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The Department of Education announced funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is ring-fenced for 16 to 19 small group tuition only, in English, Maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted.

The full guidance can be accessed here.

The guidance indicates that the supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and who have not achieved a grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths and/or English by the age 16. The subjects covered in the tuition will not be limited to English and Maths, but support will be identified according to need of our students.

East London Science School will be utilising the funding provided for small group or individual tuition to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic on our study programme students. Sessions will be above and beyond normal timetabled hours. This provision may include a mix of both ELSS staff and external tutoring as appropriate.

Students will be prioritised for tuition based on the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Support sessions will be prioritised for the following students:

Those who have a grade 4 or below in GCSE Maths and/or English
Those 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.
Our tuition support offered will be based on individual needs, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations and outcomes.

We are committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance and to support our students the best we can.