The impact of COVID 19 on students attending New College Pontefract

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

There was significant variation from teacher to teacher during the period of home learning for our year 13 students at New College Pontefract. All course content for A level was completed either via email, over Teams, or some combination. Less than half of the teachers did any live teaching and very few did a full timetable of live lessons.

Internal assessments were cancelled during home learning and students sat an internal progression exam in the first week of their return to Year 13. Data from the year 13 progression exams, alongside, earlier assessments in Year 12 prior to lockdown was used to determine students’ UCAS predicted grades.

Some students struggled with access to IT at home and we were only able to provide loans of IT equipment to some of our students who were part of our disadvantaged cohort.

The usual process for UCAS applications begins in the summer term of Year 12. Students were sent instructional recordings to support them with this process, however the take-up was mixed in terms of engagement.