during the summer 2021 examination series.

In order to support those students who did not gain a grade 4+ in their GCSE English or Mathematics in their tuition lessons, we will be using the 16-19 tuition funding to subscribe to a resource called GCSE Pod; this online platform provides students with over 4,000 teacher-written, audio-visual pods which have been produced specifically for learning, homework and revision. Regular users of GCSE Pod achieved on average one GCSE grade higher than those students who did not use it regularly, as well as 0.7 additional Progress 8 points than non-users. Students will receive their own logins for this platform and the resources will be used both in lesson and outside of the classroom to support the progress and catch-up of these students.

If you have any questions in regards to the 16-19 tuition funding and how we are using it to support the students in our community, please email Mr Belstone, Head of Sixth Form, at

» 16-19 Tuition Fund Statement 2021-2022.