Vice Principal's Update for Learners, Applicants, Parents and Carers
Updated: Thursday 11 February 2021
On Friday 05 February, Welsh Government provided an update on changes to teaching and learning in schools and colleges. We’re pleased that this means we can start to bring some more learners onto campus from Monday 22 February.
You’ll already be aware that learning has been remote since January with a few exceptions and we’d like to thank you all for working hard with online and remote learning. We know it hasn’t been easy and it’s important that you continue to engage with us to continue learning and complete all the work you’re set. This will give you the best chance of achieving the highest outcome once we know more about how awarding bodies will award qualifications.
The most recent changes mean we can bring more learners on site. This will work as follows:
- If you have planned assessments, your teachers will be in contact with you to arrange when you need to come into college. This is no change from the arrangements this half term.
- If you’re a vulnerable learner, you can contact your Personal Tutor to arrange to come into college. The term ‘vulnerable’ includes learners who cannot work at home due to lack of technology or no quiet place to study. Again, this is no change from the arrangements for this half term.
- If you’re studying a course that needs access to specialist facilities and equipment to develop practical skills, we’re delighted that you’ll be able to start attending college again shortly after Monday 22 February. Your Personal Tutor will contact you to let you know when you need to come in. Please don’t just turn up as we need to manage this safely and your teachers will be in touch soon with more information.
You’ll find further guidance below in our Q&A, so please take a few minutes to browse through.
We also have some further good news if you’re struggling with lack of access to technology. We can help you through our laptop loan scheme. Again, you’ll find more information on this below.
Finally, thank you for your ongoing patience and support in what is proving to be a difficult year. We’ll keep you updated as quickly as we can, so please check our website and your CG Connect app for updates.
Vice Principal (Curriculum and Quality)
Yes. In line with new government guidelines, the rules have changed. Your safety is our priority. Next time you come into college you’ll need to:
- Keep at last 2 metres away from anyone else – This includes staff and other learners, including those in your group in the classroom, workshops and in communal areas. This is a change from the previous guidance.
- Wear a face covering at all times – This now includes wearing a face covering in your class/workshop/salon as well as in communal spaces.
Yes. If you’re having problems studying at home, maybe due to lack of access to a computer, no quiet space to work, or you feel vulnerable in any way, you can request to come into college. You might want to use our Library to study and access a computer or you might want to request some specific support such as literacy/numeracy help, support from our Inspire staff or counselling support. Please don’t just drop in, but contact your Personal Tutor to arrange a timeslot. You can also request support using your CG Connect app. Just click on the ‘Online Support’ tile.
Yes. Just as we’ve done since January, we’ll be continuing with examinations and essential assessments as planned, so as not to disadvantage those of you who need to pass these to gain your qualifications.
We offer a wide range of vocational qualifications and we don’t know at this point how each individual vocational awarding body will manage end of year grades. As we receive more information from the different awarding bodies on any further adaptations, we’ll let you know.
If you’re studying on some of our vocational courses that require specialist equipment or facilities, it’s likely that your teachers will be in contact shortly to invite you into college after half term. These areas will include Hospitality and Catering, Construction, Engineering and Motor Vehicle.
Please don’t just turn up as we have strict safety protocols to work to. Your teachers will be in touch shortly to organise this.
You’ll only be in college for sessions which cannot be delivered remotely, for example to develop practical skills. All of your other sessions will continue remotely.
Qualifications Wales recently announced that there will no longer be any externally set and marked assessments. Instead, there will be Centre Determined Grades (CDG). Your teachers are developing Assessment Plans against which they will devise a CDG. We’re waiting for more information but in the meantime, it’s important that you continue to complete all work that is set and submit these to your teachers as planned.
Please find further information from Qualifications Wales here.
No, unfortunately you’re not able to continue with placements at this time. We’ll let you know as soon as this changes.
We understand that for some of you, work placement is an assessed part of your course. We’re working with awarding bodies to gain a better understanding of how they’ll manage this moving forward.
No, it’s not too late and you can still apply using the tile on the CG Connect app.
You can also book to use a computer in one of our college libraries. Just use the booking tile on your CG Connect app to book your slot.
Yes, there will be a packed lunch service available. We’re working on the process for this as we will need to maintain 2m social distancing at all times, so we’ll update you when we know more.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve already applied and accepted your offer, you should have been sent a link to sign up to our CG Connect app. This is an online resource designed to help you to prepare for joining college in September. If you haven’t signed up, we encourage you to do so, but drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re having any problems.
We’ve put all sorts of measures in place to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible and we’re adhering to all Welsh Government protocols. This includes additional hygiene facilities, room capacity safety measures, social distancing indicators and one-way systems. We’re working closely with everyone to make sure that full consideration has been given to keeping everyone safe. You’ll learn more about these as part of your induction.