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16-19 Tuition Fund Statement

Lees Brook Skills Academy – Feb 2021

It is our intention to use the 16-19 Tuition Fund in a three tiered approached:
1. Offer recovery curriculum for vocational students who were left ‘in flight’ at the end of the 19/20 academic year. The curriculum will support the students with lost learning due to The Skills Academy closure with a focus on their practical skills. The catch up lessons would be to develop the required skills for industrial competence without which they will not progress into industry or the next level.
2. Offer additional maths and English lessons to a targeted group of students who are not achieving in line with expectations.
3. Offer targeted and voluntary well-being support for students so they maintain their motivation and confidence in their own ability to learn and achieve even when faced with challenging circumstances.

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16-19 Study Programme

Lees Brook Skills Academy offers each student a 16-19 Study Programme based on their prior attainment, and designed to meet clear educational and career aspirations.

Maths and English

All students who haven’t achieved a grade 4 (previously a C) in GCSE maths and English language by the end of Key Stage 4 will have to continue to study those subjects.
Where GCSE 4-9 (previously A* - C) English and maths is not immediately attainable, students can study other English and maths qualifications such as Functional Skills as ‘interim’ or ‘stepping stone’ qualifications on the journey towards achievement of a GCSE.

What are the aims of the 16-19 study programme?

All students should be given the opportunity to follow a course that:
• Provides progression to a level higher than that of their prior attainment
• Includes qualification(s) that are clearly linked to suitable progression opportunities in training, employment or higher levels of education.
• Requires students to work towards GCSE 4 -9 grade in Maths and English (or other qualifications that will act as a stepping stone for achievement of these qualifications in time).
• Allows for meaningful work experience related to the vocational area of the Study Programme, which develops employability skills and/or creates potential employment options.
• Includes other activities unrelated to qualifications that develop the skills, attitudes and confidence that support progression, including work experience.

More information on vocational qualifications?

• Students will be expected to study at least one substantial vocational qualification, to provide a route into a trade, profession or other form of employment, or access to a university of higher education course.
• These qualifications should make up the majority of the Study Programme time, and in most cases these qualifications will be at a level above the student’s prior achievement.
• Some students may not be ready to achieve a substantial qualification, so this element of the Study Programme may consist of substantial work experience and English and maths, working towards GCSE if they have still to achieve these qualifications at Grade 4 or above.
• For those planning to move onto higher education or further training, work experience or other kinds of work-related education can help students select the course and career path which best suits them.


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Please make us aware of any food allergies to enable us to cater for these. We are able to offer Gluten Free and Halal alternatives if required. If you have any questions or require any information relating to the Catering provision, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01332 671723.

"Students are well prepared for their next steps. They receive high-quality careers guidance and enjoy meaningful experiences of the world of work, such as meeting employers from different fields." (Ofsted 2019)


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Positive destination rate 2018/19 = 98% a slight increase from the previous year. Note National target is 80%.

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