Back to college – New group set to tackle challenges of safe return to campus and management of learner assessments

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ColegauCymru has come together with joint trade unions (JTUs) to ensure that learners returning to campus, particularly those facing technical assessments in 2021, are given the best possible opportunities, support, and guidance to achieve their potential.  

The Working Group is committed to ensuring that all students have a level playing field and that no learner is put at a disadvantage as a direct result of the Covid19 pandemic.  

ColegauCymru Vice Chair Simon Pirotte said, 

“We have listened to the concerns of lecturers who know how important it is that their learners complete their technical studies. The establishment of this Working Group is a welcome initiative, enabling swift and efficient decision-making in a fast-moving education setting.”  

The first task of the Group will be to work with Welsh Government colleagues to plan for the safe return to face-to-face learning and appropriate provision for blended learning. We are encouraged by today’s Welsh Government announcement that the return of learners to face-to-face provision is a clear priority. We further welcome the First Minister’s acknowledgement of vocational qualification learners and the importance of prioritising their phased and flexible return to college.  

ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies added, 

“Working closely with the JTUs will allow us to provide clear messages to the further education sector here in Wales – learners, staff and other stakeholders. The Group will particularly focus on ensuring that provision for technical and vocational qualifications is at the forefront of the decision-making process.” 

Further Education Joint Trade Unions Wales Secretary Margaret Phelan further added, 

"We welcome this formal opportunity to work together as we continue to navigate these challenging times. We are committed to ensuring that the safety of learners, their families and college staff remain our priority and will endeavour to provide a good learning experience so young people in particular can progress and move into the world of work.” 

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