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Year 13 provision 2020 – Detailed Guidance

This communication is intended to provide the following information for students

  • A brief timeline showing the dates of key events between now and results day
  • Guidance for students planning to go to university in 2020
  • Guidance for students seeking apprenticeships or work
  • Guidance about the range of enrichment opportunities available via Showbie

Dear all,

I am writing on behalf of your teachers and the Post-16 team to provide you with more detailed information about the plans for the coming weeks.

Given the current circumstances it is particularly important that Year 13 students are as clear as possible about what support is available over the coming weeks and where to find any information you might need. We want to do our best to ensure you receive the same quality of provision that has been delivered to Year 13 in previous years. The key difference this year is that it is likely that most information will be delivered remotely meaning that it is important to make sure you check your emails regularly to ensure you don’t miss any important messages.

The Post-16 team meets regularly remotely to think through in detail the best way of ensuring continuity for you in these uncertain times. I know I am speaking for the whole Post-16 team when I say that it has been a pleasure working with Year 13 over the past 2 years and we are committed to continuing to support all students as best we can to ensure that the transition to your chosen Post-18 setting is as smooth as possible.

Please find below detailed guidance about continued academic provision and how we intend to support you over the coming months. You will see that not a huge amount has changed. We have agreed as a team that we will continue to offer support, enrichment and academic provision until the 12th June but of course we can still be contacted after this time if you have any questions or concerns.

Key updates:

Exit interviews: We are inviting all Year 13 students to have a 10 minute ‘exit interview’ with their tutor between the 15th and 26th of June. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss wellbeing and plans for the summer, to achieve positive closure on what has been a very unusual end to the academic year, to discuss any final queries regarding Post-18 pathways and for students to have the opportunity to sign up to the Future First alumni programme.

Ipads and emails: As indicated previously we will remove school profiles from iPads the 1st July. School emails will stop working when students come off roll which will be on the 17th July 2020

UCAS late applications and UCAS Extra: Students who have changed their mind about their Post-18 plans can still make a late application through UCAS or can use UCAS Extra – further details below.

Our very best wishes

Mr Gutch, Mr Sykes and the Post-16 and Careers teams, June 2020


What is the academic timeline for key events over the coming months?

The overall picture is still very uncertain but we have outlined below the key events for each group

What is going to happen?

When?

 -   A level/BTEC courses: Teachers will continue to provide work remotely in your A level/BTEC subjects until you have finished the syllabus.

 -   w/c 27th April until the syllabus is complete

-   Enrichment and transition: Subject areas will then continue to set enrichment and transition material in each subject area which will be available to all students but specifically to support transition for students who have applied for university courses in those, or related subjects.

-   From completion of the syllabus until the 12th June

 

 

-   A Level/BTEC results day

- 13th August

-   Opportunity to appeal A level/BTEC results and to sit an exam

 

- During the autumn term, precise timeline TBC. No further information is available at this point and it is currently unclear how this will dovetail with university entry. We will update you as soon as we can

What are the different ‘scenarios’ for students who have applied to university or who may want to apply?

Group

Action

Students in receipt of offers for commencement in October 2020

Option 1: Plans unchanged

Wait for exam results to be published on August 13th

Accept offers or go through clearing

Or

Option 2: Changed mind about course- Students can apply through UCAS Extra. Please contact Mr Sykes or Mrs Haigh

Students in receipt of offers for October 2021

Option 1: Plans unchanged

Accept offer on August 13th

Option 2: Plans changed

You might have had a rethink in plans especially if you had planned to travel.  You may wish to change your mind and start in September 2020. Contact the admissions team to see if they would move their offer to Oct 2020.

OR

Changed mind about course- Students can apply through UCAS Extra. Please contact Mr Sykes or Mrs Haigh for further information

Students taking Gap year and applying for 2021

Option 1: Unchanged plans

Contact school in September to start your application for 2021

Option 2: Changed plan and wish to start for Oct 2020 - Students can apply through UCAS Extra. Please contact Mr Sykes or Mrs Haigh for further information

Students who have not yet applied to university and have changed their minds

Students can still apply through UCAS. Please contact Mr Sykes or Mrs Haigh for further information.

What should students planning to go to university in 2020 be doing now?

While the virus may have deprived you of the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge in your chosen A Levels/BTECs it has offered you a different opportunity - to gain the advantage at the start of university studies by exploring your chosen subject in more depth than you might have otherwise done and by developing the intellectual independence required at university level.

