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The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund 2020-21

Cohort Young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 19-24 and who have an EHC plan

 We have 17 learners aged 19-24 enrolled on our STEPs programme, this is a specific course for learners with SEND who wish to follow an employability and independent living curriculum.

These learners have low prior attainment and are following accreditation at Entry Level to Level 1. The majority of these students are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

These students are normally educated in a training room above our retail shop in the town centre.  This room does not allow us to adopt our COVID protective measures.

Funding Total £7500


Summary of spending and actions taken:
1.    Allow full return of STEPS learners

Hire a classroom at CECA (centre for excellence in creative arts) that will allow us to adopt fully the Trusts protective measures, which includes social distancing.




2.    1:1 and small group work

To enable further 1:1 and small group work a TA2 has been temporarily paid at a TA3 rate in order that they can deliver 1:1 sessions and provide time for a personalised tutorial, which may focus on mental health and well-being or support for their qualifications.

Their programme normally entails 4 days placement and 1 day per week in the classroom. The programme will be front loaded focusing on Maths, English, and Skills for Employment and Independent Living.

1:1 work will also take place for students who are currently shielding. They will have an allocated 1:1 session with a teaching assistant to complete required work for their accreditation.


3.    Purchase resources to support assessment and identify gaps in learning

IPod touches have been purchased to support assessment, informing teaching and identifying gaps in learning.




Impact of spend

The centre of excellence for creative arts (CECA) was a building, which was available to the Trust in the short term, which could easily accommodate the STEPs programme safely and comply with all COVID guidance and requirements.

The building needed to be leased as the existing provision had limited spacing which would not allow for the 2m distancing ruling as set out in government guidelines.

The impact of the newly leased building was a brightly lit, well-spaced and ventilated building, which was on a public transport route (STEPs students – vast majority independent travellers).

It enabled the programme to continue and the leaners to have a learning base to work from.

The building also had a robust IT team to support with the technology required for the learners to work both in class and remotely dependent upon need (emotionally/medically)


A Teaching assistant currently working at a level of TA2 was increased to a TA3 for one day per week to work specifically with learners who required further support as a direct result of the impact of COVID.

This has been significant in facilitating the individual learners needs and offering them the wrap around support which was needed in the classroom.

A large proportion of the learners were following a remote learning set up with live teaching via Teams 4 days per week, however a small proportion of learner found this way of teaching and learning too difficult and required face to face.

Having another member of dedicated staff to facilitate this was needed to enable the online teaching to happen at the same time. This warp around support also meant that 4 learners made a successful transition into supported living.


The overall impact of this was the STEPs learners all completed and passed all accreditation for that year with the exception of one learner who didn’t complete one qualification as he changed pathways to accommodate his change in personal circumstances.



Cohort size: 17 Passed Unknown
Maths Award FS Ascentis (E2-L1) Paper 1 and 2


Paper 3 to be sat in Nov 2021


English FS Ascentis (E2-L1) 100%
Skills for Employment

Ascentis (E2-L1)



Independent Living

Ascentis (E2-L1)






Cohort number 2020- 2021

STEPs programme


Supported Internship






STEPs Yr 1 8 6 1 N/A 1 Changed pathway
STEPs Yr 2 7 2 3 N/A 2 1 project Choice (SI)

1 full time Mum

STEPs Yr 3 3 N/A 2 N/A 1
Supported Interns 4 N/A 1 Extended internship for two terms 2 official volunteers 1
Total 22 8 7 2 5

91% progressed onto a positive destination


Tablets were purchased at the end of the academic year and will be used in 21-22 to support assessment, inform teaching and identify gaps in learning.