Ashby School Covid-19 University Admissions Contextual Information 2021 entry
• The amount of teaching time that was lost overall, and what alternative provision for remote education was delivered to students
During the period of school closures, students were taught remotely in the first instance through the school VLE and email contact with teachers. The school initially had to organise and ensure provision of laptops and Wi-Fi devices to a number of students before remote teaching via Microsoft Teams was set up. Once this was set up, students were taught for 2 hours per week per subject via Microsoft Teams for a period of 3 weeks before they returned to school for a week at the end of the summer term for face to face contact. The Teams lessons were also supplemented by additional VLE resources.
• Any disruption to your normal university application processes
The normal university application process was disrupted and the school’s usual dedicated day for post 18 careers was cancelled. Students received weekly communication via email regarding careers including the university application process and were invited to attend a one hour virtual workshop in place of our usual face to face provision.
• Any impact on the information used to determine predicted grades; for example, the cancellation of internal assessments
Internal summer assessments were cancelled during year 12 so students returned to begin their year 13 course after the period of closures, and took assessments upon their return to help determine predicted grades. The nature of the timing of these assessments should be considered in line with the disrupted period of teaching during the pandemic.