Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
w/c 18 May 2020
The Government has extended the lockdown period but has supplied a roadmap which reduces the restrictions and introduces a phased return over a period of time. The reduction of restrictions will be dependent upon scientific and medical advice supporting the continued steps being taken.
There was no broad message about return for schools and colleges, therefore the current arrangements will remain in place. The statement did say:
Our ambition is that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays. And we will shortly be setting out detailed guidance on how to make it work in schools and shops and on transport.
Work continues to make the campuses safe environments when a return is allowed. Again, this work in no way indicates a return date just a commitment to the duty of care of all those entering College buildings.
Following the Government’s announcement on 18th March in relation to schools and colleges and the ongoing COVID-19 response, the College has adjusted its arrangements.
For most students the College, at all its campuses, remains closed until we can advise you to return. We are monitoring the situation very closely - student wellbeing, your continued learning, your achievement and future progression are our priority.
We continue to support learning for all students remotely until the Government advice changes. All affected students have been advised of this.
The College is following advice from the Government and Public Health England and therefore expecting all students to remain at home. A very limited number of students have permission to be at College where, for example, they are included in the UK Government’s priority list. These students have already been informed. If you are unsure then please contact your Attendance Coordinator.
The College will continue to contact students to advise on next steps including your ongoing learning. We will continue to advise you on how your teachers will work with you to continue your studies. Your remote learning will have started now and it is essential that you complete the work that you have been set.
The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in GCSE, A Level and vocational qualification exams being cancelled. Ofqual have announced that Functional Skills and many Vocational and technical qualifications (alongside A-Levels and GCSEs) will now be provided a centre assessment grade. Updates to the approach to ESOL are yet to be confirmed.
Further details are provided below:
1. A Level & GCSE students
Ofqual have recently written to all A Level & GCSE students - please click here to read the letter . The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in GCSE, A Level and vocational qualification exams being cancelled. Students and colleges have been advised of the national approach to 2019/20 assessments & exams affected by COVID-19. You will now be aware of the centre assessment grade approach and a subsequent statistical standardisation process. While this headline approach is now clearer, the College now awaits the feedback from a national consultation on details on the process to submit centre assessment grades. Should a teacher ask you to submit any work that was due before the COVID 19 lock-down (terms 1 & 2) then please do. Unfortunately, your teacher cannot, under any circumstances, share the centre assessment grades nor the rank order of students with students, or their parents/carers or any other individuals outside the centre, before final results have been issued.
2. Vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) including BTECs, Cambridge Technicals, & UAL Diplomas
The College is pleased to confirm that, as with A Levels, there will be a centre assessment grade approach (and similarly for some VTQs a further statistical standardisation process). Again, the College awaits details on the process to submit centre assessment grades.
Please note, Ofqual have reiterated that a centre assessment grade will not be “appropriate” for some VTQs (such as those designed to support progression straight into employment and signal occupational competence). A list of these qualifications will follow where some “adapted assessments or delivery models’’ will still be required.These details are still being finalised.
While this headline approach is now clearer, the College now awaits the feedback from a further national consultation on details on the process to submit centre assessment grades. Should a teacher ask you to submit any work that was due before the COVID 19 lock-down (terms 1 & 2) then please do- this will be in support of your calculated grade. Unfortunately, your teacher cannot, under any circumstances, share the centre assessment grades nor the rank order of students with students, or their parents/carers or any other individuals outside the centre, before final results have been issued.
3. Functional Skills
We are equally pleased to announce that functional skills students will (as with GCSEs) be allocated a centre assessment grade (again, with a further statistical standardisation process). As with the above, the College awaits details on the process to submit centre assessment grades.
There are more details available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-this-summer
Ongoing lessons for English & maths students are key to your progression and knowledge for next year and these will continue for the remainder of the academic year. Students will continue to engage in these to be best prepared for their next steps.
No further details have been released on the national approach to ESOL. We are expecting updates imminently. We continue to be in regular contact with Awarding Bodies and government agencies to ensure we are well-informed. HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College) students are enrolled onto a wide range of qualifications across a number of Awarding Bodies and we are working to safeguard that no student is disadvantaged.
Please be assured that we will update all students when we have more details.
Cancellation of Commercial Courses
For those undertaking commercial courses the College will be issuing refunds for all commercial courses due to start in the summer term. Applicants will be contacted to have an early opportunity to re-enrol on to these courses when the normal College business resumes.
If you are already enrolled on a course which is due to finish at the end of this academic year, your course administrator will contact you separately to make local alternative arrangements to support you in the completion of your course.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Civic Duty – Volunteering
The College has donated equipment to both the NHS and care homes in the communities close to Uxbridge, Harrow and Hayes. There is further work planned to support these caring organisations in the near future. The College also has examples of individual cases of volunteering from both staff and students, well done to all of those that have volunteered.
The Government have issued a one-stop shop link that gives access to all Covid-19 related information. It gives FAQs that appear to cover all the other Government webpages we supply and more. In addition, the final line gives advice on how people can sign up to receive automatic Gov.uk updates:
The following links may be useful in supplying further information:
- UK Government and Ofqual updates on qualification assessment – these will be updated as new information is provided:
- Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:
- Guidance for Educational Settings:
- Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people:
- Mental Health Guidance
-General Heath Guidance
Group Principal and CEO
HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)