Latest Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on July 31, 2020 by Kingston Maurward

Our promise to our returning students and those of you who will be starting with us in September, is that we will be providing you with an inspiring learning programme that develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to progress to the next steps in your chosen career path.

We are planning a ‘hybrid’ model for most students which will involve attendance two days a week onsite in College and significant work to complete remotely online using the Microsoft Teams platform. We are committed to supporting our students’ learning, and also have their welfare and the health of them, and their families, uppermost in our minds. We will be providing training to ensure all students can access the learning opportunities.

We continue to hold discussions with our transport companies to ensure a model can be developed that keeps students as safe as possible whilst travelling to and from College, and in line with government advice. Further updates on this will be provided once the guidance is clear on the use of public transport.

We will be starting the FE enrolment process from Monday 17th August  – returning learners will be sent information of a specific time slot to attend, be able to sign their new learning agreement and complete other processes.

Enrolment for new FE students will start the following week Monday 24th August – new learners will be provided with a specific time slot and location on site to attend to complete the process.  Enrolment packs and information will be sent out before the end of July / beginning of August.

We continue to interview and engage with those of you who have applied for commencing studies in September  and we look forward to welcoming you to Kingston Maurward College. If you have not yet applied we want to reassure you that it’s not too late to submit your application, please follow this link and complete the form.

We are using the current situation to upgrade much of the campus and infrastructure of the College and as I write this a new climbing wall is being installed that will greatly enhance the resources for students on our Outdoor Education and Uniformed Public Service study programmes.

Can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and patience during these challenging times. Stay safe and please get in touch if you have any queries.

Very best wishes

Oliver Symons

Deputy Principal (Learning & Performance)

 

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/

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.

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.

Your GCSE Results will be available for you to collect from the top floor of the LRC on 20th August 2020 from 9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Please note only you can collect your results, no one will be able to do this on your behalf.

You will not be able to collect your results outside of these times. Any uncollected results will be posted  to the address we have on record for you later that day.

The English and maths team will be on hand to answer any queries you may have about your results.

From Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President – BTEC and Apprenticeships – 26 June 2020
We understand that this has been an unsettling time for you, with the news of school/college closures and the cancellation of this summer’s exams/external assessments. We wanted to write to you to reassure you about how your BTEC results will be calculated this year.
How will your BTEC grades be calculated?
  • We have asked teachers/tutors at your school/college to provide us with:
  • actual grades for internal BTEC units that you completed
  • ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for internal BTEC units that you were not able to complete, based on available evidence and what your tutors felt you most likely would have achieved under normal circumstances
  • a rank order of all learners on your BTEC course, based on what your teachers/tutors felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances.
Your teachers/tutors will base their decisions on a range of evidence, including any relevant assignments you have completed, any prior exam or mock results, and your performance during the course. The information they submit to us will be checked beforehand by other teachers/tutors in your school/college and signed off by the Head of School/College.
For any other questions, visit the Pearson BTEC learner FAQ page.

Further information will be shared once received from awarding bodies.

Letter to Learners from City and Guilds

Ofqual student guide to post-16 qualification results

Support offered by Edexcel regarding summer awarding.

Calculated results process from City and Guilds

If you want to speak to our Careers Advisor after getting your results please contact careers@kmc.ac.ukto make an appointment.

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. 

Yes. Kingston Maurward is a land based college and our curriculum will involve practical learning. We have planned for delivery to include face to face teaching where restrictions allow. The campus will be open but there will be some limitations on access to some facilities to allow social distancing to occur. We are planning from September to offer a blended delivery model; a combination of small group, practical sessions in situ, and online digital learning.

No. Although the College will need to respond to any national response to the Covid-19 situation, the current alert level has recently been downgraded and there is no expected disruption to courses starting at the advertised start date.

Yes. Class size and the balance of online with on-campus delivery will be planned to support your studies. This approach is called Blended Learning. It will involve online study that is linked to sessions in College, or some modules may be suitable without face to face delivery in the classroom. There will also be opportunity for ‘live’ lessons to be delivered online.

Some modules have been identified as requiring either some or significant practical elements. Those with these requirements have been planned to include regular attendance at College. The college has also planned some module delivery linked to the semester system, so that some practical modules will be delivered in the second half of the 2020-21 academic year (after Christmas) where restrictions may allow further attendance in lessons on campus.

The College will still be able to provide regular contact with a tutor, as well as module tutors, remotely or online. As soon as restrictions allow, face to face support may resume. The College’s student support service will still operate remotely but they will still be able to deal with enquiries for support, and sign post students to relevant services as necessary.

No, you will not receive a reduction in fees for online-only tuition as the College would still be teaching you and supporting you with your study. We are expecting to start next academic year with a blended delivery model, meaning you will receive a combination of online tuition, and in-situ small group, practical tuition sessions on campus.

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/

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