Kingston Maurward College is closed. We have previously been delivering a ‘hybrid’ model for most students which involves 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.
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.
Transport update (as of 8th January 2021)
I wanted to give you an update on transport and payments. We are working closely with the bus companies to ensure we are able to provide transport for all the vulnerable learners and those students of key workers who are not safe at home, as well as maximising the efficiency of the service.
For those of you who pay monthly I would propose that you cancel your standing order for February and March. If we are able to resume normal college activity towards the end of February or in March then your standing order would need to be started again in April. If we are unable to have students back in college until after the Easter break in April than your standing order would need to start again in May.
If you are in receipt of a transport bursary and do not pay a monthly fee then please take no further action.
If you have paid for the transport in full then please get in touch with the Student Administration team firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss options with you.
We thank you for your support and understanding at this time as we continue to focus on providing learning for all students.
Very best wishes
Oliver Symons – Deputy Principal Learning & Performance
At this stage whilst the college is still open for vulnerable learners and the period of lockdown is relatively short, all bus routes are still needed to run and the bus companies therefore can’t pass on any savings to the college. If there is a situation when they don’t run various routes then we will pass this cost saving onto students. The cost charged to students effectively reflects the total cost of running the buses which the college already heavily subsidise and is not a daily/weekly charge.
Oliver Symons – Deputy Principal Learning & Performance
Yes, 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.
If your not sure if you are unsafe then get in touch and we can discuss it further.
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. If you have any queries regarding courses and fees, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com
– 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.
The Learning Resource Centre is currently open and is normally open term time only. The email address is being manned so students are welcome to contact the library if they would like any academic help at firstname.lastname@example.org
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/