Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Selby College Latest Information
Message for Applicants - 27th March 2020
Dear school leaver,
We would like to offer our reassurance to you in these uncertain times.
Whilst Selby College is closed at the moment for on-site learning, our staff are still working remotely to support our existing and future students.
We would like to reassure you that pupils will not be disadvantaged due to the GCSE exams being cancelled. This will not affect your place at Selby College.
For those that have applied already, if you haven’t had your interview yet, we will be in touch very soon to arrange this and it will be over the telephone.
Our entry requirements for all courses are unchanged, and we will be accepting grades issued by exam boards, which will be based on evidence which your year 11 teachers will have submitted to them. See page 6 page from our Prospectus highlighting entry requirements for each course type.
We will absolutely act in your best interest, so you can be assured of getting on the right course at Selby College. We will work with you throughout the enrolment and induction process to provide you with the necessary support required.
For any students who have not yet applied we would advise that you do so as soon as possible as we are still processing applications. If you were considering an Apprenticeship, we would advise that you also apply for an equivalent vocational course as back up in case there are no suitable apprenticeships available. Apply here now.
We do have qualified Careers Advisers available should you need any advice and guidance.
Our staff will be in touch over the coming weeks and months to help prepare and support you for your next steps.
We look forward to working with you during this time and please do get in touch if you have any questions at all.
Phil Sayles, Principal
Message for Current Students - 25th March 2020
I am sending this message to see how you are doing and hope that you are all feeling helped and supported? If you have any problems or concerns your GST should be your first point of contact if you are a 16-18 year old learner; in most cases they will have already attempted to make contact with you via e-mail or the phone. If you are an apprentice or a HE student your contact will come via your tutor or assessor, and again they should have tried to contact you. Most of the advice in here is for all of our students, be they 16-18, Higher Education, Apprentices or Adults.
Help and Support
For your learning, you should now have logged into your Virtual Learning Environment and have some familiarity with it. From your VLE you can undertake your learning, submit work and also make contact with your tutors. We will be following up on students who have not accessed any of their learning, or contacted us for help; so if you are struggling or unsure what to do, please make contact with your GST as soon as possible. If you don’t know how to do that, please e-mail email@example.com with your name and course as the subject matter. This will ensure your e-mail reaches your personal GST. If you are an Apprentice or adult student, including HE you will need to contact your assessor or tutor. If you are unsure how to do this e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for everything other than HE (for HE this is email@example.com).
Free School Meals and Bursary
For those of you who receive free school meals and bursary meals from College, we are working on a system to get a payment out to you. If you have free school meals this payment should come to your bank account by the end of this week or early next week. If you have bursary meals we are working on a system that we can use next week and more information will come out to you shortly.
We are also aware that family circumstances could have changed since the beginning of the academic year. If you have not previously claimed an FE bursary to help pay for your College lunches, but now feel you might be entitled, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject matter as NEW Bursary claim. We will also need your age and course detailing within the e-mail. This will allow us to send you the forms you would need your parents/guardians to complete or if you are aged over 19, that you would need to complete. We intend to do a wholly digital application, so you will need to respond promptly to any requests for information.
Exam and Assessment
There is lots of information and detail coming in about what will happen with exams and end of year assessments. Whilst more detail is known for A Levels and GCSE there is still further clarification that will come through. For other subjects the detail is just starting to come through. As and when we know something definite, your tutors and the college managers will make contact with your group. The key message, that is consistent from all awarding bodies, is that it will be based on what you have done so far and what you will continue to do. This is why it is imperative that you are progressing with your learning and the work being set for you, and where this is not possible that you have told us quickly. This applies equally to final year students, as well as those who are in their first year or expecting to progress from one level/stage to the next. All our staff want you to achieve as highly as possible, so work with us, so that we are armed with the evidence of how well you are performing and we will be in your corner.
The College will continue to monitor your attendance by seeing who has accessed their learning, completed tasks and engaged with their GST (if they are 16-18). It remains important that if you are ill you use e-notify or e-mail to let us know if you are too unwell to undertake your learning, so that we are not chasing you unnecessarily. The attendance monitoring is the same for all our learners.
