We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and hope that, at the very least, you enjoy a relaxing and peaceful weekend.
I am in no doubt that you will be most concerned about how your grades will be awarded. Last Friday, Ofqual, the Government Agency for qualifications, announced how GCSEs (and A-Levels) will be assessed this year. A letter to you can be found here Ofqual’s letter to students. We expect the details about BTECs and CTECs etc., to be announced very soon.
For GCSEs, they will ask schools and colleges to produce Teacher-Assessed grades for each of your subjects. They will then have to put all students for each grade into a rank order and send these lists in to the Exam Boards, who will then moderate the lists with those from all over the country. You will then get your grade in July. Your teachers are not allowed to discuss the grades that they are submitting with you or your parents, not least because these may change through the moderation process. They will draw on the work you have done over your course, looking at all the evidence they have available. Grades won’t be solely based on mocks, grade predictions or past work, although all will play a part.
We know that some students pull themselves up in the revision weeks, some doing better than expected in their exams and some not doing as well. We see this in our own students and therefore can empathise with you now.
However, we would like to reiterate that whatever grades you come out with in July, these will be just a stepping stone, a means to get you to the next level. We are here to help you to get to your ultimate goal, be that via A-levels or vocational courses at various levels, or a combination of both, to get to university, apprenticeships or into work. Just keep the communication channels open and, if you decide that Cirencester College is the right place for you (because we know that it is your decision), we will do our utmost to get you there.
We would like to reassure you that we are still processing applications as they come in. If you have any concerns or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
f you would like some help to narrow your choice of courses and/or to make sure they are the right choice for your career goal, we can talk you through your options. Email Student Journey as above with details of what your longer-term goals are and the subjects you are undecided about. Make sure your name is clear (we sometimes can’t tell from an email address) and, if you have it, your ID number (which you use to login to the Applicant Portal) or a phone number on which we can contact you.
CAREERS GUIDANCE APPOINTMENTS
If you are unsure about future directions, as usual, we are here to help albeit in a slightly different format. From week commencing 20th April, our Careers Adviser, Janice, will be offering one to one guidance appointments via Microsoft Teams Software. This will allow for a 45-minute Careers Guidance appointment or a shorter guidance appointment depending on your query. To arrange an appointment please e-mail Janice.Hagan@cirencester.ac.uk letting her know what day/time would suit you best. In your email, please be as detailed as possible in letting her know what you need help with so that she can provide you with exactly what you need.
INTERESTED IN AN APPRENTICESHIP?
We know that it is an uncertain time in the job market at the moment but you may be thinking that an apprenticeship may be one of your options. If you would like to find out more about how apprenticeships work, how to research and look for apprenticeship vacancies and how to make the best application, the College Apprenticeship Team are available to help, albeit remotely. We can either send information via email or provide an advice and guidance session through Microsoft Teams. Please email apprenticeships@cirencester. ac.uk and we can take it from there.
At the moment, we are unsure what form our enrolment for you will take. Whilst not ideal, we may need to enrol you remotely, if we are still practicing social distancing. Clearly, we prefer to give you an opportunity to meet us and get a feel for the College and our teams, before you start but, in these strange times, we may need to come up with an alternative solution. Whatever we do, we will let you know via the Applicant Portal and by email.
As per our last bulletin, there are lots of opportunities and activities to help you to stay safe and well whilst you are confined to your home. Go back to last week to remind yourself of the links to sporting, creative and learning ways to keep you mind and body active.
Our Weekly Challenge this week is Cooking with Colour – every member of the family picks one colour. The colour that you choose is the colour of food with which you have to create a meal. Once everyone has cooked their chosen food, all members must have a test taste and vote for the best meal. Whoever has the most votes wins! Post your food challenge pictures on Instagram and tag us in your photos. You might want to follow us on Instagram to get details of next week’s challenge too.