Important Information For Students, Parents and Guardians

Information About College Opening

Following the Government announcement on 22nd February and subsequent guidance from the Department for Education, the College re-opened to all students on 8th March. 

In order to do this safely we are offering lateral flow testing to all students and are operating a revised timetable. This means that you will attend your lessons every week. Staff will operate further support and teaching during each afternoon.  This will be a blend of on site and off site activities as directed by teachers and tutors.

Points to note:

  • Do not attend College if you have been told to isolate or if you have any symptoms of coronavirus – report your absence in the normal way
  • If you have been informed that you are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable by a medical professional, you must continue to shield until at least 31st March.  Please let us know if this is the case so that we can continue to provide suitable remote learning.
  • When inside the building, you must wear a face covering at all times, unless you have permission to be exempt
  • Continue to keep a safe distance from others and practice good hand hygiene
  • We must ensure the building remains well ventilated, please dress appropriately
  • Check your Cedar timetable regularly to see when you are due to come in to College

Student Guide to Awarding Grades Summer 2021

We recognise that there has been much concern and anxiety around how grades will be awarded this year.  The Government have now issued guidance around this.  You can access the information by clicking on the link below.  We will update you as and when any further information becomes available.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-guide-to-awarding-summer-2021

Small Group Tuition Funding

The Department of Education recently announced additional funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID pandemic. This 16-19 Tuition Fund is available to all 16 to 19 providers, including Gateway Sixth Form College, and is ring-fenced for 16 to 19 small group tuition only.

The funding can be used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. The guidance indicates that the supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and who have not achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE maths and/or English by age 16. All will be on a 16 to 19 study programme. The subjects covered in the tuition will not be limited to English and maths but will be identified according to need and existing programmes.

Gateway Sixth Form College commits to using the small group tuition funding that it has been given to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic on our study programme students. Sessions will be limited to less than five students per group and will be above and beyond normal timetabled hours. Students will be prioritised for small group tuition based on the guidance released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The full guidance can be accessed here.

Support sessions will be prioritised for the following students:

  • Those with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan
  • Those who have a grade 4 or below in GCSE Maths and/or English
  • Those who have fallen behind in or are struggling with their study programme as a result of the pandemic

Examples of some of the Tuition Support on offer will include:

  • GCSE exam re-sit preparation
  • Small group support sessions for English and Maths
  • Bespoke subject support/catch-up sessions
  • General (staffed) workshop sessions

Our commitment

The College is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance and for the benefit of our learners as set out above.

Remote Learning

As a reminder we ask that you follow the guidelines below:

Remote Working Expectations:

  1. When working remotely, you should ensure that communications with teachers and tutors take place during college working hours, wherever possible.  It is not acceptable to send out direct messages via Microsoft Teams out of college hours.  The exception to this rule is urgent contact that may need to be made to Safeguarding contact numbers.  It is also important to keep the content of your messages formal and appropriate.
  2. You must be dressed appropriately for the duration of the video lesson, e.g. fully clothed, no pyjamas, no offensive slogans on clothing. 
  3. You must remain on mute until invited to speak.  
  4. You should be ready and waiting at the starting time of the lesson – this means any resources needed should be out and ready before the start of the lesson. 
  5. You  are prohibited from recording, capturing/screen grabbing content from the video call or taking photos.
  6. You should remain in a public part of their house wherever possible.
  7. Devices should not be used in the bathroom or anywhere in the house without your parents’ permission. 
  8. Accounts will be monitored for any misuse.
  9. College accounts may be suspended temporarily if behaviour is inappropriate.

Easy to Read Guides:

Please follow the links below to access our easy to read guides for parents, carers and guardians on all aspects of Remote Learning:

Click HERE for: Remote Learning – Tips for Parents

Click HERE for: Microsoft Teams – A guide for parents

Click HERE for: A guide for LLW students – how to access your Email, Teams and One Notebook

Click HERE for: OneNote Parents Guide for LLW Learners

Staying Safe

If you are worried or anxious about the Coronavirus, or have any other concern then please contact one of the Gateway Safeguarding Team:

Nicola Martin: 07442 503 092

Kerry Reeve: 07944 856 849

Su Peters: 07436 530 542

You can also click HERE to access the NHS Mental Health Support for Students Guide.

Updated: 12th May 2021

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