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LAST UPDATED: 15 April 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.

STUDENT LATERAL-FLOW TESTING

In line with government guidance, Waltham Forest College will continue to offer lateral-flow tests onsite in Café on 4 however all students are strongly encouraged to self-test at home for the next phase. Students will be able to collect home tests kits from Café on 4 each day from 12:00-13:00.

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. 

PHASED RETURN

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

  • All 16-18 Study Programme students including Adult infills
  • 14-16 courses
  • All Adult (Practical courses)

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

  • ESOL Pre-entry and Literacy groups will return – day/evening

The blended learning model will continue for all students who are unable to attend the College due to individual circumstances.

22 March 2021

  • All ESOL, Entry Level-1 and above - day/evening
  • Any other Adult courses for e.g. Health, Social Care and Child Care.Access & Pre-Access groups
  • All discrete English and maths - day/evening
  • All other Adult groups

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.

NOTE:

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).

RISK ASSESSMENT

Please read our current COVID-19 Risk Assessment covering the full opening of the College from the 8th March 2021.

REMOTE EDUCATION OFFER

Click here to access our Remote Education Offer at Waltham Forest College

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.

Young Minds

Anna Freud

Mind 

World Health Organisation 

The College will continue to provide remote counselling service during the national lockdown period if you would like more information please email counselling@waltham.ac.uk

1. General Information

  • Term Dates

    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.

  • IT

    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

  • 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 remains in contact with learners who fall under the ‘vulnerable’ category. 

  • 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

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