16 to 19 tuition funding: what’s changing for 2022-2023?

Since 2020, the Department for Education has released several types of tuition funding, aimed at helping disadvantaged students catch up on lost learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic. One of these is the 16 to 19 tuition fund for FE students.

Next year, there will be a couple of changes that will benefit the way colleges and training providers can support their students with tuition, so let’s dive in to see what they look like.  

16 to 19 tuition funding: will there be more next year?

Yes – is the very short answer. Since the 16 to 19 tuition fund began, it was pumped with £96 million and was rolled into this academic year with an additional £102 million. 

For the academic years ahead, 2022/23 – 2023/24, an extra £222 million will be added to help FE providers support more eligible students. So it’s definitely here to stay for a few more years!

What’s changing in the next?

The 16 to 19 tuition covid fund was first made available in the last academic year – 2020/21 – for colleges and training providers to support FE students whose learning has been affected due to COVID-19. 

To help support the fund’s purpose, the government is widening the criteria for FE organisations, so that they’ll get to include more students who can benefit by some extra tuition support

1) You can support more students with tuition

Last year, the 16 to 19 fund was available only to FE learners who got a grade 5 and below in their GCSE English and/or Maths, and young people who were from an economically disadvantaged background.

For the next academic year, this pool is widening, and will include:

  • Students who didn’t get a grade 6 or above in English and/or Maths in their GCSEs
  • Learners who meet the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund eligibility criteria 
  • Young people who were high prior attainers who meet the criteria for the 16 to 19 Bursary 
  • Students aged 19 to 24 who have an education, health, and care (EHC) plan

2) The application form has been scrapped

If you’ve been receiving funding for this AY, this will automatically be renewed for 2022/23 – unless you chose to opt out (the deadline to opt-in/out was Friday 27th May). 

However, if you didn’t opt into 2021/22 funding, you would’ve had to opt in via the DfE’s digital form

Keep in mind that if you’ve been using part of your funding from 2020/21 this year, the leftover funds won’t be rolled into next year’s allocation, so make sure you use whatever’s left before you lose it.

3) Less admin work for your team 

Colleges and training providers – there’s no need to publish a statement of intent on how you plan to use the fund next year!

Instead, it’ll all happen at the end of 2022/23 AY, when you’ll need to submit an end-of-year financial report including info about how you spent the fund, and a confirmation that expenses meet the funding conditions. To reduce admin, you can add it to your end of year report.

4) The 16 to 19 tuition funding covers more subjects

While in the past the fund was intended for mainly core subjects, next year there will be more wiggle room. You’ll be able to support your students with tuition in: 

  • English, maths/other academic subjects (humanities etc.) 
  • Non-academic subjects, such as exam preparation
  • Vocational courses

5) SEND students and 19-24-year-olds with an EHC plan are now eligible

As an added bonus, next year’s allocation can be used to support eligible SEND students with an education, health and care (EHC) plan aged 19 to 24, to offer mental health and wellbeing support. 

Where you’ve identified a SEND student who has been affected due to the pandemic and specific learning challenges, you can now offer vocational and academic skills and learning to them – to give them the right boost for their next step in life.

Do you have any questions about tuition funding, or how you can make the most of the 16 to 19 fund to support your students? We can help! Book a 15-min call with one of the team, and we’ll explain everything in plain English!

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