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The Awarding of GCSEs, AS and A levels

By | Community, Course News
Thank you for all the great questions that have been coming in. As promised, here are some general responses to some of the more frequently asked questions:


  1. How will centre assessed grades be decided?
The government have provided this guidance for our teachers:
Teachers should draw on existing records and available evidence (as far as possible in the context of current public health advice). It is important that the judgements are objective, and they should only take account of evidence about student performance.
This will include the following, where it is available.
  • records of each student’s performance over the course of study, including for example progress review data, classwork, bookwork, and/or participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama and PE
  • performance on any non-exam assessment (NEA), even if this has not been fully completed. You should not ask students to complete their NEA work and you do not need to submit marks for any completed NEA. But you will need to bear in mind that many students achieve a higher grade on their NEA than in their exams, so you should not base your judgment on NEA alone. You should balance it with your judgement about their likely performance in the written paper(s), where appropriate. In case students decide that they want to enter in a subsequent exam series, you should retain any NEA work completed to date
  • performance on any class or homework assessments and mock exams taken over the course of study
  • previous results in your centre in this subject – these will vary according to a number of factors, including prior attainment of the students, but our data shows that for most centres any year-on-year variation in results for a given subject is normally quite small
  • the performance of this year’s students compared to those in previous years
  • any other relevant information
Specifically in relation to mock exams, these will form part of a holistic assessment of what your teachers believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned.


  1. What does the ranking order of students mean and how could it affect our grades?
The simple answer is that this process isn’t clear as yet.
However, this is how I think it will work. The exam boards will take all of the grades submitted and apply statistical modelling to ensure that the national picture looks right. That should allow them to see centres that have been stingy / generous and then push those students up / down. I think this is where the ranking would come in. If the centre had been 50% too stingy then the top 50% in each grade would get moved up to the next grade.
Essentially, if we get our grading right (which I am confident we will) the ranking shouldn’t have very much impact at all.


  1. Will students be able to continue to study if they want to? Some students want to be prepared for potential resits or be in a good position for progressing to university.
The guidance is very clear about not requiring any further work and that centre assessed grades are to be made based on the work up to this point. I think we would get into a very messy situation if we were to still be trying to force all students to engage.
However, I am sure that subject areas will want to provide more learning for our students once we get back after Easter. We need a bit of time to work out what this will be so please look out for further updates.
All students who choose to resit in the autumn or next summer will be supported by the college. Again, we haven’t got details about how these resits will work at this stage but we will provide information when we get it.


  1. Will there be an A level results day? End of year celebrations? Sports Pres?
We don’t have details about how the A level grades will be awarded, or exactly when, so we will have to wait for details about a results day.
We do very much hope to hold a ‘graduation’ for all of our leavers this year so you can all come in and say good bye properly. Mark Lucid is also very keen to hold Sports Pres. Clearly these events will depend on how the response to COVID-19 develops but we don’t want you time at college to end like this.


  1. Do we still need to complete our Art examined piece?
Art students do not need to keep working on their final projects as far as their centre assessed grade is concerned. Your teacher will use all of the work you have done so far, and the trajectory that your examined piece was on, as evidence for the grade we will submit to the exam board. You are, of course, welcome to finish off the work. I would think it would be a good thing for your portfolio going forwards.


  1. Will work completed after school closure on March 20th count? Should I still try to submit work e.g. mock exams I completed at home as I missed the original sitting due to illness?
Here is the statement from the guidance:
There is no requirement to set additional mock exams or homework tasks for the purposes of determining a centre assessment grade and no student should be disadvantaged if they are unable to complete any work set after schools were closed. Where additional work has been completed after schools and colleges were closed on 20 March, Heads of Centre should exercise caution where that evidence suggests a change in performance. In many cases this is likely to reflect the circumstances and context in which the work is done.
So, there is no requirement to submit any extra work but do check with your subject area if you are unsure.


  1. Requests for indications about grading
Given that we have been explicitly told not to share grading information with students I am afraid that we will not be feeding back the grades from the recent mock exams.
You can refer to grades achieved in previous work and mock examinations, UCAS predicted grades and the RAG gradings we have given through the year for an indication of the sort of grade we would expect to submit.


