Coronavirus

Coronavirus

On Wednesday night (March 18) the British government announced that schools and colleges across the UK will close from Monday (March 23) until further notice.

Nescot is moving to online-only teaching and learning from Friday (March 20). Teaching staff have been working hard to prepare students by getting resources ready and ensuring students can access systems from home.

Students must keep working, and use Nescomms and email to stay in touch with their teachers and progress coaches. It is possible that final grades will be calculated based on work so far this year, students must continue to do the best they can, and staff will support them fully.

The college is maintaining delivery of its courses online to all students. This includes young people, adults, students undertaking higher and professional courses, and apprentices.

Online teaching will pause over the Easter break (April 6 to 17 inclusive) and resume on April 20, but students are expected to keep studying and working on their assignments during this time.

All Nescot staff are working remotely, with some key staff remaining on campus to keep the college running.

Our students remain our absolute priority, and all staff are committed to doing everything we can to support our students through the rest of the academic year.

Specific information for different groups of people follows below.

The situation is changing rapidly, and this webpage will be kept under constant review.

The college campus is currently closed to students and visitors.

The college switchboard is being staffed from 8am to 1pm, Monday to Friday for any enquiries. To reach the switchboard please contact 07976 263440. Outside of these hours please email reception@nescot.ac.uk.

To contact the Advice and Guidance team, please click here for the online contact form.

Please contact your tutor through Nescomms. If you are having any difficulties please contact your Head of Department on the details below.

To contact Debbie Beckley, Head of Maths, please email dbeckley@nescot.ac.uk or call 020 8394 3278.

To contact Barbara Hyneman, Head of English, please email bhyneman@nescot.ac.uk or call 020 8394 3183.

For students

All the staff at Nescot remain fully committed to supporting our students through the rest of the academic year.

Students should be accessing Nescomms and Weblearn for their learning resources and assignments, and must stay in regular contact with their tutors via email and Nescomms.

The government has announced that exams and assessments, including Maths and English GCSEs, will not be happening this summer. Details on how final grades will be calculated and vocational qualifications will be assessed remain under review.

It is possible that final grades will be calculated based on work throughout the year, which is another reason it is vital that students continue to study at home and work on their assignments.

We plan to open the college again as soon as possible, and we look forward to welcoming our students back. Please keep checking the college website and Nescomms for details of when this will be.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your teacher or progress coach. You can also contact your Head of Department via the contact details in ‘Contacting the College’, above.

In line with government guidance, today (Tuesday) and yesterday Nestots has been open to vulnerable children and the children of key workers only. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night (Monday) of a UK-wide lockdown, the college has taken the difficult decision to close the nursery temporarily to all children.

Parents and guardians have been contacted directly. The nursery will stay in touch with them via email, and they are also encouraged to check the college website for updates.

We will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so, and we look forward to welcoming the children back then. We would like to thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult period.

The government has announced that exams and assessments will not go ahead this summer. This includes English and Maths GCSEs. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We will work with the sector and Ofqual to ensure children get the qualifications they need.” We will update students as soon as we have specific information about how grades will be calculated.

Messages are continuing to be relayed to Nescot staff on a daily basis by email. Staff are expected to be carrying out business as usual remotely. Principal and CEO Frances Rutter said she is ‘heartened’ by the measures staff are taking to keep students safe and supported and to minimise the impact on students’ education.

All the staff at Nescot remain fully committed to supporting our students through the rest of the academic year.

We have been working hard to ensure our students are ready for online learning, and know where to find study resources and support.

Teaching and support staff continue to work remotely, so are available to support your young person with their teaching and learning.

We strongly urge your young person to stay in touch with their teacher online via email and Nescomms and to keep up with their online learning and assignments, as they do while at college.

The government has announced that exams and assessments will not go ahead this summer. This includes English and maths GCSEs. We will update students as soon as we have specific information about how grades will be calculated.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your young person’s teacher or progress coach. You can also contact their Head of Department via the contact details listed in ‘Contacting the college’, above.

Due to the unprecedented situation caused by the global Coronavirus pandemic, Nescot is moving to online learning from Friday morning (March 20th).

This will mean that apprentices will not be required to attend formal classes on-site. However, to maintain teaching learning and assessment, teachers and assessors will be in regular contact with apprentices and their employers. It will be expected that apprentices will participate in learning activities provided by their teachers via online resources, and record the hours spent for their off-the-job-training. This will be facilitated on an apprentice’s normal college day of the week. Should a situation arise where this is not possible, please contact your allocated assessor. You can also contact the relevant Head of Department via the contact details listed under 'contacting the college', above.

With regard to progress reviews and site assessments, we will continue to conduct these taking into account any associated risk and within the Government guidelines and subject to employer’s own situations and measures so as to ensure the safety and health of employers, apprentices and assessors. At present it is likely that the preferred method will be using remote technologies and tools such as telephone, email correspondence and VQ Manager (where this has been introduced). We will provide every support to you and your apprentice during this period.

If your apprentice is using VQ Manager they should log all 20% off the job training in the diary tab. The Assessor will assign templates for recording practical evidence in the assessment plans tab. All Evidence can be logged directly onto VQ Manager on the log evidence tab. Your apprentice can access the help and guidance section for using the E-Portfolio in the top right hand corner of the portfolio.

If your apprentice has forgotten their login details please advise them to email Sam Lunn: Slunn@nescot.ac.uk

In terms of Government Guidance regarding breaks in learning and so on where apprentices and employers may be struggling, for example, with finding relevant work for apprentices we are still awaiting guidance but have been told that it will be this week. As soon as we have information we will share this and work with you on the implications of this.

