uni technical college norfolk

Tuition Fund and Catch-up.
Students & Parents 16 - 19 Tuition Fund and Catch-up Premium.

We have received a small amount of funding from the government to support our post-16 students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a condition of this funding that we publish our expenditure plans for this money.

Student selection process

All post-16 students who are selected for additional support at University Technical College Norfolk will have achieved no higher than a Level 4 in English and/or Maths at GCSE. Teachers then use assessments completed at the beginning of the academic year to highlight students who, from within the Level 4 and below group, need further support. With the difficulty in administering student grades at the end of last year, it is important to complete these further assessments to give teachers an opportunity to fully understand students’ needs and therefore identify the correct students for the programmes in place.

Additional Support

At University Technical College Norfolk, we use YipiYap to provide students that have been selected with small group or 1:1 tuition in English and Maths. This includes retake Maths and English classes, as well as Engineering Maths classes, which form part of the Engineering course at UTCN. Where small group tuition is offered, they contain between two and four students. This is sometimes during students’ private study periods, where the tutor will support students with recapping the learning from the previous lessons and completing tasks that have been set for them to work on independently. In addition to tuition outside of lesson time, our tutors also work with selected students during their lessons. This can be where a small group is selected to work outside of the lesson with the tutor, covering the work set by the teacher with a more focused approach. Alternatively, the tutor can work in the classroom with the small group, supporting them with the tasks set by the teacher.

Catch-up premium

Catch-up premium is an additional fund provided by the government to schools in order to bridge the gap in attainment students may have suffered as a result of the nationwide coronavirus lockdowns. Schools have received the fund for the 2020-2021 academic year, and will receive the fund for the 2021-2022 academic year, with future funding yet to be verified by the government.
Government guidance on using catch-up funding states that ‘schools can use their funding in a way that suits the cohort and circumstances’. UTCN uses evidence-based approaches when designing its catch-up programme, aided by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published ‘Coronavirus support guide for schools’.

Funding Amount

Schools receive £80 per pupil per year for each student from years reception through to Year 11. For the 2020-2021 academic year, UTCN received £19,120 based on 236 students on roll in Year 10 and Year 11.

Overarching Objective for Pupil Premium

To bridge the attainment gap for students that was created as a result of the nationwide coronavirus lockdowns.

Student selection process

Students were selected based on the following combination of factors:
1. The difference between students’ predicted grades and target grades (based on baseline tests taken at the beginning of Year 10).
2. Student engagement during lockdown learning, with a particular focus on attendance and work completed.
Due to the range of catch-up interventions UTCN offer, all students will have some form of intervention in order to help them bridge the attainment gap that occurred due to the coronavirus lockdowns. The selection process allows students to be appropriately matched to the specific form of catch-up intervention (see below) that best supports them.

Additional Support

The interventions used for targeted students, using the catch-up fund, include the following:
1. Small group and one-to-one, in-school and online tuition in English, Math and Science, provided by YipiYap.
2. Small group (1:3) online tuition in English, Math, Physics and Chemistry, provided by Tute.
3. Revision guides for English, Math, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering.
4. Small group, in-school intervention provided by UTCN teachers.

Outcomes

Catch-up strategy review

The catch-up strategy was reviewed in October 2021 and will next be reviewed in October 2022.

16-19 Tuition Fund

In addition to the catch-up premium for students up to Year 11, the government has also provided funding for students in Years 12 and 13. Like the catch-up premium, it is designed to ensure the gap in attainment, created by the nationwide coronavirus lockdowns, is bridged. It is specifically aimed at students who achieved below Level 4 or 5 in their GCSE English and/or GCSE Math.
Schools apply for the funding and receive an amount calculated by the government. Through the 16-19 Tuition Fund, UTCN received £3,732.

Schools apply for the funding and receive an amount calculated by the government. Through the 16-19 Tuition Fund, UTCN received £3,732.

Student selection process

Students have been selected for additional support on the following basis:

1. All post-16 students with a Level 4 in English and/or Maths or lower at GCSE.
2. Baseline assessments at the beginning of the academic year to identify students who, from within the Level 4 and below group, need further support. With the difficulty in administering student grades at the end of last year, these assessments give teachers an opportunity to fully understand students’ needs and therefore identify the correct students for the programmes in place.

Additional Support

Additional support is offered through a tutoring organisation, YipiYap, in the following ways:

1. Students that have been selected will have either small group or 1:1 tuition sessions in English and/or Mathematics. Some students may also attend retake Maths and English classes. Where small group tuition is offered, two to four students will be in each group.
2. Sessions are held during students’ private study periods and in lessons. Private study support will assist the student with recapping the learning from the previous lessons and completing tasks that have been set for them to work on independently.
3. Tutors also work with selected students during their lessons. The tutor will work in the classroom with a small group of students, supporting them with the tasks set by the teacher.

Outcomes

Catch Up Fund Expenditure

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