Information, Advice and Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak
It goes without saying that these are very uncertain times for everyone. Particularly for those that only last week were expecting to take exams this summer and who are now wondering… what next?
Connexions are still here to help! If you need any support, we are able to offer advice and guidance on a range of issues that may be concerning you. We will be keeping a close eye on all Government statements and official guidelines to offer you the most up-to-date information.
If you would like to get in touch, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and a Connexions Personal Advisor will get back to you ASAP.
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Please note: our phone line currently unavailable, due to remote working conditions.
How will my grades be calculated? (GSCE and A-Level)
Rest assured, that Ofqual (the examination regulation body) are committed to ensuring that your hard work will be reflected. To make sure it’s a fair reflection of your performance, your grade will be based on information from your teachers’ judgement, using:
previous attainment, including GCSEs and mocks
non-exam assessment (course work)
the grade your teachers believe you would have been awarded should exams have gone ahead
The government has said its aim is to provide these calculated grades before the end of July, and there will be an option to sit an exam later if you do not feel your grades reflect your performance.
The government has said this will happen at the earliest reasonable opportunity.
More information can be found here.
Official guidance available here.
How will this affect my sixth form, college and university applications?
Providers are working hard to ensure that offers for places at sixth form, colleges and universities, can be made as usual, based on your calculated grades, as above. Visit provider websites directly for more information. Please double check your contact details are correct on all of your applications.
We will be sharing updates from local providers on our Facebook page: Southend Connexions.
Covid-19 updates from South Essex College can be found here.
A message from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan:
"We want to assure students that grades will be equally as valid as those in previous years, and their hard work will be rewarded and fairly recognised. There is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted.’ 'I am pleased Universities UK has confirmed institutions will be flexible and do all they can to support students to progress to higher education."
Read more from UCAS by clicking here.
The Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
The DfE Coronavirus helpline serves to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Do you need support with education, employment or training?
Our personal advisers can offer one to one information, advice and guidance with:
Finding the right courses
Offering a range of educational providers, college and training providers
Looking for Apprenticeships
Personal statement writing
To make an appointment with a Connexions Personal Adviser please call 01702 534300 or email email@example.com.