It is currently the Government’s stated intention that all students will be studying full-time at schools and colleges from September. We are currently assessing the guidance relating to this. We have already undertaken a lot of work to prepare our campuses for reopening, and have been successfully teaching some students, in line with Government recommendations, since the 15th June.
We are committed to you receiving the same high-quality experience that you initially applied for, however, your course is initially taught. We expect that some learning will take place remotely next year, but we understand that the college experience is very important to you and so we hope that you will be able to spend time on campus too. No doubt things will change, but we have shown this year how as a college community we can adapt and make great things happen, whatever the situation.
EXAM RESULTS & COLLECTION ADVICE
Colleges have been told not to issue BTEC results today (Thursday 20th August) after an eleventh-hour grading U-turn from Pearson.
Following Ofqual’s announcement that A-Level and GCSE students are to receive Centre Assessed Grades, Pearson have reviewed the impact on BTEC students and have decided to apply this same principle to students receiving BTECs this summer.
Waltham Forest College acknowledges the concern with the timing, as many of its students were due to get their results on results day, while others have already received theirs.
The College remains hopeful for this to be sorted soon so that students have the chance to celebrate and to plan their next steps. Waltham Forest College would like to encourage students to contact the College if they need any help or support during this time, and that all students can still enrol at the College.
GCSE Results Day, Thursday 20th August
GCSE results collection will look a little different this year to ensure we comply with the current national guidelines regarding social distancing.
Students will receive an email detailing a 1-hour time slot that they should arrive at college to collect their results. If you haven't received an email, results are available for collection between 9:30am and 4:00pm. Results will be collected from the Market Place on the ground floor which is accessible through the main accessible entrance at the front of the College.
All students should follow the social distancing guidelines when collecting results.
For all results queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject Results Enquiry and your student ID number.
We believe the safety of our students and staff is paramount and the campus has now been transformed to conform with social distancing measures, in line with UK government guidelines. The majority of enrolment will take place online and students with offers will receive instructions on how to complete this process. For more information, visit our Enrolment Page HERE
If you haven’t applied your application will still be considered, please submit your application via the website or alternatively visit the campus. Click on the links below to apply:
ELITE HAIR & BEAUTY SALONS
There are no immediate plans to re-open Elite Hair and Beauty Salons over the summer period. We will review our plans for September and update our website accordingly.
Please see below for general information and guidance.
1. General Information
What will your experience be?
We are going to deliver a range of alternative teaching options based on a flexible, blended model of delivery consisting of online teaching, supplemented with face-to-face contact for other sessions, in particular for practical activities. Groups will be taught within their group bubble and be divided with one cohort completing work remotely with the support of their tutor and the other in college in a classroom setting. This blended learning model will continue until the government advice and the College feel that it is safe to return to a wholly onsite teaching environment.
We have worked hard to make sure that our campus is safe, and we have made a number of adjustments to our teaching areas (classrooms and workshops), social spaces and facilities in line with government advice, social distancing and health and safety guidance. One-way systems and physical distancing markers have been implemented in our teaching and communal spaces to ensure the campus is as safe to navigate as possible, avoiding close contact with others. As you know, public health guidance is being updated all the time and we are working hard to make sure that all our students and staff will be able to stay safe and well on campus.
We are working closely with our work placement partners to ensure that, where possible, our students can complete the placement elements of their courses as needed. The feasibility of this will vary from case to case depending on the capacity of our placement partners to host and provide appropriate supervision and support for placement students, as well as adapt to government guidance on social distancing. Student safety will always be our first concern and we will endeavour to put alternative arrangements in place where necessary.
Timetables and differing teaching locations at the campus
You will receive a timetable on your return to College. This will clearly state the detail that you need to complete your course, including your Tutor, the rooms you will be using and which lessons will be onsite and which you will undertake online.
We will be inviting students in to start their classes from Wednesday 2nd September onwards. You will receive notification telling you exactly which time and day to come. The last day of the autumn term is Wednesday 16th December and half-term is the week commencing 26th October.
We ask any students without access to the necessary digital equipment at home to discuss their IT requirements at enrolment. You may be eligible for the Government’s technology support scheme for young people during coronavirus Covid-19. It is important that you ask for help if you need it. We are planning to fully open our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and access to its computers in September. Our systems are simple to navigate and you will receive more details and support during your induction and from your tutors in your first weeks studying at College (onsite or remotely).
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
For ease of communication, the following key email inboxes are being actively monitored, should you need to contact the College:
Department Learner Services email@example.com Safeguarding firstname.lastname@example.org Finance email@example.com Business Development Unit firstname.lastname@example.org Human Resources email@example.com Additional Learning Support firstname.lastname@example.org Estates email@example.com
NHS Coronavirus Helpline
The NHS has comprehensive advice on their website about what to do if you think you may have the virus, precautionary measures, and self-isolation procedures. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
- Other Useful Resources