  1. Will the grades I need for my first choice university be taken into account?
For example I need 3 A’s for my firmed university so will teachers be aware of this and include it as well or is this irrelevant?
Your teachers won’t take that into account. We will be making the centre assessed grades using the evidence listed in the answer to question 1. However, we will be aiming to give the most positive but fair grade. So, if your work has been good and you were working hard towards the end, there is a good chance you will be awarded the good grades you need for your university offers. Also, I expect that universities will be especially lenient around their offers this year given the circumstances.


  1. EPQ clarification
The centre assessed grading process will apply to all EPQ students. So, your project will not be assessed as normal. Having said that, if you have finished, your supervisor will be very confident about the grade they can submit for you. Also, if you are not happy with the final outcome, there will be the opportunity to resubmit the work in the autumn.


  1. With regards to things like free prescriptions and council tax, when will we actually be classed as no longer in full-time education?
At Wyke we count students as being with us until 31st August of the year that they complete. That is still the case this year.
Here is the link to the governments FAQs again:


I hope that is all of some help and please do keep the questions coming,
Look after yourselves,
Principal Paul Britton
Corona Virus Scams

Corona Virus Scams

By | Community

Sadly, in these trying times, there are unscrupulous individuals who see the current situation as an opportunity to exploit people of all ages and backgrounds.

Alistair Kennedy from Humberside Police Cyber Security Team has provided a range of useful resources below, to help young people and families to stay safe online while working from home at this unprecedented time.

Useful Links:-

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.getsafeonline.org/

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Useful Videos: –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhpeFG9hGm4&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjYrxzSe3DU

 

Download the “Stay Safe Online Tips” sheet.

Find out more @HP_Cyber on Twitter and Humberbeat Cyber Crime on Facebook.

Telephone Interviews for Applicants

By | Community, Course News

UPDATED 3rd APRIL 2020

Wyke would like to thank you for submitting your application to the College. Due to the current situation relating to COVID-19, there will be no face-face interviews.

In order to ensure that we are able to interview all of our applicants, the college have sent an online form which all applicants are required to complete. (This has been sent to all applicants who applied before 1st April).

This form has been sent to the email which was put on the application form and needs to be completed before so we can organise an interview date and time.

A team of Wyke staff will be conducting telephone interviews with potential students from 20th April. By this date, there should be clear guidance on how grades will be awarded to students.

In order to ensure that we are able to contact you for a telephone interview, please can you make sure that we have your most up to date telephone number and email address by emailing these to mis@wyke.ac.uk

mandeep

Mandeep Wins Top 30 Award

By | Awards, Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Law, Photography
Congratulations to Mandeep Kaur on collecting her  Humber “Top 30 under 30” award. 

BusinessLive, part of the Hull Daily Mail online output,  have been celebrating the winners this spring. They wrote, “Mandeep always offers to go above and beyond to cater for everyone’s needs. After university, Mandeep started working for the Schools and Colleges Liaison Service, where she still resides today, firstly as an office assistant before rising through the ranks and becoming an officer responsible for student recruitment. Throughout her role, she has become an integral member of staff who continues to pursue opportunities to better herself and her costumer service.Mandeep is a true unsung hero of the university. All the time and effort she puts into her work is not just because it is her job, but also because it is her passion.”

We contacted Mandeep, asking her to reflect on how her time at Wyke impacted on her future direction.

She said, “I am delighted to be one of the Top 30 Under 30 winners for 2020. The award not only recognises the skills and achievements of young people within the Yorkshire and Humber region, it also inspires young people to learn about the range of opportunities and potential in this area.
 
I hope that young people can see the journey that I have been on to get to where I am and feel inspired to also achieve the best for themselves. A lot of my success stems from my time as a student at Wyke Sixth Form College (2007 – 2009).
 
Reflecting back on my time at Wyke, I was a very proactive student and got involved in many brilliant opportunities. I represented the college during Open Evenings as a Student Crew member. This was a role I took a lot of pride in as I welcomed prospective students and their families to Wyke. I also had the opportunity to raise funds, organise and participate in events for various organisations, such as the first ever Wyke Fashion Show. Through studying Law, I became a ‘witness’ in the Bar Mock Trial at Leeds Crown Court against other colleges and sixth forms in the region and I was also interviewed by John Prescott in my Art class as part of a BBC documentary.
 
