Bridging the Gap: keeping students learning in light of school closures and Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Continuity of learning

We’re monitoring developments closely, working out the best response for our students. Our advice and support will always be tailored to your circumstances, aimed at helping your child succeed in a creative way! 

We instil best practice in all our remote learning programmes: educational excellence, strong safeguarding and an over-arching curriculum of development. With a track record of delivering tailored solutions when faced with educational challenges, our team of Education Consultants and experts is here to help. 

Whether you are looking for a short or long-term learning solution for your child, we have the technology and tutors to support.

Let us help with:

  • Online tuition and home learning 
  • Study and revision skills   
  • Coordinating e-learning  
  • Creative projects to keep children engaged 
  • Online study buddies and mentors 
  • UCAS and careers advice
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The three tutors M has been working with have all been very responsive and highly impressive in moving seamlessly from in- person to on-line tutoring

I had my first online class today with B and I wanted to let you know it was a great success! It felt very much like we were in the room together as usual and being face to face with him on screen, felt in some ways, the most engaged we’ve been!

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The same top-quality tutors

Our tutors set the highest standards in their teaching, whatever the format of their sessions: their approach to online tuition – including planning and delivery – does not differ from that of face-to-face tuition.

All of our tutors are DBS checked and, for added reassurance, many online platforms allow for online lessons to be recorded.

Engaging

Gone are the days of pen-and-paper tuition! Online tuition – with its interactive functionality – allows for efficient and seamless collaboration via a virtual notebook (which is offered by Bramble, one of our recommended online platforms).

With schools now incorporating more technology into their teaching, computer-based learning is becoming an increasingly-popular learning tool amongst students. So don’t be surprised if your child is even more engaged in their online sessions!

Flexible

Any time: Since your tutor doesn’t need to factor in travel time, tuition can take place at any time of day, even early or late in the day.

Any place: Based far out of London? Or do you spend the weekends in the countryside? Location is no longer an issue!

Long-term: if you or your tutor move away in the future, online tuition means continuity for your child’s learning.


FAQs



How will A Level and GCSE grades be calculated now that exams have been cancelled? 

The government have recently issued a statement regarding how A Level ad GCSE grades will be calculated. This press release, which can be accessed here, sets out two routes for students who were due to sit their final exams this Summer:

Route One

  • Exam boards will ask teachers who know their students well to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe individuals would have received in their Summer exams;
  • This judgement will take into account a range of evidence and data, including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment;
  • Once they receive this judgement from teachers, exam boards will then combine the information given with other relevant data, including prior exam attainment, and use it to produce a calculated grade for each student in every subject that they have studied. 
  • If students do not believe that the correct process has been followed in calculating their grades through this route, they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects how they might have performed in their final exams, they will have the opportunity to sit their exams early on in the next academic year (starting September 2020).

Route Two

  • There will be an option for students to sit their exams early on in the next academic year (starting September 2020);
  • This will enable students to sit their exams if they feel that they would get better grades through this process than they would through the calculations detailed in Route One;
  • Students can opt to take this route regardless of the calculated grades offer, which forms the basis of Route One, or in response to the calculated grades they are issued (please see the last bullet point under Route One above). 

As the government are trying to give students every opportunity to get the grades that they deserve, they have also put forth an option for them to sit their exams in the Summer of 2021 (the end of the next academic year).


Which route should my child take?

When thinking through which route to take, it is important to consider the following:

  • The grades your child achieved in previous national exams – if they are at the GCSE level, SATs grades may be taken into account, if they are studying for their A Levels, their AS (if applicable) and GCSE grades may be taken into account;
  • The grades they have achieved in mocks and for any projects or coursework that they have completed this year;
  • The effort and grade marks that they have received in their reports this year;
  • The predicted exam grades that they have received from their school.

If you believe that your child will be disadvantaged by any of these elements, or if you think that they will perform better in their final exams, then you should think about going through Route Two. Do also bare in mind that your child will have longer to study for their exams if they are sitting them in the early part of the next academic year (starting September 2020), and may well improve their performance on this basis. 


