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Health Advice & Guidance: Action Against Coronavirus

We are taking positive action against Coronavirus, reviewing the situation daily and are following the advice set out by the UK Government.

UPDATE: 03/04/2020 16:00.

!!News just in!!

Government announce COVID -19 impacted GCSE and A Level arrangements for grades in 2020 – parents and students you need to read this.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877842/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_EPQ_AEA_in_maths_-_guidance_for_teachers_students_parents.pdf

 

On 18 March 2020, the Secretary of State for Education announced that the summer 2020 GCSE, AS and A level exam series would be cancelled in order to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and that students due to sit the exams would be awarded a grade based on an assessment of the grade they would have been most likely to achieve had exams gone ahead.

 

Which qualifications are covered?

GCSEs, AS and A levels, Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ),Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) in Maths.

 

Does this process apply to vocational and technical qualifications too?

We are working urgently to develop an approach and we will provide further information as soon as possible.

 

How will centre assessment grades work?

We are asking schools and colleges to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade they believe a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year.

 

When and how will centre assessment grades be submitted to exam boards?

The deadline will not be earlier than 29 May 2020 and centres will have a window of at least two weeks in which to submit the data.

 

How will centre assessment grades be standardised?

To make sure that grades are fair between schools and colleges, exam boards will put all centre assessment grades through a process of standardisation using a model being developed with Ofqual.

 

Will students see the centre assessment grades their school or college submits? 

No. It is important schools and colleges do not share provisional grades, nor rank orders, with students or parents and carers before final results have been issued.

 

When will results be released?

Results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August and ideally will be issued a little earlier.

 

Will grades issued in 2020 carry the same weight as grades issued in previous or future years? 

Grades awarded to students will have equal status to the grades awarded in other years and should be treated in this way by universities, colleges and employers.

 

Will students be able to progress to the next stage of education or employment with these grades?

Yes, this approach will enable students to move onto the next stage of their education or employment in the autumn as planned.

 

 

 

UPDATE: OFF SITE STUDY & EXAM INFORMATION (27 March, 12).

Background

As you will know we are at the end of our first week with students studying from home, an unusual week for us all but necessary following government advice. We continue to gather new information and plan for every foreseeable scenario that will impact our students at Yeovil College relative to the COVID19 situation. Our Business Continuity Team continue to be fully engaged, preparing for all we can but hoping for minimal disruption and to this end, we have been meeting regularly since February to plan and prepare. This approach has helped us enormously in this past week and ensured that lecturers were well prepared to deliver the first week of online teaching.

Home Learning

All of our work with staff is centred around maintaining the safety of our learners and ensuring their learning continues uninterrupted, as far as possible. Now that attendance at college is disrupted, all learners have work to do at home which will be equivalent to their study time in college each week.

Students work tasks are on Moodle, there are also timetabled events every week for students where they need to log in so that they can work live with staff who are delivering compressed lessons remotely.

It is essential that students continue to follow their remote learning plan. Their next step to further study, apprenticeship, employment or Higher Education will only be successful if they continue to learn and develop the understanding needed.

All student conduct and disciplinary processes continue to be relevant, students failure to uphold the expected standards of behaviour online or failure to attend and submit work set, will be managed through the student conduct and disciplinary processes.

Exams and Assessment

Although not all details are yet available, it is clear that students past and continued performance will be the basis of their exam grade. To be clear, if their performance, completion and standard of work declines in the weeks ahead, their grade awarded is likely to be negatively impacted, if they dis-engage at this point and do not complete work, their lecturers will not be able to award pass grades and they could fail their programme.

Our delivery staff are working extremely hard to ensure that their progress is not negatively impacted and that through continued engagement and high performance, they may even be able to get a higher grade than they might otherwise. It is clear some students in the country will do less study because of this situation, this will impact their grades and planned destinations. We have planned so that this does not have to be the case for our students, please help us and check what and how often your dependant is studying, it should be several days per week – your encouragement will make a difference.

