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COVID-19

Information for all College users

National Lockdown - Remote Learning Offer

Information for students/parents and carers

On 22 February, the government announced that all schools and colleges can recommence face to face delivery from 8 March onwards. 

From week commencing 8th and 15th, students studying 16-18 Vocational Study Programmes and practical Higher Education courses will return to face to face classes. Students on these programmes will be contacted by the College with details of their specific start dates and arrangements for their course, including participation in on-site COVID testing. Please do not return to college until we contact you with a start date. Remote learning will continue to be set until that point.

If you are an adult student studying ESOL, Maths & English or Access to HE courses, we are planning for you to return before Easter. We will be in touch to confirm your start date with you in due course. We ask that you please continue to study remotely until further notice.

All of our apprentices will continue to study remotely with the exception of those on Construction & Manufacturing, Hairdressing & Barbering, Beauty and AAT apprenticeships. If you study an apprenticeship in one of these subject areas, you will be contacted directly with more information regarding your return.

For students on non-practical Higher Education and Community Learning courses, you will not be returning to face to face classes until after Easter and will continue with remote learning for the remainder of this term.

If you have any queries about your return to College, please contact the Curriculum Support Office at steadmin@calderdale.ac.uk who will be able to direct and support.

Below we outline the key aspects of the College’s current remote learning offer for students that this still applies to: 

16-18 Education Programmes (including students age 14-16)

Vocational Qualifications 

Students on these programmes will continue to receive weekly set work for their timetabled hours. All vocational and tutorial work will be shared on Microsoft Teams and students are expected to complete a set amount of work each week. Teachers will provide all the resources required and recommend how long students should work on each task. In addition, most students will be required to access online sessions (live sessions on Microsoft Teams with their teachers and class peers). Instructions on when online sessions are scheduled to take place will be shared with students in advance. A number of our vocational programmes are heavily practical based. Where it is not possible for students to complete certain practical elements under these circumstances, teaching teams will re-sequence the course content to ensure all elements of the programme can be completed by the end of the academic year. 

English and Maths 

For students studying GCSE or Functional Skills English and Maths, all work will be set every Monday via Microsoft Teams or text message for those students who do not have access to Teams.  The work will consist of ‘nuggets’ set on the remote learning platform ‘Century Tech’ which students have been accessing as part of their studies since September, and there will be 3 hours’ worth of nuggets set that will be individualised to each student’s needs. The work students complete on ‘Century Tech’ throughout this year may form part of any future centre assessed grade that teachers are asked to produce as it provides us with clear evidence of progress in its ability to assess a student’s understanding of each nugget. What this means is that a student can effectively ‘catch up’ on missed work and this may count towards a future calculated GCSE or Functional Skills result.  

English and Maths teachers will be available during their working hours on Teams or Email to support students with areas where they get stuck or have further questions. If a student cannot access their Century Tech account, there is a dedicated helpline number staffed 10.30-5pm Monday to Friday. Students can text or ring 07980690640 with any Century questions including password reset. 

Assessment and Progress 

Students will continue to be assessed on the work they submit and will receive continuous feedback on their progress across all the qualifications they study. 

We will continue to ensure students fully engage with their learning during this period.  Students will be contacted by their Progress Coaches on a weekly basis to support them with any questions/issues they may have. Students who do not engage with set learning will be contacted by Progress Coaches to identify if there are any barriers to completing the work/attending online sessions. Parents/carers will be contacted if this becomes a cause for concern. All students will receive a 1:1 progress tutorial in the Spring term. This will take place remotely and will update students on the progress they are making. 

We ask that parents/carers continue to support their young person during this challenging time to ensure students do not fall behind in their learning and are in a strong position when we are able to return to on-site delivery and complete the academic year. 

Support for students without devices, connectivity or a suitable environment for learning  

We have planned for a small amount of on-site provision for identified learners who do not have digital access at home and/or a suitable environment for learning and are therefore unable to access remote learning. 

There may be a number of reasons why it is not an option for students who require this support to come into college during this period and we will assess whether it is appropriate and safe on a case by case basis. Where it is not possible for students to do this, students will be provided with paper-based versions of the work. In addition, the College is participating in a national scheme to order laptops and tablets this term. Further information about how to access this scheme and who can benefit will be released shortly.  

16-19 Tuition Fund Statement

The Education and Skills Funding Agency 16 -19 Tuition Fund is a fund that has been allocated to colleges in for use in the 2020/21 academic year in addition to the main college funding. This funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 – 19 aged students in English, maths and other courses where learning has been disrupted as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Tuition Fund will be used to support small groups of young people aged 16-19 who have yet to achieve a grade 5 in English and/or mathematics. Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – including those aged 19 – 24 who require additional tuition to help them catch up with their studies – will also be supported by this provision.

Calderdale College has designed a process to direct this funding where it will have the most impact by identifying student starting points and a clear of assessment of need.

