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Remote delivery at Harrow College & Uxbridge College (HCUC).

Your remote lessons will be taught live and follow your full-timetable.

From September until December, the significant majority of delivery at HCUC was onsite as the College worked to provide the most effective learning experience for all student cohorts.

From 5 January 2021, the significant majority of teaching and learning is remote at Harrow College & Uxbridge Colleges. Remote lessons are taught live, follow your full-timetable and offer the full-guided learning hours of your programme.

Full-time students continue to receive all parts of a study-programme including English & maths and tutorial remotely. Part-time adults are being provided their full guided learning hours. Similarly, apprentices continue to be provide their 20% off the job training remotely and in full.

Students also have access to virtual learning environments (for example, Google Classroom and Moodle) and your teachers will continue to advise you of the location of your ongoing work.

There is limited onsite delivery currently taking place. This is agreed by the Senior Leadership Team and is targeted at e.g. vocational and technical exams including preparation where these must take place now.

The estate has been well prepared to meet the CV19 safety and where permission is agreed can be accessed safely by learners - by invitation only.

If you are invited in for delivery and you have symptoms, you have been told you need to self-isolate or you are still waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, do not come onsite. Please contact us and we will discuss next steps with you.


Exams/assessments

Many exams have been postponed and we will continue to update guidance. The College is in regular contact with the Department for Education and Awarding Bodies. Our focus is to ensure our students are not disadvantaged.

There is limited onsite assessment planned, e.g. vocational and technical exams including priority preparation where these must take place now. The estate has been well prepared to meet the CV19 safety. We will contact you directly if we need to you to come onsite for an assessment in the next week/s. If you are invited in for an exam and you need to self-isolate we will work with you to best ensure you are not disadvantaged- do not come onsite.

1. A Levels & GCSEs

While summer exams have been cancelled, GCSE, AS and A Level student grades will likely be based on teacher assessment in combination with (1) a breadth of student work to inform teachers’ judgements AND (2) a national externally set task or paper- all to be confirmed by Ofqual.

HCUC A Level & GCSE students- the message to you is to complete all work until the end of your course and attend 100% of lessons. This is needed to evidence your final grade as these WILL NOT be calculated on pre-lockdown work only as per last year.

2. Vocational, Technical Qualifications including BTEC, C&G, UAL & ESOL, Functional Skills

January exams & assessments will only continue where the colleges judge it is right to do so. HCUC, like most colleges, has taken a cautious, Health & Safety led approach to this – postponing the majority of exams. Very limited exams are taking place in January for targeted students – we will contact you.

Exams from February - some exams will be cancelled and others which provide a licence to practice or have units testing safety related content will continue e.g. electrical. Apprenticeships, Functional Skills or ESOL will also continue. HCUC’s Heads of Schools are now developing plans to bring students onsite safely to prepare and assess students for exams. Targeted risk-assessments and strict criteria will be followed and we will contact you if you are to be assessed onsite.

All of this is yet to be confirmed by Ofqual- we will update as guidance changes.

HCUC students- the message to you is to complete all work until the end of your course and attend 100% of lessons. This is needed to evidence your final grade as these WILL NOT be calculated on pre-lockdown work only, as per last year.


Expectations of all HCUC students during the current lockdown:

1. DO NOT ASSUME your grade will be calculated. All qualifications will require more evidence.
2. ATTEND your full timetable including English & Maths. We continue to complete all attendance registers.
3. COMPLETE ALL UNITS and work set by your teachers. You need to hand in all work as this will be required to evidence your grade.
4. GO THE EXTRA MILE- you have an opportunity to get a high grade. Challenge yourself to complete your best work.
5. ASK FOR HELP.
6. ATTEND EXAMS IF YOU ARE ASKED to - this will only be for an important onsite assessment and will be completed safely. Do attend.


For students studying courses that require specialist equipment and support for students without adequate access to IT or a suitable environment for learning

Individual students may require access to specialist kit, software or workshop facilities and the College will want to support this where it can be provided safely.

1. Specialist kit: teachers are able to invite students onsite in CV19 safe group sizes to access specialist kit, software or workshop facilities. Plans will be developed by school managers and agreed by the Senior Leadership Team. Your teacher will contact you directly if we need to you to come onsite to access kit/software in the next week/s.

2. Poor access to IT kit, wifi, laptops etc: Some students have reported access to challenges at home, impacting on their remote learning (eg. poor internet access or no access to a laptop). We have contacted a number of students to either invite them onsite to access college IT kit or in some examples to lend a student laptop or Chromebook. Please speak to your teacher now if you are having trouble accessing your remote lessons.


Support for students with SEND. Support for wider vulnerable students.

We remain open to vulnerable students.

