Cornonavirus/Covid-19 Update & New Directions College Closure

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and learners are our priorities and we are following the national guidance from the government, Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education (DfE). The College and all its delivery locations are closed until further notice.

We have contacted all students, staff and volunteers.  Our amazing tutors are working on home learning packs and helping learners to continue their studies remotely and will be keeping in touch.

The best places for you to get information about coronavirus are the Public Health England (PHE) website and the NHS website.  The BBC is a good source of news.  Beware of fake news or misleading information for example in internet chat rooms – refer to official sources for accurate information.  The latest guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

We will continue to post updates both here and on our facebook page.  If you need to get in touch with us please send us a message using our online enquiry form here.

Stay safe and well

Exams

Government has taken the difficult decision to cancel GCSE exams this summer. They are working closely with the exam boards and qualifications regulator Ofqual to put in place alternative arrangements. There are a very wide range of different qualifications which students were expecting to sit exams this summer. These are offered by many awarding organisations and have differing assessment approaches.

Ofqual is working urgently with the exam boards to set out proposals for how this process will work and will be talking to teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that the approach taken is as fair as possible.

For our functional skills learners please be reassured that we are committed to your exams happening as soon as practically possible once it is safe to do so.  As soon as we know more, we will update you further.

Apprenticeships and End Point Assessment

Government are working with providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance organisations to mitigate the impacts of this disruption and maintain the integrity of apprenticeships. They are working to ensure that wherever possible apprentices can continue and complete their apprenticeship, despite any break they need to take as a result of COVID-19. They are implementing new measures to make it easier for apprenticeships to continue and complete in a different way if they need to or to break and resume an apprenticeship later when that becomes possible.

As soon as we know more, we will update you further.

 

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