On Monday 4th January 2021 the Prime Minister announced another national lockdown which means that schools and colleges are once again being asked to close for all but vulnerable students and children of key worker parents.
We realise that this news will be concerning to you. You will of course be worried about your learning, your end of year results and your next steps. However, Nottingham College is well prepared to support you through lockdown, as we once again move to remote teaching and learning.
Throughout the year you will have already had experience of learning remotely. That’s because for a great number of our students, we have been operating a 50/50 class rota, where one half of a class attends one week and the next week they learn from home. For the time being, learning from home will be every week. Where possible we will deliver lessons online, provide online resources and reading materials, conduct online assessments and tests and perform practical sessions virtually too. Where this is not possible we will send you printed materials. Your tutors will be in regular contact and we encourage you to make use of all the resources we have made available to keep you in contact with your tutor and your class.
If you are someone who still needs to come into college for face to face learning, you will work with your tutor to understand where you need to go and when.
We will be keeping some of our campuses open for students. These are:
- Stapleford: Monday – Friday (normal hours)
- 25 Stoney Street in the Lace Market: Tuesday – Thursday (8am – 4pm)
- City Hub in the City Centre: Tuesday – Thursday (8am – 4pm)
- Adams nursery will operate as normal
If you need IT equipment you must talk to your tutor. If we can provide you with equipment we will arrange for this to get to you.
If you receive free school meals whilst at college, we will be in touch with you to arrange how we can continue to provide you with meal vouchers at home.
The College is taking part in a national consultation exercise, co-ordinated by Ofqual.
This consultation is seeking the views of education providers on how GCSE and A Level grades should be assessed and awarded this summer, and how grades for vocational technical qualifications and other general qualifications should be awarded.
The College is participating in both consultations which close at the end of January 2021.
Outcomes of the consultation will be communicated to students and parents when they are released and confirmed arrangements for exam grades will be shared with all concerned as soon as possible.
In the Prime Minister’s announcement he alluded to disruption to this summer’s GCSE and A Level exams. We anticipate that the summer schedule of exams will be cancelled and that alternative arrangements for these exams will be made.
The College has made the decision to cancel its January BTEC exams, scheduled for the first few weeks of January. These exams are repeated in the summer and we anticipate that we will be able to run these exams in the summer. If you are scheduled to sit an exam in January 2021, you will be contacted by our exams team to inform you of their cancellation.
In accordance with latest government guidelines on national lockdown, your courses have been temporarily moved online.
Your health and wellbeing at this time is our number one priority.
It’s important to keep in touch with your tutor, and they will be contacting you regularly to help keep your studies on track and answer any questions you might have.
To help you with your studies, teaching and learning resources are now available on our online learning portal called Interact.
The Government has asked that the College remain open for students of key worker parents or students who are vulnerable, i.e. those with Education and Healthcare Plans or are receiving social services support.
We run part-time courses for adults at both our campuses and within a number of community venues.
Whilst the UK is experiencing another nationwide lockdown, colleges have been asked to shift their lessons online, to limit the number of staff and students attending college.