Vice Principal's Update

Vice Principal's Update for Learners, Applicants, Parents and Carers

Updated: Wednesday 26 May 2021

Dear learners,

This year has been unlike any other and we know that you’ve all worked hard to keep learning going. Your feedback tells us that you’d prefer to be in face-to-face learning, which is why we’ve tried to do as much of this as possible within the guidelines, whilst keeping everyone safe.

After half term, you’ll notice some small changes in the way we do things.

Safety

Our one-way systems on campus will be replaced with a ‘Keep Left’ system. This should make moving around the campus a little easier. We’ll need to maintain our other safety measures, including hand sanitising and 2m distancing outside of classrooms. Please work with us to enforce this and help keep everyone safe.

Face coverings will still need to be worn in all areas of the college. You may have a college exemption card (these are the only recognised cards we accept in college), so please keep this visible or make sure you have it handy.

Getting ready for next year

New Learners – On CG Connect, you’ll find a ‘New Applicants’ tile to help you plan for next year. You’ll shortly find an e-book and resources to help you prepare and plan for next year. We’ll be in touch soon with details of enrolment and what to do next.

Existing and exiting learners – On CG Connect, you’ll find a useful tool to help us support your progression. On here, there are questions and resources to help you to make choices and plan your future. We think you’ll find it really helpful. You can access this through the CG Connect ‘Access Your Account’ tile or via this link: https://go.mydaycloud.com/pages/progression-review

Hopefully, lots of you will be returning to college next year. Towards the end of July and into August, we’ll be sending you details on how to re-enrol and what the process is for coming back to college next year. Look out for messages on your CG Connect app and in your college email account.

Ongoing Assessments

We have more assessments taking place after half term as we move towards end of year course completion. As doors and windows must remain open, we kindly request you to keep noise to a minimum in corridors so as not to disrupt other learners taking assessments.

End of Year Grades

We’re working towards finalising end of year grades though the process will vary depending on the qualification you’re studying. For many qualifications, you’ll know your provisional outcomes by early July. For others, we may need to continue practical assessments or work placements for longer.

Your teachers will already be working with you to make sure you’re clear on the process. When your results are provided, we’ll include details of next steps and the appeals process.

Lateral Flow Tests

These are available for all staff and learners. If you’re interested, please click on the ‘Lateral Flow Test’ tile on CG Connect or email LateralFlowTest@coleggwent.ac.uk and someone will be in touch.

Young Person’s Vaccination Campaign

Public Health Wales will soon be running a campaign to encourage people aged 18-29 to have their vaccine when invited. We’re supporting this campaign as part of our plans to help keep everyone safe. Please look out for more information on our social media channels.

Finally…..

Thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe this year whilst keeping learning going. We know it’s not been easy, and we need to keep our safety measures in place for a little while longer.  Hopefully, we can look forward to fewer restrictions next year.

I hope to see many of you on campus next year and good luck to those of you who are progressing into jobs or onto university.

Best wishes,

Nicola Gamlin
Vice Principal (Curriculum and Quality) 

Torfaen Learning Zone/Usk Campus

  • Head of Learner Services:                       Sian.Hughes@coleggwent.ac.uk
  • Learner Services Support Assistant:           Hannah.Wiliams@coleggwent.ac.uk
  • Inspire Coordinator:                               Samual.Mills@coleggwent.ac.uk

Newport Campus

  • Head of Learner Services:                       June.Bridgman@coleggwent.ac.uk
  • Learner Services Support Assistant:           Lindsey.Casa@coleggwent.ac.uk
  • Inspire Coordinator:                               Ryan.Chard@coleggwent.ac.uk

Crosskeys Campus

  • Head of Learner Services:                       William.Mason@coleggwent.ac.uk
  • Learner Services Support Assistant:           Owen.Hawkins@coleggwent.ac.uk
  • Inspire Coordinator:                               Meri.Peebles@coleggwent.ac.uk

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone  

  • Head of Learner Services:                       Natasha.Hodgson@coleggwent.ac.uk
  • Learner Services Support Assistant:                 Gaynor.Pinney@coleggwent.ac.uk
  • Inspire Coordinator:                               LauraMay.Aylett@coleggwent.ac.uk

Good news – the admin fee (£10 for full time courses) along with the termly bus pass fee has been waived for this academic year 2020-21. This means, if you’ve paid for either the admin fee or bus passes in terms 1 and 2, you’re now entitled to a refund. Full details of how you can claim a refund will be issued on CG Connect in the coming weeks. It’s likely that the process to reclaim these fees will start after Easter. If you had a Term 1 or Term 2 bus pass, a Term 3 bus pass will be delivered to your home address at no cost.

