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16 – 19 Tuition Fund

Dorset Council


16 > 19 Tuition Fund 2021 – 2022


Ferndown Upper School has been provided with a grant to help mitigate the disruption to POST 16 learning arising from COVID-19 and to support students who have been academically disadvantaged.

The funding will provide support for 16 to 19 students in English, maths (where they have previously achieved a grade 4 or below in either one), and other courses where learning has been disrupted, e.g. vocational courses, where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown.

Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and students from a disadvantaged background, particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs, will also be supported by this programme.

The support available will be provided in small groups or individually and will include a range of strategies as follows:

  1. Provision of individual IT equipment (laptops) to support their learning.
  2. Access to remote learning software packages; GCSE Pod, Tassomai and Hegarty Maths so that the students may supplement their face-to-face studies remotely. Specific support programmes have been developed utilising this software.
  3. GCSE exam re-sit preparation lessons.
  4. After school GCSE support classes.
  5. Vocational, subject specific, catch-up sessions.
  6. Academic mentoring to support skills development, knowledge and understanding.
  7. Pastoral support and ELSA provision to ensure wellbeing of students who have struggled with mental health during lockdown.

Ferndown Upper 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 our 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.
  • deliver the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2021/22.
  • notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.