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Sixth Form News - Term 2

Read this article to hear from our Head of Sixth Form!

Hello and welcome to the Key Stage 5 section of our Newsletter,

Firstly I would like to express my admiration towards KS5 and how productive our students have been whilst studying away from school. Understandably this is a challenging situation for all, but the majority of our students have taken it in their stride and continue to produce fantastic examples of work.

1000 Point Challenge
As you may be aware, during the month of April, the way Year 12 students complete some of their academic work is going to change.  We are setting you an epic STEM challenge that starts on Wednesday 1st April and runs until Thursday 30th April. This challenge will force you to think hard, encourage you to develop your independent learning skills and keep your brain running.

On Wednesday 1st April, Year 12 were sent a link to three challenge mats relevant to your year group. Each activity on each mat has a points score. Complete the activities to score points! It’s that simple.

You will be in direct competition with other students in Year 10 and Year 12 to see who can earn the most points. The prizes will be awarded for individual achievements, mentor group achievements and the coveted Year Group Award – can Year 10 beat the Year 12 points score?

We can’t wait to celebrate your successes in a special Celebration Assembly when we get back to school. 

In addition, there will be surprise Sponsor Challenges which are a great opportunity for you to flex your industry-relevant skills (and earn more points!). Keep an eye on your emails for these surprise Sponsor Challenges – the best 5 responses in each year group will be sent to the Sponsor who set the challenge. This is a great opportunity to impress.

Let the challenge begin: may the points be ever in your favour!

 

GPUTC Sixth Form Recruitment
Despite the unusual circumstances we are continuing to recruit into years 9, 10 and 12 for September 2020. I encourage all those that are STEM focussed and would like further information on our current Sixth Form offer to get in contact via email at c.kennedy@gputc.com, or applications@gputc.com, where we will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Interviews will be conducted via phone and will continue after the Easter Holiday.

 

UCAS Update
Universities are extending their decisions and reply deadlines for all UCAS Undergraduate applications by two weeks due to being asked to hold back from making unconditional offers or amending existing offers to students for up to two weeks. UCAS will be emailing all applicants affected by this directly.

Universities, like schools, are eagerly waiting for further information to be shared on the awarding of grades for examinations and assessments which have been cancelled. When results are confirmed, UCAS expects to run a clearing process, giving applicants the flexibility to make choices throughout the remainder of the cycle.  

UCAS have confirmed that they remain focused on making sure no applicant is disadvantaged during this time of uncertainty, and that they will continue to be on hand to support students each step of the way.

UCAS recommends that all applicants keep a regular eye on their updates through email, ucas.com, and across their social media channels as the situation develops.

 

Preparing For University

For those of you who intend to go to university in September, now is a great opportunity to start your pre-university reading lists. You will be able to find information on this on the university websites or by emailing the university departments directly. The more prepared you can be now, the easier the transition will be from post-16 study to undergraduate study.

 

Year 13 Contact with GPUTC

Even though you will not be taking any exams this summer, we remain committed to ensuring that your leave us having covered all of the learning content included in your programmes of study. With this in mind, teaching has moved online and you should have been accessing your course content, teaching and learning materials and coursework information via SharePoint. Universities or Apprenticeship providers would expect you to have secure knowledge of all of the curriculum content of your courses and so teaching will continue until the content has been covered in full. Your teachers will be providing details of the timeframes involved as it will vary depending on what you study. The Department for Education have also announced that you will be able to take the exams if you wish early in the next academic year so it is vital that you complete your studies and are confident in the material covered.

It is important to us to know that you are safe and well, and that you are accessing the teaching and learning resources. Please keep in regular communication with your mentor (daily is preferred) so that we can support you during this time.

 

MOOCs

As you know, GPUTC is passionate about developing life-long learners and have actively encouraged you to participate in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Not only do they engage you in topics of interest, either personal or professional, they also provide a great platform for you to promote yourself during interviews. Now is a great opportunity to enrol on one.

Future learn https://www.futurelearn.com/

Class Central https://www.classcentral.com/

edX https://www.edx.org/

 

NHS Volunteer Responders

You may have heard about the new NHS Volunteer Responders scheme that has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. They are looking for an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing and volunteers will receive guidance through a 'getting started pack'. If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering. There are a range of roles you could consider.

Community Response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.

Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back in to their home.

NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.

Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.

Further information and details on how to become a volunteer can be found below https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS