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Message for Current Students - 29th May 2020
I hope that you have been able to enjoy your half-term break and make the most of this glorious sunny weather. Now that outdoor exercise is unlimited and it is possible to travel further afield to take a walk, run or bike ride it feels much more inviting to be out in the sun. As I write this, we still need to maintain social distancing and limit the people we see, although the limits on the number of people will change slightly on Monday.
As I highlighted in my e-mail on Tuesday, the plans for bringing a small number of you back onto site will now not happen until 15th June at the earliest. This is the same for both secondary schools and FE colleges and acknowledges that it is highly complicated planning your return, as it could involve public or shared transport, mixing with different groups throughout the day (A Level students) and much larger numbers of students.
The delay to re-opening doesn’t change the way we plan to bring you in. It will continue to be by invitation only and only if there is a purpose that we can’t achieve via remote methods. This means the vast majority of you will not need to return to College for this academic year, unless it is to hand in resources such as books and IT devices.
If you are invited in, it will normally be for a one-to-one session in a large, pre-prepared room that has the tables and chairs socially distanced and nearby sanitisation stations. The other reason you would be invited in would be to undertake a practical assessment to finish off your qualification or apprenticeship. There are only a very limited number of students that will need to do this, as most vocational courses are making changes, such as videoing yourself doing practical assessments, so you don’t need to come back into college. If you are invited in for a practical assessment, there would only be a handful (3 or 4) students in a large practical workshop, with full social distancing and any tools that you would need to use fully sanitised, as well as hand sanitisation and a range of other preventative measures.
Please keep checking your College e-mails, as invitations will come from your tutors and/or Guidance and Support Tutor. It is important that you respond quickly so that we can plan the best days and times with you. This is to limit the number of students on site; as well as stagger the arrival and departure times; and enable you to plan your route safely to College, as we will not be running any transport.
If you do have books or IT resources on loan from the College and have finished for the year, please contact email@example.com to let them know you are ready to hand in. They can then start planning the appointments for you to drop these off from 15th June.
Finally, enjoy the remainder of the half-term and continue to stay safe and look after yourselves.
Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal
Message for Current Students - 26th May 2020
I am writing to let you know that the Prime Minister announced on Sunday evening that the start date for bringing all students and apprentices back onto campus has been delayed until 15th June at the earliest.
If you have received an invitation to come back into College next week, we will be contacting you to cancel and will re-arrange, closer to the 15th June.
We will still be inviting students in receipt of additional support and high needs in from 8th June, these students and their parents will have been contacted directly by our Additional Support Team (Jon and Ruth).
I will write later in the week with further updates.
I hope that you enjoy the remainder of what looks like a glorious week.
Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal
Message for Current Students - 21st May 2020
I promised I would write to you again this week with further updates to when and how we will re-start education during June. As I said in my e-mail last week, it will be a gradual re-start, where students are invited in for face to face sessions that add value to them, or enable them to undertake the practical assessments to achieve their qualifications. This will keep numbers onsite at any time very small and enable us to use our largest rooms to maximise social distancing.
We have undertaken detailed planning during the last 2 weeks, informed by the Government and Department for Education advice and guidance, to ensure that we are minimising the risks as far as possible. This will mean that the actions we will ask you to take, and the look and feel of the campus, will be very different from what you are used to. I have had a number of questions asked of me, so this e-mail is to answer those points and encourage you to ask other questions.
On this Friday at 2pm I will be doing a live cast to answer the questions you have raised, so please respond to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the questions you have and also to request a link to the live cast. I am also happy if your parents wish to raise questions and join you on Friday afternoon.
Please ensure all questions and requests for access are received by 10.30 am on Friday.
Are you stopping online learning now that lessons are re-starting on 1st June?
We are not stopping our online learning and this continues to be the way in which we will teach those of you still on programme for the remainder of your study this academic year. We will invite you into College for a face to face session only if it is something that adds value or cannot be completed in a remote way, such as practical assessments.
I use the public transport / college buses to reach College, are they re-starting?
We will not be running the College buses during June, due to social distancing and the recommendation not to use public or shared transport. Where you are invited in we would ask that you work with us and your parents / carers in your household to arrange a day and time where you could be dropped off and picked up again. We are not running to a timetable of lessons, so can be quite flexible about your appointment slot.
Will the College refectory be open?
We are not re-opening the refectory. Most students invited in will only be in for a short period of time, usually less than 3 hours, so if you need to eat during this time, please bring your own food. We will have separate break times and students will be encouraged to either eat within the environment they are using, or make use of our significant outdoor space when the weather allows.
I receive free college meals / bursary what do I do if I am invited in?
We will continue to pay your free meal funding into your bank account. As we are not providing a food service on site, if you are invited in, it will allow you to choose what you want to eat and when. If you receive support for transport and a member of your household is driving you in, we can reimburse your costs. Please contact email@example.com to find out more.
Do you require students and staff to wear masks?
We do not require students or staff to wear masks, but if wearing one would make you feel more comfortable we are happy for you to do so. We will be strictly enforcing the 2 metre social distancing rules and have multiple hand sanitisers around site, as well as hand washing facilities. Prior to attending College you will receive a detailed briefing about all the safety measures we have in place and once you arrive on site, you will have a face to face briefing to ensure you understand our expectations and rules.
I am worried about coming back to College, if I am invited in.
It is natural to be concerned about coming back in, after such a long time. We will do everything we can to help and reassure you, and your parents, that we are managing everything safely to minimise any risks. For most students that we ask to come in, we are only likely to invite them in a couple of times during June, and it is important that if you can attend that you do. We have invited you because we think it is in your best interest and is necessary to help you achieve or progress. We are holding the live view on Friday afternoon, so that we can talk to you about any concerns you have raised and take on board any thoughts or comments you may have.
