Gloucestershire College - Covid Update
Returning to face-to-face delivery from Monday 8 March 2021
I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to our students for your work and engagement throughout the January and February lockdown. We are all very proud of the way you are coping with the challenges and restrictions you are facing due to the pandemic.
In line with the latest government guidelines, we are making plans in order to support your return to face-to-face teaching at Gloucestershire College.
We will be in contact with each group and cohort with the details of your specific return date and time shortly. It is important that you adhere to the date and time provided so we can phase your return.
In the meantime, please monitor your emails closely and be prepared to return to college from Monday 8 March 2021. We will also let you know about the arrangements for regular testing of different student groups for Covid and what you will need to do.
- Dr Karen Morris, Vice Principal at Gloucestershire College
Attendance at College
Once you have received your specific start date and time, it is important that you start to attend all your face-to-face classes as timetabled. Attendance is an important factor for high levels of achievement and particularly important for the development of practical and social skills.
What do you need to do?
When you return to campus, we need you to:
- Follow the student code of conduct
- Follow the instructions relating to the one-way system and social distancing
- Make sure you go straight to your timetabled room and leave the building as soon as your face-to-face sessions are finished
- Arrive no more than 15 minutes before your timetabled session
- Follow the main instructions relating to increased handwashing and ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’
- Avoid attending college buildings if you have any Covid symptoms and you must report any Covid related absences to curriculum administrators, your tutor and student mentor
Learners will need to bring a face covering or face mask to wear in the classroom and all communal areas, such as corridors and toilets. You will be required to wear a face mask or face covering in the classroom until at least Easter, unless you have a college exempt card.
We look forward to welcoming you back on campus very soon.
Please note that there have been no confirmed adaptations for qualifications, there has been some proposals from exam boards but we are awaiting the detail, which we will share once confirmed. You must, therefore, continue to engage with the remote learning and complete the tasks, assessments and assignments set by your lecturers. This is essential evidence required to complete your qualifications. We will keep you fully informed as and when we receive more details from the Department of Education.
Please make sure you are attending all planned virtual sessions and regularly check for emails from your tutors. Please make sure you monitor your emails for your specific date to return to face-to-face teaching - this will vary group by group.
Please contact course tutors/student mentors via email if you have any problems accessing remote/online learning and we will do what we can to support you.
There are a small number of exams that will continue to take place and each group will be aware of the days and times of these.
Update regarding GCSE English and maths assessments
The Secretary of State for Education has announced that GCSE examinations are cancelled for summer 2021 and they are to be replaced by ‘centre assessed grades’.
Teacher will be expected to use evidence from classwork, homework and assessed work, such as your termly skills checks when defining your 'centre assessed grades' in June. Please note that these grades will be standardised across the team and tutors will not be able to discuss the grades submitted to the exam boards.
It is important you are aware, that you need to continue to attend and engage with your remote learning and complete English and maths activities and assessments as instructed by the tutors. These will be used as evidence for the exam boards.
If you are attending and completing the Skills Checks, well done! Now keep working through the resources on the VLE and Teams so that you give yourself the best chance of making progress.
If you are not already fully attending your online English and maths lessons, and if you have not yet completed all Skills Checks, there is still time for you to do so. If you do not regularly attend, or do not complete all the standardised work and skills checks that are set, we may find it difficult to give you an assessment grade. Therefore, please contact your English and maths lecturer to ensure you have a Teams invitation for your lessons. Please make sure you are clear on how to access all the work on the VLE and the Skills Checks. It is not too late to give yourself the best chance towards any adaptation to the examinations for this year.
If you are not sure how to do this, please contact Ruth Gibney, Deputy of English and maths on firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember these English and maths skills are important for your lifelong learning and future careers.
Once we have more detail, we will contact you again to explain the process.
Please click here to read about what to expect from Gloucestershire College with our remote education provision for pupils.
In the summer of 2020, the government released additional funding for one-year for schools and colleges to help mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus.
Here at Gloucestershire College we are utilising this 16-19 tuition fund in two ways:
1) We have appointed English and maths coaches – these staff work with the English and maths teaching team to work with learners who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in these subjects. They coach the learners either one-to-one or in small groups particularly focusing upon those who are struggling to engage, those with identified gaps in subject knowledge, and those identified by the tutors as requiring extra tuition.
2) Providing study coaches to specifically work with one-to-one and small groups to support those who are struggling on their main programme. This might be vocational/subject specific support or developing study skills so they can be successful.
Supporting your Wellbeing
We are extremely mindful that Covid has created an unsettling environment for all and we are fully committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students, apprentices and staff throughout this academic year – and beyond. We are in this together and whilst we focus on delivering training, we also have a strong pastoral system in place to support any concerned or impacted individuals. Please visit: gloscol.ac.uk/wellbeing for useful resources and support from our safeguarding team.
