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Newcastle & Stafford College Group (NSCG) takes the health, support and welfare of students and colleagues very seriously. On the instruction of the Department for Education and UK Government, NSCG Newcastle College and NSCG Stafford College will close their campuses to the majority of students from 5pm Friday 20th March 2020, until further notice.

We understand that this will be a worrying time for our college community and we endeavour to provide as much information as possible about what this means for current students, apprentices, parents and those joining us in September below.

During our period of closure, our staff teams will be working remotely to provide as much business continuity as possible. We will continue to provide NSCG related updates via email, text message, social media and our website. You can keep up to date with the Government response to the Coronavirus situation here.

Current students on full-time, HE and part-time courses

With effect from 5pm on Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice, our campuses in Newcastle and Stafford (including Palmbourne), will be closed. Students should not attend classes or external work placements

To maintain continuity during this unsettling period, we are adopting strategies to ensure students' have access to learning via online delivery methods. Lecturers will be developing schemes of work to support learning and where appropriate, assessments, assignments and revision/recap materials will be provided. Lecturers will be in touch with students directly to provide additional information. There is an expectation that students will complete any work that is set, and maintain a regular dialogue with their Lecturers.

The main channels for sharing learning resources will be isite, parent portal and your college email. It is essential that you have access to these channels.

  • For help with isite, click here
  • For help with parent portal, click here
  • For help with accessing your college email, click here

News of A Level and GCSE exams being cancelled will no doubt create uncertainty for progressing students, and we are seeking further clarity on this matter from the Department for Education. As soon as further guidance is available, we will share it.

We are pleased to confirm that students who are in receipt of a Bursary/College Maintenance Allowance (CMA) will be provided with a Tesco shopping e-voucher to help you purchase essential food items. We will contact applicable students with further information directly via their College email address.

Current students who are classed as vulnerable (e.g. have EHC plans, are classed as looked after children (LAC) and/or have a social worker allocated to them):

From week commencing 23 March 2020 we will have provision in place to support learners who fall in to this category. We are in the process of contacting parents and learners directly to understand their needs, however if we have not been able to reach you, please contact the Student Services team on 01782 254188 or email help.newcastle@nscg.ac.uk (Newcastle College Students) or help.stafford@nscg.ac.uk (Stafford College Students).

Please note: for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and learners we are only able to open the campus to vulnerable learners over coming weeks.

Apprentices and employers

With effect from 5pm on Friday 20 March 2020, until further notice, apprentices will be unable to attend college to complete their off the job training. As a group, NSCG works with a wide range of employers who will all have individual policies and procedures in place for their employees during this period. Apprentices are encouraged to contact their workplace Mentor or Assessor if they have any immediate concerns.

Where possible, our Work Based Learning Assessors will continue to liaise with apprentices to provide telephone support and online learning resources.

During this time, we will continue to follow advice from the Department for Education and Institute for Apprenticeships and should guidance change over coming weeks, we will continue to support apprentices and keep our employer partners updated.

If employers have any immediate queries, our Work Based Learning Team can be reached by emailing: apprenticeships@nscg.ac.uk.

Current students on recreational evening courses

As most of our recreational courses are highly practical and/or reliant on group interaction, it will be challenging to deliver these courses via online delivery methods. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all recreational courses with immediate effect. Your course tutor or a member of the faculty administration team will be in touch with you as soon as the College re-opens to discuss potential options.

New students who will be joining us in September

We are really looking forward to welcoming new students to the NSCG family in September, however the current situation means that we cannot deal with applications and introductions to the College in the way we normally would.

If you have already applied, had your interview and accepted a place you will receive further communication from us in due course about potential experience events and enrolment.

If you have applied and not yet had your interview, please be assured that we are arranging for our faculty staff to contact you to conduct a short telephone interview. This will be an informal discussion and an opportunity for us to discuss your preferred area of study and future career ambitions. You will also have the opportunity to ask us any questions you have about life at NSCG.

If you have not yet applied but are looking to study at NSCG in September, it is not too late. We will continue to process all online applications received via our website www.nscg.ac.uk, however please bear with us as we may not be able to respond to you as quickly as we would do normally.

We understand that these are uncertain times and would like to reassure you that our team will be on hand to support your transition to college. If you have any questions or queries about studying at NSCG, or if you would like to discuss your application further, you can reach our Information Point team at:

Newcastle campus: info.newcastle@nscg.ac.uk

Stafford campus: info.stafford@nscg.ac.uk

In the meantime, please take some time to really get to know us well. You can like Newcastle College or Stafford College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also keep up-to-date with news and updates from NSCG by checking out our website www.nscg.ac.uk

Current Students and the Cancellation of GCSEs and A Levels in 2020

The latest guidance from GOV.UK

Did exams need to be cancelled?

From Friday 20 March, all educational settings are closed to everyone except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to continue having a significant impact on the education system, and the country, for months to come. Therefore exams have been cancelled now to give pupils, parents, and teachers certainty, and enable schools and colleges to focus on supporting vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

Will all students get their predicted grade?

No, we know that simply using predicted grades would not be fair to all students. The calculated grade will take into account teachers’ assessment of the likely grade as well as other factors such as prior attainment, so students’ final grades will not necessarily reflect their predicted grades.

Will schools be using mock exam results as a barometer for results?

