We have considered very carefully our strategy in reopening the College campus after the summer half-term in light of the most recent Government guidance. The safety of all members of the College community has been paramount in our planning, particularly given the current guidance to avoid public transport where possible.

Our focus for the rest of the summer term will continue to be on developing and delivering remote learning, with an additional emphasis on providing one-to-one or small group support.

We will therefore only be inviting learners back to the College in a very limited capacity over the next few weeks. From the 15th June only invited learners will return to complete the practical element of their course, carefully observing social distancing measures that have been introduced by the College. The College will continue to support our most vulnerable learners by offering a safe space to meet or study. The Learning Resource Centre will be accessible every Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00-13:00 for vulnerable learners.

We will update all returning and new learners on our plans for September in due course.

Please see below for general information and guidance.

1. General Information

  • Partial Closure

    The College campus is now closed however learning will continue online as per timetabled lessons. While we wait for more guidance from the Government on the implications of cancelling exams and how we best manage this, we would like to thank our current students for all the hard work they have done so far this academic year, it will not go to waste. We know these are anxious, uncertain times but we will get through this together. We will continue to support your learning so that you can finish your course and be ready for the next stage of your studies or to start work. 

    Our Learning Resource Centre will remain open to support all our vulnerable learners and staff every day on Monday-Thursday from 10am to 1pm.

  • Transition to online teaching, learning and working

    The College will continue to deliver online learning as per timetabled lessons with the use of Microsoft Teams and Moodle. Teachers will post and present resources, ask questions and set tasks, and be available for Q&A and feedback. You will be expected to hand in work as normal and meet the deadlines as usual.

    • Students will all be emailed centrally and will also be contacted by their teacher to inform them of next steps.
    • Arrangements will be put in place to continue to support eligible students in receipt of Free School Meals and Bursary payments.
    • External examinations will not take place, but students will be assessed for their qualifications using other methods. We have not yet received the details of how this assessment will take place. We will provide further information as soon as we can and will keep our college websites and social media feeds updated.

  • Safeguarding

    Waltham Forest College has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that it functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults undertaking education and training. In response to the UK government advice around specialist support for our most vulnerable learners that fall under one or more of the below categories:

    • Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
    • Looked After Children (LAC)
    • Care Leavers (CL)
    • High Needs Funded (HNF)
    • Safeguarding concerns

    The College has contacted all learners who fall under the ‘vulnerable’ category. Some of the additional measures introduced during remote working for our ‘vulnerable’ learners are:

    • In daily contact from tutors and our support staff
    • The continuation of Free School Meals and Bursary Payments
    • The College will remain open next week, but with limited services. If any students or social workers would like a safe space to meet or study, then the Learning Resource Centre will be available.
    • If any parents/carers classified as a key-worker requires any support, please contact the BeSafe Team on BeSafe@waltham.ac.uk

  • Key Contacts

    For ease of communication, the following key email inboxes are being actively monitored, should you need to contact the College:

    DepartmentEmail
    Learner Services myfuture@waltham.ac.uk
    Safeguarding besafe@waltham.ac.uk
    Finance finance@waltham.ac.uk
    Business Development Unit apprenticeships@waltham.ac.uk
    Human Resources humanresources@waltham.ac.uk
    Additional Learning Support learning.support@waltham.ac.uk
    Estates estates@waltham.ac.uk

2. Frequently Asked Questions

Student Information

  • How can I keep up to date

    Please continue to check your student email and the intranet (Moodle) regularly, as these are the main channels, we will use to communicate with you. You may also want to follow the College’s official social media channels, if you do not already do so. For all general enquiries, students are advised to contact their tutor initially or send an email to myfuture@waltham.ac.uk

Remote Learning

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Work Placements

Free School Meals

  • Are there any support for those who are eligible for free school meals?

    The College will continue to support ‘eligible’ learners who meet the criteria for Free School Meals. Learners will receive a weekly payment straight into their bank account.

    Looked After Learners (LAC) will continue to receive payments (monthly) straight into their back account.

    Alternative Provision 14-16 students/families: Waltham Forest College will be sending out food vouchers on a weekly basis for students accessing free school meals. Waltham Forest College Alternative Provision Team can be contacted for any queries relating to this on 0208 501 8296/8153 while students are not attending college.

BeSafe – Welfare and Wellbeing

Mainstream SEND/EHCP Learners

  • Can SEND/EHCP learners attend the College during the closure?

    Our Learning Resource Centre will remain open to support any of our vulnerable learners and staff. Social workers can use the LRC to meet vulnerable learners. We have checked what support arrangements are in place for all our vulnerable learners and have daily checks in place. Contact has been made with all social workers and the local authority on how the College is supporting our vulnerable learners.

    Mainstream SEND/EHCP learners will be contacted regularly by the ALS Team and/or Specialist Support Practitioners (SSPs) via student email or Teams. The student can send any assignments that they need support with and we will guide them as we would in class. We are also doing mentoring via Teams for some learners. If any EHCP student/parent/guardian requires any clarity on the support offered, please contact the ALS & Inclusion Team Leader on 020 8501 8338.

     

Foundation Learning SEND

  • How can students access gain access to support for the team whilst working remotely from home?

    EHCP (Foundation Learning – SEND) students will be contacted by the SEND team via student email and by Foundation Learning Team Leader and their teacher on a regular basis. All SEND students have been issued with a work pack and a letter with guidance and the below contact details: If parents/carers have any questions or queries, they can contact a member of the SEND Team on 0208 501 8282 or on the mobile number: 07486868920 while students are not attending college.

  • How can students gain access to more study materials if they do not have access to the internet at home?

    If parents/carers have any questions or queries or need extra resources dependant on the timeframe students are not attending WFC, they can contact a member of the SEND team on 0208 501 8282 or on the mobile number: 07486868920 and we will endeavour to arrange to have additional materials posted dependant on advice of WFC, the borough and government.

Alternative Provision 14-16

  • How can students access gain access to support for the team whilst working remotely from home?

    Alternative Provision 14-16 students will be contacted by the Alternative Provision 14-16 Team via either student email and by our Team Leader and their mentor on a regular basis. All Alternative Provision students have been issued with a work pack and a letter with guidance and the following contact details: If parents/carers or students have any questions or queries, they will contact a member of the Alternative Provision Team on 0208 501 8296/8153 while students are not attending college.

  • How can students gain access to more study materials if they do not have access to the internet at home?

    If parents/carers or students have any questions or queries or need extra resources dependant on timeframe of students not attending WFC, they can contact a member of the Alternative Provision Team on 0208 501 8296/8153 and we will endeavour to arrange to have additional materials posted dependant on advice of WFC, the borough and government.

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