Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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The purpose of this statement is to set out how Chestnut Grove Academy is planning to utilise its 16-19 Tuition Fund allocation to support students who may have had their learning disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?
In July 2020, the Department of Education announced the provision of additional funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during the academic year 2019/20.  The Tuition Fund is available to all 16-19 providers and must be used to support small group tuition for 16-19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. 

Who can be supported by this fund?
Students must be aged 16-19 and must not have already achieved a GCSE grade 5 or above in English and/or maths by age 16.  Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) can also be supported by this provision.

How is Chestnut Grove Academy using this Fund?
Tuition groups will comprise of up to five students and the tuition sessions will be scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2020/21.  Tuition sessions will be delivered face to face, online and through a blended delivery model.

Examples of the Tuition Support on offer will include:

  • English and maths topic support through designated coaching hubs
  • GCSE revision workshops
  • Academic skills support and development
  • Specialist support to improve engagement for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities.

Students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths will be prioritised. However, further to those students, if the Academy has the funding available within its allocation it will also consider whether any student with a grade 4 also needs catch up support.  The Academy will prioritise students that will benefit most from small group tuition, based on the criteria above and by considering students’ needs and local circumstances.

Our commitment
We are committed to ensuring the Tuition Fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16-19 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 Academy’s website
  • Recording the use of the Tuition Fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retaining the evidence of the tuition provided
  • 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 Tuition Fund for it to be reclaimed.