16-19 Tuition Fund

What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?

The ESFA has made ring-fenced funding available to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The funding is to support small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 in English, maths and other subjects that have been disrupted, including vocational and/or academic learning. 

All students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and the funding should be used to support the tuition activity above and beyond the programmes of education already planned. Students aged 19 to 24 who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan are also eligible for support.

 It is for students who:

  • have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or maths
  • have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support. 

Support is being prioritised where students will benefit most from small group tuition, and particular regard is being given to the requirements of disadvantaged students and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

GB Met has committed to using the Tuition Fund that the ESFA has made available.

Examples of some of the support that the college will be offering:

  • Vocational support where assessments were deferred
  • Vocational catch-up sessions for knowledge skills development
  • Vocational catch-up sessions for practical skills development
  • Small group study skills sessions to support academic progress.
  • Maths tuition 
  • English tuition 
  • Additional functional skills classes to ensure students are on track
  • Academic and practical support for SEND and High Needs Students
  • SEND support to catch up on skills and learning that are important for preparation for adulthood
  • Other subjects of learning e.g. travel training
  • Additional learning support from Student Services


GB Met will identify gaps in learning through a range of assessment methods that include:

  • Practical and academic skills assessment. For students returning to college  teachers will undertake a practical and/or academic skills assessment to determine the expected skill level against the actual skills level.  
  • Academic skills assessment. For students who are recent school leavers, teachers will undertake a maths and literacy assessment to determine the expected skill level against the actual skills level.  
  • Study skills assessment. To determine the current level of underpinning study skills and knowledge. 
  • Formative assessments will be carried out to determine expected distance travelled against actual distance travelled

GB Met will use the funding as follows:

  • Recruiting a number of tutors and learning support staff across the college to work with students in small groups to support teaching and learning.
  • Increasing the hours of some existing tutors and learning support staff
  • Run small group sessions in addition to the existing timetabled hours, where appropriate and beneficial to the student (small groups  will contain no more than 5 students or 7 students in exceptional circumstances)
  • Run additional skills development sessions out of term time.
  • Support will be offered and provided based on the individual needs of each student.

ESFA guidance related to the Tuition Fund is available here. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-funding-16-to-19-tuition-fund