This could be the benefit of the next few months; that you start university on the front foot having invested in a purposeful and meaningful transition process. In effect you have exchanged the consolidation provided by terminal exams for the opportunity to enjoy a long and enriching induction to your chosen university course.

We see this ‘transition’ period as having 2 parts:

  • The work you do between 20th March and the 12th June when exams would have finished.
  • Any wider reading and preparation you would have done over the summer to prepare for university.

With this in mind we have put together a package of university bridging/ transition materials from which you can select the activities which relate most closely to you. Further details will be shared via the weekly PowerPoint, summarised on the website and will be hosted on Showbie.

  • Individual Subject enrichment provided by your teachers between now and the 12th June available on your subject-specific Showbie groups
  • Wider Reading Lists in many subjects are already now on Showbie and the full suite of subjects will be represented by the end of the first week in June.
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are available in a wide variety of subjects. These can be accessed via Unifrog. Instructions will be on Showbie.
  • Free History and Philosophy of Science Course with the University of Leeds (see Showbie)
  • Free Speakers for Schools talks (see Showbie)
    • (https://www.unifrog.org/know-how/what-are-moocs-and-why-should-you-take-one)
    • Future Learn (https://www.futurelearn.com/) : This is similar in many ways to the MOOCs mentioned above. Topics include: logical and critical thinking, mindfulness for wellbeing and peak performance, how to succeed at interviews. Instructions will be available on Showbie.
    • EtonX: You can request access to the EtonX course which has been provided by Eton College free of charge during lockdown (https://etonx.com/).The title of the module is ‘Making an Impact’. Instructions will be on Showbie.
    • Ted Talks relating to your own area of academic interest (https://www.ted.com/talks)
    • Specific university derived opportunities which may come to you directly from your universities or to the Post-16 team which we then forward to targeted groups.
    • General university transition information will come out in the weekly PowerPoint such as the University Finance Information shared recently. This will also be available on Showbie.
    • Webinars are being offered by various universities, this is one weekly example with topics covered, Student Finance, Life at University  See full details here. Or you can view live on YouTube. Check the website of your chosen university and insurance place.
    • Life Skills content: We will share some of the ‘Life Skills’ content from year 12 again on Showbie as some of it will be relevant.
    • Volunteering: There are currently many opportunities to volunteer locally to help in sectors where demand is high and workers are few. https://volunteeringilkley.org.uk/

    What should Students planning other Post-18 pathways e.g. Apprenticeships, employment be doing now?

    Although you may now be focussing on securing your apprenticeship/employment don’t forget that you have access on Showbie to the same academic enrichment and extension opportunities as other students.

    The first thing to say is that there are positives as well as negatives in terms of the employment / apprenticeship picture.

    Given the current situation it is likely that many apprenticeship and employment opportunities may be temporarily unavailable or even cancelled. However, there is also likely to be significant growth in sectors which require young, healthy adults. There is currently no specific guidance from the government but we recommend the following:

    Explore the full range of opportunities: It is now even more important than before that you look carefully for current vacancies. It is also important to think carefully about which sectors you’re interested in working in, as opportunities may now be more limited in some sectors and greater in others. It is also a good idea to look for job vacancies along with apprenticeship vacancies, as the employment landscape continues to evolve. These sites are useful for labour market information: http://www.lmiforall.org.uk/explore_lmi/ and locally https://futuregoals.co.uk/.

    Research and agility: In any time of change, it is the individuals who are most adaptable that come out on top. We simply do not know what the employment market will look like over the next few months and years. It is therefore more important than ever that you research your options, keep searching for opportunities through the websites and information provided already, and get the expert advice for your own individual circumstance. If you have told us that this is your preferred route then Mrs Mitchell will be in touch over the next week or so, however you may prefer to make contact sooner at: karen.mitchell@ilkleygs.co.uk

    START Careers and employment website: This website is a good starting point for exploring local labour market information. Set up a free account at https://www.startprofile.com/. This current situation could be the making of you as an employable young adult. The research that you do now might reveal opportunities that you have not considered before. Please think positively about what you can do. Being creative and adaptable are skills which are highly valued by employers. If you consider your situation carefully and take advantage of the support on offer, you could come out of this situation very well-placed for your future career path.

    Volunteering: There are currently many opportunities to volunteer locally to help in sectors where demand is high and workers are required. Being able to make a positive contribution as a volunteer could be an excellent option for you. Moreover, the skills and contacts that you will develop will be invaluable. It may be that volunteering in one of these areas could give you the competitive edge in future employment, provide a network on valuable contacts, improve your own mental well-being, not to mention the opportunity to make a positive difference to others right now. https://volunteeringilkley.org.uk/

    You may prefer to take up a challenge for the benefit of others during these unprecedented times: The 2.6 Challenge launched on Sunday 26th April, for further information, including a list of partners and supporters, or for more ideas about what your activity could be, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk Dream up your 2.6 challenge – more help & ideas HERE.

