Covid-19 Update (Click here for more information)

Latest Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on May 25, 2020 by Kingston Maurward

A message to all students, parents and clients of Kingston Maurward from the Principal.

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a good bank holiday weekend.

I thought I would give an update regarding what activity will be going on at the College next month.
As you will be aware, the government is encouraging some schools and colleges to return to work, and consider activity for some key groups such as ‘year 12’ who have some key exams next year from June 1st. Following discussions with staff, governors, the unions and further consideration by the senior team I have taken the view that it is too early on balance at this time to reopen the college for large groups of students.

We will, however, be exploring offering some activity from June 8th for those students who are undertaking ‘licence to practice’ courses such as NPTC qualifications, areas where students’ health and safety is paramount prior to employment, or where there are seasonal tasks that could not be done at another time of year (eg horticulture summer tasks). There may be some activity beyond the normal end of term but this will largely be for apprenticeship students.

Students will be contacted individually by academic teams in due course if something is to be run for you.

I would stress that attendance at these is optional; no student is required to attend especially if you are shielding or simply concerned about health issues. The same rule has been applied to staff – we have a strong student and staff family here at the college and we are trying to strike the balance between getting back to some normality, and also looking after each other. There are still a lot of worried people out there and I am determined we work together as a community.

Any activity this summer will be practical, mostly outside, and in small groups. We will not be opening catering and given the government guidance is still to avoid public transport, we will not be expecting buses to operate for the final three weeks of the summer term.

For the most part therefore, we do not expect to see students on site again until September, and online study will continue for those students. For those of you applying for courses in September, you should be receiving updates over the summer including preparatory work. We will contact you later in June regarding how enrolment will operate, and this will apply to second year students on Level 3 as well.

I hope this is helpful – as ever please contact me directly or ask general questions below – more than happy to answer any query you may have.

All the best,

Luke Rake

Principal and Chief Executive

For more detailed or specific information, please see the information below and if you have any queries during this time, you can still reach out to us on our website or by emailing us on marketing@kmc.ac.uk

Please continue checking this webpage to keep up-to-date with our latest developments and future information about re-opening.

This is an evolving situation and official advice changes regularly. We will continue to review this policy and keep you updated as to any changes.

Current students

Our students are important to us so please explore this page for helpful information if you are currently studying with us – www.kmc.ac.uk/college/current-students/

The College campus is closed to students from Monday 23 March 2020.  It is also closed to staff with the exception of those who are carrying out ‘essential services’.

However, the ‘virtual’ college is very much open with staff working remotely to provide support and inspiring leaning to all students.

This situation will be continually reviewed and this dedicated page will continue to be updated regularly to keep you informed on our position.

You can still apply to all our courses and Apprenticeships at www.kmc.ac.uk. Applications can be made through our website. Search for the course you are interested in and fill in an application form.

Yes you can. Please email your subject change request to Jason.hughes@kmc.ac.uk

In your email please state the course you have been offered a place on and the course you would like to transfer to.

For some transfers within the same department there may not need to be another interview but if you are requesting to transfer to a different department, our Admissions team will be in contact with you to discuss the new course and any conditions that may apply.

At the College, we are supporting employers, organisations and apprentices to continue with apprenticeships wherever possible and that our decisions are in line with current Government advice.

We’ve had discussions with many smaller employers, who are feeling anxious that they may have to terminate the contract with an apprentice but also don’t want to take that course of action. In these situations, we often advise that furloughing the apprentice is a good option and allows us to continue training the apprentice. We are then able to deliver underpinning subject knowledge matter, in accordance with their apprenticeship and ensuring the apprentice is up-to-date and ready to restart back in the workplace.

For larger employers, the same option may well be discussed but some will not want to furlough staff, particularly those in the health and care industries. In these instances, where employees are struggling to keep up with workload and the commitment to the apprenticeship, a break in learning of at least four weeks is often the right solution. This removes the anxiety of having to complete assignments whilst dealing with a highly stressful environment and situation but allows them to return to the apprenticeship in the near future.

 

We realise that this is a difficult time for employers and apprentices and we deal with each person on a case-by-case basis to ensure decisions are right for them. The safety and wellbeing of our apprentices, the employers that we work with and our staff is of fundamental importance to us and we are regularly reviewing how we deliver apprenticeships in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For GCSEs, the government have issued the following letter: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877830/Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading.pdf

Please follow this link for Ofqual’s blog released Thursday 9thApril 2020 which includes explanation videos for staff and students: https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2020/04/09/arrangements-for-summer-2020/

For BTEC and Technical qualifications awarding bodies are working with Ofqual and other key stakeholders to formulate a process which allows the calculation of an overall qualification grade for each learner which reflects their performance as fairly as possible.

Technical, BTEC and GCSE exams are cancelled and we shall release how grades will be awarded as soon as we are told by the awarding bodies.

RHS exams due to be held in June have been rescheduled for September 2020

For exams such as functional skills, dog grooming, L1 vocational and full time NCFE we are still awaiting information from the awarding bodies as to how they are going to award qualifications. City and Guilds in particular are continuing to investigate other alternatives.

Further information will be shared once received from awarding bodies.

Letter to Learners from City and Guilds

Although both the college and our partners did consider the possibility of conducting on line exams, it was felt that these could not conducted fairly and safely for students. Our students have a range of accessibility to good Wifi, as well as different abilities to gain dedicated space and time to complete exam style assessments in their own home, so the universities and the college have decided that all planned exams will now be by alternative assessment. Module tutors will be issuing alternative tasks to meet the criteria for submission in June. 

