As the government restrictions slowly ease, schools and universities are now preparing for running exams. The government have worked closely with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care to develop a set of guidelines for implementing COVID-19 prevention measures in schools and universities.
By implementing these systems, it can help to create a safer environment for staff and pupils as it reduces the risk of transmitting COVID-19 substantially.
The experts at Portable Partitions Company were tasked with assessing the needs of a university in Warwick and providing the right solutions for their examination rooms in order to simulate a real environment for the students taking the exams and also to make them safer and compliant with government guidelines.
How Portable Partitions Company Helped
Warwick University held Objective Structured Long Examination Records (OSLER) and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OCSE) examinations which were very important as they were for doctors in training. These types of assessments were part of the final examination process and students were required to submit two objective structured long examination records for each CCE block.
During these exams, an actor would sit in and the person taking the exam would need to try and diagnose the actor patient. This is why we were called in so that we can identify and assess their requirements. After the assessment, the experts recommended hiring modular wall systems as they would be perfect for the needs of the university. These modular wall systems are the highest sound-dampening product in the range, making them ideal for these types of exams where privacy is required to simulate a doctor and patient scenario.
The modular walls can be easily configured to suit a range of table configurations without needing any tools. Our range of modular walls helped the university to maintain social distancing in the indoor space by separating their table and creating individualised cubicle spaces for students to sit in.
Partitioning the Seating Areas
The university required the seating areas in the exam hall to be separated and socially distanced so that they can protect staff and students while they sat the exam. Maintaining a controlled environment where students can take their exams and staff can supervise was the top priority. With the range of modular walls, the experts at Portable Partitions Company were able to come up with a tailored layout that effectively separates the tables whilst maximising space.
Simulating the Doctor and Patient Scenario
One of the great benefits of using the modular walls is that they offer the highest level of sound-dampening in the product range which can help students to concentrate better during their exams. With these types of exams, students were required to diagnose an actor patient who would sit in with them. The modular walls also helped to separate individual desks into small areas which created a level of privacy to help simulate the environment in when a doctor and patient may interact in.
Creating a One-Way System
The modular walls were also hired to create a one-way system in the exam hall. The flow of traffic would only be moving in one direction to reduce contact between staff and students. These partitions are very cost-effective and can be customised to suit different requirements.
Warwick University was very happy with the quality of products and service that was provided and this is what they said about their experience:
“We have been working with the Portable Partition Company for over 5 years now and believe we would struggle to find another supplier able to deal as efficiently and flexibly with our ever-changing needs and locations. The whole team are friendly and professional, and they work tirelessly on our large exam setup, constantly checking that the erection of the screen matches our exact needs. Alex works with our team from the start to finish of each project, guaranteeing that there are no hitches on the setup day, and provides a calm head when things change last minute (as they inevitably do!) to ensure that this crucial part of our set up can be completed on time, every time.”
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We supply an extensive range of high-quality COVID mitigation products that can help keep schools and universities safe and compliant with government guidelines. Our room dividers and protection screens can help you maintain social distancing measures in your school. View our range of COVID-19 protection products here.