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Corona Virus Information


Information regarding Coronavirus is constantly changing and we understand you may have concerns.

Please be assured that as a college, the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors is of critical importance.

We are committed to following the appropriate guidance issued by Public Health England and the Department for Education and continue to monitor developments as new information becomes available.

We will continue to use the college website and our social media platforms for updates.

We understand this is a challenging time for students and their loved ones, employers, stakeholders and our staff and their families - and we would like to thank you all for your patience and support. Please be assured that we are working hard to minimise disruption to students’ learning as much as is feasibly possible and will communicate with you through the website and our social platforms to ensure you remain up to date with all the latest college news and decisions that may affect you.

You will appreciate that this is a rapidly changing situation and plans may change so we would urge you to check this section of the website every day and our social platforms. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE AS OF 12th MAY 2020.

The Government has issued new guidance which includes opening up parts of our campus for some students at the start of June. 

This is a complicated process which we are currently working hard to implement.  In the meantime, the campus remains closed to most students.

We will make a further announcement as soon as we have more information and will be making direct contact with those students affected.

In the meantime we would like to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.  


Students will continue their learner journey with us online, maintaining regular contact with their lecturers and completing assessments etc as and when requested.

Our home learning page will provide advice and support on how to make the most of working from home and online working as well as provide other useful resources and support including next step guidance for current students. 

Our school liaison page will offer careers advice and guidance for those potential new students. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE

SUMMER 2020 GRADUATION - TM/QA

After careful thought and deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our HE graduation event.

The coronavirus situation shows no real sign of relenting for the foreseeable future so we felt it better to make this decision now.  We would like you all to be reassured that, although the ceremony may have been postponed, our students will complete their programmes of study and receive their certificates at the end of term, so our decision will not hinder our graduates from starting jobs or moving onto further study.

We are also looking at other ways of recognising and celebrating their hard work.  We will update students with further information in due course.


Ofqual seeks views on GCSE and A level grading proposals for 2020 - 16th April 2020

Ofqual has published a consultation on the exceptional arrangements for awarding GCSE and A/AS levels in summer 2020.

Further information on this consultation can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/exceptional-arrangements-for-exam-grading-and-assessment-in-2020 


The government have also confirmed the dates for summer 2020 results. 

A Level students students will get their results on 13 August, and GCSE students will get theirs on 20 August as previously published.


Updated Guidance about Vocational and Technical qualifications - 15th April

Ofqual has confirmed that students taking vocational and technical qualifications, alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A levels, will be awarded a calculated result. Students due to take assessments for Functional Skills qualifications before the end of the summer will also receive a calculated result.

Ofqual’s announcement can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-this-summer 

Guidance on awarding qualifications in summer 2020 can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020 


GCSE & 14-16 students

Updated Guidance for 14-16 and GCSE learners - 20th March

Government have released guidelines committed to ensuring GCSE students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. 

Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking lecturers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.

To produce this, your lecturers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – we are awaiting clear guidance on this. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with college representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July. In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years. 

We will update you further as more information becomes available.


A Level students

The government has announced that there will be no formal exams in the summer of 2020. We will continue to work with all of our students, following the set curriculum, setting homework and assessment online. It is important that students continue to fully engage with the college and complete their programme of study to ensure they get the highest grades possible. Tutors will be available to support students through online support, telephone or email.  

Updated Guidance for A Level students - 20th March 

Government have released guidelines committed to ensuring A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. 

Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking lecturers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.

To produce this, your lecturers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – we are awaiting clear guidance on this. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with college representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July. In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years. 

We will update you further as more information becomes available.


Student finance

For information about student finance, please visit the government website here. 

Further support

Further information on Coronavirus can be found here

Senior leadership team

Our key staff

Dr Lindsey Whiterod, CBE

Chief Executive
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Alison Maynard

Principal, South Tyneside College & Deputy Chief Executive
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Catherine Donnelly

Executive Director of Human Resources
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Jane Cuthbertson

Chief Finance Officer
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Jane Cuthbertson

Mo Dixon

Principal, Tyne Metropolitan College
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Mo Dixon