Principal’s Blog 20/04/2020

Welcome to second edition of the new Principal’s Blog, which comes out every Monday in term time. 

20/04/2020

Welcome to the Summer Term

Let me start by saying I hope everyone is staying home as much as they possibly can, sticking to the social distancing rules when they do have to go out and therefore keeping as safe as possible. The number one priority for us all right now continues to be the ongoing effort to defeat this virus and do we all can to try to control its spread and impact.

Although these are unprecedented times, the Summer Term is now underway, with remote teaching and learning continuing and support for students readily available online and over the phone.

Second Year and GCSE Courses

We are now starting to bring these to an end, with most such courses finishing at the end of this week. We now know that the awarding of final grades for these courses, whether they be academic or vocational, can only be based on work completed before the ‘lockdown’ began. The details on how all these grades are to be awarded can be found in the link below, for A levels and GCSEs.

Read official Ofqual Letter

Including a video explanation here too at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXuDOrtJY1Q

And for vocational programmes:

Ofqual Publication on Summer 2020 Results for Vocational courses

Our careers team will of course still be available to give on-going help and advice to Second Year and GCSE students. You can get in touch with them using the contact email at the bottom of this page.

First Year and Level 2 Vocational Courses

Remote teaching and learning for these courses will continue as before Easter. Clearly it is vital that students on these courses are supported to continue to make progress so that they can progress into their second year. Students on these courses need to log-in to lessons at the start of their normal timetabled slots. Teachers will continue to set work, help students with that work and are developing their methods and techniques of remote teaching and learning as we continue through this lockdown period.

Remote and On-Site Support

Our student support teams are continuing to offer their services remotely to students via google classroom, email and telephone. This is clearly very important, as is regular contact by these teams with our most vulnerable students. All the email contact details for these various teams are at the bottom of this blog.

We are now also opening a face-to-face service for our most vulnerable students, who will be able to book into sessions on the campus. Please use the room15 email address below to find out more about this.

Please remember that students in receipt of free college meals are now able to get this money paid directly into a bank account and we have been contacting these students/their parents about this. For enquiries surrounding this please contact them directly (email address can be found in key contacts at the bottom of this page).

Year 11 Applicants

We have posted details on our website for all our Year 11 applicants, which can be found here. Please rest assured that we already consider you to be part of the Portsmouth College family and will be doing all we can to make your transition to Portsmouth College as smooth as possible in these unique circumstances.

We are about to launch a ‘Flying Start’ programme for Year 11s. This will be a website packed with resources on next steps, wellbeing, FAQs and study skills, launching on April 27th. A week later, on May 4th we will start to add learning resources to help you prepare for specific college courses during this lockdown period.

I want to finish by passing on my sincere best wishes to all who are part of the Portsmouth College community. Please take care of yourselves and each other.

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