Gloucestershire College - Covid Update
On May 10th the Government confirmed that stage three of their roadmap would commence on May 17th and produced guidance documents for schools and colleges to reflect the changes. Our priority is to maintain the safety of our students and staff, whilst ensuring you receive the highest-quality learning experience. Below outlines our expectations and any changes that will be implemented from May 17th.
Social distancing update
The current rules relating to social distancing remain and we, therefore, expect learners to:
- continue to follow social distancing guidelines in all corridors, around the building and in the toilets – once you leave your classroom you need to keep apart
- continue to follow the one-way system as per the signage and also enter/exit the building using the doors highlighted
The college will continue running the current timetables until the end of the academic year to stagger start and end times, and restrict movement around the building supporting the social distancing guidelines.
English and maths GCSE classes for FE learners will remain online to minimise mixing of cohorts/bubbles.
From 17 May, in line with Step 3 of the roadmap, the Government has stated that face coverings will no longer be recommended for students in classrooms, in FE providers. However, recognising that FE teaching environments are diverse, “FE providers have the discretion to recommend the use of face coverings by students and staff, if it is appropriate for their particular circumstances”.
As such, in classrooms at Gloucestershire College, staff and students will not be required to wear facemasks from May 17th. However, staff and students can still wear face coverings if they would prefer.
Students and staff, however, will still be expected to wear face coverings in all communal areas, corridors, toilets etc. as these are areas where social distancing is not always possible.
In our training environments (hairdressing, barbering and beauty salons, sports and fitness facilities and restaurants), staff and students must comply with relevant sector guidance in working safely and the current restriction guidance. In these areas, therefore, face coverings/advised PPE will still be required.
Lateral Flow Tests and symptoms
Please remember that you should also be taking two lateral flow tests each week, there are packs in your classroom for you to take home. You must report any positive result to the college and you must not attend college if you have a positive result.
It is essential that you continue to complete all assignments, tasks and activities set by the course teams in order to fulfil exam board requirements.
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 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.
Remote education provision: information for parents/learners
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
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 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 £4,000 for each apprentice hired by September 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.