Summer 2021 Assessment

Updated: 14 May 2021

Teaching and learning continues to be delivered for all qualifications, therefore it is essential that you continue to attend sessions and be fully engaged in learning activities. This allows you to continue to develop your knowledge and skills to achieve and you will be ready for your next steps.

Where exams have had to be cancelled, evidence will be used from across your course to assess your final grade. This assessment will inform a Qualification-level Teacher Assessed Grade (QTAG). This will ensure, if you are expecting to complete your course at the end of the academic year, you will receive a final grade in August.

For each student, evidence is gathered and submitted to the appropriate awarding organisation as part of their quality assurance process. Your tutors must provide sufficient evidence to justify your grades and make a holistic judgement, based on the available evidence for you.

As the College will be subject to QTAG evidence sampling, it is important that we make sure that your grades accurately reflect the evidence available.

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

Staying safe - Covid

Lockdown & Covid Updates

Updated: 20 May 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22 February, the College remains open to students, apprentices and staff.

The Government has produced an easy to follow guide, the Roadmap Plan out of Lockdown, which shows the 4 stages to coming out of lockdown and what we are allowed to do at each stage.

The nation is now in Step 3 of the roadmap from 17 May.

The College has been able to maintain a safe environment for staff, students and apprentices during lockdown and during re-opening. All of our College COVID-19 protocols remain in place to protect all. This includes maintaining our stance of the continued wearing of face coverings at all times, include during classes.

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


Existing Students & Apprentices

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.

No consent is needed for home testing, as accepting the kit is consent and therefore expectations are that full instructions will be followed. 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 and only be operational on set days and times. Our Centres only facilitate self-swab testing i.e. you do the test yourselves. Our volunteers support the registering, processing and recording.

The lateral flow tests are quick and easy, using a swab of the nose and throat. For students who are unable to complete the test themselves parents/carers are able to support. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) are shared directly (via text/email) with you and if needed, appropriate guidance is provided.

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Onsite activities

All existing College COVID-19 protocols for everyone safely remain in place and should be adhered to.


Staying Safe at College

The College has measures in place to keep all of our students, apprentices and staff safe when returning to College, including:

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. Each kit will provide you with tests to cover you for approx. 3 weeks.

No consent is needed for home testing, as accepting the kit is consent and therefore expectations are that full instructions will be followed. 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 and only be operational on set days and times. Our Centres only facilitate self-swab testing i.e. you do the test yourselves. Our volunteers support the registering, processing and recording. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy, using a swab of the nose and throat.

For students who are unable to complete the test themselves parents/carers are able to support. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) are shared directly (via text/email) with you and if needed, appropriate guidance is provided.

The home test kits will include instructions for testing and reporting results.

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

Temperature checking will take place upon entrance to the College.

Where possible the College has implemented a ‘safe flow’ to move around each campus in a safe way and strongly encourages social distancing. Entrances and exits may be different. Please read signage to guide you. We ask for your patience where queues may form and ask you to abide by social distancing measures.

Lifts will be limited for essential use only. If required for essential use, this is only for one person at a time.

Please maintain social distancing wherever possible. Maintaining a distance between people whilst inside and reducing the amount of time in face-to-face contact lowers the risk of transmission. ​

You should maintain a 2 metre distance from each other wherever possible, or if you are not able to there will be mitigations in place. ​ Everyone should avoid close, direct face-to-face contact and minimise time spent within 1 metre of anyone. ​

Teaching staff may maintain distance by staying at the front of the room and all classes have a ‘tutor zone’ marked out.  Seating plans will be put place for each class/workshop.​

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 being provided to support cleaning shared resources such as PCs and printers.

There is increased signage reminding students, apprentices and staff of hygiene practices. It’s important that everyone plays their part in supporting a clean environment.

‘Grab and Go’ food and drinks will be available to purchase. Monies can be loaded on to your College ID badges for easy payment. Vending machines will be available and cleaning facilities will be provided to support use. Existing water fountain points have been replaced with foot operated ones for safe use.

Face coverings must be worn on all public transport and at stops and in stations unless you are exempt from wearing a face covering.

The West Midlands Network has more guidance about travelling and how to stay safe.

If you share a car to College with someone outside of your support bubble or household, you should:

  • share with the same people each time
  • open the windows for ventilation
  • wear a face covering (if not exempt)

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.


Hands, Face, Space

 


Feeling ill?

Due to the new variants of the coronavirus, it is now recommended that any student, apprentice or staff member who is absent because of sickness, or has to go home because they are unwell, takes a PCR test and does not return until they receive a negative test result and feel well again. This advice is in addition to PCR testing for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, a new, continuous cough or a change of taste of smell.

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.​
  • Your Curriculum Manager will remain in contact with you to establish how you are feeling. If it’s COVID-19 related, support and guidance will be provided for such things as testing, self isolation measures etc.

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.
  • It is now recommended that you take a PCR test and do not return until a negative test result is received and you feel well again.
  • If you are reporting the development of COVID-19 symptoms, this will be recorded and communicated to your Curriculum Manager. ​

What if I have COVID symptoms? ​

  • If you have symptoms you should stay at home and book a free NHS test and follow government self-isolation guidance until the results of your test are known.
  • 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.
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