Finally I hope that you are all looking after yourselves and heeding the government advice to stay safe and socially isolate. This doesn’t mean that you should lose touch with each other and I know quite a few of you are using social media platforms to keep in touch and share some of the lighter side of life. If any of you are struggling, our Additional Learning Support Team, GSTs and Counselling Team are all on hand to help and support you. No matter where you are, or how you are feeling we are still your local, friendly college and here to help and support you. It is only by us all helping and caring for each other that we will get through this.
Take care and I will catch up with you again next week.
Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal
Message for Current Students - 19th March 2020
Further to my e-mail yesterday, thank you for your comments and supportive approach to what is an unprecedented event. I promised that when I e-mailed yesterday that I would provide a further update today and I am also incorporating some answers to questions that you have asked. I would like to thank Jess Smith and Will Matthews, as student governors, who have collated your feedback into a range of questions.
As you are aware the College is closed from 4.30pm for all onsite learning and we will move to online learning from this point onwards. This means that all classes, practical sessions, work placements and exams are suspended, with online learning taking their place. It is imperative that you continue to log in to the Virtual Learning Environment and your College e-mails to keep on top of the work that your tutors will be setting for you and so that you know when deadlines are due. We will be checking to see if you are logging in and contacting you by phone if you are not, to see if you need extra help to do so.
There are still a number of items that we are awaiting clarification on, but these are the key questions that have been asked so far:
What should I do if I am too ill to do my online learning ?
If you are ill you need to contact the college and let us know the nature of your illness and also when you are better again. Please use e-notify, e-mail or phone your GST to let us know you are ill and we will mark you as ill. As usual, you will be expected to catch up with any missed sessions or assignments, so that you stay on course to complete your planned learning. If you are an apprentice or a higher education student, you need to contact your assessor or tutor.
What should I do if I need to self-isolate for 14 days?
You still need to let us know, so we know which students may have had the virus, for when we return. As long as you still feel fit and able, you should continue with your online learning and let us know if things change.
I receive free school meals, what will happen?
Until the National Voucher System rolls out, we will contact those students who are eligible and arrange a direct payment into their bank accounts. Please keep checking your e-mails for further information.
I have work experience as part of my College study, what do I do?
The College is stopping all work experience. You must not attend after today. All the companies that provide your placements will have been contacted to let them know we have stopped placements, in line with the directive to close schools and Colleges to enable social distancing.
Are the College buses still running?
We have cancelled all College buses, as no students should be coming onto site.
What is happening about exams?
We know that there will not be any GCSE or A Level exams in May or June and that students will still be able to achieve their qualifications. However, we don’t know if different assessment methods and/or predicted grades will be used as well, or in combination. This means you still need to work hard towards achieving your qualifications. We will continue to update your predicted grades, based on the work you produce, so you still have the opportunity to improve, but if you do not put the effort in your grades can also go downwards. It is vital that you do not let your learning slip during this time.
I am doing a BTEC that has coursework and exams, what does that mean for me?
We understand that the assessments you have completed thus far, and that you will continue to complete and that we mark, will be used by the external verifiers to confirm your grades. As only part of your grade comes from an exam this is easier to manage, but if you don’t put the work in and get your coursework in on time, you could still fail a module and reduce your grade. It is likely that we will have to upload all your work, so that it can be checked online, rather than someone coming in and looking at your portfolio/work product. This may mean that we will need you to work with us to ensure we are able to access all your marked work. If you fall into this category we will contact you separately about this, but please ensure you are keeping any marked work safe.
I am doing a practical course that involves being assessed by completing assessments and treatments in a real world environment, what does this mean for me?
Your tutors are working out what you have completed and had signed off, and what is yet to be done. We will work with your awarding bodies, once we know the next steps to enable you to demonstrate you are competent. As some of these qualifications also give a licence to practice we will probably have to bring you back in, once the closure is lifted, so that you can quickly complete anything that is outstanding.
I am a Higher Education student, what does this mean for me?
Your learning will also be online, in common with most universities. You will have your assessment schedule and in most cases the majority of your assignment briefs for the remainder of the year. You will need to continue to access your appropriate Virtual Learning Environment and upload any assignments via Turnitin. We will work with the Universities and Pearson to ensure your programmes and awards continue to be certificated in a timely way.
I am an apprentice, what does this mean for me?
