Summer 2021 Assessment

Updated: 27 August 2021

How will GCSEs, AS and A levels be awarded in summer 2021?

 How your grade will be determined:

  • Graded by a teacher assessed grade (QTAG)
  • Not be graded by an algorithm
  • College assessments which will continue
  • You’ll only be assessed on what you’ve been taught
  • Your tutors will tell you the evidence they will use to determine your grade
  • You will not be told what grade has been submitted for you

Types of evidence that will be used to grade may include:

  • A range of evidence, such as mocks, tests and work you have already done
  • Non-exam assessment (often known as coursework) even if incomplete
  • Art & design grades will be only portfolio based
  • Assessments formed by tutor using questions provided by exam boards

Results days:

  • AS and A level: Tuesday 10 August 2021
  • GCSE: Thursday 12 August 2021

How will vocational and technical qualifications be awarded in summer 2021?

Assessments will continue as normal, however where this cannot go ahead your results will be determined by:

  • Grading by a teacher assessed grade (QTAG)
  • Evidence of your performance, such as course work and any tasks or exams completed including: partially completed internal assessments, classwork or homework assignments or assessments, mock examinations (based on past papers, or centre-devised test), informal assessments, project work, recordings e.g. of practical performance, tracker of achievement and attainment over the course, witness testimonies or teacher observation records when used in conjunction with other forms of evidence.
  • Assessment that are adapted or delayed for some subject areas

Appeals

If, when you receive your results, you are concerned that your grade is wrong there is an appeals process in place.

Please email your concerns to gradingappeals2021@wolvcoll.ac.uk where the College will be able to provide feedback and advice.

Additional Information

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) have created a student guide which outlines the arrangements in place for awarding grades in summer 2021. Please use this link to access: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-guide-to-awarding-summer-2021?s=03

Ofqual have also created an explainer tool to show you what’s happening with your vocational, technical, and other general qualifications this year. Please use this link to access: https://analytics.ofqual.gov.uk/#summerTool

Secretaries of State write a letter to parents about COVID and testing

.Updated: 15 October 2021

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have written a joint letter to parents of secondary school and college students to thank them for all their efforts in keeping education safe for all during the pandemic and talk about the importance of vaccinations and regular testing.

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Covid Update

Updated: 29 November 2021

The College continues to follow and adapt to government guidance:

Face coverings

Guidance is for face coverings to be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff, visitors and students, unless they are exempt. However, as a College we will be taking this a step further and asking for face coverings to be worn at all times.

This is an additional step, as we have taken before to take additional precautions to prevent the spread.

Testing

Encouragement for staff and students to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests continues.

Contact tracing and isolation

The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. You will be contacted directly and told to isolate when you received your positive outcome. The ways to report positive cases to the College remains the same, however more information may be obtained if related to the new variant.

Vaccination

All eligible staff and students are encouraged to take up the offer of the vaccine, including boosters. To book a vaccination, please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Changes to the red list for international travel to England

Consideration now will be taken whether to go ahead with planned international educational visits at this time.

Temperature checking

Use of temperature checking on arrival is still encouraged by all.

Ventilation

We encourage everyone to act appropriately to ensure there continues to be a well ventilated and a comfortable teaching and learning environment, whilst balancing the need for a comfortable temperature.

We ask that everyone complies and supports each other to continue to stay safe and is aware of the College’s Risk Assessment.


Home Testing

Asymptomatic Testing for Students and Apprentices

The College continues to encourage home testing for all students and apprentices. The College can provide you with Lateral Flow Test kits for home testing. Kits can be collected from the Student Hub at each campus.

Lateral flow testing is aimed for those without coronavirus symptoms (those classed as asymptomatic). A lateral flow test identifies people who are infectious on the day of the test, but don’t have symptoms. A PCR (COVID) test is required if you are experiencing symptoms.

Positive test results? Feeling ill? Displaying symptoms of COVID? 

If students or apprentices have a positive lateral flow test result

  • Stay at home and get a PCR test. You should not come to College until results are known. Return to College if negative, or self-isolate if positive.

If students or apprentices display any of the main symptoms

  • Stay at home and get a PCR test. You should not come to College until results are known. Return to College if negative, or self-isolate if positive.

If students or apprentices have a positive PCR test result

  • Stay at home and self-isolate.

Isolation rules changed from Monday 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are notified you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and any of the following apply:

  • You are fully vaccinated
  • You are below the age of 18 years 6 months
  • You have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • You are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

This now applies even if you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible.

Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. As well as getting a PCR test, you may also consider:

  • Limiting close contact with people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
  • Wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing
  • Limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
  • Taking part in twice weekly LFD testing

This advice applies until 10 full days after your most recent contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

What if I feel ill while I’m at College?

  • Please immediately talk to your tutor.​
  • You may be asked to go home and follow government guidance in addition to taking a PCR test.
  • If you need to be collected, you will be asked to go to a specific room on site where you will be supervised until you are collected.​

What if I feel ill when I’m at home, before I leave for College?

  • If you are ill and unable to attend College you should report your sickness to the CALMS team on 01902 821167.
  • Take a PCR test and do not return until a negative test result is received and you feel well again.

What if I have COVID symptoms? ​

  • If you have symptoms you should stay at home and get a PCR test.
  • If you have any concerns about your health you should use the NHS 111 website initially, or if you have no internet access then contact the free NHS 111 telephone helpline. Check the NHS website for the latest official advice.

Staying Safe at College

The College continues to encourage home testing for all students and apprentices. The College can provide you with Lateral Flow Test kits for home testing. Kits can be collected from the Student Hub at each campus.

Government guidance recommends test twice weekly, before attending your scheduled classes. Testing is voluntary, however, we strongly encourage you to participate in order to safely attend one of the campuses.

Lateral flow testing is aimed for those without coronavirus symptoms (those classed as asymptomatic). A lateral flow test identifies people who are infectious on the day of the test, but don’t have symptoms. A PCR (COVID) test is required if you are experiencing symptoms.

The College will still offer a testing facility but will be limited for use on your return. Our Centres only facilitate self-swab testing i.e. you do the test yourselves. Our volunteers support the registering, processing and recording.

What if I test positive?

If you test positive, you will need to:

  • Self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance
  • Have a further test (a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test) to confirm the result.

You can arrange a test on GOV.UK

Use of temperature checking on arrival will still be encouraged for all, as an indicator of possible symptoms.

Social distancing measures have now ended, however the College will maintain its floor signage to encourage a safe flow around entrance, exits and corridors to try to minimise traffic.

Good ventilation reduces the concentration of the virus in the air, which reduces the risks from airborne transmission. ​It is important to ensure that the College is well ventilated and a comfortable teaching and learning environment is maintained. ​

Please expect: ​

  • Opening of windows just enough to provide constant background ventilation, which may be opened more fully during breaks ​
  • Opening internal doors to assist with creating a throughput of air ​
  • If necessary, external opening doors (where safe to do so).​

All areas and rooms will be cleaned before use. Enhanced cleaning regimes have been implemented with a focus on high-traffic areas such as toilets, handrails and door furniture throughout the day. Cleaning stations are provided to support cleaning shared resources such as PCs and printers.

The impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is still having on our lives may cause us to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated.

Everyone feels different sometimes. It’s important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently – for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.

There are simple things we can do to help take care of our mental health and well-being during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help us think clearly, and make sure we can look after ourselves and those we care about.

Read the NHS top 10 tips for helping with your mental health.

Check out the College’s Mental Health and Wellbeing for more support.