Thank you for your support in helping us plan effectively and provide the confidence the young people in our community need from us.

 

Update: 24 March 2020, 3pm.

Responding to the demand of our learners and their parents following government advice, the college site is temporarily closed with all learning taking place online. We continue to be available online, and contactable by telephone and email through the numbers and addresses detailed below.

We are engaged with all of our students daily, reviewing the situation and needs of our learners continuously. As news, government direction and requirements change, we will adapt and update all of our communication channels with new information.

Please observe government advice about only going out of your home where absolutely necessary and limit all unnecessary contact with others – stay well.

Phone Numbers:

Bursary enquires: 01935845494 

Careers and Industry Placement enquiries: 01935 845377

Employer Engagement & Business enquiries: 01935 845392

Finance enquiries: 01935 845524

General enquires: 01935 845494

IT Services enquiries: 01935 845321

Safeguarding enquiries: 07973 898849  (College Working Hours Only)

Yeovil College University Centre (YCUC) enquiries: 01935 845454

 

Update: 20 March 2020, 12:15pm.

SUPPORT FOR KEY WORKERS

As a college community, we all need to do all that we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and today we are finalising the guiding principles for maintaining our college service for vulnerable students and those students of whose parents are categorised by the Government, as key workers.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

The Government has issued the following key principles:

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

We are asking all students to present themselves to reception at 9am on Monday morning. From this point they will be directed to an appropriate place of the college and supervised until 5pm. If you are eligible for free school meals, they will continue to be provided.

Latest information shows that both public transport and direct Yeovil College buses will continue to run, enabling normal travel to and from the college.

If you have any queries please email us at info@yeovil.ac.uk or call 01935 423921.

 

Update: 20 March 2020, 11:00am

Message from IT Services.

If you are a student who is having issues accessing their account / moodle / remote login, then please contact our IT helpdesk who will help solve the problem. Contact them on helpdesk@yeovil.ac.uk or by phone 01935 845321. Please find the link to our Moodle guides for studnets and staff here – https://moodle.yeovil.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=11754

 

Update: 19 March 2020, 11:00am

To all our future students, you are secure!

It is a time of huge uncertainty, but what we can be absolutely clear about is that all our future students have a secure space at Yeovil College. Despite the unpredictable situation, we want to assure you that your onwards journey and future career is absolutely safe at Yeovil College. Your focus in the context of your learning should be to keep following the learning plan your school is providing for you so that you have prepared yourself as well as possible for your onward journey to Yeovil College.

If you have already applied to us and have had your interview and offer letter, then you have a secure place. If you have not yet applied, there is still time to do so via our online application system – yeovil.ac.uk.

We have introduced an alternative interview method, which will now take place via a telephone. Our next ‘Telephone Twilight’ Interview session will take place in April.

Keep following our social media channels and website for daily updates. Keep learning and stay safe.

 

Update: 19 March 2020, 8:30am

Following last night’s announcement, it has possibly created more questions than it has answered.

Our business continuity group is meeting all throughout today and working through the information that has been provided. Rest assured that as we receive information detailing the Government’s announcement we will be sharing this information with you as soon as we can.

We don’t currently have any more information than the majority of the public, however, as mentioned as the information is feed to us we will be sure to update you via our social channels and here on the website.

 

Update: 18 March 2020, 6:45pm

IMPORTANT UPDATE – A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

We will be moving from our face-to-face, classroom-based teaching model to online learning, via our platform Moodle, from Monday 23 March. Whilst routine lessons are formally over, the learning, training and education of our students will continue, via an online model. We are ready and we have been preparing for this eventuality for several weeks. We feel confident that staff and students are ready to make this fundamental change.

What does this mean?

1. All mock exams are cancelled for tomorrow

2. Tomorrow is a planned ‘professional development’ day for Yeovil College staff, so as arranged only staff will be expected on campus

3. On Friday classes will continue as planned. The college will remain open but social distancing rules apply

4. From Monday 23 March, all students will be learning online. Our priority remains to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and their families. This will inevitably be a difficult time and we are continuing to work through the announcements made this evening by the Government. We continue to focus on providing clarity, a safe and reassuring environment and continuing learning so that students can progress successfully to their destination in September 2020.

