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.
For vulnerable students and those with key worker parents, we have retained face to face, on-campus teaching.
For the vast majority of our full time courses, teaching and learning is being delivered remotely, either online, or in some circumstances, through the provision of printed learning materials that have been sent home.
GCSEs, functional skills and ESOL classes have been moved online, as have many of our adult programmes too. Adult short courses, in particular our community-based courses and our creative evening courses have been postponed until further notice.
For our apprentice learners, their day release programme is being delivered online.
Timetables remain the same where possible as this helps to keep a solid routine in place for our learners. Formative assessments with students are continuing so that learners can be supported and assessed. Online tutorials to support student wellbeing, the delivery of virtual enrichment activities as well as booked on-to-one sessions continue to go ahead.
We expect our students to:
- Engage with their remote learning as per their timetable
- Keep in contact with their tutors and attend personal tutorials
- Engage with the self-study materials that have been provided by teachers
- Check emails, eILP and Interact to keep on top of updates from the college and from their classes
Some of our campuses remain open for our vulnerable students and those with key worker parents/carers. In addition, where students require specialist equipment as part of their studies, arrangements are being made for students to come to campus, with tutor support but they will be invited in at set times. Students should not attend campus unless they have spoken to, and have cleared this with their tutor(s) first.
If you do not have a device, suitable internet connectivity or an appropriate environment for learning, students should talk to their tutors and arrangements for attendance on campus can be made.
We can, and are, providing laptops and internet dongles to students who alert us to issues with equipment and internet access. Please speak to your tutor in the first instance.
For students with additional support needs, particularly those with special educational needs, we have kept our specialist Stapleford Campus open, four days a week, to provide continued onsite learning and support.