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Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is paid by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to Schools and Colleges so that they may provide financial support to students whose access to, or completion of, education might be inhibited by financial constraints.


The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund

The ESFA has made funding available to colleges to support students who have had their learning affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Tuition Fund is ring-fenced for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus.

The funding can be used to provide small group tuition for 16-19 year olds on a study programme where their learning has been disrupted and they have a GCSE Maths and / or English grade of 4 or below at age 16. Although the support is targeted based on prior attainment in maths/English, the funding is not limited to support in these subjects and will be provided according to need.

Support is being prioritised where students will benefit most from small group tuition, and particular regard is being given to the requirements of disadvantaged students and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Rushden Academy has committed to using the Tuition Fund that the ESFA has made available. Sessions will be limited to no more than 3 students and will take place in addition to the normal planned timetabled hours.

ESFA guidance related to the Tuition Fund is available here.


Examples of support that Rushden Academy will be offering are:

  • GCSE resit preparation
  • Support for SEND and High Needs students
  • Support for vocational subjects were missed learning has impacted students



The school will use the funding as follows:

  • Targeted intervention for students yet to secure a grade 4 in English and/or Maths with additional online tutoring.
  • Meeting the needs of individual students providing targeted and bespoke support to enable students to overcome barriers to learning, including those associated with disabilities or learning difficulties.
  • Providing pastoral support to address personal barriers to learning and equips students with strategies to better engage with their learning.
  • Running additional small group sessions for students in addition to existing timetabled hours


Quality Assurance: 

Rushden Academy is committed to ensuring that the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund by:

  • publishing this statement, setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students.
  • publishing this statement on the Rushden Academy website.
  • recording the use of the fund, including the references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retaining the evidence of the tuition provided.
  • delivering the extra tuition and spending the allocated funds in the academic year 2020-21.
  • tracking the impact of the support on students.

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