Principal’s Blog 23 March

Dear students

I hope you are all well. It’s a very strange feeling not being at College with all of you on a Monday morning!

I plan to keep in regular contact with all of you through this Principals blog during the time that we are away from College. The aim is that I will update this blog as new information becomes available or when there are questions to which you need answers.

Your grades

I imagine the biggest question for all of you is what will happen to your grades. The government has confirmed that this summer’s exam season is cancelled. It is really important to focus on the fact that the government have said  that they plan to ensure affected students can move on to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university or an apprenticeship in the autumn.

This means ensuring GCSE, A Level and BTEC / City & Guilds students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for those 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 teachers, 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, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges at a later date.

Please do not ask your teachers about this at the moment as there is little detail out to guide us and, as with any exams, teachers cannot give any assurances.

Remote working

Please continue to work remotely from home. Your teachers should be sending work regularly and it is really important to keep working on this.

Mock exams

For those of you who are completing mock exams, please do them as per the instructions we sent to you.  Marking these papers is an issue at present. Please keep hold of your papers until we organise a way to collect them from you at a later date. Some teachers may be happy for you to scan/photograph them and email them, but I imagine this is not a possibility for many of you so don’t worry if you can’t.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to email me cap@wilberforce.ac.uk.