    What should students planning a Gap Year be doing?

    Our advice over the next few weeks until the 12th June when exams would have finished is to follow the same academic and enrichment guidance as for students planning to go to university this October, however individual circumstances may apply.

    Due to the current national and international context it is the case that many Gap Year plans may need to change. If you are planning on a Gap Year, research carefully what options are now available and think carefully about if this provides you with the experience that you were planning for. If you have something in place, please make direct contact with the provider/employer to check the situation then update Mr Sykes.

    UCAS Extra: It may be that you feel that applying for university in 2020 and taking a Gap Year following your degree could now be a better option for you. Students can apply through UCAS. Please contact Mr Sykes or Mrs Haigh for further information.

    What happens if I don’t do any of the work set? Will it affect my grades?

    Failing to complete work set during lockdown will not impact adversely upon your final grades. National guidelines make this very clear. Schools have received guidance from the government about the grading process and it will be a carefully managed collective process.

    It is your choice whether you take up the opportunities for learning and enrichment that we are providing but your teachers will try to provide you with resources that will give you the best possible advantage as you move to your next stage.

    Whatever pathway you choose to follow, future employers are also likely to want to know how you used your time during lockdown and how it shaped you as a person. The constant evolving nature of today’s world of work has new job roles which require new skills, help make yourself ‘Future Proof’ by taking advantage of the varied opportunities offered over the coming weeks.

    What extension and enrichment opportunities will be available for me over the coming months?

    Extension and enrichment materials will be available to ALL students whatever their future plans.

    This will be shared via the weekly PowerPoint, summarised on the website and will be hosted on Showbie.

    • Individual Subject enrichment provided by your teachers between now and the 12th June available on your subject-specific Showbie groups
    • Wider Reading Lists will be coming on stream over the coming weeks
    • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are available in a wide variety of subjects. These can be accessed via Unifrog. Instructions will be on Showbie. (https://www.unifrog.org/know-how/what-are-moocs-and-why-should-you-take-one)
    • Free History and Philosophy of Science Course with the University of Leeds (see Showbie)
    • Free Speakers for Schools talks (see Showbie)
    • Future Learn (https://www.futurelearn.com/) : This is similar in many ways to the MOOCs mentioned above. Topics include: logical and critical thinking, mindfulness for wellbeing and peak performance, how to succeed at interviews. Instructions will be available on Showbie
    • EtonX: You can request access to the EtonX course which has been provided by Eton College free of charge during lockdown. (https://etonx.com/). The title of the module is ‘Making an Impact’. Instructions will be on Showbie
    • Ted Talks relating to your own area of academic interest (https://www.ted.com/talks)
    • Free First Aid qualification through the Virtual College – Restart a Heart - https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/prepared
    • Life Skills content: We will share some of the ‘Life Skills’ content from year 12 again on Showbie as some of it will be relevant.

    What opportunities will be available for me to develop my leadership skills?

    The importance of leadership: During this challenging time, we are witnessing leadership in action at a local, national and international level – for better or for worse. Leadership skills will be extremely important over the coming years and students are well advised to seriously consider what contribution they could make towards stabilising a society which will have experienced a degree of trauma over the coming months and years.

    Leadership Wider Reading List: All students are encouraged to explore the Post-16 Leadership Wider Reading list which will be available on Showbie and gathers together a wide range of texts and films by and about effective leaders and the attributes that made them influential.

    Future Learn, EtonX and MOOCs also have courses and modules that relate to leadership. These will be available to all students on Showbie.

    What about Prom and leavers celebrations and staying in touch?

    We are not able to provide any update about prom at this stage but it is our intention to work with the Post-16 SLT to find another date when we can hold a celebration of your time with us once the restrictions in place have been relaxed.

    Future First: Given the unusual end you have had to you studies with us this year we are particularly keen to stay in touch with the year group and to sign up as many students as possible to the IGS alumni programme run by Future First. Please click on the link below and sign up.

    We hope to be running a series of events where current students will meet supporters of IGS to improve their knowledge of the world of work. You can choose how and when you help – perhaps you can act as a career and education role model, provide work experience, become a mentor in person or online, or help with donations, fundraising or even apply to become a governor. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help.

    In order to sign up, just follow this link and fill in the online form – we promise it will only take a couple of minutes. https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/ilkley