 

Update: 18 March 2020, 3:00pm 

Due to the on-going situation with Coronavirus, we are temporarily changing our absence reporting procedure.

If you need to report a new absence, please email info@yeovil.ac.uk.  Where the absence is related to Coronavirus we will mark the registers for the proceeding 14 days so you will not need to report further absence during this time.

If at the end of the 14 day period the absence continues, please email us again.

 

Update: 18 March 2020, 12 noon

As the cases of known Coronavirus continues to rise in the UK, and we see a spike in people self-isolating  for 14 days, our action against the spread of Coronavirus remains strong and robust. We have implemented several control measures to protect staff and students and to ensure that we can continue to maintain high quality teaching and learning:

  • All trips and visits have been cancelled
  • All work placements have been suspended, with the exception of our placement students currently supporting Yeovil District Hospital
  • Groups sizes are strictly controlled in classrooms, study spaces and social spaces
  • Exam arrangements have been altered to avoid the use of big examination halls
  • Visitors onto campus is strictly limited, and alternative methods of communications have been implemented
  • Electronic lessons have all been planned and prepared, and workshop based activity has been prioritised
  • The absence process has been changed – please email info@yeovil.ac.uk to report an illness an absence letters suspended
  • Good hygiene and hand washing remains a key part of our daily routine.

Keep checking our social media channels and website for updates.

 

Update: 16 March 2020, 12 noon

I wanted to let you know that we are following all government advice in the context of the current public health situation, reviewing daily. We continue to gather new information and plan for every foreseeable scenario that will impact us at Yeovil College relative to the COVID19 situation. Our Business Continuity Team are fully engaged, preparing for all we can but hoping for minimal disruption and to this end, we have been meeting regularly since February to plan and prepare.

Our senior team meet daily to consider, plan, monitor and update so that we can adjust every day. Events are being managed appropriately to minimise risk, students will have seen some impact of this at mock exams and parents’ evening already this week but for the most part we are refining logistics with sensible precautions rather than cancelling activity. Future events are all being planned with a contingency and all new information is fed into the planning meetings so we can adapt appropriately.

A great deal is going on behind the scenes to ensure that we are as prepared as we possibly can be for any part of full closure of the college that may happen in the future; although we hope this will not be necessary.

All of our work with staff is centred around maintaining the safety of our learners and ensuring their learning continues uninterrupted, as far as possible. If attendance at college is disrupted, all learners will have work to do at home which will be equivalent to their study time in college each week. Their work tasks will be on Moodle (parent access details were sent at the beginning of the year), there will also be timetabled events every week for students where they will need to log in so that they can work live with staff who will deliver compressed lessons remotely. There are plans fully developed for any part or full closure to ensure learner progress and achievement is impacted as little as possible. In recent weeks, practical work which cannot be completed remotely has already been prioritised and delivered.

Plans to ensure learners with exams can be supported in college as much as possible for as long as possible without contravening government advice, are also part of our planning, just in case.

Study trips are all being postponed so that we can maintain the highest number of teachers on site to continue learning as the priority, and so that we minimise student’s exposure to risk.

Work or industry placements which are unpaid are also being suspended until it feels right to have our students out in our business community again.

Advice has been provided and reminders scheduled to encourage all students to follow sensible government advice in respect of personal hygiene and travel.

As you will now be aware the guidance regarding coronavirus has been updated and people are being advised to stay at home for 7 days if they have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

the updated advice is likely to impact on some students at college, please respect the intent and ensure that our students balance the safety of themselves and others with the need to be back in college learning at the soonest safe opportunity. Please refer to the NHS guidance at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  for further details

 

Update: 16 March 2020 9:00am

 

Following the advice set out by the Government we are taking positive action against Coronavirus and ensuring that the safety of our students and staff are upmost in our mind. We are therefore playing our part and discouraging large groups from forming at Yeovil College.

