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Arrangements for week commencing 9th November

In line with Welsh Government guidelines, the college will reopen, tomorrow, Monday November 9th.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you all back at college

Both the main college site and the Redhouse will be open with all lessons continuing to operate as per your normal timetables.

Transport

College transport from Brecon and Bedlinog/Trelewis will run as normal. If any learners had already purchased a ticket for the Brecon Bus for week commencing 2nd November, this can be used to cover your transport for this week.  If your lessons currently finish prior to 4pm and you do not wish to use public transport, the designated hub rooms in your subject bubble/floor are available for you to use whilst you wait for the college bus.

 

Ensuring your safety at college

We understand that many of you may feel anxious or concerned during this difficult time. We want to reassure you that the safety and well-being of our learners and staff is our number one priority and, as an organisation, we are doing all we can to ensure that both the main college building and Redhouse are safe places to work and learn. 

All of the social distancing and health and safety measures that were in place prior to half term will remain. All of the subject and learning zones and key circulation areas are set out with clear social distancing rules and signage. Face coverings remain compulsory in all communal areas of the college. Additional hand sanitising stations are available across the college and enhanced cleaning schedules are in place.

If you are worried or concerned at all about returning to college, please do speak to you course tutor in the first instance and then he/she can refer you to a member of our senior management or learner support and wellbeing team, who will be able to help and assist you further. 

Please take care and we look forward to seeing you back this week

With Best Wishes,

The College Executive Team

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Key information for week commencing Monday 2nd November

Dear learner

 

We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable half term break. 

Just a reminder that, as per the Welsh Government ‘Firebreak lockdown’ all of your lessons will be delivered on-line/remotely during next week -  Monday 2nd November to Friday 6th November.

This means that you will stay at home and do your lessons on-line throughout the week. You will then be able to return back to college based lessons from Monday 9th November onwards. Please ensure that you continue to engage in your on-line lessons and engage with your tutors throughout the week. We will be continuing to mark registers exactly the same as if you were attending college based sessions.

 

Your safety and wellbeing 

Your safety and wellbeing is our key priority and we will do everything we possibly can to ensure that you are supported to keep on learning throughout the week and that, as much as possible, you receive all of the help, support and guidance you need to assist you with this. If you are concerned or worried about any aspect of on-line learning or support, please do let your tutor know or speak to a member of our Learner Support and Wellbeing Team (details provided below).

 

In the meantime, we have put together some frequently asked questions, for your information, as follows:  

What if I don’t have access to any IT devices at home?

We handed out a large number of laptops to learners requiring a loan of a device during the last week of term. If you haven’t received one and you desperately need a device to help you engage with your on-line learning, please speak to your tutor immediately so that we can see how we are able to help you.

 

How will I access learner support during this week?

Your tutorial lessons will continue as per your timetable. If you are receiving any additional support through I2A or our wider learner support team, this support will continue remotely , on-line and your support worker or Learning Coach team will be in touch with you to make the necessary arrangements. If you are struggling or are worried about anything, please speak to your tutor straight away. He/she can then refer you to the relevant members of our Learner Support and Wellbeing team.  

 

What will happen to any financial support I am receiving?

We will continue to pay all EMA, ALG and other financial support payments as normal. Free school meal monies will be paid directly into your bank accounts during the week.

 

I travel on the college’s Brecon Bus and have already purchased a monthly ticket?

If you are currently travelling on the college’s Brecon bus and have already purchased a monthly ticket to cover week commencing 2nd November will be able to roll this over to the following week for you to use.

 

Will the college crèche be open for childcare?

The college crèche will remain open to allow learners who use this facility to drop off their children when they are learning on-line/remotely. 

 

How do I contact key support areas in the college?

If any of you have any queries or wish to contact any areas of support, please use the following Microsoft teams/email addresses. They are all being monitored continually and staff will endeavor to come back to you as soon as they possibly can.

T_Finance – for all Financial support and transport  queries

T_Reception – for all reception/general enquiries

T_IT Services – for all IT enquiries

 

Learner Support and Wellbeing -  please use the email addresses as listed on the support contact card below:

 

When will the Year 1 Parents Evening now take place?

As you are all aware, the Year 1 Parents Evening scheduled for Wednesday 4th November has now been cancelled. The evening will now take place on Wednesday 25th November, 4-7pm instead.  Your course tutor will liaise with you to arrange a telephone appointment time during the evening. 