We have a small number of EHC SEND students continuing to access onsite delivery now. Do contact learning support or your teacher if you are not currently accessing onsite resources and you would like to do so and we will then advise if this can be agreed.

Other groups of vulnerable students have been (or will be as this work continues) contacted by Student or Learning Support, by their School managers or by teachers. We will work with you to decide if you accessing delivery onsite is the best and most supportive option for you to achieve your best.

Vulnerable groups that will have been (or will be) contacted include: students with EHCs, young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services, adopted children, those at risk of becoming ‘not in employment, education or training’ (NEET), those living in temporary accommodation, those who are young carers, those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study) , others at the provider and local authority’s discretion, including students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health.

Individual students in the above groups may require access to onsite IT kit or onsite support. If you are in one of the above groups, and not currently accessing onsite resources or onsite support and you would benefit from this –please contact your teacher, school administrator, learning or student support now and we will then advise if this can be agreed.


Harrow College & Uxbridge College (HCUC)
15 January 2021

Results for GCSE Maths and English Exams Sat in November 2020

If you sat your GCSE English and/or Maths exams in November 2020, the results are available on Thursday 14 January. They will be sent to by text on Thursday 14 January and we will also put a copy of your results in the post to you on the same day.

Please note: because of the current lockdown, you will not be able to collect your results in person which is why we are sending them to you by text, so please ensure we have your current mobile number.
If you need to update your mobile phone number, please contact your Attendance Coordinator.

Many thanks
Exams Department

 

Keeping you Safe on Campus

Your safety is our priority and we have put some new and additional measures in place to ensure you are safe on campus. Don't worry we are making sure you still get the same high quality teaching and a great college experience.

These include:

  • Automatic no touch hand sanitisers in Reception
  • Temperature checks as you come into college
  • Directional and one way systems in place around campus
  • Clear signage to encourage you to keep left and maintain your distance
  • Enhanced regular cleaning across campus
  • Hand sanitiser stations across campus
  • Curriculum bubbles that are marked with colour coded signage and student lanyards
  • Classrooms, workshops, salons and studios set out to meet guidelines for numbers and spacing
  • Perspex screens in public face to face areas
  • Teachers wearing face shields in classrooms
  • Face coverings to be worn around all public areas on campus (you can also wear these in the classroom if you wish to)
  • Toilet facilities specifically for each curriculum bubble.

Check out our video to see some of the measures in place:

BTEC Exams in January 2021 Have Been Cancelled
5 January 2021 at 20:00

The Department for Education (DfE) and Pearson have tonight published an update on VTQs. Scheduled BTEC exams were due to begin tomorrow 6 January.

We have tonight (5 January 2021) decided to:
1. Cancel ALL January BTEC exams.
2. Move all BTEC classes to fully remote delivery.

We have NOT yet cancelled ESOL, Functional Skills and wider VTQs eg. City & Guilds exams. However, we are waiting for further updates on wider exams planned for later this month and will update as soon as these are available.

Please contact your School Administrator or Teacher if you need any further information.

Thank you.

Dr Darrell De Souza                         Pat Carvalho
CEO & Group Principal                    Deputy CEO / Principal Harrow College

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
w/c 15 June 2020

The Government has partially relaxed the lockdown and from 15th June 2020 a very limited number of students may return to campus. Some Awarding Organisations (AO) have confirmed there are a minority of qualifications that require students to come onto campus to successfully complete and achieve their course.  Where this is the case, the parents/carers and students will receive/have received a separate letter.

HCUC have produced a COVID 19 Guide for students to follow if asked to come to College. Note - the majority of students will not be required to come into College for the remainder of this term and this allows the College to very carefully limit student numbers on the premises, to ensure safety priorities are adhered to, in line with Government advice and independent Public Health & Safety Executive guidance. This guide should be with students prior to their coming into College.

If you have any questions regarding this guidance or about how qualifications are being assessed that are not covered on the  website, please contact the course tutor.

Campuses will have changed significantly since lockdown was called. All entering the building must maintain social distancing and sanitise their hands before moving into a building. Risk Assessments have been conducted for each subject area with appropriate PPE made available where needed. You are not required to wear a face covering in College but may choose to do so if that is your personal wish. Those travelling by public transport must adhere to the Government directive regarding face coverings. You must wear one on public transport, more detail is given in the general information section of this message.


Signage and barriers have been erected for safety and must be obeyed. Toilet facilities are available with social distancing and a concentration on hand washing and sanitisation.


Exam Cancellations

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in GCSE, A Level and vocational qualification exams being cancelled. Ofqual have announced that Functional Skills and many Vocational and technical qualifications (alongside A-Levels and GCSEs) will now be provided a centre assessment grade. Updates to the approach to ESOL are yet to be confirmed.

