Information for all Learners and Parents

Information for all Learners and Parents

Assessment

Information about A Level and GCSE Exams in Summer 2022

Dear Learners / Parents / Guardians

We have received further information from Qualifications Wales about the plans which are in place to assess A Level and GCSE qualifications this year. The purpose of this letter is to help learners and parents understand how assessment of these qualifications will take place.

Exams and NEA

The plan across the UK is for examinations and non-examination assessment (NEA) to continue as normal during 2021/22.

However, to reflect the disruption to teaching and learning and to ensure fairness Qualifications Wales and WJEC have;

  • Adapted the content being assessed, and lecturers will be able to explain to learners what this means for each subject.

  • Amended the grade boundaries used to award grades this summer. This will mean that the grades awarded in 2022 will be midway between the results in 2021 and 2019, the last year examinations were sat.

Contingency Approach

Qualifications Wales have been clear that they expect examinations to take place, and will only be cancelled in exceptional circumstances. In the event that exams are cancelled we are required to have a contingency plan in place which will enable Centre Determined Grades (CDG) to be awarded using assessments undertaken in College.

Our contingency plan will involve the following;

  • Basing the CDG on any NEA which takes place during the academic year and any planned assessments for current performance grade 4 and 5 (CPG 4 and 5).

  • Sharing the outcome of these assessments with learners through current performance grade 4 and 5 (CPG 4 and 5) in eDRAC.

  • Explaining to learners well in advance which assessments will be used for CPG 4 and 5.

  • Ensuring that the assessments will be fair by putting in place robust quality assurance processes and supporting lecturers to implement consistent assessments across GLLM.

We are very pleased with the way in which learners have started the College year, and are confident that the measures outlined above will support them to achieve success this year. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Area Manager.

Thank you.

Dafydd Evans
CEO Grŵp Llandrillo Menai


Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test result

What do I do if I have Coronavirus symptoms or if I receive a positive test?

Symptoms

You must not come to college if you have symptoms of COVID-19. This applies even if you have mild symptoms or if you have tested positive before.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature

  • a continuous cough

  • loss or change of taste or smell

You should follow the instructions on the Welsh Government website: https://gov.wales/check-your-symptoms-see-if-you-need-coronavirus-medical-help.

Positive Test

If you receive a positive test result, you must let your tutor know immediately. Please see the Welsh Government link for the latest guidance: https://gov.wales/self-isolation

Safety at college

How are we keeping learners and staff safe on site?

Creating a safe learning environment for everyone is a priority at all of our college sites.

The following measures are in place to keep our learners and staff safe at college:

  • Sanitisation stations
  • Screens in general reception areas
  • Decluttered areas with less furniture
  • Regular cleaning

If you have symptoms, lateral flow tests can be ordered through https://gov.wales/get-tested-c... or purchased from pharmacies.

Our Risk Assessment and Plan
explains the comprehensive measures we have implemented to keep staff and learners safe from Coronavirus.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings will not be required in classrooms and workshops unless for health and safety reasons or inline with sector guidance for example in hair and beauty. Whilst wearing face coverings when travelling on college transport is no longer mandatory, we would ask learners to respect everyone's personal choice to wear face coverings as they do provide protection from Coronavirus.

Will the college provide Covid-19 testing kits?

If you have symptoms, lateral flow tests can be ordered through https://gov.wales/get-tested-c... or purchased from pharmacies.

What do I do with my clothing, equipment and PPE needed for my course at the end of the day?

Any clothing, equipment and PPE that you use as part of your course must be taken home with you. Lockers will not be available on site.

Can I buy food or drinks at the campus?

Refectories will gradually move towards a full sit-down service, and students can continue to use their classrooms for breaks.

What can I do to help stop the spread of the virus?

Being respectful and considerate of others are college values and everyone has their part to play in reducing the spread of the virus. Make sure to wash your hands regularly and use the sanitiser stations around the college.

Safety outside college

What should I do to keep safe from Coronavirus outside College?

We advise all learners to follow the current Welsh Government guidance which states we should do the following to Keep Wales safe:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • If you have symptoms, get a test.

A full list of the guidelines are listed here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus.

Transport

College transport is running to the usual pick-up and drop-off timetable. Whilst wearing face coverings when travelling on college transport is no longer mandatory, we would ask learners to respect everyone's personal choice to wear face coverings as they do provide protection from Coronavirus.

Learning from home and support

How do I access support at the college?

Learner Services will provide welfare, counselling, advice and guidance, and financial support on site. You can also book a session by contacting staysafe@gllm.ac.uk

Will I receive my EMA/WGLG if I am self-isolating or ill?

Yes. If you are unable to come into college because you are self-isolating or are unwell, then your register will be marked as ‘excused'.

Is there any guidance to follow about being taught remotely from home?

Online/remote learning, has been a significant feature of delivery during the past 18 months. Although online teaching will remain for some elements of courses, we will return to face-to-face teaching for the majority of our delivery this term.

We have put together a Learner Guide for Online Learning to help you to undertake studies from home. It includes top tips on how to prepare for your online lessons. It is important to be courteous and respectful of others online.

Am I able to access the libraries and learning centres?

All learners will be able to access all resources and services on a drop in basis.

Is there any support available to help me access my online learning?

Yes. If you require any support with accessing your online learning from home, you can contact learningtechnology@gllm.ac.uk or 01492 542342.

I don't have a computer at home, can the college provide me with one?

Yes. Any learner who does not have access to a PC at home, can apply to the Learning Support Fund to request a chrome book. The grant is means tested and you will be asked to provide evidence of your household income. Please contact learningtechnology@gllm.ac.uk or 01492 542342 for further information.

Keeping Healthy

I am worried and anxious about the situation, what can I do?

If you're finding things hard at the moment, remember that you're not alone. This is a challenging time for everyone.

Talking to your family and friends about the situation can help. We can also provide help and assistance, please email staysafe@gllm.ac.uk to arrange to speak to a member of the Welfare Team. On-site support is available from the Learner Services team.

You can also access a range of mental health resources online, including the mental health charity Mind.

How can I help to stay healthy?

Maintaining positive mental wellbeing can be challenging. Your Wellbeing Hub is a one stop shop to provide you with information and resources to help support your wellbeing throughout your time studying at college. Explore videos and links to external agencies to help you maintain balance and exercise self-care.

Smoking on Campus

All college campuses and properties are smoke-free. This means that smoking and vaping by staff and students will not be permitted on college grounds including cars in the car parks.

I have not had my vaccination yet, what should I do?

The Grŵp fully supports the vaccination programme and encourages all who are eligible to become fully vaccinated. The more people who attend campus who are vaccinated the less disruption we will have to learning.