Appeals 2021

Ofqual and the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have published their guidance for appeals in 2021.

There will be a two-stage appeals process, as follows:

  • Stage One – Centre Review (this must be completed before moving to Stage Two)
  • Stage Two – Awarding Organisation Appeal.

Students will be able to request a centre review, and once that has been concluded may proceed to an awarding organisation appeal (if they wish to).

We are yet to confirm any associated fees regarding our appeals services. We will keep you updated as soon as this information is confirmed and available.

For more information please see our Appeals summer 2021 webpage, and overview video.


As you will be aware, on Monday 22nd February 2021 the Prime Minister announced to the nation that from 8th March 2021 ‘pupils and students in all schools and further education settings can safely return to face-to-face teaching’ and that ‘school attendance will be mandatory for all pupils, with secondary schools and colleges able to phase return over the week of 8th March to allow students to be offered testing on return’. The testing of students in college continues to progress well and we are now at the stage where we are ready to move from testing in college to home testing.

If you gave consent for your child to take part in the COVID-19 testing currently taking place in College then no further action is needed, your child will receive their first batch of home testing kits this week when they receive their third and final test in College.

If you did not give consent for your child to take part in the COVID-19 testing taking place in College then you may still opt-in to home testing for your child. Please read the attached letter outlining our approach to home testing in more detail and the attached COVID-19 testing privacy statement detailing the data we will need to collect from you and how it will be treated. If after reading these documents you wish to opt-in to home testing for your child/children then please complete the Consent form for opting-in to Home testing for your child/children before Friday the 19th of March, 2021.

If you choose to opt-in to home testing for your child, they will receive their first batch of home testing kits in the week commencing Monday, the 22nd of March, 2021.

Below you will find some responses to frequently asked questions, additional information, and the letter sent home about home testing if these do not answer any query you may have then please feel free to contact Mr Nixon.

 Letter to Parents and Carers (Testing)

Some frequently asked questions about home testing

Testing yourself for Coronavirus Pupils & Parents Guide to the Rapid Lateral Flow Test

A guide to regular testing for parents with children at nurseries, schools and colleges


Action Together: Newsletter

People have the power to change the places they live and the things they care about.

At Action Together we know that people can make things happen because we see it every day. Across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside, there are thousands of people changing lives, improving neighbourhoods and contributing positively to our local area. Action Together offers a range of support to strengthen communities. We believe that by learning together, sharing skills and pooling resources we can get more done.

  • We support people to get help, providing opportunities to get better connected to what is going on in their local community and find the support they need.
  • We strengthen community and voluntary groups by providing support to run their group, find and secure resources and work together to do more.
  • We encourage local people, businesses and the public sector to give their time, skills and resources to support local good causes.

To find out how you can give help, or get help across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside please explore our website.

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