How will A Level and GCSE grades be calculated if my child has been in home education? 

As home education takes place outside of the regulated environment of schools and colleges, it is unlikely that homeschooling tutors will be invited to submit their judgements on their students to exam boards. This means that it may be difficult for students who learn from home to be given accurate grade calculations. 

We will be speaking with exam boards to see what measures have been put in place for homeschooled children and will update you with relevant guidance as soon as possible. At present, however, we advise that all homeschooled students prepare to go through Route Two, where they will sit their exams early on in the next academic year (starting September 2020). This will ensure that they are able to achieve the grades that they are working towards. 


When will A Level and GCSE grades be issued?

Exam boards are aiming to provide calculated grades, issued through Route One, to students by the end of July this year. They have not yet stated when grades would be received for students who choose to follow Route Two and take exams at the beginning of the next academic year (starting September 2020), but this information should be issued soon.


Are ‘calculated grades’ of the same value as those attained through final exams?

Yes – the government have assured schools and universities that the grades calculated and issued through Route One will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years through final exams. 


Should students continue to study as normal?

Having heard that exams have been cancelled, many students will have been tempted to put away their school work and wait for their calculated grades to come through. Whether your child is in mainstream education or homeschooled, we would advise that they take this opportunity to continue their studies  and work towards their exams, regardless of which route they intend to take.

This advice is based not only on the fact that some students may wish to follow Route Two and take their exams early on in the next academic year (starting September 2020), but also on the possibility that some students may be disappointed with the grades calculated for them through Route One and may wish to sit the exams to better their performance. 

Further, Head Teachers have informed us that the grades they send to examination boards will take in to account work completed during this remote period and some schools are intending to run assessments for students during the summer term, which will form part of a range of data which they would use to justify their recommended grades.


How will this affect my child’s entry into the next stage of education?

The Government’s priority is to ensure that students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including starting university, college or sixth form courses in the Autumn. As some students’ grades will be issued in the Autumn term, as opposed to the Summer, and some calculated grade appeals may extend into this term too, educational establishments are expected to be flexible in terms of admissions dates. As an example, university representatives have confirmed that they will be flexible and do all they can to ensure students can progress to higher education.


What can I do to support my child’s education now?

Many students will have been issued work from their schools and those who were due to take exams may have revision plans in place. It is very important that they continue to schedule their school work and revision into their days, and that they are encouraged to continue studying.

It can be hard to motivate a child when they are learning from home, and the change in their lives and expectations that the Covid-19 outbreak has caused will be unsettling for them. A daily routine that includes school work, project based learning and rest will support them in finding balance in this difficult time, and Enjoy Education are here to help. We offer online one-to-one and group tuition, tailored revision programmes, homeschooling and mentoring, and our expert team can help you find the right support for your child. 


International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Pre University (Pre U) Qualifications

Although the aforementioned press release does not mention IB or Pre U exams specifically, these boards have taken very similar decisions to those who administer A Levels.

IB

  • IB have issued a statement canceling their summer exams (please click here for more information). Students will still receive their Diploma or a Course Certificate, depending on what they have registered for, but their grades will be based on their coursework and the established assessment expertise built into IB programmes.
  • They have given deadline extensions for many of the coursework components for each programme and have assessment contingency plans in place. Please view the link above for more details.
  • For those students who are happy to be assessed on the work that they have done so far and are due to submit, IB still intend to release results on 05 July 2020. 
  • Students who would prefer to sit their exams, so that their results here can inform their overall grades, are welcome to do so in November 2020.
  • IB have said that they will issue more information to schools on 27 March 2020. 

Pre U

  • Cambridge International have also released a statement cancelling their summer exams (please click here for more information).  The board is working with schools to assess students’ achievements using the best available evidence and will base grades awarded on the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their programmes of study.
  • The board have not given any further information on grade calculations, further study or deferred exams at this time, but will issue more information to schools on 26 March 2020.


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