Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Latest updates from Confetti
This page has last been updated on 22/05/2020 at 10:30
Confetti continues to deliver its online teaching and support services remotely and we thank students, their families and our staff for their support and commitment over the past few weeks.
Looking ahead to the new Academic Year
It is our intention, along with that of our parent company Nottingham Trent University, to re-open Confetti’s campus in September so that we can offer a combination of on-campus, in-class teaching with online learning.
Ensuring the safety of our students and staff remains our priority and we are working to ensure our learning; social and support spaces comply fully with Covid-19 safety guidelines – including social distancing measures – before we begin welcoming students back on site. Please read a statement from the Vice Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, Professor Edward Peck here. We will be sharing more detailed information directly with students and on our website and social pages over the coming weeks.
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 as we work over the coming months to reopen our sites securely and safely.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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
- Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
- The Mix – https://www.themix.org.uk/
- Cruse – https://www.cruse.org.uk/
- Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org/
- SHOUT – https://www.giveusashout.org/
- Carers Federation – https://www.carersfederation.co.uk/
- NHS COVID-19 – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
We are working closely with our partners at NTU to make sure you are as informed as possible. For more guidance, please check:
- Current degree-level students – https://www.ntu.ac.uk/coronavirus/advice-for-current-students-at-ntu
- Degree-level applicants and offer holders – https://www.ntu.ac.uk/coronavirus/advice-for-applicants-and-offer-holders
- Assignments and Assessments updates – https://www.ntu.ac.uk/about-us/news/news-articles/2020/03/ntus-approach-to-assignments-and-assessments
Frequently asked questions – https://www.ucas.com/search/frequently-asked-questions/coronavirus
The course teams are currently in the process of marking and assessing all the work that has been received this week. Once this process is complete every student will have:
- Units that have been completed and graded according to work that has been submitted
- Incomplete units where only some assessment criteria have been completed and that criteria will have been graded according to work submitted
- Incomplete units that have no assessment evidence due to the impact of coronavirus
Your course teams are currently in the process of predicting unit grades for incomplete units. These predictions will be based on a range of evidence such as standard of work, submissions to deadline, studentship and academic judgement.
Once complete the grades will be sent to Pearson by 5th June. All centres across the country delivering Pearson qualifications will be undergoing this process and therefore final results will be calculated by Pearson and released later in the summer.
We will be unable to share grades with you prior to the official releasing of grades in the summer.
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.
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 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.
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. Sessions and assessments are continuing online and are expected to contribute to final results, as well as preparing you for your next step, be that further study or employment.