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.
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.
Further information will be shared once received from awarding bodies.
If you want to speak to our Careers Advisor after getting your results please contact firstname.lastname@example.org make an appointment.
- 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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
– 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 email@example.com
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/