Letter to Learners from City and Guilds

This will only affect those students in their final or top up year. Both our university partners have enacted ‘no detriment’ policies. This means that your final grade will be based on marks for modules completed up to the point of lockdown (23 March 2020). Marks gained in the remainder of the year for modules will only count towards your final grade if they improve your current overall grade. There will therefore be no affect if your grades are affected in this semester.  

You will still need to complete assessments for your remaining modules to ensure you have all the credits you need to be awarded your qualification.

If you are currently up to date with your payments and paying for your college transport by Standing Order or Direct Debit then can we please ask that you cancel the payment that is due on the 1st May 2020.

If you have a revised payment plan and you are unsure whether your payments are up to date for the travel undertaken up to and including 20th March 2020 please contact Jason.Hughes@kmc.ac.uk who will look at these on an individual basis.

Any transport refunds that may be due will be calculated and any actioned in due course.

Yes. Both the Student Welfare team and the Student Support teams are working from home.

Students needing welfare support can email 121@kmc.ac.uk

Students needing academic support can email their tutor directly or the Learning Support team at LearningSupportTutors@kmc.ac.uk

Hope you are all staying home and looking after yourselves and those around you. Remember Student Welfare are available on 121@kmc.ac.uk if you just need a chat, a bit of support or have any concerns.

For any students where households are struggling to financially afford to provide the food required during this difficult time please get in touch and let us know and we will see what we can do.

Also, if you have any concerns at home where you feel unsafe at home, then college is still here to safeguard you. Please email 121@kmc.ac.uk and we will be in touch to help. Or if you feel more comfortable contacting another member of college staff then please do.

The 121 email account is manned Monday to Friday between 9.30am to 4.30pm. Outside of that time please contact Childline or the Samaritans.

College staff are still here working to help all students, even whilst the college site is closed. If your not sure if you are unsafe then get in touch and we can discuss it further.

Schools have been issued an email to activate a voucher system run by Edenred. Guidance was issued to schools by the Department for Education before Easter on how to order e-vouchers for pupils to be sent directly to them. So far Further Education institutions have not been issued guidance. The college is in contact with the local authority to try to rectify this situation. We will update students and their families as soon as we can.

The college has been working closely with the local authority and we expect to have food vouchers imminently. The college will be in touch directly with eligible students via their college email address. Students eligible for free school meals must monitor their email address.

The college are currently writing to families to ask for contributions toward the review. We are also asking for contributions from students, their teachers and anyone else working with the young person. Review paperwork for some students has already been sent to the respective local authorities. If reviews can not be completed they will be held in person as soon as we are able to return to college. Any queries relating to a student with an EHCP please email Senco@kmc.ac.uk

Our Educational Psychology Service has launched a new helpline for parents and carers. If you live in the Dorset Council area, are really worried about how your child is coping at the moment and need someone to talk to – we’re here to help.

You can book a half-hour consultation with one of our educational psychologists on Monday to Fridays, from 9am to 4.45pm. Calls are confidential unless there is a risk of harm to you, your child or someone else. You’ll need to call to make an appointment and we’ll keep a brief record of each call. Call 01305 228300.

Some courses have been cancelled prior to starting and some courses have started but have not been able to be completed. The college is evaluating each of these courses and looking at the possibility of rescheduling where possible or processing refunds where appropriate. These will be actioned in due course.

You will only be able to continue logging hours for your work placement if your employer has agreed that it is safe for you to do so.

Under no circumstances must you put yourself or others at risk.

If you/your employer have any questions about your placement please contact the relevant member of staff:
– For all industry placement queries Frances.jenkins@kmc.ac.uk

– For all work experience queries please contact your course tutor.

The programme leaders are developing an adapted assessment for this module to meet criteria before starting Level 5 without the need for the placement hours. This will be based on your planned industry experience and skills development. Programme leaders will discuss gaining industry experience during Level 5, although the required hours will not be a full expectation.

No the campus is currently closed. The Learning Resource email address is being manned so students are welcome to contact the library if they would like any academic help at library@kmc.ac.uk

In the short term, all Kingston Maurward College events have been cancelled until further notice. This is following government guidance on mass gatherings.

We are keen to still meet you! Kingston Maurward College site might be closed, but we are still virtually open. We will be arranging interviews to take place via telephone rather than face-to-face. We will be in touch to arrange these with you directly.

Any offers for places through UCAS still stand for September enrolment and depending on government guidance we expect to be teaching in college as normal for the start of term. If you are worried about exam grades and meeting conditional offers, be reassured that those grades were based on predicted grades that will inform your awarded grades in August. This means that your offer effectively accepted you based on predicted performance and when you get your final grades this position is unlikely to change. In August, if you are concerned about any offers and any grades you receive just get in touch with us and we will be able to confirm places as quickly as possible. 

All teaching has moved online from 23 March 2020. Tutors will have made contact with you to ensure you have access to the required platform, mainly Moodle or Teams.

We understand that this is a particularly worrying time. We want to reassure you that we are working hard behind the scenes to minimise disruption to your son or daughter’s learning. Kingston Maurward College might be closed, but we are open virtually and staff are continuing to work remotely.

All students have access to a virtual learning environment – Moodle/Teams and will be set work to do during this period of closure.

We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments moving forward. We will also continue to monitor the situation and guidance provided by the Departments of Education and Public Health England.

The Government’s dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is being kept up-to-date with the latest advice and guidance: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

For more information about self-isolation, please visit nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Provide Feedback

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.