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To our Learners and service users,

In line with the new National guidance* New Directions College will remain operational as we enter a new national lockdown on the 5th November 2020.

Online delivery of the majority of classes started in September. If you have already been participating in a course through a virtual classroom, this will continue as normal.

All of our digital skills courses are being delivered through on-site classroom based delivery and online delivery. This too will continue as normal.

Attending specific classes and appointments with Tutors or Support Workers at our main College site on Northumberland Avenue, is currently restricted to scheduled appointments only. We ask all learners not to come to site unless you have a specific appointment or are enrolled on one of our Digital Skills programmes. When on site you will be asked to wear a facemask and comply with our safety measures at all times. Please also follow public health guidance if you are using public transport.

Exciting News! We are working hard behind the scenes to bring you a new Digital Learning Platform. You will soon be able to use this Platform to download learning resources, upload and share work and monitor your progress. This Platform will be in addition to using Microsoft Teams for your online class delivery.

In a move towards more digital and online learning, we appreciate that not all of our learners have access to a smart phone or technology that will enable them to fully participate in learning. We will do all that we can to ensure learners have full access to their learning programme through our Learner Support Fund, please contact us if you need support.

If you have any queries or are unsure about anything, you should contact your Tutor or the Manager for your Course:

For general enquiries you should email: newdirections@reading.gov.uk

For enquiries about our Leisure courses you should contact Karen Wick - 07929 789319 (karen.wick@reading.gov.uk)

Please stay safe and well,

Andrea Wood

Principal

*https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

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