With over 250 students, and their parents/carers, due to attend their interviews on Wednesday 18 March, we have taken the decision to conduct these interviews over the telephone rather than in person.

Your telephone interview will take place at the time we have communicated to you. This may be slightly different to your original appointment time if you had been scheduled to see the apprenticeship team in addition to your main interview. Please be aware that your time slot is an estimation and we will endeavour to call you as close to your time slot as possible. We are conscious that timings may slip slightly as we strive to provide everyone with a quality conversation.

You may wish to speak to our support team about pastoral care, support needs or additional learning needs. This will be touched upon briefly during your telephone interview but followed up separately by our support team, enabling us to give you an appropriate level of attention and guidance.

The objective of the telephone interview is to ultimately make a formal offer of a place at Yeovil College, which will be followed up with an email containing all of your paperwork and confirmation of the offer made. This will give you complete peace of mind and you will be able to rest assured that you will have secured your place at Yeovil College.

If you have any issues with your twilight interview, please get in contact with us on 01935 423921 or email enrol@yeovil.ac.uk.

 

Update: 13 March 2020, 3:00pm

We continue to gather new information and plan for every foreseeable scenario that will impact us as staff and students at Yeovil College. Our Business Continuity Team are fully engaged, preparing for all we can but hoping for minimal disruption and we have been meeting since 28th February to plan and prepare.

Our senior team meet daily to consider, plan, monitor and update so we are as prepared as we can be. Events are being managed appropriately to minimise risk, we have already put steps in place to reduce large numbers of people meeting, seen during our recent mock exams and forthcoming Twilight Interview Evening. Future events are all being planned with a contingency and all new information is fed in to the planning meetings so we can adapt appropriately.

There is a lot of activity going on behind the scenes to ensure that we are as prepared as we possibly can be for any part of full closure of the college that may happen in the future; although we hope this will not be necessary. It is absolutely critical that we create an environment which helps our students focus on their studies – students have already experienced a shift in lessons, with practical and workshop lessons being prioritised.

As part of our planning for possible scenarios linked to COVID19, from Monday 16 March we will be asking all college visitors to sign a Visitors Screening Questionnaire.

Please stay tuned to social media and our website as we will continue to update our community regularly.

 

Update: 13 March 2020, 9:00am

Action Against Coronavirus

Inline with the recent guidance changes with regards to coronavirus, we are now advising staff and students to stay at home for seven days if they have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough.

You just follow the usual sickness procedures. More information to follow later today.

 

Update: 11 March 2020

Action Against Coronavirus

At Yeovil College we take the health and safety of our students, staff, partners, associates and community extremely seriously and to this end, we are monitoring the Coronavirus infection very closely and following the information provided by the Government.

We are taking all of the sensible preventive measures you would expect of us to ensure Yeovil College remains a safe place to learn, including deep cleaning of our communal spaces, leisure areas, eating facilities and offices, industrial standard sanitisers being made widely available across the college campus and we are promoting good hygiene practices – Happy Birthday is being sung throughout the campus (twice).

We of course are monitoring the Government’s advice on an hourly basis.

 

Update:  06 March 2020

We are taking positive action against Coronavirus and are following the advice and information set out by the Government. As this information changes regularly, we urge you to check the latest information set out below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

If any of our students, staff, associates, suppliers, partners or community have recently travelled, please be respectful of the Government’s guidance and ask yourself the following questions BEFORE entering Yeovil College:

  • Have you been to any of the Category 1 areas in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)?
  • Have you travelled to any of the Category 2 areas in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)?
  • Have you been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus?
  • Have you been asked to self-isolate by a health professional?

If any of the above applies please call the NHS 111 for advice. Please do not enter Yeovil College and instead communicate with us in a different way, preferably email or phone.

For information on category 1 and category 2 countries, please refer to the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#returning-travellers

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