Online Learning and Risk Assessment FAQ
Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below with regards to the recent Government announcement for schools/colleges to revert back to remote learning.
Download our latest COVID-19 Risk Assessment here.
DO I NEED TO ATTEND ALL LESSONS?
Yes, all students are required to attend as timetabled, and registers will continue to be taken and attendance monitored.
DO I STILL NEED TO REPORT ANY ABSENCES?
Yes, if you are unable to attend a lesson due to ill health, please continue to use the college absence procedure – by calling the absence line on 01782 854203 or by logging it on Cedar.
WHAT DO I DO IF I FEEL UNWELL AND SUSPECT THAT I MIGHT HAVE THE VIRUS?
It is very important to follow the current Government guidance in relation to test, track and trace and isolate if required.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MUST YOU COME INTO COLLEGE IF YOU DISPLAY ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 OR ARE AT HOME WITH ANYONE WHO IS SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS.
Please inform the College immediately of any COVID-19 related absence. This could be for some of the following reasons:
- You or a member of your family/bubble are displaying symptoms
- You or a member of your family/bubble have been tested for COVID-19 and you are awaiting results
- You or a member of your family/bubble have been contacted by the Government Track and Trace team and have been instructed to self-isolate
You can inform the College of any COVID-19 related absence by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are concerned you may have been in contact with someone who has Covid or if you or someone in your household has symptoms, please book a PCR test through NHS procedure.
To report any non-COVID-19 related absence please use the main student absence line on 01782 854203 or log an absence via Cedar.
If you are unable to access a lesson due to ill health, please continue to use the college absence procedure – by calling the absence line on 01782 854203 or by logging it on Cedar.
I AM CONCERNED THAT THIS SITUATION IS AFFECTING MY MENTAL HEALTH, WHAT CAN I DO?
Please talk to your Progress Coach if you are concerned about your mental health during this period. We are here to support you at all times.
I’D LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION; HOW DO I DO THIS?
Please direct any questions to your teacher or Progress Coach in the first instance. If your teacher or progress coach is not able to answer the enquiry, they will pass the question on to an appropriate colleague who will reply for them.
STUDENT & PARENT GUIDANCE FOR TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES, BTEC AND CTEC
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES TO THE SUMMER EXAMS?
As you will be aware the Department of Education have issued some guidance on the way GCSE, A Level and Vocational qualifications are going to be graded. Exams will not take place and results will be awarded through Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG).
HOW WILL THE TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES (TAG) BE DETERMINED?
- Class tests
- Mock exams
- Exam Board set questions (see below)
WHAT ARE THE EXAM BOARD SET QUESTIONS?
- These will be primarily past paper questions
- Subject areas will be able to choose from a bank of questions on topics that have been taught
- Exam boards will publish mark schemes and grading criteria for teachers to use whilst marking
- These exam questions do not need to be sat in exam conditions and will be sat in lesson time
WILL MY SON/DAUGHTER STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR EXAM ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS?
Yes, these will be implemented and all access arrangements will be taken into consideration.
WHEN DOES THE COLLEGE HAVE TO SUBMIT THE GRADES TO THE EXAM BOARDS?
The deadline date for this is the 18th of June. However, the College will be sending them at least the week before. The College will be undertaking quality assurance meetings with each subject area prior to the submission of these grades and please remember that no single teacher is responsible for awarding grades.
WILL WE BE INFORMED OF THE GRADES AWARDED BEFORE BEING SUBMITTED TO THE EXAM BOARDS?
No, as the grades that are submitted will be quality assured by the relevant exam boards. Your child will be informed of the evidence that has been used for each of their subject and the weighting of this.
how can i support my child?
Please encourage your son/daughter to attend all lessons along with completing all work set, including homework and independent learning.
HOW ARE BTEC/CTEC QUALIFICATIONS BEING ASSESSED?
Teachers will have to provide a TAG for the whole of the qualification. The evidence they will use for this will include:
- Grades that a student has achieved on completed internal and external units during the qualification
- Grades on assessments that have been completed for any partially completed units
- Results from mock examinations or tests that have been completed in place of formal external assessments that were due to take place in January and/or June 2021
- Classwork and homework assignments/assessments
when is results day?
Results days for both GCSEs and A Levels have been brought forward to the week of 9th August.
- A Level Results Day: 10th August
- GCSE Results Day: 12th August.
Results for BTEC/CTEC will be on or before these dates.
what is the appeal process?
There are two grounds on which you can appeal:
- If you, as a parent, think an administrative error has taken place during the submission process.
- If you feel that the grade/s that have been awarded are unfair, unjust and have not followed the process set out within the official guidance.
i need more information on this
For more information, please read the JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents on Summer 2021.