What is happening with exams in 20/21?
Most Awarding Organisation scheduled exams are not taking place in January, February or March though this will be reviewed by the Department for Education and Ofqual from April onwards.
Some on-demand and technical exams and assessments may still take place where it is safe to do so under Public Health guidelines.
Additional measures are in place to promote social distancing and ensure all candidates can sit their exams in a COVID-19 safe environment:
- Desks and chairs (plus keyboards and mice for online tests) are cleaned before and after each exam
- All our invigilators wear face coverings
- Candidates sitting paper exams are seated at least 2m apart, all facing the front of the room. To facilitate this, our larger exams are being located in the sports hall or across several different classrooms
- Candidates sitting online exams are seated in limited numbers per room, facing away from each other as the computers in the testing rooms are located around the walls
- Hand sanitiser stations, hand washing facilities, posters, banners and floor distancing markers are in place in every building, along with track and trace
Candidates who have COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test result or who are self-isolating are not permitted to sit their exams in College. Instead, they are booked for a re-sit at the earliest opportunity when they are able to return.
It has been announced that the GCSE summer exam series will not take place in 20/21. The status of other exams is currently under review by the Department for Education.
How do I submit my coursework and get feedback?
We have a virtual learning environment and learning platform called Canvas; where there are learning resources, assignments, interactive workbooks and access to conferences with your tutor online. Feedback is gathered and shared through this learning platform.
What does this mean for my place at College and progressing next year?
We understand this is a challenging time and uncertain time, but please do not worry. You will always have a place at Stoke on Trent College. We will support you in achieving your qualifications and ensuring you can progress with us.
What do I do if I think I have coronavirus symptoms?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, or you have received a positive COVID-19 test result, you should immediately self-isolate at home for at least 10 full days from when your symptoms started. You may also be required to self-isolate if you are entering or returning to the UK from abroad or have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Everyone should follow the latest requirements to quarantine upon return to the UK.
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