LAST UPDATED: 05.03.2021
Following the UK government’s announcement regarding the re-opening of Schools and Colleges, we have revised the phased return plan to facilitate the return of students to face to face learning.
Students will be offered the opportunity for at least 2 Lateral Flow Tests (LFT), 3-5 days apart before starting face to face learning.
You will be invited to complete your first test, coordinated by your tutor and once completed you will be asked to return home and continue remote learning. The tests may take up to 1-2 hours.
Your health & safety and wellbeing remain paramount. The College has updated its risk assessment and control measures, leading to the phased return for students as detailed in the table below:
|Week Commencing||Groups Returning||Additional Instructions|
|8 March 2021||
Study Programme students will commence face to face teaching only after being given two opportunities of LFT, over a 3-5-day period.
All adults on practical courses where they have already been attending onsite in the previous weeks.
Managers are expected to make local decisions regarding timetabling and blended learning to mitigate risks, where warranted.
|15 March 2021||
||The blended learning model will continue for all students who are unable to attend the College due to individual circumstances.|
|22 March 2021||
There is some flexibility for face to face teaching/support in line with students’ educational/ mental health and wellbeing needs for individual students/small groups where appropriate as identified with their teachers.Access groups requiring assessments can be invited in earlier.
Face to face teaching for all groups/students will only commence once they have given the opportunity for at least two LFT (3-5 days apart).
STUDENT LATERAL-FLOW TESTING
In line with government guidance, Waltham Forest College is set up as a testing centre and will continue to offer all students rapid lateral-flow tests.
Our testing centre is based in Café on 4 and all students are expected to take 3 tests over a period of 15 days in order to keep our students and wider community as safe as possible. Your tutors will arrange and book slots for testing and if a learner tests negative then they can continue attending their lessons on campus. If a learner tests positive, they must return home to self-isolate and access remote learning. You will be given detailed instructions by your Tutor regarding testing on your arrival at the College.
If you are feeling unwell and/or display any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend College and ensure you contact your tutor to report the reason for your absence. Your tutor will be able to advise you further on how you can continue to access remote learning.
For those attending Campus, the College has implemented the following control measures to help reduce the spread of the virus during this pandemic:
- Wearing a face covering is now mandatory in all locations on our campus including classrooms and communal areas of the College. We have supplied free washable face coverings to all students to further support you to adhere to these guidelines.
- The College has implemented a timetable to allow for social distancing where possible. Where appropriate, additional mitigation controls have been put in place.
- Hand sanitisers are available throughout the College. Please use the hand sanitiser stations and wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water, particularly on arrival to campus, and when moving from one space to another.
- All classrooms have clear guidance to mitigate risks of COVID-19 please ensure you follow this guidance.
- There will be no onsite catering arrangements so please continue to bring your own food and drink.
Please read our current Risk Assessment covering the full opening of the College from the 8th March 2021.
REMOTE EDUCATION OFFER
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
We are aware that the spread and impact of the coronavirus is a cause of anxiety and uncertainty. For those affected, please click on the following resources which you may find informative and reassuring.
The College will continue to provide remote counselling service during the national lockdown period if you would like more information please email email@example.com
1. General Information
Teaching and Learning will commence for ‘ALL’ learners on Monday 4th January 2021, with the majority of learners accessing online learning with the exception of vulnerable learners.
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. Our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is now reopened for students. The area is set up with socially distanced desks, and laptops are available to students to use while in the area.
The opening hours are:
Monday -Thursday 8:45am to 5pm
Friday 8:45am to 4:30pm
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)
The College remains in contact with learners who fall under the ‘vulnerable’ category.
For ease of communication, the following key email inboxes are being actively monitored, should you need to contact the College:
Department Learner Services firstname.lastname@example.org Safeguarding email@example.com Finance firstname.lastname@example.org Business Development Unit email@example.com Human Resources firstname.lastname@example.org Additional Learning Support email@example.com Estates firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
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