On 12 May the Government published its advice to schools (and colleges) on preparing for a wider opening at the beginning of June.
From 1st June 2020, the Government expects us to offer some face-to-face contact with our year 10 and year 12 students (for example GCSE or A Level students going into the second year of a two-year programme in September), alongside the full-time provision we are currently offering to pre-identified priority groups. This change will not be a return to full timetables or bring students back into College full-time, but instead it will offer some support to supplement those students’ remote education.
Year 10 and 12 students have been prioritised because they are preparing for key examinations next year, and are most at risk of falling behind due to time out of college. We will support students who don’t fall into these groups remotely as we are already doing and will always strictly follow government guidance.
In line with implementing protective measures and reducing contacts, we will limit the number of students attending at any one time and keep students in small groups so that social distancing can be maintained. We have enhanced cleaning of all our sites in place and we will make sure that our communal spaces do not become overly busy.
We will also have to look at how we ensure that the use of public transport for travel to and from College is minimised, especially at peak times.
Also, on 1st June the Government is asking nurseries and other early years providers, including childminders, to begin welcoming back all children.
Any form of reopening in June is not a certainty. It is an assumption based on continued progress in the reduction of the spread of the disease, following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a loosening of the lockdown on Sunday.
This is for information at this stage, so our students do not need to do anything different at the moment. Rest assured that our priority is to support their learning and keep them safe, and the College will be in touch with any applicable students with further details, once the picture becomes clearer.