We must keep on protecting each other

Update 18 January 2021

The government has announced that England has moved into Tier 5 local restrictions from 00.01am on 5 January 2021.In accordance with government guidance the college has moved into a lockdown status. We expect that this situation will continue until February and we will keep you updated with regular communication.We look forward to welcoming you all back to College as soon as possible – but in the meantime stay safe and well.

Remote Education

In accordance with government guidance, the College has put in the following measures to support remote education:

  • We feel it is really important to maintain a similar learning structure where possible, in terms of days and times that our students are normally engaged in learning when at College. Therefore, it is our intention to stick to the timetables in terms of maintaining consistency and giving all our students the same overall structure for learning, however, clearly the delivery methods will be different.
  • Methods of delivery will be through a combination of online live teaching sessions, recorded sessions, other online activities through the College’s VLE, self-directed study where students will work on assignments, written work or research, Google Classroom as well as 1-2-1 support to check up on student’s well-being and support sessions. The combination of delivery methods will differ depending on the type of courses students are enrolled on.
  • A blended learning model is in place for our SEND students which involves face-to-face delivery for some students.
  • It is the College’s expectations that all students remain engaged throughout all their sessions and utilise their time wisely to maintain progress. Although Ofqual and awarding bodies have not confirmed how grades are going to be determined this year, no doubt there will be teacher input to define outcomes.Those students that remain engaged for the full timetabled hours will find more opportunities to submit assessments which will count towards their grades, giving a greater opportunity to not only pass their programme/course, but to get the high grades that they need to progress.
  • They will also find it easier to transition back into College life when we return.
  • For the more practical based programmes/courses the College still expects all students to be engaged through all delivery methods although clearly activities will be more theory based but will still be engaging. When we return, we will ensure students catch up with any practical based activities and assessments.
  • All Maths and English sessions will continue as per timetable and will be delivered through live teaching sessions.
  • All delivery methods as explained above are for all our students – 16-19, 19+ and apprenticeships.
  • Personal Tutors and Assessors will also maintain contact via 1-2-1 support. Any lack of engagement will be followed up through various contact methods such as text, phone calls, contact with parents and emails. In addition, students will still have supported learning opportunities. Students with an EHCP can access specific College facilities.
  • The College is providing IT equipment for students who have been identified as having no devices. In addition, the college will provide access to on-site facilities for those students without connectivity or a suitable environment for learning.

 

Exam information

Exams scheduled for week commencing 4 January 2021 will go ahead as planned. All COVID-19 protocols remain in place to maintain your safety whilst in College. Exam rooms are laid out supporting social distancing measures. If you can please attend however, there is an understanding if you are unable to.

Your tutors will provide guidance regarding further exams scheduled from week commencing 11 January 2021.

For details of the new lockdown measures visit City of Wolverhampton Council’s website or the Government website.

A cold, flu or covid – which one do I have?

A blocked or runny nose, a sore throat and a cough are common, especially in the winter.

But how do you know if you have coronavirus? Check your symptoms in this video.

If you have any concerns about your health you should use the NHS 111 website initially, or if you have no internet access then contact the free NHS 111 telephone helpline. Check the NHS website for the latest official advice.

Visit City of Wolverhampton Council’s website for details of Tier 5 restrictions local restrictions.

The Government website is regularly updated with useful information.

You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.

This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.

Check out the information from Mind here.

The College is actively promoting the NHS incentive ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ to reduce the potential spread of any seasonal cold or flu.

Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t:

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean