Returning to College
Dear student and parent/carer
Following the government announcement that colleges will begin to reopen from 8th March, we are excited to start welcoming our students back to campus. The process of bringing groups back will begin on Monday, 8th March and the College will be following government direction to offer Covid tests to all returning students. In order to safely allow for the huge undertaking of testing several thousand students and staff we must stagger the return of groups. This means that it won’t be possible for all students to return on 8th March.
We have considered how we must do this and are prioritising the following groups for return from 8th March:
- Those that require a significant level of practical teaching
- Those whose qualification leads to a license to practise
- Students who may be vulnerable and have been accessing campus during lockdown.
Each group will be updated by their teacher this week on the plan for them to return. For those that do not return to campus immediately, learning will continue online as it has during lockdown. No student will miss out on learning.
As students return to campus the rules to keep everyone safe must be followed including:
- Wearing face coverings in public areas and in classrooms, unless exempt, until at least Easter
- Regular hand-washing and sanitising using the facilities available
- Keep to social distancing rules
- Not attend college if you have symptoms or are advised to self-isolate
Please check student email or Moodle for further information and detail around the Covid-19 testing.
College Online Education Offer
Students across the range of courses covering 16-18s, adults and apprenticeships are continuing their courses virtually or by a method agreed with individuals requiring additional support. Programmes for 14-16 delivery are agreed in conjunction with the school partners. A variety of safe online platforms have been agreed for use. In addition to these virtual classrooms students are communicating with their teachers and support teams and submitting work by the virtual learning environment – Moodle, Microsoft Teams or via email.
The College curriculum delivery and sequencing of work in term one enabled many courses to concentrate on the practical elements needed for their course. In these subjects students are focussing on learning the theory elements of their course during virtual lessons. This work in term one allowed many assessments to take place, the College is working to National Awarding Body guidelines to meet the needs of each area. Where practical assessments are required through lockdown, the College will work within Government advice to plan these appropriately.
Students are following their normal timetables and are expected to attend as such. Students are expected to keep in touch with their teachers regular and submit work to agreed deadlines. We ask our students to discuss the support needs that arise for them during lockdown, academically and holistically and have support available to suit individual needs. Students who have parents/carers that are critical workers or may be vulnerable working from home can access campus by pre-arrangement.
Laptops and dongles are provided for students with SEND or those who do not have access to technology at home. Those who require this support and the SEND team are supporting students with accessing their learning online.
University of Suffolk students receive updates and can access support through Brightspace and their teaching team.
January Exams Announcement – 06/01/21
The Government has given schools and colleges the option as to whether or not the vocational exams planned this week go ahead if they determine it is safe to do so. With exams scheduled to start later on this week this has put the college in a very difficult situation. We know that there are students who want to take the exams and that for others the prospect of an exam in lockdown is causing some significant stress and concern.
We have considered this carefully following the latest Government advice and reassurances from the exam boards that no student will be disadvantaged if exams are cancelled. Having discussed at length the College have decided to cancel all external examinations planned in January 2021. We strongly feel this would be the best and safest course of action. Those affected have had a conversation or email update from their teacher or curriculum lead and support is on offer for any queries via our firstname.lastname@example.org email.
Important update for all of our students – 31/12/2020
A message for all our students
You may be aware of the updated Government guidance announced yesterday regarding the delay in return to teaching after the Christmas break. Our Principal, myself and our leadership team have discussed this at length and can advise that from 4th January to 15th January (8th January is a teacher training day) our college will move online as follows:
- Apprenticeship off the job teaching will be online and vocational trainers will continue to support apprentices online.
- Lowestoft Sixth Form teaching will be online.
- Any externally set examinations planned will continue as normal on all sites. Sixth Form mocks for the first week will not take place on site, your teacher/management team will be in touch with further detail.
- Courses will be delivered online with the normal timetable, however, work placements will not go ahead. Your teacher is your first point of contact and will be in touch to provide further clarification for your course (this includes DPA, Prince’s Trust and Sentinal). Campus is also open for young people where the parent/carer is a key worker.
- Students who do not have access to wifi or laptops for online learning can come onto campus and use facilities in college to access the online sessions. This must be agreed with individual teachers, who will book students in with reception. If you have already agreed with your teacher that you need a laptop to work from home, the IT team will be in touch to advise you on how and when to collect.
- Students with EHCPs or SEND are strongly encouraged to attend campus and will be supported by their teachers and co-educators.
- University of Suffolk will move online, please check Brightspace for updates.
- Any commercial courses planned will go ahead, please contact the team directly for further details.
- Maritime courses will continue on campus with face to face delivery.
Support staff, including student finance will still be available to help you from 4th January, please see below a list of contacts and don’t hesitate to get in touch for help.
We hope you have had a good Christmas break and look forward to seeing you all in Term 2. Your 100% online attendance remains expected for all lessons, for any absence, please report in the usual way by calling 0800 854 695. For any queries please email your teacher directly or email email@example.com.
List of support contacts:
- For Student finance email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For IT support email email@example.com
- For Careers/UCAS email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For safeguarding and wellbeing at our Great Yarmouth campus call 07795306828 or email email@example.com
- For safeguarding and wellbeing at our Lowestoft campus call 07747442823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For safeguarding and wellbeing at Lowestoft Sixth Form call 07507767293 or email email@example.com
- You can also visit the Student Support and Wellbeing section of our website for further support.
- For our SEND team email SENDSupport@eastcoast.ac.uk
- For our Apprenticeships team email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Quality
East Coast College
Welcome to College 2020/21 – Keeping you Covid-19 safe
We are back on campus and there are a few things we need you to know. Whether you are brand new or returning to continue your course, Covid-19 safety rules are in place alongside the excellent levels of attendance, engagement with your studies and respect for college rules we expect from our college community. Please find below a guide to how we will all work together to keep our college safe and a guide to what to do if you or someone you live with has Covid -19 symptoms or confirmed.
We are really looking forward to seeing you and can support you if you’re worried – contact us on email@example.com
Face coverings – 21/08/2020
Your face coverings will need to be worn in all communal areas including walking down corridors and during some activities in your classroom – your teacher will let you know about this.
Face coverings can include a mask, scarf, snood or visor. If you think you may be exempt from wearing one, please check the Government guidance on face coverings and let us know during enrolment or when you start at college.
Guidance on social distancing
Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
The government have launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Safeguarding and Wellbeing
Our Safeguarding and Wellbeing teams are available to help support students. They can be contacted on the following:
Students are also able to access their college email accounts at home. You can do this by heading to Student and Staff Links.
Moodle will also be available to students to access learning resources and other important information. Visit Moodle.
We will continue to update our website and social media platforms regularly. Please keep visiting these pages to stay up to date with the latest information.
The college remains here to support you; keep safe and call 0800 854 695 if you need help.