Sixteen and seventeen year olds in Wakefield can now get their COVID-19 vaccine ahead of going back to school or college in September.
Following the recent recommendations from the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the local NHS has been working with partners to ensure all 16 and 17-year-olds can get vaccinated as quickly and as easily as possible.
To get your jab, you can either visit one of the walk in services that are able to jab 16 and 17 year olds or wait to be contacted by your GP.
Centres offering walk-in appointments for 16 and 17 year olds this week include: St Swithuns, Eastmoor and Sandal Rugby Club. Dates and times are available at bit.ly/GrabAJabWF and more clinics will be added shorty so keep checking for details. You do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number.
You can also use the new NHS site finder to find a centre near you that over 16s can attend: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/
Some GP practices will also be offering vaccinations and are contacting people to arrange appointments. Please wait to be invited rather than contacting your practice.
Government guidance no longer requires students to wear face coverings in schools and Colleges from 17th May. However, this is based on national case rates which now stand around 21 per 100,000. Unfortunately, Wakefield and our neighbouring districts continue to have some of the highest case rates in the country. A significant proportion of these cases are in children and young people and the NHS is only beginning to vaccinate the over 40s, who may be parents of our students and therefore vulnerable if there is an outbreak. Given the situation in the District, the Local Authority has recommended the continued wearing of face coverings in all secondary schools.
In line with this advice, we have taken the decision to continue to require staff, and encourage students, to wear face coverings in College.
This includes classrooms, communal areas and where 2 metres social distancing cannot be maintained. Although this is not mandatory, we would ask that students continue to wear a face covering in College, unless exempt, and that parents and carers encourage their sons and daughters to follow this request to help bring down case rates in our District.
We thank you for your continued co-operation and support in these challenging times.
The Prime Minister has said: “I want to thank everybody for continuing to follow the guidance, and to thank parents and families for the incredible work you’re doing to help test pupils through the Easter holidays and to encourage you to keep testing them twice a week as schools return.”
It is vital that staff and students continue to test twice weekly in order to identify asymptomatic cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and prevent the spread of the virus.
Re-introduction of confirmatory PCR testing for positive lateral flow device tests
At the end of March, NHS Test and Trace reintroduced confirmatory PCR testing for positive lateral flow device (LFD) tests conducted at all assisted testing sites, including schools or colleges. This means that all staff, pupils and students who get a positive LFD test, whether at home or supervised at their school or college, should get a confirmatory PCR. The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days of the positive LFD result.
Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the staff, pupil or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can also end their self-isolation.
How A Levels, GCSEs and Vocational & Technical Qualifications will be awarded in Summer 2021
The Department For Education, Ofqual, Awarding Organisations and JCQ, are all working together to ensure that eligible students are still able to get their grades and progress, whether that is continuing with education, training or entering employment.
Following the Ofqual update published on Wednesday 24th March, it has been confirmed how qualifications will be awarded in 2021.
The below infographics provide information on how qualifications are expected to be assessed and graded this year. Please read these carefully.
Ofqual General Qualifications infographic (A Levels/GCSEs)
How GCSEs, AS and A Levels will be awarded in summer 2021.
How GCSEs, AS and A Levels will be awarded in summer 2021.pdf
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Ofqual Vocational & Technical Qualification Infographic
How vocational and technical qualifications will be awarded in 2021.
Information and Guidance
You can also find further information and guidance on how qualifications will be awarded in Summer 2021 in the below resources.
JCQ Student and Parent Guidance on Summer 2021 Awarding - Click here to open in new window.
Ofqual Summer 2021 Awarding Guidance for Students, Parents and Teachers - Click here to open in new window.
Ofqual qualification Explainer tool – see below for a full breakdown on how each course type will work for awarding qualifications in 2021 - Click here to open in new window.
General Ofqual Qualification updates - Click here to open in new window.
A Level Results – will be issued to students on Tuesday 10th August. Results will be e-mailed to students’ college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am. (We will advise if results will be available for collection from College).
GCSE Results - will be issued to students on Thursday 12th August. Results will be e-mailed to students’ college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am.
Vocational & Technical Qualification Results (where Teacher Assessed Grades have been applied).
- Level 3 - will be issued to students on Tuesday 10th August. Results will be e-mailed to students college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am.
- Level 2 - will be issued to students on Thursday 12th August. Results will be e-mailed to students college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am.
- Level 1/Entry Level - will be issued to students on Thursday 12th August. Results will be e-mailed to students college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am.
For qualifications following the normal awarding process (no Teacher Assessed Grades applied), results will be issued to students when claims have been made and the qualification has certificated.
Appeals Process – further information to be provided when available.
As a College we're supporting the national effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and are working on a phased approach to Lateral Flow Testing of all students. Students will be offered three onsite tests; the first one will be ahead of a return to face-to-face teaching. Although the test is voluntary, by taking a test it will help to stop the virus spread and ensure face-to-face learning returns as soon as possible.
For most students testing will begin week commencing 8th March, with the aim of completing all tests before Easter. We aim to notify you of your first test no later than 17th March. You will be contacted directly, by text message and on your student email with your first test appointment and will be notified 2 days ahead of the test. We would encourage you to have a test to support the national efforts.
When attending the appointment, you will come to a registration desk and then be directed to the testing centre, where you will carry out a swab of your nose and throat yourself. More information about the test itself can be found here.
The tests are by appointment only and students should not go directly to the Test Centre but should report to the registration desk when invited in. The whole process will take no longer than half an hour and you will then be able to return home and return to your classes online until face-to-face teaching is resumed for your group.
Anyone who tests positive will be notified and is required by law to self-isolate in line with Government Guidance.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of testing that the College is undertaking we are unable to schedule alternative appointments if you are unable to attend the appointment offered to you, you don’t need to contact us as you will be offered another appointment in due course.
Please look for future communications from College where we aim to set out additional plans for future testing.
We would like to thank students, their parents and carers and our staff for all their support and co-operation during these difficult and rapidly changing times.
In line with the Government announcement on Monday, we will begin to return to face to face teaching during the week commencing 8 March. To protect staff and students the College will continue to closely follow the official advice published by the Department for Education. This means that there will be different arrangements for different groups of students:
16-18 Further Education Students
The College will move to ensuring you receive at least 50% of your main course teaching on a face to face basis, with the remainder continuing online. English and maths course will continue to be delivered online.
Adult Further Education Students
The majority of adult teaching will remain online for the rest of this academic year.
Higher Education Students
The College will move to a mix of classroom and online teaching for all students. The proportion of each will vary depending on the course.
Individual arrangements will be put in place for each of our apprentices.
Please do not attend College until you are invited to do so. We will be contacting students individually over the coming weeks to confirm their arrangements for returning to College.
All students coming into College will be invited to take 3 Covid-19 lateral flow tests within the first two weeks of their return. Details of our testing arrangements will be communicated separately. In addition, all students will be expected to wear a face mask in classrooms and communal areas at all times. These requirements are in line with the latest Government guidance. Regular Covid-19 testing of College staff is already taking place.
Please continue to check our website and social media accounts for further updates.
Dear Student and Parent(s)/Carer(s)
Following the announcement by the Government of an extended lockdown after half term until 8th March at the earliest, I wanted to make contact with you and provide an update. As the Principal at Wakefield College, I would also like to share how proud I am of both our students and staff and their resilience and commitment during these incredibly challenging circumstances. All our teams of staff are working hard to provide the best experience possible for our students whilst managing their own personal situations and we do this as our students are truly at the heart of Wakefield College.
Have you tested positive?
Are you a currently a Wakefield College student and have been tested positive for Coronavirus? Then you must inform us immediately, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
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