To our Learners and service users,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 4th January 2021, we will be closing the New Directions College building on Northumberland Avenue on the 5th January 21 until further notice.  We will be continuing to deliver our courses online from Monday the 11th January as planned. If you have already been participating in a course through a virtual classroom this will continue as normal.  If you have enrolled onto a course which cannot be delivered online, we will be in touch.

We have developed a Virtual Learning Platform to support all our learners to access their learning online. New learners will receive an email with their user name and password. Once they have accessed the Virtual Learning Platform, they will be asked to change the password. They will be able to view the courses they are enrolled on. Existing users can use their previous access details. Existing and new learners who are having any difficulties should contact the support team on:

NewDirections@reading.gov.uk

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)

Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all our learners and service users a very safe, healthy and successful new year.

Andrea Wood

Principal

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