Covid-19 Update: Important message for our staff and students

This was published at 09:25 on 15 January 2021

New College Durham Remote Education

Our preferred method of educational delivery is to have students engaged in face to face learning within classroom and practical work environments. However, for instances where this is not possible, such as restrictions or self-isolation, the College has developed excellent remote and online learning offer to enable students to continue to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours.  

Remote learning is defined as learning that involves live instruction and interaction with a teacher where students can ask questions of staff in real time at the time indicated on the students’ timetable; this will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. Online learning is defined as learning that involves students following clear instructions to undertake work set independently. The output of online learning will feed into remote or face to face learning; this will be delivered through Schoology and/or Microsoft Teams.

The College also ensures that critical support services such as safeguarding and learning support service continue to be available and accessible to students should they need to remain at home.

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This was published at 16:30 on 6 January 2021

Vocational exams scheduled for January will proceed unless the Department for Education, Ofqual or the individual Awarding Organisations cancel them. We will be in touch directly with exam candidates if there are any changes to this.

All exams will be COVID-safe and socially distanced, however it will be for individual students and their families to decide whether they should sit exams or not.

If you are not able to attend your exam and you haven’t already told us, please email your tutor. For those of you taking exams we wish you the very best of luck.

This was published at 16:30 on 5 January 2021

Following the latest announcement from Boris Johnson on 4 January 2021 regarding a national lockdown, we will implement further measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

This means that learning will now be delivered online, other than for vulnerable learners and learners of key workers where the college will still offer access to the College to engage in learning. This is expected to remain in place until 22 February 2021 at the earliest. EHCP and vulnerable students will be contacted by Student Support teams, however if any student with an EHCP or current social worker involvement wishes to attend their online learning from the ELC, then please contact us by emailing Emma Crosskey. Alternatively, if any student is unable to access online learning due to equipment or access issues, please contact your lecturer in the first instance.

Students should not come to college in person unless we have contacted them directly. Teaching staff and teaching support staff should only come to college in person if they are involved in the direct delivery of learning to vulnerable students or key worker learners. Other key staff required on-site (e.g. security, maintenance etc) will be contacted directly.

All public examinations will go ahead at the same time and locations as previously notified (although we are waiting for further information from the Government regarding these arrangements). If you are expecting to take part in an internal assessment or are unsure of any assessment arrangements relating to your course please contact your lecturer immediately. All examinations will take place in Covid-safe environments.

For students entitled to free college meals, we will continuing to ensure that vouchers or direct payments continue to the end of the lockdown period.

There will be no catering service in the College from Wednesday 6 January 2021.

We will provide a further update once we have all the information; and we will be in touch with all our students with further information and guidance as soon as we are able to do so.

Please remember to check your college email account and keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates.

The Government advice is if you have a new continuous cough and/or high temperature and/or you lose your sense of taste or smell, you should obtain a test and self-isolate at home in line with current government guidance. If you come into close contact with someone else who has tested positive, then you must self-isolate at home in line with current government guidance and obtain a test if you develop symptoms.