Mock exam results will be one of the pieces of evidence that will be taken into account in this process, alongside other factors. Ofqual will ensure schools are provided with clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly.

Will universities accept these calculated grades?

The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.

University representatives have already confirmed that they expect universities to be flexible and do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education.

What will young people with university offers do?

The grades awarded to students will have equal validity to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities, colleges and employers. There is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted.

We welcome the constructive approach taken by the main university representative body, Universities UK, who have said that universities will be flexible and do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to university.

Do universities need to start making unconditional offers / should I accept an unconditional offer now that exams are cancelled?

The grades awarded to students will have equal validity to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities, colleges and employers.

There is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted. Universities should not begin making new unconditional offers and applicants should feel no pressure to accept such offers, as they will be awarded a formal calculated grade for each exam they would have taken.

If I already have an unconditional offer, does that remain?

Yes, an unconditional offer means you have already met the entry requirements, so the place is yours if you want it.

What if I am unhappy with my grade?

We will work closely with Ofqual and awarding organisations to ensure candidates are awarded a fair grade that recognises the work they have put in. If a student does not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.

Will there be an opportunity to take exams this year if I'm unhappy with my grade?

We recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they have not been able to sit their exams. If they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible.

If I take the exam option, will I still be able to go to university this year?

Students who do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after the beginning of the academic year.

While it cannot be guaranteed in every circumstance, Universities UK has assured us that the majority of universities will show the utmost flexibility to ensure that such students who take this option are able to begin their course with a delayed start time.

If a student is in this circumstance, they should speak to the university from which they have an offer after receiving their calculated grade.

What about vocational and technical qualifications?

No exams will be taking place in schools and colleges this summer.

There is a very wide range of different vocational and technical qualifications as well as other academic qualifications for which students were expecting to sit exams this summer. These are offered by a large number of awarding organisations, and have differing assessment approaches – in many cases students will already have completed modules or non-exam assessment which could provide evidence to award a grade. We are encouraging these organisations to show the maximum possible flexibility and pragmatism to ensure students are not disadvantaged. Ofqual is working urgently with the sector to explore options and we will work with them to provide more details shortly.

Might the exams be reinstated if the coronavirus (COVID-19) is not as bad as expected?

No, the decision has been taken to cancel all exams this summer.

A full list of FAQ can be found on the GOV.UK website here.

Prospective Students and the Cancellation of GCSEs in 2020

The latest guidance from GOV.UK

Did exams need to be cancelled?

From Friday 20 March, all educational settings are closed to everyone except the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to continue having a significant impact on the education system, and the country, for months to come. Therefore exams have been cancelled now to give pupils, parents, and teachers certainty, and enable schools and colleges to focus on supporting vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

Will all students get their predicted grade?

No, we know that simply using predicted grades would not be fair to all students. The calculated grade will take into account teachers’ assessment of the likely grade as well as other factors such as prior attainment, so students’ final grades will not necessarily reflect their predicted grades.

Will schools be using mock exam results as a barometer for results?

Mock exam results will be one of the pieces of evidence that will be taken into account in this process, alongside other factors. Ofqual will ensure schools are provided with clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly.

Will Colleges accept these calculated grades?

The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.

The grades awarded to students will have equal validity to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities, colleges and employers. There is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted.

What if I am unhappy with my grade?

We will work closely with Ofqual and awarding organisations to ensure candidates are awarded a fair grade that recognises the work they have put in. If a student does not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.

Will there be an opportunity to take exams this year if I'm unhappy with my grade?

We recognise that some students may feel disappointed that they have not been able to sit their exams. If they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible.

Might the exams be reinstated if the coronavirus (COVID-19) is not as bad as expected?

No, the decision has been taken to cancel all exams this summer.

A full list of FAQ can be found on the GOV.UK website here.

Useful Contact Information

Student Services

For General Student Services enquiries including Additional Learning Support.

Email help.newcastle@nscg.ac.uk (Newcastle Students)

Email help.stafford@nscg.ac.uk (Stafford Students)

Telephone 01782 254188

Text or call 07785724961

Student Finance Enquiries

studentfinanceteam@nscg.ac.uk (Stafford and Newcastle Students)

Telephone 01782 254188

Text or call 07785724961

For Safeguarding or Welfare Concerns

Telephone 01782 254249 (Newcastle and Stafford Students)

Text or call 079190218684 (Newcastle) OR 07860927831 (Stafford)

Apprenticeships

Email apprenticeships@nscg.ac.uk

Text or call 07989719098 (Newcastle) OR 07785280942 (Stafford)

Schools Liaison

Email schools.newcastle@nscg.ac.uk (Newcastle College enquiries)

Email schools.stafford@nscg.ac.uk (Stafford College enquiries)

Marketing

Email marketing@nscg.ac.uk

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The Gordon Banks Sports Centre, Riverbank Restaurant and Academy Hairdressing Salons

As our main campuses are closed, we have made the difficult decision to close all commercial facilities from 5pm on Friday 20 March 2020, this includes our Gordon Banks Sports Centre, Riverbank Restaurant and Academy Hairdressing and Beauty Salons.

We are in the process of contacting customers to advise them of the situation and will aim to stay in touch with updates over the coming weeks.

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