Extenuating circumstances relating to COVID-19
Similar to the “discussing mitigating circumstances” section above, you should make sure to include any circumstances relating to COVID-19 that might have affected an individual student’s performance.
A few examples are:
- Whether the student or a close family member was affected by illness or bereavement
- Anxiety caused by COVID-19 (e.g. economic uncertainty in their household)
- Any barriers which prevented students from engaging with remote learning
- Any relevant information about the students' home learning environment (e.g. access to technology, support of family members/carers)
If you do choose to put more focus on COVID-19 rather than writing a traditional reference, don't worry - UCAS is assuring that it will not negatively impact your students’ applications.
But whichever approach you choose to take, it's important that you submit your reference with the rest of the student's application, in time for the January 26 deadline.
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