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#ThankATeacher

By | Awards, Community, Course News, Dance, Physical Education, Sport

Last year, the PE, Sport and Dance teachers at Wyke proudly won the Gold Award for “FE Teaching Team of the Year”. These prestigious awards are sponsored by Pearson Education, and backed by the BBC and the Department for Education.

In the build up to this year’s awards, The Teaching Awards Trust, who coordinate and celebrate excellence in teaching, are promoting “The Thank a Teacher Day” on 20th May.

The aim of the day is to raise the profile of the teaching profession, highlight the positive impact teachers and school leaders have with pupils, parents and the wider community, and show teachers how much they are valued.

We’ve all had a great teacher. They show a real interest in who we are, listen to our thoughts, inspire us to learn and encourage us to achieve our best, no matter what our goals are. The influence of a good teacher lasts a lifetime.

If you know someone who deserves a “thank you”, visit: https://bit.ly/2shxPAj. They’ll receive a lovely card in the post as part of the #ThankATeacher campaign. It will make their day and it’s free to do!

Miriam Payne

Sleep Deprivation, Blisters and Waves

By | Community, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics
Former Wyke student, Miriam Payne, is planning a record-breaking year in 2022.
 
After studying A Level Physics, Maths and Further Maths at Wyke, as well as taking part in the Netball team and a successful summit up Mount. Kilimanjaro, Miriam is now studying for a degree in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Glasgow.
 
Miriam said, “At university I’m part of the Boat Club’s high-performance squad. Together, with one of boat club friends, I’m entered in the “Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2022”. This is a journey which will see us row 3000 miles across to Atlantic Ocean, from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.
 
During the race, we will row in shifts of 2 hours on and 2 hours off, rotating between the two of us. As the race is classed as unassisted, we will have to carry everything we need for the crossing from the beginning. We cannot accept any supplies and we must learn how to work/fix all the electrical equipment on board. We will battle seasickness, sleep deprivation, blisters and waves of up to 30ft.
 
We are aiming to become the youngest and fastest female pair to row any ocean, aiming to complete the challenge in under 50 days. And that’s just the race. In the lead up to the race we need to find a lot of corporate sponsorship to enable us to buy a boat and the equipment we need as well as aiming to raise around £100,000 for charity. Our charities are ‘Mind’ and ‘Wellbeing of Women’.”
 
To help Miriam achieve her goal, break the record and back her charities, follow her on Instagram @seastheday2022
Welcome back

Welcome Back to Work

By | Community, Course News, On Campus

I hope you have all had something of an Easter break.

Here are a few things that are relevant to our return to work on Monday:

  1. Back to work

We are all back to work fully on Monday 20th April. For those of you whose courses are continuing I want to remind you of our expectation that you will be completing as much work as you would be in any normal week at college. That amounts to 4 hours and 40 minutes of lesson time plus about the same amount as ‘homework’ per subject. Your teachers will be setting you the work from Monday and there will be tasks that need to be complete by the end of the week. We will be recording your engagement with these remote working tasks and feeding back to students, parents and all college staff via the RAG ratings on Ontrack (see below). If you are unsure about what you need to be doing, do contact your subject teams.

Our pastoral support will all be back to work too. So, if you need any help, do get in touch with them. I have attached the contact sheet if you need it.

The position will be a little bit confusing for some of you with some courses having finished and others continuing as normal. I hope this table helps explain what is happening:

Course Continuing (20/3/20)
A level year 2 No
A level year 1 Yes
GCSE No
BTEC year 2 Yes (until final grading details are clear)
BTEC year 1 including Engineering Yes
BTEC Firsts (Foundation year) Yes (until final grading details are clear)
Criminology year 1 and year 2 Yes (until final grading details are clear)
EPQ No
Core maths No

If your course is finished you do not have to complete tasks and teams will not be recording levels of engagement using the Ontrack system. However, we still want to support you. The team are working on plans for the following groups:

• 2nd year students

• 1st year students enrolled to one year courses but who will be progressing onto the second year

• Foundation year students wanting to progress to level 3

We will share details of our support for these groups by the end of this week. For now, do get in touch with your teaching teams if you want to keep working.

  1. Lockdown to continue for at least 3 more weeks

The government announced on Thursday 16th April that lockdown measures would continue “for at least” another three weeks. This means that schools and colleges are very likely to remain closed for at least that amount of time. At college we are not expecting to return to the campus until after the half term break (i.e. June) at the earliest. Curriculum teams will be sharing plans for this half term as they are developed.

  1. Reminder re. tracking

The RAG tracking system using Ontrack will resume this week. The latest set of marks will all be in place by 12pm on Tuesday. These marks will represent your engagement in remote working task for both the teaching week before the Easter break and for Easter homework tasks. Do ask if you need any help around accessing these marks. Our pastoral team will be following up students where there are concerns.

  1. Consultation on grading

For those of you who were expecting to complete GCSE, AS or A level courses this summer, Ofqual has published a two-week consultation on some of the key issues concerning the process for awarding grades. These include:

  • How to address external candidates and other external candidates who have no evidence and for whom Centre Assessed Grades are not possible
  • How to address candidates scheduled for early entry exams, especially in Y10 and Y12
  • The principles underpinning the statistical standardisation model
  • Appeals and challenges
  • Autumn exams

You can access the consultation on Ofqual’s websitehere:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/exceptional-arrangements-for-exam-grading-and-assessment-in-2020

It will be open until23.59 on Wednesday 29 April 2020. Ofqual asks that all responses are made through the survey platform and says it is also essential that survey respondents complete the initial information about who they are, and that they complete and submit the survey (“Even if responses are not provided for all questions, respondents should ensure they do press submit as we will not be able to take account of incomplete responses”).

The guidance for the consultation is a very large document and much of the detail is of a technical nature but some aspects of this novel process may apply to you so I suggest you have at least a skim through it. I will be submitting a response so, if you would like me to present your ideas, do let me know. You are very welcome to complete a version for yourself though, you only need to answer the questions you are interested in.

  1. Exam results days

The normal dates have been confirmed for the release of exam results:

  • A levels – Thursday 13th August
  • GCSEs – Thursday 20th August

I think that is it for now. Thank you again for all the excellent questions, suggestions and support that you have sent to me through this process. I remain extremely proud of the students and staff at Wyke. You have all responded with such maturity and focus to what has been a completely unprecedented challenge. Do keep working! You will need all of this learning and, as I have said before, I am sure you will find these independent learning skills invaluable in future.

Do ask if you need any help and do stay safe,

Paul Britton

Principal

FAQs Exams

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.”

parent voice survey

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.