The Government’s 16 to19 tuition fund is £96 million of one-off funding for the 2020/2021 academic year only. The fund has been ring-fenced for schools, colleges and all other 16-19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from the Coronavirus pandemic.
- How will BSDC be utilising this additional funding?
BSDC will be focusing this additional funding allocation to support the development of literacy and numeracy skills, alongside addressing technical vocational skills and knowledge gaps as a result of the disruption caused by the pandemic.
- Who is this initiative aimed at?
BSDC will be prioritising this additional support at learners undertaking a 16-19 study programme and those who did not achieve a grade 4 in either maths and/or English. The fund will also look to support learners who have achieved a grade 5 in either maths or English and require specific technical vocational support to bridge skills and knowledge gaps.
- How do I find out more information regarding this programme?
Qualifying individuals and their respective parents/carers were contacted in the Autumn term outlining the additional support measures BSDC will be offering as part of this initiative. This support will be in addition to learners’ regular timetabled sessions, including any blended or online elements of their study programme alongside maths and English.
We will, of course, be encouraging all individuals identified to actively engage in this initiative to ensure they have the best possible chance to be successful in their respective studies and are able to progress onto higher level programmes, apprenticeships and employment. If this communication didn’t reach you or you would like further information, please email the enquiry inbox relevant to your son, daughter or ward’s main programme of study, these can be found within the Learner FAQs section under the Student Life tab on our website.
- What will the programme include?
The programme will start following the October half term break and will include small group seminars (no more than five), practical workshops and live online sessions, all with dedicated specialist tutors. The programme is the perfect opportunity for identified individuals to gain some additional tuition, as well as support for formal examinations and assessments. Of course, all additional programmes will continue to maintain the College’s ‘bubble’ structures, alongside our extensive campus wide health, safety and welfare measures.