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Covid Testing Communication
Remote Learning Statement - January 2021
As a college we have been using Google Education Suite as part of our teaching, learning and assessment strategy for several years. As a result, we were well placed to switch to remote learning in March 2020 when schools and colleges were told to close by the government.
Our students were able to continue to learn and make progress through live lessons on line via Google Meet and through our use of Google Classroom.
Since September we have instigated a mixed delivery approach, combining face to face with teaching with online learning. We recognise that students benefit from face to face contact and participating fully in college life on campus. We have balanced this with minimising the risk and spread of COVID and reducing the impact and disruption to learning from multiple or prolonged periods of self-isolation. We have seen relatively low numbers of cases and as a result the continuity of learning has been maintained.
We pride ourselves in offering a high-quality student experience on campus and online. Should students need to self-isolate or indeed where there are local or national restrictions that require students to remain at home, we want to be clear about what you can expect.
Our remote education offer:
All our further education students (14-16, 16-19, Adults and Apprentices) use Google Education suite as their online learning platform. All courses have dedicated Google Classrooms. These are online spaces where resources and materials are shared, students can interact with each other, where staff can support and communicate with students and student work can be uploaded and marked by teachers and assessors.
Our expectations of students:
We have the same high expectations of students when they learn remotely as we do when they are on college campus.
Arrangements for students that require specialist resources:
Prior to national lockdown restrictions we prioritised time on campus to be used for practical classes in specialist facilities. For those students studying technical and vocational courses we timetabled creatively to ensure you were able to access the required facilities over the entirety of your course to enable you to complete your studies and develop the practical skills you need to get to your next step. Currently, the majority of students are not able to attend campus for face to face learning. Once these restrictions are lifted it will be critical that we manage the return to campus effectively and ensure students on technical courses requiring specialist resources are prioritised. We hope to increase on campus time in the spring and summer term.
Students without an IT device or connectivity issues:
We have invested heavily in IT devices for students to enable remote learning. All students who are already entitled to bursary support are able to get a free Chromebook. We have also implemented a loan scheme for students as well as lease scheme for those who want to purchase a device and pay in instalments.
We have issued students with dongles to enable connection to the internet and have facilitated drop in sessions to college to enable students to connect to the Wi-Fi outside of timetabled sessions.
No student should suffer or have their learning impeded as a result of not having an IT device. If any student has an IT related issue that means they cannot learn or attend their online classes please inform your teacher who will escalate this with Student Services and the Wellbeing team. (Change language for Stamford)
Support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND):
We recognise that SEND students have been impacted as a result of COVID-19 and we continue to work hard to ensure we support our SEND students and ensure they are able to make progress. Our specialist staff continue to review students’ progress against Education and Health Care Plans outcomes and work with local authority colleagues to maximise progress. Students that are eligible for 1:1 support receive this when on campus and when learning online through our specialist additional support staff.
Support for our vulnerable students
We have continued to support our financially vulnerable students by funding free college meal payments over the summer period. More recently, we have worked with local authorities to access the government winter grant fund to ensure these students are financially supported over the Christmas period. In addition, we have issued food parcels and additional bursary support for those in need.
Our specialist tutorial staff and student services teams continue to maintain regular contact with these students via google meets, google classrooms and telephone calls.
It has been a challenging time for everyone. We have worked hard to regularly communicate to students and parents and these communications can be found on this webpage.
Should any student or parent have any worries or concerns relating to their course or would like any additional support please get in touch direct with your course coordinator or contact the safeguarding team on the email address blow.
Please find all official communications regarding COVID-19 for students and parents below.
Previous Communications to Students and Parents
Previously sent out communications.