Coronavirus COVID-19 updates and guidance

Updates for learners and parents

Last update: 06/05/2022

Dear Learner,

I would like to welcome you back to College this term and want to provide you with further guidance from the Welsh Government and Awarding Bodies about end of year assessment.

We understand that there may be reasons why you are unable to sit an exam or controlled assessment at College this term.

The following guidance explains what you should do if you cannot sit an exam / controlled assessment or submit coursework.

Guidance for All Learners

  • If you are unable to attend college because you are ill please contact your personal tutor on the days you are absent from college.
  • If you have one of the 3 main symptoms of COVID-19, (a high temperature, continuous cough or loss or change of taste or smell) you should self-isolate and take a lateral flow-test (LFT). You can order LFT’s online or by calling 119 between 7am and 11pm or by purchasing one from a pharmacy.
  • If the test is positive, you should self-isolate for at least 3 full days. Day 1 is the day after your symptoms started. Please report your result by clicking on this link.
  • On day 3, if your symptoms have stopped, take a LFT. If that test is negative, take another LFT on day 4. Please report your result by clicking on this link.
  • If your day 4 test is also negative, and you feel well and do not have a high temperature, you can leave self-isolation and return to College. Please report your result by clicking on this link.
  • If either the test on day 3 or the test on day 4 is positive, you should remain in self-isolation.
  • If you still have a high temperature or feel unwell, you should continue to self-isolate until it returns to normal, or you feel better.
  • You should continue taking daily LFTs until you get 2 negative tests in a row, taken a day apart, or until day 10 – whichever is sooner. You do not need a negative LFT test on day 10 to leave self-isolation.

The following guidance explains how awarding bodies will deal with absence from assessment and particularly those who have COVID-19 symptoms/tested positive for COVID-19.

GCSE, AS or A Level Exams

  • The exam timetable has been designed differently this year and there should be enough time between exams if you need to isolate because of COVID-19. If you miss one exam for a qualification, your grade will be awarded using the examination paper you do take.
  • If you are going to miss an examination because you are ill, have COVID-19 symptoms (and are waiting for an LFT test to be delivered), or have tested positive for COVID-19 please contact your Programme Area Manager on the day of your examination or assessment. We will then support you to follow the JCQ special consideration process to request that your grade needs to be based on the assessment undertaken.

A Level

Coleg Menai / Meirion Dwyfor - Bethan Owen-Hughes 01248 370125 ext 3122
Coleg Llandrillo - Conor Merrick 01492 546666 ext 1307

A Level - Health and Care

Coleg Menai - Catherine Smith 01248 370 125 ext 3388 / 2007
Coleg Meirion Dwyfor - Euros Hughes 01758 701385
Coleg Llandrillo - Hailey Hockenhull 01492 546666 ext 1459

GCSE

Coleg Menai / Meirion Dwyfor / Llandrillo - Moya Seaman 01492 546666 ext 1298

  • If you feel that on the day you undertook your examination/non-examination assessment, you were disadvantaged please contact your personal tutor on the day of your examination or assessment. We will then support you to follow the JCQ special consideration process to request that your individual circumstances are considered when awarding your grade.
  • If you do not complete any assessments for a qualification you will need to complete the next available examination i.e. GCSE November Resit 2022 / AS- A Level exams in 2023.
  • Further information about how the JCQ special consideration process will work this summer is available here.

Vocational Qualifications

  • Each awarding body has its own arrangements for supporting learners who are unable to complete examinations and controlled assessments.
  • If you are unable to complete an assessment because you are ill, have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 please contact your personal tutor. We will then advise you about what the awarding bodies want us to do on your behalf.

I wish you every success this term.

Regards,

Dafydd Evans
Chief Executive Officer

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