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We continue to follow current government guidance on COVID-19, which can be found here.

  • Returning to campus and after Easter 2021

    Following the government announcement of the re-opening of schools and colleges from 8 March, we began the process of returning to on-campus learning on Monday 8 March, with all returning students being offered a series of Covid tests at college before switching to self-testing at home. Most students returned to on-site learning during the three weeks before the Easter break and during that period more than 6,000 Covid LFD tests were administered on college campuses. Most of these students have now switched to twice-weekly home testing and will be able to collect replacement test kits at college after Easter.

    However, some courses continued with online learning and will be returning to college for the first time after Easter. Those students will be offered on-site tests at college before also switching to home testing.

  • Covid-19 testing for students at CWA - testing on campus

    As advised by the government, CWA has implemented a coronavirus testing programme as students returned to learning on campus from 8 March onwards, using easy-to-administer tests known as ‘lateral flow devices’ (LFD). These tests are designed to identify the presence of the virus in people who are not showing any symptoms. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in college settings through asymptomatic transmission. We are therefore strongly encouraging all students returning to CWA campuses to be tested. However, testing is voluntary and no-one is obliged to take a test.

    On-site testing

    Most students returning before Easter were offered three LFD tests before switching to home testing during the Easter break. Students returning for the first time after Easter have been allocated on-site tests during their first week back at college and will in due course also switch to home testing with kits supplied by the college testing centres. 

    How the tests work

    Most students will be able to take their first test on the day they return to campus. Scheduled test times will be displayed on your timetable. If your test is scheduled to take place during a lesson, teaching staff will make arrangements for you to go to the testing centre. If your allocated testing time is not during one of your timetabled sessions, you should go directly to the testing area at your campus (staff can direct you to the relevant place).

    Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff and volunteers. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with the individual participant. We will inform any student of a positive test result. In some cases, we may also contact the parent directly. You will also receive a text or email notification of a positive or negative result from the online NHS system. Tests are free of charge.

    What if my test is positive?

    If your LFD test at college is positive, you will need to leave the campus and return home immediately and self-isolate for a further 10 days after the day you tested positive. You will not be able to travel home on public transport or in someone else's car (unless they are a member of your family or support bubble). If it's not possible for you to walk, cycle or drive home, you'll need to arrange for a parent / family member to come and collect you from college. If you develop symptoms during your period of isolation, you will need to self-isolate for another 10 days from the day you first experienced symptoms. You will also need to arrange to take a PCR test within 2 days of the positive LFD test, by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. During the time while waiting for the PCR result (via text/email) you will need to continue to self-isolate.

    If the PCR test returns a positive result you will have to continue to self-isolate and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace. If the PCR test result is negative, you will be able to stop isolating and return to college.

    What happens if my test is negative?

    While a small number of students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason, students who test negative will be able to stay at college and continue with their learning unless someone else in their class tests positive (see next paragraph). Students will be informed of negative test results via text/email.

    What happens if someone else in my class tests positive?

    If you test negative but someone else in your class tests positive, all students in your group will be asked to leave campus, return home and self-isolate for a further 10 days. As you will not have tested positive, you will be able to use your usual means of transport to travel home. If the person who tested positive subsequently tests negative on a PCR test within 2 days of the LFD test result, they and you will be able to stop isolating and return to college.

    What if I develop symptoms?

    This testing programme at college is for people with no symptoms. If you develop symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must immediately self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

    Consent for testing

    Before you can take a Covid-19 test at college, you need to provide consent by signing this consent form. Please also read the privacy notice for testing. Students over the age of 16 are normally expected to provide consent themselves. For any students who are unable to provide meaningful consent, CWA expects the consent form to be completed by the relevant parent / guardian. 

  • Covid-19 testing for students at CWA - testing at home

    Once you have had 3 tests at college, you will be given a home testing kit for you to continue to undertake tests at home. The government guidelines indicate that students should test twice a week at home and report their results to the NHS website as per the instructions in the test kit. 

    Test kits

    Each student home test kit includes several tests. When you go to the college testing centre for your third test, you will be given a supply of home test kits, which should last you for three weeks (testing twice per week 3-4 days apart). You will be able to get further test kits at college when these run out.  

    Using the home test kit

    The home testing process works in a very similar way to the test you take at college. The main difference is that you need to prepare and take the test, wait 30 minutes for the result and then report this to the NHS by following the instructions in the leaflet. Here is a copy of the full instruction leaflet and here is a copy of the simpler version of the instruction leaflet.

    What if my test is positive?

    If your home LFD test is positive, you will need to follow the instructions in the text you get from the NHS. You will need to book a PCR test within 2 days of the positive LFD test to confirm the result of the LFD test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. You and everyone in your household will also need to self-isolate for 10 days. You must also report the result to the college by calling the student absence line. 

    While you are waiting to take the PCR test and whilst waiting for the PCR result (via text/email) you will need to continue to self-isolate.

    If the PCR test result is negative and you have taken it within 2 days of the positive LFD test, you and your household will be able to stop self-isolating unless you or they have developed symptoms after taking the PRC test. You must also inform the college of this through the student absence line. You will then be able to return to college. If the result is negative but the test was not taken within 2 days of the LFD test, you and your household will need to continue to self-isolate for the remainder of the 10 day period.

    If the PCR test is positive, you and other members of your household will need to continue to self-isolate for the duration of the original 10 period (starting the day after your positive LFD test) and follow the guidance from NHS Test and Trace. If you or they develop symptoms during the period after taking the PCR test, you need to re-start the 10 isolation period.

    What happens if my home test is negative?

    If your home LFD test is negative, you do not need to self-isolate and can continue with your daily life. 