Safety measures – Risk Assessments
Extensive, full risk assessments have been carried out across all three campuses - you can find a copy of our latest risk assessment here.
Virtual open events for Year 11 school leavers, Year 10, and parents
Whilst we’d love to welcome you on campus to see first-hand our fantastic student facilities, we’ve had to move our popular open events online this year. But you won’t miss out! You’ll still get to meet our friendly dedicated teaching teams, hear about our wide array of full time courses for 16-18 years olds, and watch videos of our fabulous three campuses and all they have to offer. All our events will have a live Q&A where you can ask our teachers and learning support staff any questions about our courses at GC.
Virtual open events for University Level, Adult and part time professional courses
We’ll be hosting an event online during 2021 – email: email@example.com to register interest and we’ll be in touch!
Applications for 2021
You can now apply online for September 2021 starts for:
- Full time programmes for 16 – 18 year olds (Levels 1–3)
- Apprenticeships (Many of our apprenticeships start throughout the year - so there is no need to wait for September!)
- University Level courses and apprenticeships (Levels 4–6)
- Adult part-time courses
NEW Online courses for adults
We are also offering some adult courses with 100% online delivery for those who prefer not to attend campus – some of which run throughout the year and are completely free! Our free training courses are fully flexible to fit in around your lifestyle, and you can start your course and study at any time. Discover our full range of courses and apply online here.
Applications for Adult professional courses
All of our open events and applications for 2021 courses are currently online – however, for some of our adult professional courses we may need to invite you onto campus for interview/assessment. We have carried out extensive risk assessments and you will receive clear guidelines by email from our Admissions Team. We ask that on arrival you wear a face covering, use the sanitisation station on entry, sign in with reception and adhere to our strict social distancing policy whilst following the one-way system to your allocated classroom. Further instructions will be given to you in your session on how to use and navigate the campus safely in line with our latest procedures.
If you have any applicant queries or concerns please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrolment for September 2021
We are currently planning to undertake our enrolment online for September 2021 starts. This will be carried out after GCSE and A Level results in August 2021.
Online enrolment for some adult courses and university level courses will start earlier in the summer of 2021.
Get in touch
General Covid enquiries or concerns? Please email our student services team at: email@example.com or call 0345 155 2020.
For specific application enquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For employers who currently employ a GC apprentice
- Any staff members have tested positive for Covid and had recent contact with your GC apprentice
- You have to furlough an apprentice
- You have any queries or concerns about the Covid measures in place at GC, how we can continue to assess apprentices in their workplace or how we are delivering teaching online remotely due to the lockdown
Then please contact: email@example.com or call: 01452 563400 immediately. Please note that it is very important that furloughed apprentices must still continue to attend College remote learning as per their timetable.
If your business can continue to operate within the latest government guidelines, it is your responsibility to ensure your workplace is compliant with Covid government guidelines to ensure a safe working environment for apprentices.
We are here to support your business in 2021
We appreciate this is an incredibly difficult time for many of our local employers. Our dedicated Business Hub Team is here to fully support you, whether that is guidance on your current apprentice commitments, utilising our flexible apprenticeship start programmes to help kick start your business in 2021; or taking advantage of any staff training opportunities whilst on furlough. See below for the many options of how we can help support you further.
Training and upskilling existing staff
- Free training courses
- Professional short courses
- Part time professional courses
- Apprenticeships for staff to support the running of your business
We offer a variety of training programmes with flexible funding options and start dates to suit your needs. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01452 563400.
New recruits and trainees
We appreciate these are such difficult times, but we also know that Covid unemployment is hitting our young people hardest and drastically shrinking their career opportunities. This will ultimately damage our local economy further down the line with future skills shortages. For businesses who can, it has never been more important to help the next generation succeed and offer training opportunities to our hard-hit Covid generation. We offer a variety of opportunities for businesses to help the next generation in any way they can:
- Apprenticeships – Give a chance to a young person and build the talent pipeline of your business for the future. Your business can receive up to £3,000 for each apprentice hired by 31 March 2021. We offer over 45 apprenticeship programmes available from Level 2 all the way up to Degree qualifications. We have apprenticeships starting throughout the year. Find out more here.
- Traineeships – Support a young person into employment by providing them with valuable work experience. Traineeships at Gloucestershire College include an 8 week intensive classroom learning programme delivered on campus followed by a 6 week work placement with one of our employer partners. Your business can receive £1,000 per trainee you take on. Find out more here.
- Kickstart programme – Support young people most at risk of long term unemployment. Provide a new 6 month job placement for a 16 to 24 year old, and the government will cover their national minimal wage salary plus funding towards any start-up costs such as uniform, equipment and training. Find out more here.
For any help and support, please contact: email@example.com or call: 01452 563400.