Additional Funding to Help Students Achieve GCSE Success Following Pandemic
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has provided Capel Manor College with additional funding to support disadvantaged students so they can catch up with their studies following the impact of lockdown, which resulted in the closure of Schools and Colleges to aid face-to-face teaching at the end of the last academic year.
The Department for Education (DfE) guidance sets out that funding provided to Capel Manor College should be used to support those students that have not yet achieved Level 4 in either GCSE English or Maths. The funding is to provide broad assistance to help targeted students complete their overall programmes successfully.
Capel Manor College is using the funding to provide additional staffing to work specifically with identified groups of students. The College has identified students who are particularly at risk, for example because there is evidence of possible underachievement, they struggled to engage with distance learning during lockdown, there are identified challenges in terms of motivation, organisation or study skills, or because students need support to develop aspirations and plans for their next steps after college – or for other reasons. The identified groups of students will attend additional support sessions where they will work in small groups to get individualised Maths and English support.
The funding is also helping to provide additional mentors including Maths and English mentors, high needs mentors, and those who can specifically support students with challenges around online learning. Mentors will review each student’s individual needs to develop a bespoke programme of support and meet with the student regularly over the course of the year to review the impact of this support, for example the student’s progress, their wellbeing and additional support needs. The programme of support might include help with organisation and study skills, additional subject-specific support, additional guidance with preparation for higher education, employment or apprenticeships, or broader mentoring to develop confidence, esteem and aspirations.
Malcolm Goodwin, Principal at Capel Manor College, said: “We are fully committed to supporting every single student and helping them to achieve their full potential no matter their background or circumstances. This package will help those students who may find it especially difficult to get the education, opportunities and outcomes they deserve.
I want to thank all the staff at the College for the brilliant work they have been doing throughout the pandemic. This additional funding will help them to provide extra support to those who have fallen slightly behind.”