Examples of support on offer will include:

  • Vocational skills building to address identified technical knowledge and skills gaps
  • Contextualised GCSE exam re-sit preparation
  • Contextualised Functional skills assessment preparation
  • Academic skills development

The College will timetable sessions in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2020/21. Sessions will comprise of no more than five students.  The sessions will be delivered by Skills Coaches with the relevant skills and experience. Sessions may be delivered using a blend of online and in-college delivery and will all be subject to the College’s quality assurance processes.

Adult Learning Programmes

Adult learning programmes are varied in nature, and as a result remote learning for these programmes may include online sessions and/or remote work set via an online platform/paper-based. Teachers on adult learning programmes will make regular contact with their students to check that they can access the work easily and to provide feedback on progress. 

For adults on English and Maths qualifications, please refer to the guidance above. 

Support for students with SEND

During this period, the College will continue to offer on-site provision for vulnerable students who need it.  Students will be contacted to assess whether this provision is appropriate for them. 

Other students who have an EHC Plan and/or access to regular additional learning support, will continue to be able to access remote support according to their individual needs. This will include some or all of the following: 

  • Support during online sessions i.e. notetaking. 
  • 1-1 sessions through Teams to go through work students may be struggling with.
  • Weekly wellbeing checks for students who do not need regular support and are confident to work remotely. 

Further Questions

If you have any questions or would like further information about your or your young person’s remote learning experience during this period, please contact Learner Services on 01422 399367 who will put you in contact with the appropriate department. 

Update on exams (06/01/21)

We know that students, parents and staff will be very keen to know what is happening with exams, including those scheduled for January and also those taking place later in the year. 

When the lockdown was announced, it was confirmed by the government that exams scheduled for the summer would not go ahead as normal, but that those taking place in January would continue. Since then, there has been a significant amount of discussion and debate and the government confirmed last night that it would be at the discretion of individual schools and colleges whether or not to cancel exams in January.

Some exams have taken place at the College during the early part of this week (Monday-Wednesday) prior to the latest announcement being received. However, we have taken the decision that any exams scheduled from Friday 8th January onwards will be cancelled in the interests of student and staff safety and to allow as many people as possible to comply with the ‘stay at home’ requirement of the national lockdown. 

Many other colleges in our region and elsewhere have taken a similar step for these reasons. We have also heard today that Pearson, the awarding body who award BTEC qualifications, will ensure that they put in place arrangements to ensure that students are not disadvantaged if they are unable to take exams this January. We expect other awarding organisations to take similar steps. 

We will continue to closely monitor the situation regarding alternative arrangements for assessment and accreditation for students this year and will keep you updated as soon as more details emerge.

Further updates will be provided as and when any new information is received. 

Covid reporting

Students and Staff – During lockdown, please continue to notify the college if you:

  • Test positive for COVID
  • Display COVID symptoms
  • Are instructed to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone who tested positive

To notify the college, please email covidreporting@calderdale.ac.uk. Your tutor or manager will be informed.

IMPORTANT – DO NOT attend the college, you must remain at home and self-isolate.  Follow the NHS advice

Further Information

We understand that these circumstances may be challenging for some students. Further support is available at the links below.

If you are in crisis over this period and need urgent support please contact the following crisis helplines; remember you don’t have to be alone with these feelings:

  • Samaritans (any age) 116123
  • Childline (up to age 19) 0800 1111
  • CAM crisis messenger text CAM to 85258
  • NHS Direct 111

Please contact 999 is there is an immediate risk to life.

If you need to speak to a counsellor:

  • www.Kooth.com Messaging and online counselling service for 11-25 year olds.

If you are in need of food in Calderdale area please contact:

Ebenezer Methodist Church, St James Road, HX1 1YS Halifax, 01422 647390. This service is open Saturdays 10-11.45

In Bradford area please contact:

Bradford Central Foodbank, The Light Centre, 86 Captain Street, Bradford, BD1 4EL,  01274 734314. This service is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11.00 – 1.30pm.

In Kirklees, contact:

The Welcome Centre,  15 Lord St, Huddersfield HD1 1QB, 01484 515086

Apprentices should continue to attend work as normal. Any changes to working patterns will be under the direction of the individual employer. Apprentices will receive contact from their training officer for off-the-job training and reviews via remote learning methods. For detail on remote learning please click here for further information.

Apprentices will be contacted directly to discuss the specific arrangements for attending college in more detail. Discussions will focus on providing guidance as to the new ways of working, including public health protocols.

Learner Services staff teams will still be contactable if you need support, advice and guidance either via email or by calling 01422 399367.

During this period, the College Safeguarding Team will continue to provide support and care to apprentices. Please call the safeguarding number on 07776 252381 if you have concerns about the welfare of any College apprentice, including your own welfare.

Calderdale College has entered a period of remote learning until at least March 8th 2021.

Your learning will continue and therefore payments to the College will continue as per your agreement at the start of the academic year. However, if your personal circumstances change, please contact the Finance Team via SalesInvoices@calderdale.ac.uk

Please check the staff FAQs for information. If you have questions about HR policy, please contact the HR team.

