Vice Principal's Update

Vice Principal's Update for Parents, Carers and Learners

(as of Friday 29 May 2020, 15:00)

We hope that everyone had a good May half term and managed to enjoy the fine weather despite the restrictions. As we move on from the May half term, it’s a good opportunity to update you on current activity and what to expect from the next few weeks and months.

Although there’s not yet any clear indication of when schools and colleges will re-open, discussions are underway, and we’ll update you as soon as we know more.

Learning continues online

As we have done from the outset, we’ll be continuing with learning activity remotely until Friday 19 June. For the majority of learners, all activity will be remote for the remainder of this term.

Assessments

Teaching staff are working hard to finalise end of year assessment decisions. This is a complex area and some awarding bodies have been slow in publishing their guidance – indeed, in some cases this is still unclear. As we receive more information, we’re updating our guidance, so please use this link to read the most relevant information for your qualification.

In some cases, it’s likely that we’ll need to invite targeted groups of learners into college to undertake practical assessments in order to complete their qualifications. We currently have a small task group considering how we might do this. We’re not sure at this point if/when this could happen, and it will be subject to government approval and guidance. If it is approved, it will only happen if we’re confident that all health and safety measures are in place to protect learners and staff.

Next academic year

Looking forward to next academic year, we already have lots of activities going on. As an existing learner, you should update your final progress review in On Track by 13 June. Your Personal Tutors should also be in touch to discuss your progression for next year and may also update your progression record in On Track after speaking to you. We’d like to reassure you that you won’t be disadvantaged in your progression because of the current situation.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to do next year, join our exciting virtual Open Event on 23 June, where you’ll be able to visit different parts of the college to find out more about your options. Follow our website for more instructions on how to join in.

If you’re thinking about UCAS applications with a view to progressing to university in 2021, use this link: https://sway.office.com/eiojVtRANOUhxVu2  to view our online tutorial and find out who to contact if you need advice.

We’re currently preparing for next year, though we’re not entirely sure what that will look like yet. We’re looking into online enrolment and all full-time programmes will begin with an enhanced transition programme to allow any missed content from this year to be covered.  We’re also considering what the first term will look like whilst potentially operating under social distancing requirements – an area that is likely to be an important consideration for all of education for some time to come.

Your wellbeing

There’s also a range of wellbeing activities available for you on CG Connect, including physical and mental wellbeing activities for you all to join in and have fun.

Finally, please check this page for regular updates. Thank you for your continued support as we all work our way through this challenge. Please be assured that college staff will continue to work hard and do all we can to support you through your studies, allowing you to build a great future.

Nicola Gamlin
Vice Principal (Curriculum and Quality)