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COVID-19: Guidance for 16-18 Students

In view of the current government guidance in relation to the Coronavirus emergency, we have taken the decision to close the Colleges in Salford from Wednesday 25th March at 4pm until further notice.  The Colleges are:- Pendleton Sixth Form College, Eccles Sixth Form College, Future Skills/University Centre, City Skills, Worsley College and Apprenticeships at Frontier House. 

Up until now, the Colleges have been open in line with the Government’s request to support the children of key workers, vulnerable students and those with an Educational Health and Care Plan.  However, following communications with students and parentswe feel reassured that our distance learning model enables our students to remain safe at home, to work remotely and to minimise social contact in line with Government requirements. 

The following guidance has been produced for students:

  • Your learning will continue but you will complete work at home instead of coming into college.
  • We will continue to support you to complete your studies.
  • Lessons will take place in accordance with your existing timetable through CANVAS which is our Virtual Learning Environment.
  • You will be able to access learning for your taught sessions in accordance with your existing timetable through CANVAS.
  • All of the resources you need to complete your work will be available and you will be supported by your usual class teachers during this time via email and approved college communications. 
  • You are expected to submit your work and assignments as directed by your class teachers
  • All work placements have been cancelled or postponed and you should not attend your work placement during this time.
  • Many courses require the completion of practical activities or assessments. Your teachers will support you to complete these remotely or provide alternatives for these assessments.
  • It is important you continue to submit work as directed by your teachers as this is likely to be used in the calculation of a final grade in the absence of examinations.

Guidance for Students on A-level Courses:

Lower Sixth Students will complete their studies using Distance Learning. It is important that you engage with Distance Learning to ensure you are fully prepared for the next year of your studies. This will include coursework and assessments which may count towards your final grade. It is important that students on year 1 of a 2 year course ensure they complete as much learning as possible in preparation for the next year. There will be a progression test to ensure you have mastered all the knowledge and skills in the first year of your course.

Upper Sixth Students should continue to complete their studies using Distance Learning. It is essential that you complete any coursework set by your teachers and engage fully with the process.  We know that your final grade will depend in large measure on teachers’ assessments of your progress throughout your college course.  For this reason it is imperative that you engage fully in your studies until the very end of this academic year.

Guidance for Student on Vocational Courses:

Students on Entry and Level One courses will complete their studies using Distance Learning. This includes assignments and written assessments online or using booklets if requested. Completing your course will prepare you for progression to the next level.  There will be a progression test to ensure you have mastered all the knowledge and skills in the first year of your course.

If you are studying a Level Two course you will complete their studies using Distance Learning. This will include completion of your assignments and written assessments. Your teachers will give you guidance on any outstanding practical elements when the awarding bodies release this information. It is very important you complete the written assignments which will be used to calculate your final grade. There will be a progression test to ensure you have mastered all the knowledge and skills in the first year of your course.

If you are a student on a Level Three course, you will continue to complete assignments online supported by your usual class teacher. Some of the practical elements may be assessed differently and we will support you through this. Students who complete mandatory placements as part of their course, must not attend placement. It is very important you complete the written assignments which will be used to calculate your final grade. Some courses at level three require the completion of externally set assessments or exams. Further guidance on how these will be completed will be issued by the awarding bodies in due course and your teachers will continue to update you with any developments. It is important that students on year 1 of a 2 year course ensure they complete as much learning as possible in preparation for the next year. There will be a progression test to ensure you have mastered all the knowledge and skills in the first year of your course. 

For student on the second year of their vocational course, we know that your final grade will depend in large measure on teachers’ assessments of your progress throughout your college course.  For this reason it is imperative that you engage fully in your studies until the very end of this academic year.

Guidance for Students  Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills:

It is important you complete the Distance Learning set by your teacher in preparation for an announcement regarding the cancelled examinations.  We understand that you will be disappointed that you are not able to take your exams as planned this summer and we are waiting for additional information relating to the current examination series. You should continue to complete learning set by your teacher to the end of the year in preparation for any future examinations that need to be undertaken. You can also access the learning for College taught sessions in accordance with your existing timetable through the College Virtual learning Environment (VLE), CANVAS where you will also find links to useful websites that will help you to continue to develop your English and Maths Skills.  Your teachers will also support you via email every week.

In order to minimise any disruption to your learning, it is essential that you continue to engage with your studies using Distance Learning rather than coming into college. Information about examinations, coursework and assessment has not yet been finalised so it is important you continue to prepare with guidance from your teachers. Marked work, assignments and coursework may form the basis of final grades so it is important you work hard to complete these. It is essential that you maintain your study skills in preparation for your next steps at college or progression to university. Use this time wisely to plan for your future and study hard to fulfil your ambitions. Along with the support you will receive to complete your Distance Learning, we will continue to support you in other ways. Engage with your teachers and fellow students during this time using the Virtual Learning Environment rather than face to face. Your pastoral teams, learning support, college counsellor and mentors will also be available for you when you need them and can be contacted via Canvas, telephone or email.