We’ll be offering testing facilities after the Easter break. This requires you to commit to self-testing at home twice each week. If you’re interested in participating, please email LateralFlowTest@coleggwent.ac.uk to express your interest and they’ll be able to provide you with more information to help you decide if you’d like to sign up.

We’re currently working on this, to make sure everything is safe for you to return to your work placement. Your Personal Tutor will confirm the details when you return to college after Easter.

No, it’s not too late and you can still apply using the tile on your 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.

We have a wide range of support on offer, from help by the Inspire team, to counselling services and personal coaches. We also have our Togetherall app which provides resources and support across a range of areas. All of this is available through your CG Connect app, or contact your Personal Tutor or Head of Learner Services on campus for more information.

Yes. You’ll be able to buy food and drink in the same way you could before Christmas. You’ll need to maintain 2m distance though, to help us all to stay safe.

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 admissions@coleggwent.ac.uk if you’re having any problems.

Yes, of course.  Here’s a useful list of contacts for you:

Course & General Enquiries
hello@coleggwent.ac.uk

Application Enquiries
 admissions@coleggwent.ac.uk

Financial Enquiries
Financesupport@coleggwent.ac.uk

Awarding Body Updates

The way your qualifications will be awarded will depend on the qualification you’re studying.  We’ve set out what we know so far in the sections below.

These will be assessed based on the judgement of your teachers.

Your teacher is developing an Assessment Plan under the guidance of WJEC which will determine which assessments will count towards your provisional Centre Determined Grade (CDG). This Assessment Plan will be shared with you shortly.

We’re planning for your teachers to provide you with your provisional CDGs on 14 June 2021. This allows a two-week window to carry out any checks with you before we submit final provisional CDGs to WJEC.

Moderation processes will be built in at various points. It’s therefore important to note that your grades are not final until they are issued on Results Day. Results will be published on 10 August for AS/A Level and 12 August for GCSE.

Information from Qualifications Wales

If you’re studying a qualification that is similar to GCSEs, AS or A levels, then you’ll be eligible for a Teacher Assessed Grade.

Your teacher will make an informed judgement on your grade using a variety of evidence, such as performance of tasks or assessments that have already been completed. Teacher Assessed Grades will be subject to quality assurance processes within college and by the awarding body before you get your result.

We expect Results Days to be in line with GCSEs, AS and A level results (see above).

Further information from Pearson

For these qualifications, you need to be assessed on practical skills so that you can achieve your certificate and progress into the workplace.

Assessments for these types of qualifications have been continuing where possible, although your assessment may be held in slightly different circumstances to normal. For example, you may have had remote assessments, adapted assessments, or you may have been coming into college over the last few weeks.

It may not have been possible to continue with your assessments since Christmas, in which case these have been delayed until you can come back into college.

We’ll be prioritising these as soon as we’re able to bring you back into college.

We’ve not received an update so far from the awarding body. Therefore, we’re working on the basis that there is no reduction in the content and credit value of your course, and this year there will be no provision for the issue of any estimated/calculated assessment grades.

However, every College is allowed, as appropriate and manageable, to adapt and reduce some formal assessments, and your course team will be able to explain what this means for your particular programme. We can also be reasonably flexible with some assignment submission dates if circumstances dictate this. We’re encouraged to make clear to our AVA, any ‘extenuating circumstances’ that might be applicable regarding any particular individual or group of learners, and your teaching staff are looking at this on your behalf. We’ll keep you informed if we receive further updates.

Further information can be found at https://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/contact-us/faqs/coronavirus-(covid-19).

Assessments for these types of qualifications have been continuing over the last few weeks, so you may have been completing these already. You may have come into college to sit exams, completed online exams or you may be continuing with coursework at home. In some cases, Teacher Assessed Grades may be possible. Your Personal Tutor will update you on how these will be awarded.

Torfaen Learning Zone/Usk Campus

Head of Learner ServicesSian.Hughes@coleggwent.ac.uk

Learner Services Support AssistantHannah.Wiliams@coleggwent.ac.uk

Inspire Coordinator – Samuel.Mills@coleggwent.ac.uk

City of Newport Campus

Head of Learner ServicesJune.Bridgman@coleggwent.ac.uk

Learner Services Support AssistantLindsey.Casa@coleggwent.ac.uk

Inspire CoordinatorRyan.Chard@coleggwent.ac.uk

Crosskeys Campus

Head of Learner ServicesWilliam.Mason@coleggwent.ac.uk

Learner Services Support AssistantOwen.Hawkins@coleggwent.ac.uk

Inspire CoordinatorMeri.Peebles@coleggwent.ac.uk

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone

Head of Learner ServicesNatasha.Hodgson@coleggwent.ac.uk

Learner Services Support AssistantGaynor.Pinney@coleggwent.ac.uk

Inspire CoordinatorLauraMay.Aylett@coleggwent.ac.uk