I have so many wonderful memories of my time as a student at Wyke. I now realise how those two years had provided me with a strong foundation of skills and confidence to progress into Higher Education, working life and now achieving a Top 30 Under 30 award.”

Emma’s Help the Homeless

By | Community, News
We would like to say thank you to Emma and her team who have recently donated their surplus stock following our closure to the The Hull Homeless Community Project.
 
Emma’s Cheesecakes is one of our three catering facilities on site at the college and is a firm favourite amongst students selling sandwiches, panini’s, homemade soups (and cheesecakes!)
 
Commenting on their Instagram page, the charity posted: “Our MASSIVE thanks goes to Emma’s Cheesecakes based at Wyke Sixth Form College for their beautiful donation of snacks and drinks to add a little something special to our emergency food parcels. We really couldn’t do this without all the wonderful community support at this time.”
 
#WeAreWyke #MakeItHappen
MP Letter

Keeping the Show on the Road

By | Community, News for Parents, On Campus

Wyke has received a supportive letter from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education.

An extract from his letter reads, “I am aware of the challenges that everyone in the further education sector and all those educating young people and adults over 16 years old are facing. I want to express my deepest gratitude for the absolutely vital service that you are providing to young people, adults, and of course your local communities – for which I know colleges and further education institutions play a central role.

In a week of unique circumstances, one thing that hasn’t surprised me is the resilience, resourcefulness and real commitment of you all. Your sector has not only risen to the challenge, its expertise and ingenuity has shone through – using creativity and technology to keep the show on the road for the thousands of learners who rely on you.

On behalf of the Prime Minister and the entire Government, thank you once again for all your work.”

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Applicant Update

By | Community, Course News

Due to recent announcements by the Government, we have updated our advice on college applications.

We have already had several queries from applicants and schools looking for guidance on what the removal of end of year assessments means for their application to study with us in the autumn.

Our position is simple:
• We will honour all of the offers we have made to students.
• We will accept the outcomes that they are awarded and use these to assess their suitability for courses according to our published entry criteria (as ever, these are subject to change)
• We are not giving guaranteed enrolment appointments for applicants who apply after March 31st

Please contact us by email at office@wyke.ac.uk if you require any further information.

news for parents

Guidance for Students Working Remotely

By | Community, Course News

Another day and more significant information to tell you about following statements by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education on Wednesday evening.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-colleges-and-early-years-settings-to-close?utm_source=ab2c52ba-df74-46bf-a3ab-b18ebfb5a001&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Firstly, these announcements do not change the decision that we shared yesterday.  It is still the case that:

  • From Friday 20th March, and for the foreseeable future, all students will work remotely and the college transport system will cease.
  • It is the expectation that students and staff will continue to work according to their normal timetable.  There will need to be flexibility about the actual times in the day that people work but we should all be aiming to deliver our normal working hours unless we are sick.
  • Teaching teams will set work for the week, be clear about how students should access this work and the process for students to submit work for assessment and then receive feedback.
  • We are all continuing to towards our planned schemes of work and assessment schedules.  (more on this later in the email)

 

Given this, there are some updates I need to share:

  1. No end of year assessments

The government confirmed that there will be no assessments or exams for this academic year.  This definitely includes A levels and GCSEs and almost certainly includes BTEC qualifications and other level 3 qualifications such as Criminology, EPQs and Core Maths.

We have not yet received any guidance about how the grades that students receive will be decided but we assume this will be on the basis of your work during your studies.

Action – You all need to make sure that your files for every subject are well organised, up to date and contain all of your best work.  These may be needed as evidence, especially if you are expecting to get better grades at college than you did at school.

I know you will be keen to know what grade you will get.  However, that is something that we simply can’t say at this stage.  You know how well you are doing in your recent assessments and some of you will shortly receive feedback on the recent mock examinations and have received UCAS predicted grades.  Please do not ask your teachers for a predicted grade.  They cannot give you one.

