Statement from Shrewsbury Colleges Group updated on Wednesday 8th April at 11am.
Following the announcement from the UK Government on Wednesday 18th March, Shrewsbury Colleges Group can confirm that we will NOT be requiring students, other than those identified as Vulnerable, to attend any of the campuses effective from close of normal college hours on FRIDAY 20th MARCH 2020 and until further notice.
This is an updated statement issued on Wednesday 8th April at 11am.
There are no changes from the statement released on Tuesday 7th April:
The FAQs section available here has also been updated.
Students with exams and assessments in the summer and their parents
New information about the process going forward following the cancellation of exams has been issued by the Department of Education and the Examination Regulator (Ofqual) on Friday 3rd April.
They have also published a letter to students to explain what will happen and to try and answer any questions. Please read the letter carefully here.
Ofqual aims to ensure that the awarding of grades is fair to students and that the process supports their progression to university or into employment or an apprenticeship.
Further details on how the grading will be determined can be found within the FAQs section of the website.
Please, therefore, do not ask teachers, tutors or any other member of staff as they will not be able to give any further details.
If students are not happy with the final grade there will be an opportunity to take the exam in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so.
We will update students and parents as further information becomes available, including details about vocational and technical qualifications, so please keep an eye on our website.
In an announcement on Monday 23rd March 2020, UCAS has delayed the May deadline for undergraduate offers. Students affected by this change will be contacted directly by UCAS.
How will learning continue:
SCG will be providing lessons and guidance for students via online platforms to continue their studies during this period.
We expect all students to complete their course as this work may be used as part of the assessment process for the student’s final grades. We firmly believe that education is about learning and not just teaching to pass a test and would encourage all of our students to continue their studies to the best of their ability.
Vulnerable students and their parents & carers
The official advice is that Vulnerable students are those students who have a social worker OR those students with an educational health and care plan (EHCP) OR those with safeguarding and welfare needs.
Students in the first year of study and their parents
Students in their first year of study with us will continue with their education via online platforms. Information on tasks and course content will be available online and students need to contact their course leaders and teachers for further information.
Students who are on practical courses which require a physical presence at college will be advised on their requirements by their course leaders and tutors.
Higher Education Students
Students studying Higher Education courses with us on either a full-time or part-time basis will continue with their education on an online basis. The Higher Education facility at London Road will be closed effective from closure of college hours on Friday 20th March and until further notice.
Students should direct any questions about their course requirements to their Course Leader.
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday 23rd March, most Apprentices should not be continuing to go into work.
The Apprentice should contact their Assessor for further details and plans for their ‘off the job’ element of their Apprenticeship.
There are exceptions and some Apprentices will still be expected to attend work depending on the job role and whether the employer is working in a key sector. The employer will inform Apprentices if they are still to attend work.
Students applying to SCG for 2020/21 education year and their parents
SCG is still accepting applications from students wanting to study with us in the next academic year (2020/21). We will be working with schools and OFQUAL to determine the best way to assess the educational achievements of students now that GCSE exams will not be taking place.
Any student who was due to attend an interview in college for a place for 2020/21 will now receive an interview via telephone. We will contact you to arrange times.
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