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EPQ Induction Day - 9th July 2018

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Edited by M Colliver, Monday, 9 July 2018, 6:02 AM

Instructions as to how to enrol on EPQ Support

  • Click on 'Log In'
  • Click on 'Create new account'
  • Use your school username and setup a password (it will need to follow the complexity rules)
  • Use you school email address
  • Click 'Create new account'
  • You will then need to check your school email account for a link to follow
  • You should then be able to login - click on the 'Warwick School 2018-19' course and use enrolment key Warwick2018

Any problems (for example if the email does not arrive) - email Mr Colliver


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EPQ titles coming in...

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Some fascinating project titles appearing from students this year:

- Where does graffiti become art?

- How will 3D printing influence the manufacturing industry in the future?

- To what extent are amalgam fillings safe to use within dentistry.

- Who or what was the biggest influence upon Manchester's youth culture in 1990?


We are continuing to build up our community of centres, teachers and students working on the Extended Project Qualification and adding features into our online project log.


Do contact us at contact@epqsupport.com if you would like to become part of our free community.

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A new academic year

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Another year has started and we have nearly 100 students at Warwick School making use of our online production log.

We are now into our third year of using the online production log and we continue to tweak how it works and add in new features.

The online production log has been tweaked to reflect the new design of the pages from AQA and we are further developing the features this this system provides. Some of the features that are now in place for the production log include:

  • Entry States for each page. A page starts off as DRAFT and when a student is happy with the page they change the entry state to SUBMITTED. This change of state sends a notification to the supervisor and then the supervisor can look at the form and either set it back to DRAFT or set to LOCKED with the student being notified.
  • Messaging. A quick and easy way to send messages to groups of students (we tend to group students to a supervisor)

The community section is continuing to be developed and we are determined to open this up to other schools this year. We see the opportunity to have a FREE community for centres doing EPQ to make use of as an important step to enhancing the delivery of EPQ qualifications. If you have any ideas as to resources and ideas for how a community section could help do feel free to contact us at contact@epqsupport.com


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EPQ Presentation Afternoon @ Warwick School

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Thursday saw over 70 Warwick School students discussing their projects with supervisors, teachers, parents and other students.

As usual there was an interesting selection of project titles with a lot of enthusiasm coming from students as they discussed and answered questions about their work.

Well done to all of the students.

EPQ presentations

EPR presentations

EPQ presentations

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Change of theme

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As we look to tidy up the 100 production logs being worked on by Warwick School pupils it also seemed time to give the site a bit of a refresh. 

We have switched to the BCU Moodle theme and will continue to see how this theme develops over the coming months. Currently it does seem to be behaving well on both desktop and mobile devices.

We will be working hard over the coming weeks to tidy off the community areas for both centres/teachers and students before officially opening them up for registration. We are aware that this has taken a bit of time but we have been focusing on developing the production log system further as we continue to gain feedback from the students currently using it.

We will be adding in more features to the online production log service as we prepare for the mass printing that will be coming up very soon.

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New additions to online log book

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Edited by M Colliver, Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 9:57 AM

With over 100 students again using the 'online log book' we have developed the system further from the trial of last year.

There is now an easier system for each entry for the log to move through different 'entry states'. Currently we have defined three:

  • draft (this is when a student first enters details and continues to edit)
  • submitted (this is a student marking an entry as ready to be looked at by a supervisor)
  • locked (this is when a supervisor is happy with an entry and locks it so that a student can no longer edit and the entry is also time stamped)

At the top of each entry there is a clear indicator as to the current entry state:

A supervisor also has the option to add comments to an entry and change the entry state back to draft so that a student can continue to work on it.

Each entry state can have a 'notification event' attached to it and currently this means that a supervisor is notified each time a student changes the entry state to submitted. These notifications arrive both by email and also as a message once logged into epqsupport.com


EPQ Support offers free access to a community of students, staff and academics looking to provide help and guidance for this qualification.

EPQ Support also offers centres the opportunity to subscribe to the online project log books service.

Feel free to contact us at contact@epqsupport.com 

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Guardian article on 'Should students do an extended project qualification?'

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An interesting article has been posted over on the Guardian website written by a student who has completed their EPQ ( read article here ).

Whilst the article highlights some of the benefits of completing an EPQ it also highlights the need for students to consider carefully why they are looking towards this qualification. With a good focus and support completing an EPQ can be very rewarding and a good preparation for university (read the comments at the bottom of the article for some support of this view). However, as with any qualification, students can also be pushed towards it when perhaps it is not appropriate for them. 

At a centre, where we have been trialling our online form completion, it is clear that over the year that around 20% of the students who started out on the EPQ will not actually be entered for the qualification.

Perhaps some of it is a lack of support and students feeling slightly isolated (search twitter for EPQ and you might see students feeling stressed and lost). Whilst this is, in some ways, preparation for independent research we do feel that there is an opportunity to create a supportive environment which is one of the reasons for the creation of this site.

It is clear, from social media sites, that students are sometimes struggling with this qualification and also trying to get support (for example in terms of completing questionnaires / gathering information). If we could gather together collections of students taking the EPQ under one place perhaps they could begin to support each other and also gain support from a wider community of teachers and centres.

We are looking to offer a free place for students, teacher and centres to register with to gain access to support for the EPQ qualification - please contact us for further information.

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Updating our list of universities who offer support for EPQ

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Edited by M Colliver, Thursday, 20 March 2014, 11:40 AM

There is a group of universities who offer support to centres and students for the EPQ.

The support varies in form but can include:

  • workshops
  • visits to the university library
  • access to resources

We are compiling a list of universities known to us that provide support for the EPQ. We are hoping that centres will also put up comments and reviews of these offerings to help our community.

If you are a University which offers support for the EPQ do make contact with us and we will ensure that you are on the list. We are also looking to see if we can gather together research advice from current University students and staff to make available to our community.

This list is available in our community support area for staff (teachers, centre co-ordinators) which is FREE access once you are registered.

University support for the EPQ 

 

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100 students use online production log at Warwick School

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Over the academic year 2013-14 over 100 students have started out on their EPQ in the Lower 6th. At Warwick this is an optional part of the Lower 6th curriculum.

Over the year the students have used our online production log to complete their forms and this has also allowed us to fine tune how the service works.

At Warwick a supervisor is allocated to a group of students and our online service allows groups to be formed so that a supervisor only views their students. The centre co-ordinator can view all of the students but can also drill-down into the different groups to make working with a large amount of students easier.

As the year progressed we realised that a supervisor and the centre co-ordinator would like to see the progress made by students so this was added into the service. Currently the responsibility is on the student to tick off forms as completed but this could also be extended to the supervisor to also mark off the forms.

The final booklets can be formed as a PDF document so that they can be printed off or exported and saved.

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Welcome to the new look EPQ Support website

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As we look to formally launch the EPQ Support community we have switched over to the VLE system we will be using to provide our services.

EPQ Support will be based on the Moodle VLE and a variety of plugins that have been sourced and developed to offer support for the enhanced project qualification.

This system has already been trialled at Warwick School where over 100 students this year (2013-14) have completed their AQA production logs using the tools we have developed.

Over the coming weeks we will publish finalised details as to the services EPQ Support can offer and we welcome any contact from centres who are interested in looking into what we can provide.

Please feel free to contact us as contact@epqsupport.com

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