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What is GAPS?

Our GAPS centres provide access to a variety of study programmes to support entry into further education. Set within the local community, we pride ourselves on the nurturing environment our centres provide which helps us to get the best out of our learners.

TCHC provide fully inclusive education training ensuring all learning needs can be met using a diverse range of teaching and learning resources. At our GAPS centres, you will find a calm, positive culture that encourages success with all individuals that attend.

GAPS is a study programme that helps young people to take control of their future. It is ideal for those not in employment, education or training (NEET), as it offers the opportunity to improve and gain qualifications and gives young people the chance to gain confidence, practical work skills and work experience.

It’s not like school or college

We provide a flexible and informal studying environment in smaller groups, with one-on-one time with a personal mentor and support with finding a job, apprenticeship or college place.

You may also be eligible for financial support.

 

Our Centres...

 

Dunstable

Courses on offer:

  • Construction multi-skills
  • Horticulture
  • Health & social care
  • Future skills - employability & careers and independence 
  • Functional skills - englishm maths and digital skills
  • Work skills 
  • Steps to work

 

Ipswich 

Courses on offer:

  • Customer service
  • Health & social care
  • Functional skills - english, maths and digital skills
  • Work skills
  • Steps to work

 

Peterborough

Courses on offer:

  • Customer service
  • Health & social care
  • Functional skills - english, maths and digital skills
  • Work skills
  • Steps to work

 

Thurrock

Courses on offer:

  • Customer service
  • Health & social care
  • Functional skills - english, maths and digital skills
  • Work skills
  • Steps to work

 

To find out more or enrol, contact or visit your nearest centre!

Our centre details:

Peterborough - 07803 243 266 - The ICA, Fleet Way, High Street, Fletton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 8DL

Thurrock - 07720 090203 - Inspire Youth Hub, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5EB

Ipswich - 01473 232257 / 07720 090 215 - 21 Silent Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1TF

Dunstable - 01923 698443 / 07873 619504 - 47 Edward Street, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1HE

 

16-19 Tuition Fund Statement
12.10.2021

The purpose of this statement is to set out how TCHC Group is planning to utilise its 16 to 19 tuition fund allocation to support students who may have had their learning disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategic use of this fund will reflect our mission, in putting learners at the heart of what we deliver and focus on bridging the gap from education to employment. We will use the expertise of our staff and partners to inform small group practice and ensure that learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) benefit from the fund enabling them to progress and fulfil their immediate and long-term ambitions.

The tuition fund will be used to support small groups of young people aged 16-19 who have yet to achieve a grade 4/5 in English and/ or mathematics. Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – including those aged 19 to 24 who require additional tuition to help them catch up with their studies – will also be supported by this provision. Supporting SEND learners with this fund will allow us to further reduce the progression gap of SEND individuals moving into employment opportunities.

Across the geographical areas we work within, we have high number of economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Use of these funds will allow for further development of these individuals and enable sustained progression pathways.

TCHC have designed a process to direct this funding where it will have the most impact. Using learners starting points and with clear evidence of assessment of need, we are committed to:

  • Ensuring that learners who have not yet achieved a GCSE or equivalent in English/ maths at grade 4/5 have access to English and maths tuition above and beyond their study programme entitlement
  • Ensuring that learners without a GCSE or equivalent in English/ maths at grade 5 have vocational tuition above and beyond their study programme entitlement
  • Prioritising learners for additional tuition to ensure that those who need extra support receive it first

Examples of support on offer will include:

  • GCSE exam re-sit preparation
  • Functional skills assessment preparation
  • Vocational knowledge catch-up sessions ensuring some of the hardest to reach have the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress into industry or higher levels of vocational training
  • Well-being support to underpin learner’s belief in their own ability and potential. Stretching and challenging learners through extra curricula activities, enabling them to feel confident across all subject areas

TCHC will ensure that we timetable sessions in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2021/22. Sessions will comprise of no more than three learners. However, at times this may increase to 6 ensuring all benefit from expert knowledge, we would ensure the extra support is above and beyond for these types of sessions. The sessions will be delivered by tutors and support staff with the relevant skills and experience and who have a good rapport with each learner. Sessions will be delivered using a blend of online and face to face delivery and will all be subject to TCHC’s quality assurance processes.