IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL STUDENTS

Following further clarification from the Government and the move to Tier 4, the College has reviewed our procedures for opening next term.

Please see below important details about returning to College –

For Week Commencing 4th January

If you have an End Point Assessment on 4th January you should attend College as normal on this day and College Transport will be running as normal

If you have exams on the 6th or 8th January you should attend College on this day and College Transport will be running as normal

For all other learners including apprentices we will move to on-line learning for this week.

We will contact all of our vulnerable learners to ensure they receive support.

For Week Commencing 11th January

If you have exams this week you should attend College on these days and College Transport will be running as normal

For all other learners including apprentices we will move to on-line learning for this week.

We will contact all of our vulnerable learners to ensure they receive support.

For Week Commencing 18th January

Provided the Government does not change its guidance all learners and apprentices should return to College for face to face learning from Monday 18th January.

 

  • For our Students in residential accommodation – we will be contacting you to confirm whether you have exams week commencing 4th or 11th January – your accommodation will be available to ensure you can attend for your exams.

 

  • For our HE Students – you should not return to College until 18th January – you will be contacted to confirm your return arrangements.

 

  • We anticipate that we will commence testing for all staff and students in line with Government Guidance from week commencing `11th January.

 

  • As we are in Tier 4 we now require all students to wear face coverings in classroom as well as communal areas.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an end point assessment? How do I know if this affects me?

A: End Point Assessments are for our apprentices – if you are scheduled to have one – you will know

 

Q: Will I still receive vouchers for free school meals?

A: We are working through this procedure with the DFE – further details to follow

 

Q: Will workshops be open as normal from 4th Jan?

A: No, unless you are required to attend for an exam you should not come into college

 

Q: Who will contact me if I need to be in college?

A: You should report back for face to face learning as usual  from week commencing the 18th January

 

Q: How will I know if I’m classed as vulnerable? Will I be contacted and asked to come in?

A: Our vulnerable learners include students with an Education & Health Care Plan (EHCP) or a Social Worker – we will contact you if you are classed as vulnerable

 

Q: If I’m vulnerable but don’t want to come in, can I stay at home?

A: Yes, but please discuss this when we contact you

 

Q: I only have a phone for working at home. Will that be enough?

A: Your tutors will contact you to discuss work that you are able to do at home with the facilities you have

 

Q: Will the work be on Moodle?

A: Your tutors will contact you to discuss this

 

Q: How do I reset my password if I can’t access Moodle? 

A: Your tutors will contact you to discuss this

 

Q: Can I come into college to use the computers to do work? 

A: No, you should not come into College until week commencing 18th January

 

Q: How will my lecturer communicate with me? 

A: By Phone or email, whichever is best for you

 

Q: Do I have to have a negative test before I start college? 

A: No, but you should follow the COVID protocols as below:

 

Issue

Action

Return to College

I am ill with symptoms not linked to COVID-19

Do not come to work/College

Ring the absence line on each day of illness

When you feel well again

I have COVID symptoms

Do not come to work/College

Organise a COVID-19 test

Self-isolate the whole household

Inform College immediately

If the test is negative

If no one else in the household is awaiting test results

I have tested positive for COVID-19

Do not come to work/College

Inform College immediately

Agree an earliest date for possible return (minimum 10 days)

Self-isolate your whole household/support bubble

When 10 days have passed since symptoms began and you feel well

 

Q: Who will be doing the testing? Do I have to do it myself or will it be done for me?

A: We are presently working through the DfE guidance on testing, more details to follow next week