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Corona Virus Information

TUESDAY MARCH, 24TH

Following the latest advice from government, we have assessed the college’s situation and made the decision to close down all of our campuses from 5pm TODAY, March 24th until Monday, April 20th.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation, in line with government advice.  Please therefore continue to check our website and social media platforms for updates.

Students will continue their learner journey with us online, maintaining regular contact with their lecturers and completing assessments etc as and when requested.  For student support please visit our college websites:

www.stc.ac.uk

www.stc.ac.uk/marine

www.tynemet.ac.uk

www.queenalex.co.uk

FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH

Updated Exams Guidance

GCSE & 14-16 students

Updated Guidance for 14-16 and GCSE learners

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

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.


Further support

Further information on Coronavirus can be found here

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