We are contacting all apprentices and their employers to let them know that you will not be coming to College on day release and that we will not be visiting you in the workplace. However, we will be setting and marking knowledge and tasks remotely and undertaking discussions with you and your employer about your progress, in order to ensure that you keep learning and developing. If you are unsure or worried about anything, please contact your assessor or our Business Services Department email@example.com
I am feeling worried and concerned about all of this and need to talk to someone, who can I talk to?
Please contact your GST if you are worried or concerned about anything. They will be phoning you for 1:1 discussions and we continue to offer other support services, such as College counselling via Skype and over the phone. Do not worry on your own, we are still at the end of a phone or e-mail to help, even though we are not in college.
How do I phone you if the College is closed?
The college has a phone system that we can use outside the College. This means you can still phone all the usual college numbers and we can answer and make calls, as well as let you leave messages. There may be some flexibility in when we are working, but if you e-mail or leave us a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.
I am sure you will have other questions as well. We are collating everything and also listening to the government updates; as things become clearer, or we have further information, we will share it with you.
Please stay safe, look after each other and know that the College is there for you.
Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal
Message for Applicants - 19th March 2020
Due to the recent announcement of schools closing and no exams taking place, we want to reassure you that this will not affect your place at Selby College. We realise these are uncertain times but would advise you to continue working hard with your school studies.
If you haven’t already had your interview, we will be in touch very soon to arrange this and it will be over the telephone.
If you have had your interview, we will be sending more information to you in the coming weeks.
Please don’t worry; we are working on plans so that no student will be disadvantaged by school closures and cancelled exams. We are here to support you; if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as quickly as possible.
As at 18th March 2020 19.00:
Following the announcement from the Prime Minster today, Selby College will be closing from 4.30 pm on Thursday 19th March until further notice. This change means that all teaching and learning will be done online.
For students, this means:
- Selby College is moving to online learning from Friday 20th March. No students will be onsite after Thursday 19th March.
- We are being asked to provide continued support for children of key workers who have pupils with special education needs. This means that we will make contact with parents and carers of any students who fall into this category, to see how we might support them.
- It is imperative that students check tomorrow (Thursday 19th March) that they are able to access the necessary resources and equipment, and let tutors know if there is a problem with this.
- Any exams scheduled for the time being, are postponed. Students must continue to work towards achieving their course, as other methods of assessment, to ensure qualifications are achieved, will be used.
- It is vital students continue their learning, even though they will not be coming in to College. Students will still need the skills they have, and will continue to develop, for employment, progression to a higher level, and the future.
We realise this is an uncertain time, but students, parents and employers should be assured that we will be doing everything possible to minimise disruption.
As at 17th March 2020 20.00:
This website page is to provide you with the latest information about Selby College’s response to the current spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).
We are closely monitoring the situation and following advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education.
Our management team are reviewing regularly and updating staff, students, parents and other stakeholders. The main form of communication will be via email but we are also using this page of the College website and our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
At the present time we will be remaining open as per the latest government advice and delivering courses onsite at our Abbot’s Road campus in Selby.
However, if individuals or any immediate family members have either of the key symptoms of Coronavirus:
- A new and lasting cough
- A temperature above 37.8 degrees
they should self-isolate for 14 days, however mild.
Students or staff found with symptoms will be sent home.
Hygiene stations have been installed across College to prevent spread of infections:
- The need for good personal hygiene habits has been reinforced
- Additional hand sanitiser stations have been installed around site including all catering outlets, first aid rooms, toilets and main reception
What we are stopping with immediate effect:
- Any trips
- Inter-college sports fixtures
- Salon and training restaurant service
- Non-essential visitors to College
- We will plan to move all interviews (students and for staff roles) to phone or Skype/WhatsApp etc.
- Sports/other facilities bookings
- Onsite events which have previously been advertised e.g. the Higher Education Coffee & Cake Drop-In Session & the Interview Skills Day
Inevitably some lessons will be affected as some staff may have to self-isolate. We have been working hard to minimise disruption to students where possible and have been putting learning resources online to ensure students can continue with their studies. Affected student groups will be notified.
We will continue to provide updates as and when circumstances change.
Phil Sayles, Principal
Published: Tuesday 17 Mar 2020