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Coronavirus - schools/colleges information

The Welsh Government have announced a return to school for compulsory education for all learners by 14 September 2020. Since that announcement, we continue to work closely with our schools to plan for this in a safe and organised way.

Please be reassured your child's school will be providing you with a lot more detail between now and the beginning of term.

The following letters have been sent from the Director of Education (via schools) to all parents and carers. Further updates will be published on this page.

PDF Document End of term letter to staff and parents (PDF, 687KB)Opens new window

PDF Document End of term letter to pupils (PDF, 511KB)Opens new window

PDF Document Letter to parents 9 July 2020 (PDF, 499KB)Opens new window

PDF Document 22 June 2020 Letter to parents (PDF, 687KB)Opens new window

PDF Document June 2020 letter to parents (PDF, 506KB)Opens new window


A level, AS and GCSE results in Swansea

Due to the coronavirus pandemic pupils in schools in Wales were unable to sit their exams earlier this year.

Instead, following advice from Qualifications Wales the Welsh Government decided that learners who were due to sit their GCSEs, ASs and A levels this summer will be awarded a fair grade based on a range of available information to recognise their work.

When will results be announced?

A level and AS results will be released to pupils on Thursday 13 August and GCSE results will be released a week later on 20 August.

How will results be announced?

Schools in Swansea have chosen to release the results in different ways and these will be directly communicated with pupils and their families.

Some schools will be providing the results in the usual way with pupils attending school at staggered times to ensure physical distancing.

Others, particularly with large numbers, will provide the results directly to their pupils electronically.

How are the grades being calculated?

Grades for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications are awarded by the exam boards and not by individual schools or Swansea Council.

The Welsh Government has said this year grades will be calculated using a range of available evidence including for instance, work done to date, mock exams and teacher assessed grades. The focus will be on what is in the best interests of learners. This will be in terms of their current well-being and their progress to work, education or training. The aim is that no learner will be disadvantaged. There is helpful information on the Welsh Government's website: gov.wales/examinations and assessments/coronavirusOpens new window.

Will support and advice be available?

Yes. Where schools are providing results electronically they will be informing students on how contact can be made in the lead up to school resuming in September or about making decisions on universities.

Can I lodge an appeal against the grades awarded?

Qualifications Wales has published full guidance on their website. This provides information about the appeals process that is being adopted for summer 2020: qualificationswales.org/coronavirus/summer 2020 decisionsOpens new window

 


We will continue to take guidance from the Government and will base our information on their advice.

You can find the latest information and advice on coronavirus and the latest guidance for educational settings on the GOV.UK website.

Information for colleges can be found using the following links:

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