 

If you have any queries, are worried at all about any aspect of on-line learning or support for next week or would like any further information on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to email our Director of Planning and Operations on: l.jones3@merthyr.ac.uk  

 

Thank you for all of your hard work and support in helping us to maintain a safe learning environment for you all over the last few weeks.

 

Please take care and we look forward to welcoming you all back and seeing you on-line next week

 

Best Wishes,

 

The College Executive Team

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Statement on 'Fire Break' Lockdown and move to on-line learning for week commencing Monday 2nd November

Dear learner

 

As you are aware, the First Minister, has today, announced the implementation of a 17 day “fire break” lockdown throughout Wales. The lockdown will come into force at 6pm this Friday 23rd October and will continue until Monday 9th November.

 

As part of this lockdown, all of your lessons will be delivered on-line/remotely the week immediately after the half-term holidays – week commencing Monday 2nd November. This means that you will stay at home and do your lessons on-line throughout the week. You will then be able to return back to college based lessons from Monday 9th November onwards.

 

Your safety and wellbeing is our key priority and we will do everything we possibly can to ensure that you are supported to keep on learning throughout the week and that, as much as possible, you receive all of the help, support and guidance you need to assist you with this. If you are concerned or worried about any aspect of on-line learning or support, please do let your tutor know or speak to a member of our Learner Support and Wellbeing Team (details provided below).

 

In the meantime, we have put together some frequently asked questions, for your information, as follows:  

 

What if I don’t have access to any IT devices at home?

If you don’t have access to a laptop, tablet or IT device at home, please speak to your tutor immediately so that they can arrange for you to borrow a device on loan from the college.

 

What if I am registered to sit an exam during this week?

If you are registered to sit any exams or assessments during this week, we will make arrangements for you to come in to the college to sit these exams. If you have received support or extra time for exams whilst in school or college, this support will also be provided for you. If you normally travel to college by bus, please let your tutor know immediately so that we can help to make arrangements for you to be able to get into college safely.

 

How will I access learner support during this week?

Your tutorial lessons will continue as per your timetable. If you are receiving any additional support through I2A or our wider learner support team, this support will continue remotely , on-line and your support worker or Learning Coach team will be in touch with you to make the necessary arrangements

 

What will happen to any financial support I am receiving?

We will continue to pay all EMA, ALG and other financial support payments as normal. Arrangements to pay free school meals directly into your bank accounts over half term have already been put in place and this will continue for week commencing 2nd November.

 

I travel on the college’s Brecon Bus and have already purchased a monthly ticket?

If you are currently travelling on the college’s Brecon bus and have already purchased a monthly ticket to cover week commencing 2nd November will be able to roll this over to the following week for you to use.

 

Will the college crèche remain open for childcare?

The college crèche will remain open to allow learners who use this facility to drop off their children when they are learning on-line/remotely. 

 

How do I contact key support areas in the college?

If any of you have any queries or wish to contact any areas of support during the two week period, please use the following email addresses. They are all being monitored continually and staff will endeavor to come back to you as soon as they possibly can.

Admissions, marketing and enquiries – if you have any queries regarding admissions or marketing, please contact: enquiries@merthyr.ac.uk. We will be continuing to deal with applications and enquiries and will be continuing to liaise with staff as and when new applications come in.   

Student Records – Any query that you may have on attendance or exams can be accessed via: SRHelpdesk@MERTHYR.AC.UK;

IT – If you need IT support, please contact: itservicedesk@merthyr.ac.uk

Finance – For any queries on financial support or bursaries, please contact:  financeteam@merthyr.ac.uk.

Learner Support and Wellbeing -  please use the email addresses as listed on the support contact card below:

 

The links to the Welsh Government press release and FAQs are detailed below:

https://gov.wales/national-coronavirus-fire-break-to-be-introduced-in-wales-on-friday

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-circuit-break-frequently-asked-questions

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like any further information on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to email our Director of Planning and Operations on: l.jones3@merthyr.ac.uk  

 

Thank you for all of your hard work and support in helping us to maintain a safe learning environment for you all over the last few weeks.

