16-19 Tuition Fund statement

The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a £96 million fund, ringed fenced for schools, colleges and other 16-19 providers to support small group tuition for students in English, Mathematics and other courses where learning has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Here at Excelsior College we intend to utilise the funding in the following way:

GCSE and Functional Skills Students

Students who received Calculated Assessment Grades and were unsatisfied with their original grades will be supported to re-sit English and Maths GCSEs in the Autumn. All Functional Skills students who did not get the opportunity to sit exams or did not achieve the desired “Pass” grade in the summer of 2020 will also be supported.

Students will receive small and tailored face to face and synchronous intervention sessions focused on specific revision topics. These will be in small group sizes no larger than 5 students and will be delivered outside of the students normal timetabled hours. This will involve 8 staff members and will support 137 students in these areas.

Throughout your time at Excelsior College, you are supported by a dedicated Sixth Form Pastoral Care team who are there to support you with your studies, assist you with UCAS and job applications, provide careers guidance and emotional support.

Financial Support

Students may be eligible to apply for the Newcastle Schools Bursary Scheme for 16-19 year olds. There are two types of bursary available:

Standard Bursary

To be eligible for the standard bursary you must meet all four of the following conditions:

  • Enter Year 12, 12 or 14 in September 2019
  • Be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2019
  • Live in a household with an annual income (including beenfits and tax credits) below £21,858 before tax and national insurance or between £21,858 and £25,000

Enhanced Bursary

To be eligible for the enhanced bursary you must meet all four of the following conditions:

  • Enter Year 12, 13 or 14 in September 2019
  • Be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2019

You must also belong to one of the following groups:

  • Be in care
  • Left care having been in care for a minimum of 3 months since the age of 14
  • Receiving income support or Universal Credit in their own right
  • Receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence payments.

If you aren’t in one of these groups, you may still be eligible depending on your personal circumstances.

Free meals in further education

Eligible young people can access free meals for if they or their parent get one of the qualifying benefits.

Care to Learn

Provides support with the costs of childcare for young parents in education to ensure young people who are parents are not prevented from taking part in education.

Find out more about funding available to support you here .

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