Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Latest updates from Confetti

This page has last been updated on 03/04/2020 at 14:50

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the evening of Monday 23 March, Confetti’s campus is now CLOSED until further notice.

Online learning continues to be delivered by our teaching staff, along with our remote support for students.

If you have any queries regarding your timetable, or if you have any other course-specific questions, please contact your course tutor by email.

We are working with colleagues and partner organisations across the sector, including our parent company Nottingham Trent University, and will continue to follow the most up to date guidance from the Department for Education, Ofqual and Public Health England to understand the impact on students and their qualifications and we will be in touch directly with students with updates.

Staff and student health and wellbeing and that of our wider community, remains of paramount importance and we thank you for your support and understanding.

Our advice

If you suspect you have contracted coronavirus or are at risk, please seek advice from the Government via the gov.uk pages and please follow the  self-isolation guidance which can be found here: gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public.

While studying online, please continue to report student absence in the usual way via the Confetti Absence Line. The number is 0115 993 2315. 

For all other enquiries, you can call our main reception number on 0115 952 2075.

Guidance

As you’ll be aware, concerns are being raised throughout the UK about the health implications of large public gatherings. We are also following social distancing guidelines so have made the decision to cancel and postpone relevant activities. These include:

  • Student field trips and visits
  • Student placements and work-based opportunities

If you have applied for a college-level course and have an interview booked you should have received a text advising you that this will go on at the agreed date and time, but do not come in as we will conduct it over the phone.

If you have applied for a college-level course and you do not have an interview booked yet, don’t worry – we’ll be in touch with more information very soon!

For any enquiries, please email studentservices@confetti.ac.uk.

We understand that this can be a particularly stressful and anxious time due to the uncertainties surrounding the current situation.

The Student Services Team are still offering support tutorials by phone, email and Microsoft Teams and will be contactable between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday

If you require any support, have any questions or want to arrange a tutorial, please email studentservicesreferrals@confetti.ac.uk

If you feel you are a risk to yourself or to others or someone you know is at risk, please ensure you contact our Safeguarding Team

We are working closely with our partners at NTU to make sure you are as informed as possible. For more guidance, please check:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening with students who get assisted travel to college (taxis, etc)?

Confetti will be contacting the local authority to suspend these for the time being, but you may also need to contact them yourself.

I am entitled to a bursary from Confetti, will I still receive this whilst Confetti is closed?

Yes, if you receive travel payments or have a travel pass, you will still get/have use of these. If you receive meal voucher payments and/or VSB Payments, you will also continue to receive these. Please note, this will be subject to change in line with provider guidance.

I am a Level 3, Year 2 Confetti student who has applied to university through college. What will happen with my university place now exams have been cancelled?

UCAS have provided an update below about this year’s applications. They will be sending all applicants advice on what to do via email, so please make sure UCAS have your up to date, correct email address. Check your email several times a day.

https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/after-you-apply/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates

Do you have any further information about the cancellation of exams for all students?

Yes, the government has provided a further update. The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.

This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.

To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

I am a current Confetti student and I am unable to do my work at home.

Please contact us by email or phone and the appropriate staff will be in touch.

Will your courses still be running for September 2020?

As far as we know, yes, all of our courses will be running.

How should I let Confetti know my predicted grades?

Please send these to MIS@confetti.ac.uk.

I am a current Confetti student and I would like some more information about our results at the end of the academic year.

We are currently awaiting further instruction from the Government and exam boards.

I have applied for a place at Confetti, but haven’t been booked in to have an interview yet?

We are following government advice and all Confetti buildings have been closed. However, we are still accepting applications. All interviews will be conducted over the phone or by other remote means. If you are applying for a Music Performance course, where possible we would like for you to record yourself playing two songs. The tutor conducting your interview will ask for these recordings to be emailed over to them.

We are contacting all applicants by phone and email to get them booked in.

I am an external applicant. Do you have any further information about the cancellation of exams for all students?

Yes, there has been a further update. Teachers in England will be asked to assess the grades they think pupils would have achieved in cancelled GCSE and A-level exams. Teachers’ predictions for A-levels, AS-levels and GCSEs in England will be based on the evidence available – such as previous exam results, tests, homework, coursework, mock exams and what the regulator calls “general progress during your course”.

Teachers will be asked to say what they think would have been the grades most likely to have been achieved if the summer exams had taken place – based on an overall professional judgement.

Please speak to the Exams Officer at your current school or college if you have any questions.