 

Please take care and we will be in touch with any further updates as and when we receive them  

 

Best Wishes,

 

The College Executive Team

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Important information on A2 and AS results

Dear learner

 

Further to the release of your AS and A2 grades last week, you may have seen the announcement yesterday that the Welsh Government are now going to award all learners their ‘centre assessed grades’ instead.

 

What happens next?

We are now in the process of reviewing the AS and A2 grades you have received alongside your centre assessed grades e.g. the AS/A2 grades that were allocated to you by the college.  We will be in touch with you by email and letter as soon as we can to let you know what your centre assessed grades are.

 

I’m an A2 learner who needs my grades urgently to secure a University place

If you need to find out what your centre assessed grades are in order to secure a place at university, please contact us on our dedicated telephone hotline: 01685 726007 and we will be able to provide your results to you over the telephone. Please note that you will be asked to confirm your learner ID number, date of birth and address before we tell you your grades. 

 

What if I am still not happy once I’ve received my Centre Assessed Results?

If you are still not happy with the centre assessed grades you have been awarded, then you may have grounds for appeal. We are awaiting guidance from the WJEC to see on what grounds you may be able to appeal against these grades.

 

As soon as we have received this appeal guidance we will publicise it to all learners. If you do think that you have grounds for appeal, please email us at complaints@merthyr.ac.uk with the reasons for your appeal and we will then investigate this further for you.

 

 In the meantime, if you have any queries on the above, please email our Student Records Helpdesk on S.Helpdesk@MERTHYR.AC.UK.

 

Finally, we would like to wish you the very best of your luck for your A2 studies with us or your future university degree or employment route.   

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Leanne Jones

Director of Planning and Operations

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Important information regarding GCSE grades

Joining us this September?

Update on GCSE Results 

We are delighted to inform you that, today, the Minister for Education has announced that learners in Wales will be awarded their centre assessment grades.This means that the grades you will receive on GCSE Results Day will be the grades that your school has put forward for you.  For further information, please visit: https://www.qualificationswales.org/english/news/statement-on-summer-2020-a-level-as-level-and-gcse-results/

 

Arrangements for GCSE Resuts Day 

Whilst the arrangements for collecting GCSE Resuts Day will be slightly different this year, you can be rest assured that we are here to support you every step of the way. Whether you wish to speak to us via telephone, email or face to face, our team of admissions officers and subject tutors will be here throughout the day and also throughout Friday and the following week. We'll also have staff available at each of the Merthyr Tydfil schools during the Friday to offer advice and guidance to any learners who wish to speak to someone face to face but may feel anxious about coming into college. 

 

I've received my GCSE results, what happens next? 

We will confirm your place on your course on GCSE Results Day as soon as you have received your results. 

If you:

  •     Have received the GCSE grades or already have the prior qualifications you require to progress on to your chosen college course
  •     Are happy with your chosen course and do not wish to speak to anyone about your options 

You can enrol through our new on-line enrolment system. The link for this system will be emailed to you the day prior to GCSE results being issued (Wednesday 19th August). Please keep a look out for your emails and remember to check them regularly for updates. 

If you: 

  •     Have not received the GCSE grades you require to progress on to your chosen college 
  •     Are unsure of your next steps
  •     Are worried about your results or 
  •     Just want to talk to someone about your options
  •     Don’t have access to on-line platforms or devices to enable you to enrol on-line

We will be offering a full range of advice, guidance and support throughout Thursday 20th August and the days thereafter on progression into college and the study pathways on offer for you.  

This advice and guidance will be available via:

Telephone – 01685 726012
Email – admissions@merthyr.ac.uk 
Messaging us on any of the following social media channels:
Twitter: @CollegeMerthyr
Facebook: CollegeMerthyrTydfil
Instagram: CollegeMerthyr

Advice and Guidance slots at college 

We will also be offering you the opportunity to book a campus based advice and guidance slot to come in and speak to our admissions team and/or subject tutors face to face anytime from Thursday 20th August onwards. You can find out more and book one of these slots by clicking on the following link: 

http://www.merthyr.ac.uk/content/advice-and-guidance-days-september-2020

You can also book one of these slots to come in and enrol at the college if you are having difficulty enrolling on-line and wish to come in and go through this process with a member of staff at the college. 

We're really looking forward to welcoming you to the college and wish you the very best for your results on Thursday! 

 

 

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