Impact of COVID19 on Students

Information for college and university admissions teams concerning the impact of COVID 19 on students attending New College Pontefract.

During the academic year 2020-21 New College Pontefract provided a full programme of face-to-face teaching except during the national lockdown from January to March 2021 when all lessons continued via Teams.  Internal assessments for A level courses and Applied General Qualifications continued as planned to include progression exams which were taken under exam conditions during June 2021; when students were self-isolating, they joined lessons remotely and progression exams were invigilated by video link.
Students who joined New College Pontefract in September 2020 had experienced significant disruption during their final year of high school and gaps in their skills and knowledge were readily identified by college teachers leading to adaptations and interventions to ensure all content of the level 3 courses was completed. Despite Covid-19 students have made excellent progress through our tried and tested assessment strategy such that we can confidently make predictions for their final grades.
Progress Tutors have completed references with individual details for students who experienced repeated periods of self-isolation or were unable to join lessons due to the symptoms of Covid-19; disruption to education caused by the impact of Covid-19 on the family of a student has been described in the reference where relevant.

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