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16 to 19 tuition fund

The Government have made £96m available for the 2020-21 academic year for schools, colleges and other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. For example, vocational courses where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown.


Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16. All supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme.


Providers should prioritise support for students who have not achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths, and students that will benefit most from small group tuition, and have regard to the needs of students 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.


Resourcing could be through paying for more hours from existing staff, hiring new staff, or buying in a service from a third-party provider.

The ESFA expect that tuition delivered to small groups of up to three students is likely to deliver the greatest impact, and would not expect groups supported from the fund to exceed five students, other than in one off or exceptional circumstances (for example absence of a member of staff requiring the merger of two existing groups on a temporary basis).

Funding allocations

The ESFA will allocate each provider £150 per instance for full time students without GCSE grade 4 or above in English and/or maths based on the numbers in their current 2020 to 2021 academic year allocation. There will be pro-rata funding for part time students.

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 19 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan will be eligible for support via the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund.

The ESFA will pay the extra funding through 16 to 19 funding allocations for 2020 to 2021 academic year. Providers will start to receive payments from November 2020.

Further Information

Full guidance can be found here

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