If you have a health concern about an apprentice who is showing symptoms or has a family member needing to self-isolate please inform your assessor and/or the Head of Department at the college immediately so that we can implement the necessary measures to ensure that there is no impact on the apprentice’s programme or on you as the employer.

We appreciate your continued support during this time. Please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming your apprentices back on site at Nescot.

The World Health Organisation defines coronaviruses as a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to infections including SARS and MERS. Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and humans, and a ‘novel Coronavirus’ is a strain which has not previously been identified in humans.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever (a temperature of 38C or more in adults), a cough, and shortness of breath. Because it’s a new illness it is not yet known exactly how the virus is spread. However, similar viruses spread by droplets, such as when someone coughs or sneezes.

On Monday (March 16), the government announced a set of social distancing measures aimed at slowing the spread of the pandemic. You can read more about social distancing online here, and more information about Covid-19 on the NHS website here.

The college is continuing to work hard to support vulnerable students. Each student with an EHCP is being allocated a named learning support assistant contact, who will get in touch with them shortly and support them to continue their studies.

Looked-after young people will be supported by the Safeguarding and Wellbeing team.

Nescot is awaiting further guidance and the website will be updated as soon as the position is clear.

Due to the unprecedented situation caused by the global Coronavirus pandemic, Nescot is moving to online learning in the majority of instances from Friday morning (March 20th).

This will mean that apprentices will not be required to attend formal classes on-site. However, to maintain teaching learning and assessment your assessor will be in regular contact with you and your employer to help you make progress on your apprenticeship between now and the point at which the Nescot can resume off-the-job training at the college. It is expected that you will participate in learning activities provided by your assessor via online resources and other means of contacting such as telephone, email and other technologies. These activities that you undertake will be recorded as your off-the-job-training hours. This will normally be done on your normal college day of the week. Should a situation arise where this is not possible, please contact your allocated assessor as a matter of urgency. If you communicate with your assessor regularly it will be possible to help you to keep making progress towards the completion of your apprenticeship.

With regard to progress reviews and site assessments, we will continue to conduct these taking into account any associated risk and within the Government guidelines and subject to your employer’s own situations and measures to ensure the safety and health of employers, assessors and yourself. At present it is likely that the preferred method will be using remote technologies and tools such as telephone, email correspondence and VQ Manager (where this has been introduced). We will provide every support to you and your employer during this period.

If you are using VQ Manager you should log all 20% off-the-job training in the diary tab. Your assessor will assign templates for recording practical evidence in the assessment plans tab. All evidence can be logged directly onto VQ Manager on the log evidence tab. You can access the help and guidance section for using VQ Manager (the E-Portfolio) in the top right hand corner. If you have forgotten your login details please email Sam Lunn: Slunn@nescot.ac.uk

In terms of Government Guidance regarding breaks in learning, where apprentices and employers may be struggling, for example, with finding relevant workplace evidence or jobs, we are still awaiting the guidance but have been told that it will published this week. As soon as we have information we will share this with you and work with you on the implications of this.

If you have a health concern or are showing symptoms of the virus, or if you have a family member needing to self-isolate please inform your assessor and / or the Head of Department at the college immediately. You can find the contact details for your Head of Department under 'contacting the college', above. We can implement the necessary measures to ensure that we limit the impact on your apprenticeship programme.

We appreciate your continued support during this time. Please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back on site at Nescot. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact your assessor or Head of Department.

Nescot is still welcoming applications from students who wish to join the college in September 2020.

We are not currently holding interviews, but will be making conditional offers to applicants subject to the entry criteria of the qualification they have applied for.

We are planning to enrol as usual from mid-August, but we will be in touch with applicants if the situation changes.

The Transition event due to be held at the college on Saturday March 21 has been cancelled. The remaining Saturday Academies planned for March have also been cancelled. Parents and exhibitors have been informed.

KU Statement

Over the course of last week and the weekend, the university has decided that all assessments will go ahead as planned.

Please read below KU's information:

  • All assessments will be completed or submitted online via Weblearn. On their original date and time that they were scheduled.
  • Written examinations will go ahead as scheduled on their original time and day of assessment, however the duration of the exam will now double.
  • Vivas and Presentations will now be completed via Microsoft Teams, module leaders will send a link as you can connect and complete your assessment
  • All practicals will need to be completed via Microsoft Teams. If students do not have a body, they may demonstrate techniques or skills on themselves to show competencies and can verbalise to support answers.
  • Subjects with placement hours will now need to complete online as a virtual consultation (Sports Therapy & Osteopathy). Module Leaders will be responsible to set-up and monitor, they will contact you regarding this. This provides an opportunity for students to experience what it is like to work in private practice (i.e. Private Health Insurance), this is industry related.
  • ECs that have been previously accepted will need to be completed online via Microsoft Teams.
  • Dissertations and Projects: As this is a student-led independent project if students can no longer do data collection or cannot complete this, the REF 4 form regarding changes in methodologies will need to be completed by student and supervisor and sent to Caroline Parmenter (Academic Registrar) to hold all documentation and to ensure processes have been completed. Students will now need to change their projects from primary research to a secondary review. If the documentation has not been received by Caroline Parmenter then the student is still expected to complete primary research.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Caroline Parmenter and/or your programme leader.

Keep safe and well.

Best wishes,

Caroline

Employers:

Due to the unprecedented situation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, we are stopping all work experience, work placements, industry placements and supportive internships indefinitely and from immediate effect. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we know you will understand that the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and employer partners is paramount. We will let you know as soon as we are able to resume these placements. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the college for your ongoing support.

Students:

We will let you know as soon as we are able to resume placements. Where placements form a core component of your course, and set hours are required for your qualification, we will work closely with the awarding body to confirm the expectations regarding placements going forward. Once this is confirmed it will be communicated to students. If you have any questions in the meantime please speak to your lead tutor.


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