 

  1. Continuing to teach students who were working towards final assessments

It does feel very unfair not to have the opportunity to prove yourselves in your final assessments.  However, that is not a reason to stop working:

  • Qualifications are not about the examination or assessment, they are about you gaining knowledge and skills in your subject areas.  Just because you don’t have a final assessment, you still need to know and be able to do this stuff!
  • We have made a commitment to continue to teach and support you until the end of your course.  We will set you weekly material to engage in and we will assess and feedback on your progress with this.
  • During the time of remote working we will continue to monitor your engagement and intervene if you are not engaging appropriately.  You are still a Wyke student!  We have made our expectations clear and we will enforce these expectations.  Failure to complete the work could impact on your final outcomes and any reference we may provide you.
  • Ultimately we don’t know how this will play out.  It may be that the government will change its mind (not unheard of, ask the DUP about Boris) and it is our duty to make sure that you are best prepared for whatever you may be asked to do in terms of justifying your final grades.
  • I have just heard news that it is likely that there will be a resit opportunity for students in some courses in the autumn.  This only reinforces the need for you to be as prepared as possible.

Essentially, we will continue to work as if the exams are still happening and we will ensure that you have the best possible preparation you can.  The government’s announcement doesn’t change that.

I have asked all teams to be particularly firm about chasing up students who don’t engage in remote working in the first week.  You have been warned!

 

  1. Keeping the college open for key workers and vulnerable students including over Easter

It is still not entirely clear what this means for a sixth form college.  I will let you know further details in my briefing tomorrow.

 

  1. Recognising students who are leaving this year

I have spoken to a few of you today who are very sad about the prospect of not attending college again during your time with us.  If things have settled down sufficiently, it is our strong intention to plan some form of graduation event for all this year’s leavers so that you can come and celebrate your achievements and say a proper good bye to staff.  Hopefully we might be able to do something similar with Sports Pres . . . .

 

  1. Mental health and wellbeing

This is a troubling time for all of us.  College provides routine, social contact and purpose.  For some, the prospect of a prolonged period of remote working is frightening.  Please can we all put some thought into how we can support each other through this time.  If you do not feel you are getting the support you need, please do get in touch.

That’s it for now, hopefully I will have more detail about how the assessment system will actually work in the near future.

Good luck, keep in touch and keep working.

Principal Paul Britton

top 30 under 30

Top 30 Under 30

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Community, Economics

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Victoria “Tori” Orsbourne, on her nomination for the “Humber’s Top 30 Under 30”, a programme run by a local recruitment agency, to highlight and recognise up and coming talent in the region.

We caught up with Tori, who took the Advanced Apprenticeship route through Majors Chartered Accountants when she completed her A Level in Accounting. Still in Hull, she now works at Harris, Lacey and Swain, which provide a vast range of financial, consultancy and specialist sector service.

“I have been with Harris, Lacey and Swain for almost 3 years and I’m currently studying towards my Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification. I have extensive knowledge in the bookkeeping element of QuickBooks and would be more than happy to help anybody who needs it. I’m always smiling and I’m very friendly, so fit in perfectly with the mantra of Harris Lacey and Swain,” said Tori.

According to BusinessLive, “Since qualifying as a chartered certified accountant in 2018, Tori has taken on board the role of training the company’s apprentices and younger staff. She has helped them pass exams and improve fantastically their work, all whilst carrying out her own role with 100 per cent commitment. Her work ethic and patience with people at the start of their career is great to see as is her desire to progress her own knowledge and professional standing. She is a key motivator and a great ambassador for her company!”

BusinessLive Top 30 Under 30

https://www.business-live.co.uk/partners/humbers-top-30-under-30-17939601

Diana Johnson

Diana Johnson Returns to Wyke

By | Community, Course News, Government & Politics, History, News, On Campus

We would like to thank our local MP Diana Johnson for visiting our College this afternoon.

During her visit, Diana spoke to our A Level Government & Politics students about her journey to becoming Hull’s first woman MP, her involvement in campaigning for issues such as the contaminated blood scandal which was then followed by a Q&A session with our students.

Pete Carpenter, teacher of History and Politics said; “thank you Diana for your time today and for discussing a wide range of political topics with our students from the impact of protest groups to Donald Trump! What was discussed today will really benefit our students in their study of both UK and US politics.”