Welcome to the Parents' Zone

This section of the website has been developed to provide parents and guardians with relevant, up-to-date information relating to college life.

Welcome to our Parents’ Zone which has been designed to introduce you and your family to this exciting new chapter in your child’s education and to help you in supporting them in achieving excellent results and outcomes whilst at the College. Our experience tells us that a strong three-way partnership between the student, the College and the student’s parents or guardians helps in achieving the very best outcomes and therefore we are keen to involve you in this educational journey as much as possible.

At Gower College Swansea we are expert in supporting young people as they move through this phase of education into the working world or onto higher education, with our success based on providing first class experiences for your son or daughter and which includes excellent teaching, good facilities and great care and support.  The range of College programmes available allow young people to improve their qualifications and progress to good jobs or to higher education and also to meet new people and do new things.  There is serious hard work to be done but also fun and friendship to be enjoyed.

We hope that you find this new Parents’ Zone stimulating and useful – and if you have any questions or comments as to how we can further improve it, please do not hesitate to let us know.

For all updates regarding the College’s response to Covid-19, please visit our dedicated Coronavirus information page.

Kind Regards
Mark Jones
Principal

Principal’s update 13/01/2021

The announcement on Friday by the First Minister that colleges and schools will continue with online learning for at least the next three weeks (until 29 January and possibly longer if the number of positive cases do not reduce) was disappointing. But it is unquestionably the right approach to take at the current time in helping to reduce the numbers of transmissions across our communities.

But of course this announcement hasn’t come as any surprise and, as a College, we have been preparing for this very situation throughout the first term.

The way we have done this is as follows:

Face to face delivery

Firstly to prioritise face to face delivery for all our full time students for the whole of the first term and in doing so, to run with each class being a separate bubble – and with separate A Levels taught on different days. As a direct result, less than 10% of our full time students have needed to self-isolate, with not one student having to self-isolate on more than one occasion.

Prioritisation of practical sessions

Secondly, College lecturers were asked to prioritise practical sessions in laboratories, workshops, salons, kitchens and other practical settings and, as such, in many courses there is now a need to catch up on theory which suits a model of online teaching.

Investment in digital

Thirdly, and with the support of Welsh Government, we have been able to make a significant investment in IT equipment. In this past term alone no fewer than 750 devices have already been loaned out to students, and we are currently waiting for another 400 to arrive which will then be distributed.

Technology to teach

And then fourthly, there has been significant investment in the skills development of our staff to be able to teach digitally. Pilot activities have been undertaken in all learning areas and there was a full inset week for staff prior to Christmas. All learning areas now have individual digital mentors – staff with strong IT skills who have time set aside to be able to advise and support their colleagues.

Next steps…

So with all of this now in place, we are confident that there will be a smooth transition over to online teaching for the coming weeks.

Students will follow their timetables, which will include tutorials, and then on top of this we will have an increased focus on student wellbeing and the development of employability skills.

We are also investing in recruiting additional pastoral coaches to support learners who are experiencing challenges and those who we have identified as requiring additional academic support. And as the position regarding assessments becomes clearer, we will also look to build any new requirements into all of the programmes as quickly and as smoothly as we can.

We will also look to maintain close contact with our vulnerable students – through the work of our student support officers – and as soon as we are able to, we will focus on bringing our vocational students back into College to complete any outstanding practical work and assessments.

I fully understand this is an unsettling time for everyone, but I can assure you that as a College, we are confident that we are best placed to get you the results your hard work and resilience deserves.

Mark Jones, Principal

Progress evening information

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