Updated: 23rd March 2020 : 2:00pm

At Blueline College our priority continues to be the care and education of our learners and we are therefore following the current advice for schools from Public Health England which advises that schools should remain open and continue to operate as usual.

As a College, we are monitoring developments closely and are putting plans in place for every contingency. We will continue to email if there are any updates or changes in the recommendations for schools. The latest guidance received today is that no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Minister of State for Education and the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon (23rd March 2020), I am writing to inform you that from Monday 23rd March, Blueline College will move to remote learning for all students.

We are well equipped to do this through our online learning system as well as Microsoft Teams. Lecturers will make contact and provide detailed instructions of lessons, activities and assignments. Learners will be expected to log on at the start of the day, engage in webinars, complete activities, assignments and eLearning, and registers will be taken for their day of regular study.

The college team have all been working hard to prepare for this eventuality, and Lecturers have been planning activities and assignments that can be done remotely. We are also working closely with the awarding bodies on how we will be able to complete assessments at home where practicable.

Lecturers have been guiding all learners to ensure they can all log on and access remotely but if there are any difficulties with this please contact Blueline College support at info@bluelinecollege.co.uk as soon as possible so we can help.

This is an important point in the year for all learners in their study programme and everyone’s role in supporting the students will be crucial over the coming weeks.

Please help to ensure there is a quiet space to work at home where possible, and make sure studying is undertaken during the regular days of study.

GCSEs, FUNCTIONAL SKILLS AND VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

The Department of Education has recently announce the cancellation of GCSE exams for this academic year, 2019/2020). The latest official news and guidance in regards to the Government decision can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

For our students on vocational qualifications, we are seeking approval from the awarding bodies to increase our ability to remotely assess a number of the units our students are delivering and conduct paper and practical based assessments rather than examinations where possible.

For our students on Technical Qualifications, we appreciate this will possibly impact exams, synoptic assessments, optional and mandatory units and employer involvement. Please be assured that we are working with City & Guilds who are exploring a range of options to support our students successfully complete their qualification.

For students on Functional Skills qualifications, we will continue to remote teach and set work for learners undertaking functional skills and will update once we have further guidance from the awarding body as to how alternative assessment arrangements will be delivered.

Lastly, there have been a number of queries in regards to whether courses will finish at the planned times stated when students started on their courses. This is an unprecedented situation and we are endeavouring to support students to complete their qualifications at the dates planned, though we do anticipate that some groups may complete their courses a little later than planned due to disruption in face-to-face learning and restrictions on assessment of the qualifications by the awarding bodies.

We are in continued communication with the awarding bodies, the ESFA and Department for Education (DfE) and will be updating our process and information once further guidance have been provided to us.

 

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us at info@bluelinecollege.co.uk There will be the same support functions operating while we are teaching remotely such as welfare and safeguarding and we will shortly be forwarding more information help and guidance on this.

Thank you all for your understanding and support during these difficult times. I wish you and all your family well and look forward to welcoming all the learners back hopefully soon.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and the advice given by the Government and Public Health England. Full up to date information can be accessed by following the link:

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

The Department for Education launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687. Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).

Links to further advice include: Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Guidance for educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19.

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus.

If you have any queries not related to student support please don’t hesitate to email us on the email address: info@bluelinecollege.co.uk

We thank you in advance for your continued support during this difficult time for all, and will keep you updated should there be any changes.

Kind Regards,

Raina Konsar

Blueline College