The 16 to 19 tuition fund

The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a government initiative 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-year-old study programme students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted.  

Telford College will be providing mandatory extra tuition sessions for eligible students over the course of the academic year. Eligible students, as per the government guidelines, are students who are age between 16-19 on a full-time study programme who did not have a GCSE grade 4 or above in English and/or maths at age 16. Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 19 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan will also be eligible for support via the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund. High achieving disadvantaged students from an economically disadvantaged background will also be eligible for extra support; where this is the case, students will be notified.  

While there may be some scope for students who have gained grade 4s in their maths and English to receive some limited tuition sessions, priority will given, as per the government scheme, to students who have yet to gain a grade 4 GCSE in their maths or English qualifications. Any tuition sessions for students outside of the initial criteria will be based on base line assessment data and be at the college’s discretion.  


Tuition sessions will be timetabled throughout the course of the year. Eligible students will receive tuition sessions based on their need, which will be assessed at the start of the programme and throughout the year. The vast majority of tuition sessions will be for the development of maths and English skills, however, tuition for the development of study programme and/or personal development skills may also form part of the tuition programme dependent on the need of the individual.  

Tuition sessions will be small group sessions only, with no more than 5 students in each group.


There may also be additional tutorial sessions at key points throughout the year, such as prior to assessments or exams.  

These sessions will be in place to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus, and support a student to develop the skills they need to progress through college or into the workplace. They will be mandatory, and every effort needs to be made to attend the extra support sessions. Attendance will be tracked, and non-attendance to mandatory sessions will follow the college’s positive behaviour process.