Further details are provided below:

1. A Level & GCSE students 
Ofqual have recently written to all A Level & GCSE students - please click here to read the letter . The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in GCSE, A Level and vocational qualification exams being cancelled. Students and colleges have been advised of the national approach to 2019/20 assessments & exams affected by COVID-19. You will now be aware of the centre assessment grade approach and a subsequent statistical standardisation process. While this headline approach is now clearer, the College now awaits the feedback from a national consultation on details on the process to submit centre assessment grades. Should a teacher ask you to submit any work that was due before the COVID 19 lock-down (terms 1 & 2) then please do. Unfortunately, your teacher cannot, under any circumstances, share the centre assessment grades nor the rank order of students with students, or their parents/carers or any other individuals outside the centre, before final results have been issued.

2.   Vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) including BTECs, Cambridge Technicals, & UAL Diplomas
The College is pleased to confirm that, as with A Levels, there will be a centre assessment grade approach (and similarly for some VTQs a further statistical standardisation process). Again, the College awaits details on the process to submit centre assessment grades.

Please note, Ofqual have reiterated that a centre assessment grade will not be “appropriate” for some VTQs (such as those designed to support progression straight into employment and signal occupational competence). A list of these qualifications will follow where some “adapted assessments or delivery models’’ will still be required. These details are still being finalised.

While this headline approach is now clearer, the College now awaits the feedback from a further national consultation on details on the process to submit centre assessment grades.  Should a teacher ask you to submit any work that was due before the COVID 19 lock-down (terms 1 & 2) then please do- this will be in support of your calculated grade. Unfortunately, your teacher cannot, under any circumstances, share the centre assessment grades nor the rank order of students with students, or their parents/carers or any other individuals outside the centre, before final results have been issued.


3.   Functional Skills
We are equally pleased to announce that functional skills students will (as with GCSEs) be allocated a centre assessment grade (again, with a further statistical standardisation process). As with the above, the College awaits details on the process to submit centre assessment grades.
There are more details available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-this-summer

Ongoing lessons for English & maths students are key to your progression and knowledge for next year and these will continue for the remainder of the academic year. Students will continue to engage in these to be best prepared for their next steps.

4.   ESOL 
No further details have been released on the national approach to ESOL. We are expecting updates imminently. We continue to be in regular contact with Awarding Bodies and government agencies to ensure we are well-informed. HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College) students are enrolled onto a wide range of qualifications across a number of Awarding Bodies and we are working to safeguard that no student is disadvantaged.

Please be assured that we will update all students when we have more details.

Cancellation of Commercial Courses
For those undertaking commercial courses the College will be issuing refunds for all commercial courses due to start in the summer term. Applicants will be contacted to have an early opportunity to re-enrol on to these courses when the normal College business resumes. 

If you are already enrolled on a course which is due to finish at the end of this academic year, your course administrator will contact you separately to make local alternative arrangements to support you in the completion of your course.
For any other queries regarding commercial courses, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Civic Duty – Volunteering

The College has donated equipment to both the NHS and care homes in the communities close to Uxbridge, Harrow and Hayes. There is further work planned to support these caring organisations in the near future. The College also has examples of individual cases of volunteering from both staff and students, well done to all those that have volunteered.



Further Information

Wearing a Face Covering

From 15 June 2020 you must wear a face covering if you need to use public transport.This will mean you can be refused travel if you don’t comply and could be fined.

A face covering is not the same as a face mask or surgical mask. It means the kind of face covering you can easily make at home. If you already possess a mask then you may use it. It is important that we do not deplete key PPE, such a surgical masks or respirators, which are designed to be used by healthcare and other workers for clinical settings

The government set out advice for people on how to make their own face coverings easily at home, using scarves or other textile items. These face coverings should cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head to give a snug fit.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them. You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.

You should be prepared to remove your face covering if asked to do so by police officers and police staff for the purposes of identification.

Useful Weblinks

The Government have issued a one-stop shop link that gives access to all Covid-19 related information. It gives FAQs that appear to cover all the other Government webpages we supply and more. In addition, the final line gives advice on how people can sign up to receive automatic Gov.uk updates:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The following links may be useful in supplying further information:

Harrow College Student Services Support During Enforced College Closure

 - UK Government and Ofqual updates on qualification assessment – these will be updated as new information is provided:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020#might-the-exams-be-reinstated-if-the-coronavirus-covid-19-is-not-as-bad-as-expected

 - Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 

 - Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others 

 - Mental Health Guidance:~
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapsefb4eb

https://www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html 

-General Heath Guidance

https://www.myhealthhillingdon.nhs.uk/campaigns/support-and-advice-booklet-during-covid-19/




Darrell DeSouza
Group Principal and CEO 
HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)

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