Consultation launched on exam replacement

Following the cancellation of this year’s summer exams, the Department for Education and Ofqual have launched a consultation seeking views on how to award grades in a way that reflects students’ performance accurately recognising the disruption they have faced this year.

Ofqual and the Department for Education want to hear the views of students who were due to take their exams, their parents and carers, their teachers, school and college leaders and others who have an interest, including further and higher education providers, and employers.

 The consultation, which has been published on GOV.UK, will close at 11.45pm on 29 January 2021.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

In light of the government announcement regarding the move to online learning for education settings, we would like to reassure all of our students currently on a course at Kingston Maurward College.

Teaching will now be online for ALL students until February half-term. Tutors and course managers will have communicated with students regarding ongoing delivery and support. For most of you this will be through the Microsoft Teams platform that you will be familiar with from last term. The online delivery will be a mixture of live lessons, research tasks and activities for you to carry out individually or with your peers.

We have taken the decision to stop exams that were planned for January and February and we wait for confirmation from the awarding bodies about how these will be managed in the future
As in the first lockdown, the College will be open for some students with safeguarding needs, vulnerable young people and for some with EHCPs (education care and health plans), where appropriate. We have contacted these students and have made arrangements, where appropriate.

We know that many of you will feel anxious about studying full-time online, keeping up your practical skills and preparing for future assessments and exams. If you have any concerns, please share them with your course team who will try to answer any questions you may have.

Your safety and well-being continue to be our priority. If you have any questions, or you are concerned about your own, or the health and well-being of your friends, please feel free to talk to the Welfare Team – 121@kmc.ac.uk 01305 215058 or safeguarding on 07500661340 (call or text).

Further external health, well-being and mental health support is also available through the following organisations:

NHS – get support from a mental health charity       CALM NHS – health information
Domestic Abuse Young Minds                          Kooth – mental health support
Work and financial support Samaritans MIND – for better mental health   
Papyrus – Hopeline UK Rethink

In the meantime, please look after yourselves, your family, friends and loved ones – keep each other safe and we all hope to see you very soon. You will always find the very latest information on our main College website and our College Facebook page.

Very best wishes
Oliver Symons - Deputy Principal Learning & Performance