Kings statements on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important information for students on Kings Colleges programmes

GCSE and A-Level 2020 - results dates confirmed

Following the cancellation of formal GCSE and A-Level examinations in May/June 2020 and move to ‘calculated’ grades this Summer, students have been eagerly awaiting news of when they will receive their results.

Initially there was suggestion that results would be released earlier than usual, possibly by the end of July.

School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, yesterday announced that the previous results calendar would be kept, with results for A-Levels released on 13th August with GCSEs following on 20th August.

Last updated 20th March 2020

As a provider of educational programmes to people from all over the world we want our global community to know that we are standing with you all in these challenging times. We continue to respond to the global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a clear, practical and decisive manner.

Our overriding objective is to fulfil the duty of care we have towards our students, our colleagues, our host families, our university partners and other members of our communities. We will continue to take all steps possible to ensure they are healthy, informed and supported.

We have developed a comprehensive set of policies and procedures to manage the situation as it develops. These include practical risk assessments, regular monitoring as well as the implementation of effective hygiene awareness and practice throughout our schools and colleges.

We have now also developed comprehensive plans to support our students remotely in the short term. To enable courses to continue as planned, we will now move to our remote teaching and learning plan, called Classmate Plus. This will enable our students to share in real time online tutorials with other students as well as interact with their teachers as usual. Assignments, homework and managed self-study will continue as normal.

Meanwhile, we will ensure that all students are fully supported remotely and will make sure that we stay in touch with them throughout a temporary closure period.

Our core approach will always be to follow strictly all advice and recommendations from the UK and US Governments, as well as the World Health Organization.

Official UK Government updates are published daily and can be viewed here.

US Government updates are published here.

The latest World Health Organization advice is published here

We will continue to monitor the on-going situation very carefully and will maintain the flexibility to adapt policy immediately as Government or WHO advice changes.

We hope this provides the reassurance that no matter what the circumstances, we will do everything we possibly can to maintain the Kings experience for our students.

The Kings Directors

COVID-19 Kings Deferral and cancellation policies​

Provision for online learning

Our student support does not depend on school buildings.

It exists everywhere.

Our first priority is to support our students in achieving their learning goals, whatever the circumstances.

Kings is very well placed to ensure effective teaching and learning can be delivered remotely. We have already invested heavily in Classmate, our own online learning platform.

This will be a core component within a new, fully integrated remote teaching delivery plan. It will be free and available to all students wherever they are.

It is called Classmate Plus.

Classmate logo

Classmate Plus is built on three core pillars:

  1. Virtual online classrooms
    We will be using Microsoft Teams to deliver live audio streaming to create virtual classrooms and small group tutorials.
    This will also be used to facilitate on-going dialogue between students and their teachers outside of lessons.
  2. Interactive tasks and assignments
    We will use Classmate and Microsoft Teams to set tasks, assignments, homework and project work.
    Students can upload assignments and projects work and can view teacher developmental feedback.
  3. Online resources for self-study
    We will also use Classmate and Microsoft Teams to ensure all resources are available for self-study.

UK exams and university entrance

We understand that the pressure or desire to return home may be strong.

However, our firm recommendation is for students to return to Kings after the Easter holidays if at all possible. As responsible educators, we also have a duty to make students and parents aware of the consequences of not returning to the UK to complete academic courses. This is particularly the case for students due to take exams in the summer and proceed to university in September.

Our remote learning provision is unable to support students in taking examinations or in providing final year assessments prior to university entry. Not returning to Kings will therefore result in university progression being deferred by a year.

Academic courses and university progression in the UK

Ensuring university progression in September

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