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Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19 - STATEMENT AS AT 3.35pm on 20 March 2020
Coronavirus- latest guidance to students
As you will now be aware, schools and colleges have been instructed to close from Friday 20 March until further notice. We understand that this is a challenging time for students and their loved ones, employers, stakeholders, our staff and their families and we would like to thank you all for your patience and support. Whilst there still remains many unanswered questions, please be assured that we are working closely with key stakeholders including awarding bodies to minimise disruption to students’ learning as much as possible.
Further guidance for students below.
From Friday 20 March the College will close to all students except those with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Social Worker who have been defined as vulnerable. We have contacted all vulnerable students at the College and confirmed who will be in attendance on Monday 23 March. The students that have confirmed will receive a letter via email that outlines the arrangements for them. We will ensure that staff are available and students will be supported to access online learning materials in order to continue their studies.
We will not be expecting any other students in attendance at the College.
Further Education Students
From Monday 23 March there will be no face to face delivery and we will be moving to online learning. Summer exams will not take place as planned. DfE, OfQual, GCSEs, A-levels and other externally assessed qualification will shift to teacher assessments and coursework within a set of rules still to be announced by Ofqual and awarding bodies. It is essential that you continue to engage in your studies and assessments through online learning in readiness for these.
Your teachers will be using Schoology to ensure you are able to access learning resources and assessments. Teachers will continue to be available to support your studies and answer any questions that you may have. We have prepared a student guide to working online that will provide guidance and tips that will be posted on Schoology.
There may be some students who have commenced or are about to commence a work placement. Due to health and safety requirements, we are cancelling all work placements that are not required by their qualification. We recognise that some of these placements have already been terminated by the placement provider. This will not disadvantage your future progression opportunities. If you are still required to attend your work placement you will be contacted by a member of staff on Monday 23 March.
You should continue to attend your workplace unless told otherwise by your employer. Your Apprenticeship Skills Co-ordinator will be in regular contact with you to ensure an accurate record of your progress is maintained.
From Monday 23 March all College delivery will move to online learning. Your teachers will be updating Schoology with learning activities and assessments that will allow you to continue your studies. Whilst we are not able to outline what final assessments and end point assessment may look like, it is essential that you continue to engage in this online learning to make progress in readiness for a point when assessments can take place.
Higher Education Students
From Monday 23 March there will be no face to face delivery for HE students and we will be moving to online learning. We are currently reviewing all future assessments across all courses to ensure that all students are able to undertake assessments that allow you to achieve all the learning outcomes of your programme and achieve your qualification. In some instances this may require modifications to assessments. As we work through this process we will share updates with you. If there are any specific questions please contact your course leader to discuss this.
Adult and Professional learners
From Monday 23 March there will be no face to face delivery and we will be moving to online learning. We are working with awarding bodies and in line with government advice, examinations have been suspended. We fully expect that when restrictions are lifted, assessments and examinations will be reinstated. Your teachers will continue to provide online learning and assessments through Schoology to allow you to continue your studies. If there are any questions please contact your teacher.
You will appreciate that this is a rapidly changing and dynamic situation and plans are changing on a daily basis. I would urge you to monitor updates through the College website, social media and Schoology on a regular basis.
If you have any questions or concerns please ask your teacher. Whilst face to face delivery has been suspended we will continue to offer the exceptional levels of teaching, learning and assessment and support. Support services will also continue and if you are feeling anxious or worried please talk to someone. This is an uncertain time, but one that will pass. We will be maintaining a range of useful resources on the College website including links to external sources of support that you will be able to access.
Getting started on Schoology
We have provided links on our website (below) to key sources of information and we will continue to update these links to ensure the most up-to-date guidance is provided to staff, students and parents.
Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you’re a returning traveller, and what the government is doing about the virus.
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Government coronavirus action plan
The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next. The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.
The action plan can be found here.
COVID-19 guidance for educational settings - click here.
Travel guidance - click here.
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