Parent and Carer Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main symptoms of Coronavirus?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
What should a student do if they have any Covid-19 symptoms?
Students have been instructed that if they are displaying symptoms, as per those detailed above, they must not travel to college and instead should self-isolate, informing their personal tutor or area PA by phone.
If students develop symptoms whilst on-site, they will be directed to Student Services where they will be assessed. Those showing Covid-19 symptoms will be isolated until they can be picked up by a parent/carer.
It is the curriculum department’s responsibility to ensure any learner who is self-isolating is engaging in online learning and tutoring to ensure they do not fall behind. If you feel this is not happening sufficiently please contact the department PA or course tutor. You can phone main reception on 01270 625131 who can direct you if you do not have direct contact details.
What will the college do if a student or staff member has tested positive for Covid-19?
The college will notify the Department for Education as soon as we are informed of a positive result from staff or a student who will support the college in taking appropriate action. The measures we have put in place have been effective so far. We have had a low number of positive cases at Reaseheath and have been able to manage the impact of these cases successfully to minimise the impact on our students.
What safeguarding measures are in place at Reaseheath?
As a college we follow the government’s Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) guidelines. Reaseheath College has a highly experienced and dedicated college safeguarding team who are committed to keeping our students safe, both on campus and in all aspects of their study and life linked to college, including online.
Safeguarding students is our number one priority and there are a few basics that every learner can do to help keep themselves and others safe on campus:
- Always wear their ID badge and the correct lanyard – this helps to easily identify who should and shouldn’t be on campus
- Listen carefully to the course induction safeguarding briefing as this explains key information about the college safeguarding rules and processes that keep everyone safe
- Report any concerns about their safety or the safety of another, no matter how small it may seem, to their course manager, a member of the college safeguarding team or any member of staff (i.e. those wearing a grey lanyard). Safeguarding concerns such as bullying can be reported, or suggestions or compliments can be given using the ‘SEE IT SAY IT’ form that that you can find here
We work with our students via our Be Ready programme (see below) to guide them in how to stay safe online, for example with strangers via social media and gaming platforms and the potential for financial or sexual exploitation online. We aim to equip our students with the knowledge and tools to empower them to stay safe, and we encourage them to report any concerns about themselves or a fellow student to their tutor or a member of the college safeguarding team.
If you as a parent or carer have any concerns about your son or daughter then please contact their tutor or the college’s wellbeing team at email@example.com and we will be more than happy to work with you.
What will my son or daughter cover in their BeReady tutorial programme?
To support our students prepare for life and work, we have the Reaseheath College BeReady programme which students study alongside their vocational programme. There are six aspects to the programme:
- BeAware – supports the safeguarding of our students
- BeWell – develops and supports the holistic wellbeing of our students
- BeInvolved – encourages students to engage in college and community projects
- BeEmployable – supports students with preparation for work placements, careers and progression to further study
- BeEco – develops knowledge about and support for sustainable living
- BeDigital – supports students to develop their IT and digital skills for study and work
Further information about this important aspect of studying at Reaseheath can be found on the BeReady page here.
How do I monitor my child’s progress at college?
We set individual learning and development targets for each of our students, which we record and track using a system called ProMonitor. All students have full access to their own ProMonitor account and if you would like to review their study progress, then feel free to ask your son or daughter to show you the details of their progress against target on ProMonitor.
What PPE will my son or daughter need for their course?
Students will be made aware by their course manager of the PPE that they need for their course. It is vital that students adhere to these requirements as PPE is the kit that will help to keep them safe from injury or harm during practical learning sessions.
How will grades be awarded?
The Government has confirmed that no external examinations will take place this summer. Instead, teachers will assess the standard at which students are performing at based on a portfolio of evidence and this portfolio of evidence will form a TAG (teacher assessed grade).
The grades awarded to students must reflect their knowledge, skills and understanding, and schools/colleges can use a range of evidence to inform their judgements
The grades cannot be a prediction based on what students would have achieved under different circumstances or be a measure of a student’s potential.
At Reaseheath we are confident that we have implemented a robust TAG process with rigorous quality assurance systems in place which puts us in a firm position to assign fair and accurate grades for our students.
What evidence can be used to determine a student’s grade?
JCQ guidance says that evidence that will inform judgements may include:
- mock exam results
- student work and assessments which have been produced over the duration of the course in response to assessment materials
- substantial class or homework (including those that took place during remote learning)
- assessments that students will complete in the remainder of this academic year.
Following the cancellation of exams by Ofqual, we made a strategic decision to move away from the formal mock exam scenario, to avoid additional, potentially stressful, exam style situations for our students. Instead, students have been completing regular in-class assessments to provide our staff with more evidence of the standard, at which, they are performing during this term. These in-class assessments are carried in controlled conditions and avoid the added pressure that a formal mock exam could bring. The staff will work with the Programme Leaders of both subjects to robustly assess and consider, all the evidence available, to ensure that grades awarded are fair and accurate.
Both teams are placing increased weighting on assessments completed during this rolling programme of assessment, however consideration will be given to all previously collected data. In the event of a situation where, because of circumstances this year, a student does not perform well in final milestones, then we will analyse earlier assessments and make a ‘holistic’ judgement about the student’s grade. Assessments used have been adapted so that they only cover what has been taught in the year and for GCSE maths, a list of topics has been shared with the students.
The grade will be based on evidence we have in the student’s portfolio. However, each student’s portfolio can be tailored to address any anomalies. We have put significant effort into ensuring that students entitled to access arrangements have had these put in place for the recent in-class assessments. If, however, this has not been the case, then this has been recorded and necessary adjustments, according to JCQ regulations will be made. Our rolling programme of assessment finishes at half term after which further opportunities will be provided for those who require them.
How are we ensuring that the grades awarded are fair and correct?
Decisions about grades will not be decided by one teacher alone. There will be a thorough quality assurance process in place to ensure there is fairness and consistency in the way grades are awarded for students.
Grades will be reviewed and adjusted, if necessary, at each part of this process. The process includes:
A group of teachers within each subject area studying all the evidence to decide upon the grade which a student is performing at
- The Programme Leader of each subject will review the proposed grade for each student,
- The Curriculum Area Manager of M&E will review the proposed grades of each department
- The exam officer will check the final grades entered for students as they are submitted to the exam board.
Will teachers discuss grades with students?
Teachers cannot discuss final grades with students this year, or predict outcomes, but are able to discuss the marking of individual elements of the portfolio and will always disclose which assessed pieces will form the portfolio. All discussions of marks and grading are provisional until exam board moderation has taken place, and the results are released on 12th August.
When will results be issued?
Results will be sent to your college email address at 9am on 12th August 2021 for GCSE and 10th August for Level 3 Maths.
How can I find out more?
Further information about the awarding of summer grades and the appeal process can be found in the following document: JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Our college SEND support team have advised us that, in addition to the support that we provide to students in college, local authorities are now offering some particularly good support materials for young people on their websites. For example, the Cheshire East Live Well site can be viewed here: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/livewell.aspx
If you think this may be of interest or use to your son or daughter, we advise that you check out your local authority’s website for further details.