Updated: 25 March 2020
We recognise that the current global Covid-19 outbreak is causing considerable concern for students and their families in the UK and around the world, and we are striving hard to provide an excellent MPW student experience and continuity in these unique and uncharted times. We made the decision to move from face-to-face teaching at the college here in MPW London and transitioned to a full package of online teaching and student support, via our Virtual Learning Environment for e-learning and MS Teams to deliver e-teaching to all student groups, which was effective from 9.00am (GMT) Thursday 19 March 2020.
Our online teaching solution means that we continue to deliver teaching true to the MPW method with small virtual classes, internal assessments and the highest level of personalised student support. Our move to online delivery has reflected the older age of our student body and their experience of, and aptitude for, virtual learning as they will experience in their higher education destinations. We have so far received very positive feedback on the transition to online teaching:
From a parent:
“As a parent I am very appreciative of the hard work and efforts you have all made to ensure minimal disruption to the children moving forward into next year. My daughter is still motivated to work and do well and this says a lot for the school's management, swift action and organisation.”
From a student:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the lesson, it was detailed had the same format as our normal lessons and allowed for group discussion as well.”
The timing of lessons (timetables) is unchanged. Information about any timetable changes will continue to be posted to our VLE and via student emails both of which students should continue to access on a regular basis. Registers will be taken as per a normal day and lessons remain compulsory for students. Any immediate issues with students joining lessons should be addressed via the relevant Director of Studies. Likewise, students’ 1-1 meetings with their Directors of Study will continue as normal but via MS Teams or Skype. Our college counselling service will also continue to offer a full service to students via online.
The Government has announced that there will be no A level or GCSE examinations taken in the summer. To help compensate for this MPW will be required to have some input on what grades we think students will obtain. To help us do this we will consult both assessment and non-assessment indicators as identified by the Government.
It is important to note that a student’s grade will also be influenced by the consideration of prior attainment, and we await full detail from the UK government on how these factors will be included. Some likely factors which will be considered are:
- Mock exams
- UCAS predicted grades
- Overall attendance
- Effort put into studying
- Timed Assignments
- Tutor predictions
It is therefore of key importance that students attend their lessons via Microsoft Teams and keep in contact with their Director or Studies regarding university applications, and it will be essential for all of our students next term to ensure that they have the highest attendance possible and attend all of their lessons and 1:1 sessions.
Current students and parents are able to contact MPW London as usual with any questions. Families interested in joining MPW London in September 2020 should contact us via our website (UK students) or email@example.com (international students) to talk with our teams who will be able to assist you.