Support from the Learning Centre team

The Learning Centre team will be available by contacting LearningCentre@Calderdale.ac.uk to support staff and students with:

  • Accessing e-resources advising on most relevant
  • Helping with database searching
  • Navigating e-books
  • Using Keyword searching
  • Accessing and using journals
  • Any queries, concerns regarding books borrowed or wishing to renew and cannot
  • Having trouble accessing Heritage

 

Calderdale College is committed to providing an outstanding service to our employers and apprentices throughout COVID-19. Our Employer Engagement team are here to support you and offer advice and guidance throughout the pandemic and thereafter.

Skills and Workforce Development

Our training delivery is now available online.  For the latest information please contact employers@calderdale.ac.uk

If you are an employer in the Tees Valley, or York, North Yorkshire and East Riding regions, a full list of the courses available online through the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme can be found on the SSW website.

If you are an employer in Sheffield City Region, please see the Skills Bank Employer Portal for information and updates.

Apprenticeships

If you have an apprenticeship vacancy, are thinking of employing an apprentice, or have a currently employed member of staff who would like to undertake an apprenticeship, we are here to help. For more information, please contact apprenticeships@calderdale.ac.uk

Our Employer Engagement team and Training Officers will continue to work with you and your apprentice to ensure the new ways of working are both accessible and easy. This includes:

  • If your business is still open and operating, learning and reviews will continue using a digital approach.
  • If your apprentice is nearing the end of their programme, you may be involved in your apprentices’ end-point assessment (EPA). Where possible this should continue as planned. Where this is not possible, we are working with end-point assessment organisations to reschedule.

If you have any questions or require any advice, please contact our Employer Engagement Team on (01422) 418430 or email apprenticeships@calderdale.ac.uk

Furloughing Employees – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Apprentices are classed as employees of your business and as a result you will need follow UK employment law and guidelines.

If you have chosen to furlough your apprentice(s), they should not undertake any work for your business. Apprentices should however continue with their training with the College and you should ensure you are following the latest guidelines issued by the government.

Click here to find out more about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. All furloughing of employees must be completed through HMRC.

If you are looking to bring back a furloughed apprentice, then please contact a member of the Employer Engagement Team or your designated Training Officer who will talk you through the process.

Break in Learning

A break in learning should only be used as a last resort. They can be applied when there is a change in personal circumstance that means apprentices will be having an extended period of absence from both their work and the apprenticeship.

Due to the impact from COVID-19, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) relaxed the rules allowing any apprentice in one of the following situations to be eligible to take a break in learning:

  • Furloughed by their workplace
  • Ready to enter gateway to commence their end point assessment
  • Redeployed into a role that is unrelated to their apprenticeship

When an apprentice takes a break in learning their apprenticeship programme will pause. This means that the time that the apprentice has to complete the apprenticeship will be extended. As an employer you will be expected to keep your apprentice in employment until their programme is completed. If the apprentice is employed on a fixed term contract the expectation is that this is extended.

If you are looking to re-start your apprentice in learning, please contact our Employer Engagement Team or your designated Training Officer who will be able to support your apprentice back into learning.

Returning to Work

To ensure that we are supporting as many apprentices to continue their apprenticeship as possible, we will continue to provide remote learning as the predominant mode of delivery.

However, where we feel it is safe to do so, we are continuing to put steps in place to provide apprenticeship training in the workplace where it meets the new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines. We will work with all employers and apprentices to mutually agree where and how this training takes place.

Levy Payments

If you fund the cost of your apprenticeships through the apprenticeship levy, then you do not need to make any changes to your Digital Account Service (DAS).

If your apprentice enters into a break in learning, then you will be required to pause the payments within the digital account. Please speak to our Employer Engagement Team who will advise you on how to do this.

Industry Placements

During these unprecedented times you may have concerns regarding taking on a student for an Industry Placement, however there are many potential benefits. Placement students can help support the recovery and regrowth of your business. An extra member of staff who is voluntarily giving you their time so that they can learn skills would be committed to helping your business get up and running again.

Industry Placement Officers are available to offer support with any queries you may have regarding Covid 19 safety.  

For more information, please contact industryplacements@calderdale.ac.uk

Government COVID-19 Support for Businesses

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have shared important information for business owners in the region. Information can be found here.

The Government have also introduced legislation and funding packages to support business organisations across Leeds City Region throughout Covid-19.

 If you would like to find out more information about what is available please contact:

If your business is based in Calderdale, please visit the Calderdale Council website here.

If your business is based in Kirklees, please visit the Kirklees Council website here.

If your business is based in Bradford, please visit the Bradford Council website here.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Employer Engagement team, who are here to support you and offer advice and guidance during the pandemic and thereafter

All commercial activities and bookings which currently take place in the Inspire Centre, including the Gym facility are currently suspended. Any fees that have been paid will be honoured once the facilities re-open. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, take care and regular updates will be circulated to all our customers in due course.

Payment of Suppliers. Calderdale College has put together contingency plans whereby they will continue to pay suppliers according to the Colleges normal terms in the event of a forced shut down. To ensure the College can fulfill its obligations all invoices MUST be sent to invoicespayable@calderdale.ac.uk always quoting a valid purchase order number.