    What happens if someone else in my class tests positive?

    If you test negative but someone else in your class tests positive, depending on the last time you were in contact with them at college, all students in your group may be required to remain at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the last time of contact (unless the person who tested positive has a negative PCR test result within 2 days of the positive LFD test) 

    What if I develop symptoms?

    This testing programme at college is for people with no symptoms. If you develop symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must immediately self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

  • How are we keeping CWA Covid safe

    We’ve put a number of measures in place to ensure we meet the government’s requirements for social distancing and other safety considerations. Some of these changes are outlined in the video and sections below.

  • Preventing the spread of Covid-19

    Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us and we have put a number of measures in place to ensure you can return to college safely.

    Face coverings
    If you travel to college by bus or train, you’ll need to wear a face covering in line with current government guidance. When moving around college, all students, staff and visitors will be expected to wear a face covering in communal areas inside college buildings, including corridors, reception areas and social spaces.

    In most classroom settings, you won’t be required to routinely wear a face covering, but will be expected to follow the social distancing measures in place. In circumstances where you need to be in close proximity with your teacher, learning support staff or another student, you may be asked to put on your face covering.

    If you cannot wear a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability, you will not be required to. If you fall under any of these categories, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let the team know why you are exempt from wearing a face covering and they will be able to provide you with an exemption card, which you can attach to your college lanyard.

    What constitutes a face covering and how to wear one
    In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering, but these must securely fit round the side of the face. It is not acceptable to wear a face covering with inappropriate or offensive images or text.

    We recommend that you either use a reusable face covering and wash it at the end of each day or dispose of a disposable mask at the end of every day. By following the simple measures set out below, you can help to keep yourself and those around you safer.

    While wearing your mask, you should:

    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times
    • store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them
    • wash a reusable face covering daily - it can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent or dispose of a disposable one daily
    • ensure your mask is tight-fitting and covers your nose and mouth
    • not share your mask with any other person
    • not pull your mask away from your face to speak.

    For more information on how to wear your mask and further protection measures, please watch this short video.

    Click here for further guidance on how to make your own reusable mask. 

    Social distancing guidelines
    All of our campuses have been assessed and, in most cases, classrooms, workshops and public areas have been re-arranged to comply with government social distancing guidelines.

    In the classroom
    Teaching rooms and workshops have been re-organised to meet social distancing requirements. This will mean that desks will be further apart and there will be fewer students in each classroom.

    You won't usually need to wear a face covering in lessons, although many practical activities may require additional protective clothing and equipment.

    Moving around college
    To help you to move around college safely, we have introduced designated hand sanitising stations at the entrances and at various other points inside of each building. Please make sure you use hand sanitiser upon entrance to a building and as frequently as possible while moving around the college buildings.

    We have also introduced one-way systems which are clearly signposted around the college buildings. For you to be able to navigate the building safely, please follow the direction of the arrows on the floor of the building.

    Additional cleaning and hygiene
    We’ve increased our daily cleaning routines to ensure more frequent and thorough cleaning and sanitising across the college campuses.

    You can do your bit to help to ensure the safety of others by regularly washing and sanitising your hands, especially:

    • when you arrive on-site
    • when you return from a break
    • when you are moving around the campus
    • before and after eating, and using the toilet.

  • Response to infection

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

    Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

    What to do if you have symptoms
    If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, please follow the steps below. More detailed government guidance is available here.

    1. Stay at home; do not come to college. (If you display symptoms whilst at college, you will need to go home immediately.)
    2. Telephone the college absence line on 01553 815999 to inform us of the reason for your absence.
    3. Get a test. Book online or by calling the NHS on 119 to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
    4. Stay at home until you get the test result. If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home until you get your result. You must only leave your home to have a test and not have visitors until you get your test result.

    What to do if someone else in your household has symptoms
    If someone in your household has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, please follow the steps below. More detailed government guidance is available here.

    1. Everyone in the household should stay at home; please do not come to college, even if you have no symptoms. 
    2. Telephone the college absence line on 01553 815999 to inform us of the reason for your absence.
    3. The person with symptoms should get a testBook online or by calling the NHS on 119.
    4. Stay at home for 10 days unless the person with symptoms receives a negative test result
    5. If anyone else in the household develops symptoms, you will need to stay at home for another 10 days starting from the first day they showed symptoms (unless they test negative) 

  • If you test positive for Covid-19

    If you test positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate immediately

    • If you had a test because you had symptoms, you must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.
    • If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test.
    • Anyone you live with must self-isolate for 10 days from when you start self-isolating.

  • If you test negative for Covid-19

    If you test negative for coronavirus, you no longer need to self-isolate with your household, as long as:

    • everyone you live with who has symptoms tests negative
    • you were not told to self-isolate for 10 days by NHS Test and Trace
    • you feel well – if you feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better.
    • CWA hasn't asked you to self-isolate due to a positive test by someone else in your class

    If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.

    To read more information on what to do when you receive your test result, please click here to visit the NHS information page


Queries or concerns

If you have any queries about this information or feel anxious about coming to college, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Assessment and Grading

As you know, you will be awarded a Teacher Assessed Grade for your GCSE English or GCSE maths this year. This is NOT a predicted grade but based on evidence that the English and maths teachers hold for you (usually your previous assessments). It is very important that you attend the Assessment Point 4 (w.b: 26.04.21) and that you catch up on any assessments you may have missed.

Details on what evidence we will be using and how you can catch up can be found in the letter sent to your email address. If you would like further information or have not received a letter then please let us know as soon as possible.

You can contact the English and maths team directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Functional Skills exams will still be going ahead.

 

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