Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Last updated: Tuesday June 2

Staff at Nescot are starting in-person teaching to some groups of students this week.

Lessons will resume this week for some students with additional needs, as well as some qualifications at Nescot’s Gas and Electrical Academy. A small cohort of children are being welcomed back to Nestots next week.

Other students will be returning later to college later this month, while Nescot is hoping to resume hair and beauty services at Innovation and osteopathy treatments at ICOM later this summer.

Staff at Nescot have been working hard to put robust plans in place to keep everyone safe. This includes students being taught in smaller groups than usual, as well as additional hygiene measures.

The college has been in contact with students and their families about returning to college. Anyone who has any questions is welcome to contact their Head of Department on the details below.

Staff have also been in contact with students about enrolling at Nescot. This includes students joining the college for the first time, as well as those continuing their qualifications or progressing to a new level.

Students will be enrolling online, and appointment slots will be sent out by email in the weeks ahead.

Teaching staff have created some projects for new students to do before September, which are aimed at helping them to get ready for Nescot and to find out more about the course. You can read more here.

Nescot’s staff are continuing to work remotely, and are committed to doing everything possible to support our students and to reduce the impact of the pandemic on them.

Our students include people working full-time, part-time and by distance, as well as our apprentices and those doing university-level study. We remain committed to working with our employers and partners, as well as our customers and our community.

Students must keep working, and use Nescomms and email to stay in touch with their tutors, assessors, teachers and progress coaches. For more information on assessments please see ‘Exams and assessments’, below.

For further information, and to contact the college, please check the sections below.

The situation is changing rapidly, and this page 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 Lisa Moynihan, Head of Maths, please use the contact details listed above.

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 Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), which oversees awarding organisations, is currently consulting with schools and colleges on how final grades should be calculated for qualifications. The consultation outcomes are due to be published on May 22. As soon as we receive any information about how the final grades for vocational qualifications will be calculated we will contact students directly.

Until the college receives the guidance following the Ofqual consultation it is important that students keep talking with their teachers and progress coaches. This is particularly important for any students progressing on to further study at the college. We are now moving away from setting and assessing the work our younger students’ are doing to now help them prepare for progressing on to their next course with us. Tutorials with Progress Coaches will continue contacting younger students on a weekly basis and teachers will start setting work that will help students get a better understanding of their next course or the 2nd year of their current course. Apprentices and Higher Education students will continue to be set and taught their current course and apprenticeship content.

It’s still really important therefore that all students keep in touch with their teachers until the College site reopens.

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.

The funding body ESFA has told colleges that some students and their parents or guardians have received letters relating to the 16 to 19 bursary fund. These letters claim to be from the ESFA, and ask for bank details. These letters are fraudulent; the ESFA would never ask for bank account details. Please do not respond. For more advice about fraud please visit Action Fraud.

Nestots will be re-opening to a small group of children from Monday June 8. Numbers will be limited, and those aged three and four will be among the first to return.

Staff will review the changes carefully, and are then hoping to be able to offer places to further small cohorts of children in July.

Parents and guardians have been contacted directly, and they are asked to email nursery staff directly with any questions.

The safety and wellbeing of the children and staff is paramount, and Nescot staff are working hard to follow government guidelines carefully.

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), which oversees awarding organisations, is currently consulting with schools and colleges on how final grades should be calculated for qualifications.

The consultation ends on Friday (May 8), with the final decision expected shortly after that. Until the college receives the guidance following the Ofqual consultation it is important that students keep talking with their teachers and progress coaches and keep completing coursework. This is particularly important for any students progressing on to further study at the college.

It’s really important therefore that all students keep in touch with their teachers and keep working through their coursework until the College site reopens.

There is further information about English and maths GCSE and Functional Skills below.

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.

For more information on how students will be assessed, please see 'Exams and assessments', above, and 'English and maths', below.

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.

The funding body ESFA has told colleges that some students and their parents or guardians have received letters relating to the 16 to 19 bursary fund. These letters claim to be from the ESFA, and ask for bank details. These letters are fraudulent; the ESFA would never ask for bank account details. Please do not respond. For more advice about fraud please visit Action Fraud.

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 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.

For those applicants who applied before June 1 we are commencing to enrol through June for most courses. Please find full information on our enrolment process during the COVID-19 restriction on our Enrolment page.

More course specific information will be available on Tuesday 21st April however practicals will be completed via an alternative format (i.e. viva, Q&As and virtual labs). Open book or written exam assessments will be completed online in a 24 hour period; exams will start at 09:30 BST and answers will be upload via a Dropbox and submitted to Turnitin. A member of staff will be available for technical support for the first two hours of the examination (09:30 - 11:30 BST) and the last hour prior to the submission time (08:30 - 09:30 BST).

Should you have any queries then please contact your programme leader in the first instance.

Kingston University Student Assessment Guidance - Preparing for your alternative assessments

Kingston University Student communication regarding online exams

Kingston University Contingency Assessments dates and staff

The following statement has been released by UoWL and have allowed 2 week extensions should they be required. Please see the attached letter from the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive.

Should you have any queries then please contact your programme leader in the first instance.

University of West London Letter to Partner Staff - Emergency Regulations

An update on assessments will be provided on Tuesday 21st April for teacher training courses and counselling courses.

Should you have any queries then please contact your programme leader in the first instance.

Letter from the Vice Chancellor

Internal communication

Mark entry - No detriment approach

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.

As directed by the Department for Education, any student due to complete a GCSE or Functional Skills qualification in English or maths by July 31, 2020 will now be given a predicted grade.

GCSE

The tutor will make a professional judgement on the grade likely to have been achieved if the student had taken the exam. Grades will be based on several factors, including mock exam results, progress tests, and performance in class, and assessed against the learning objectives of the exam board mark scheme.

The predicted grade will be submitted to the exam board at the start of June. The exam board will use its own set of criteria to decide if they agree with the College’s prediction. It is important to realise that the exam boards have the right to overrule a centre’s prediction and award a different grade; either higher or lower. This means the grade finally awarded may NOT BE THE SAME as the one predicted by the tutor.

We appreciate that the situation is far from ideal, but these are unprecedented times. As with any exams, there will be joy and disappointments. We assure you that the college has established a rigorous predicted grade assessment process and is committed to making it as fair and accurate as it can be.

The GCSE results will be issued by the exam boards on Thursday, August 20. The grades given are 9-1 (the minimum grade required to be a high grade is 4). Details of any appeal process have yet to be confirmed by the exam boards. The college is not permitted to disclose any grading to students and parents before the 20th August. For more information from Ofqual see here

Functional Skills

Where students have been unable to sit an exam due to remote working, Functional Skills qualifications will be awarded using predicted grades. The awarding body, Pearson, are still conducting a consultation process for how Functional Skills grades will be assessed and will reveal the exact details of this assessment shortly. Students who have already passed a Functional Skill exam this academic year will have it accredited to their qualification without question. For more information from Pearson, see here.

Ongoing English and maths teaching

It is important that your young person continues to engage with the work set online in preparation for the next level or to upskill for later life. If there are any questions around ongoing English and maths teaching, students are encouraged to contact their Head of Department for details.


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