In September 2020 the Government, through the Education and Skills Funding Agency, made available an additional £96m for one year for schools, colleges and other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from 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.

Wyke has been allocated a proportion of this one-off funding for the 2020/21 academic year.

The College will be utilising these funds to deliver, through the Additional Learning Support (ALS) team, mainly targeted small group sessions in English and Maths. Groups would usually be a maximum of 3 students.

Where the tuition is in respect of English and Maths, priority will be given to those students who had not achieved a GCSE grade 5 in those subjects. Where the extra support and tuition is in respect of other subject areas the students supported will be those that had not achieved GCSE grade 4 or above in either English or Maths.

The ALS team will also have particular regard to the needs of students with special educational needs (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities.

All students given this additional support will work towards agreed targets with regular reviews to track, monitor, review and evidence all the work undertaken which has been supported by these additional funds and the impact this additional support has had on outcomes.

This additional support will be above and beyond the planned programme of education for 2020/21.