I hope that this helps address some of the questions you may have about the re-commencement of education during June. I do hope that you are able to join me on Friday afternoon, when we can look at any other questions you may have and also talk in more depth about the questions listed above.
Best wishes and I hope to virtually see you soon,
Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal
Message for Current Students - 14th May 2020
I wanted to update you with our thoughts and thinking at Selby College, following the Prime Ministers announcement on Sunday evening that schools and colleges could start to re-open from 1st June. We have waited to contact you for a few days to read and digest the advice that continues to be published, as well as have a full planning meeting, which we did yesterday. The safety of both students and staff is our highest priority.
I want to confirm from the start, that for June we will not be returning to normal lessons and timetables, but that we will start to invite small groups of you in for face to face meetings or sessions, where we think it is in your best interest. The groups we are likely to invite in are those on one year courses or on the first year of a two year course, this may include apprentices as well as full time students. The reason you would be invited to attend College may be to undertake final practical exams; to discuss your progress and/or next steps; or to help you better access your online learning.
If you are invited in, the College will look and feel different as we are implementing social distancing and other safety precautions. These of course are to reduce the risk of anyone who may have Coronavirus infecting others. We need to keep each other and our families safe. We are developing some briefings and updates that you would have to agree to adhere to, prior to coming onto site.
Due to the fact that we are inviting very limited groups of students in for short periods of time, there will not be any College transport running and we will not expect students to use public transport. The College refectory will also be closed during this period, as we don’t expect students to be in for a full day. If you want/need to eat, please bring your own cold snacks. You will be able to eat in the refectory space (you must clear up after yourself) or outside.
We will continue to pay your free college meals allowance (if applicable) during this time, whether you are in College or working online, as long as you continue to study and complete the work set by your tutors, including any Head Start work.
We will be providing further updates over the next few weeks as we further develop our plans.
On Friday 22nd May at 2pm, I will be doing a live discussion, where I can share further updates and you will be able to ask questions. The link will come out shortly, so please keep your eyes open for your invitation.
Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal
Message for Current Students - 7th May 2020
I am writing to you during a week which really drives home to me how just much our lives have changed and how different this academic year is. This week would have seen the start of the exam season, as we moved the sports students out of the sports hall and started to get set up for our big exam sessions. This week we would have started the BTEC Level 3 controlled assessments, with GCSEs starting next week and A Levels commencing the week afterwards. To me the May Day bank holiday always makes me think of revision, nerves, last minute discussions and checks with tutors and friends about 'have I got this concept right?'; or 'do you think this book or theorist will come up in the exam?'… and that’s not just students…. staff also have the same concerns and worries that they have done their best for you.
Our staff are still working hard to do their best for you. They are involved in detailed discussions about your performance and how you are doing; so that we can give appropriate grades to your work. This is both for our students who are due to leave us, as well as our continuing students. For those students at the end of their studies they will need their grades to go into Higher Education, get the best jobs and apprenticeships and set themselves up for the future. For those of you who have another year of study with us; due to progression or the second year of programme, you still need to show us that you are working hard developing the skills and are capable of moving through into the 20/21 academic year.
For those of you leaving the College and looking for work, it will be challenging. All indications are that unemployment amongst young people will significantly increase, and that with many adults also out of work, the competition for all levels of jobs will be fierce. It is also anticipated that apprenticeship jobs could also be tough to find, and what jobs there are go to current apprentices who have been made redundant; as employers look to take on the most productive staff. This is why it is imperative that you do everything necessary to complete your qualifications and work hard with College staff on your progression plans. To succeed you will need to be able to sell yourself and stand out from the many other people who could have applied for the role. Work with us to update and improve your CV, think and be able to write and talk about both what you have learned and your experience; as well at the transferable skills you will have gained at college and within your life so far through hobbies and other interests. You will need to be able to apply all this to the specific work place you are applying to, and remember that many of your class mates may well be competing against you for this job.
For those of you who plan to go to higher education, you also have things to think about and consider. There will be fewer students studying Higher Education next year, as the international numbers dry up due to Covid-19. You may want to use clearing and adjustment to change your mind. There could be a number of things you want to consider such as trading up to a higher tariff university, how well current students have been supported during the lockdown, what plans are in place for accommodation and the start of next year etc. Don’t feel you are locked into any one university, use this time to research your options and ask us for help and support, if you need it.
I know that for our higher education students and apprentices they will have very different concerns with high numbers of apprentices on furlough and household income really impacted depending upon the sector people work in. Most of you are still working hard towards your qualifications and apprenticeships and, given the strong link in both Apprenticeships and Higher Education to future pay levels, it is really important that you continue study hard and we will support and help you achieve.
With the nice weather predicted for the Bank Holiday on Friday, I hope that you take the time to invest in your own mental health. Take the time to spend your exercise hour in the outdoors/fresh air and use some of the techniques to focus and notice the moment. Stop and mentally list 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch or feel, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.
I hope that you make the most of the extended weekend and also stay safe in order to look after yourself, your loved ones and our community.
I will write to you again next week, once we have had time to read, understand and plan for any changes, based on the Prime Minister's Sunday update.
Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal
Message for Current Students - 22nd April 2020
I am writing to welcome you back to your summer term at Selby College. I hope you had a good, if very different Easter holiday and feel refreshed and mentally ready to learn again. During the Easter period quite a bit of information about exams and qualifications has come out. This will have been shared with you individually, as and when it arrived, but this e-mail pulls everything together in one place. We will set up a webpage to show course by course information, as it becomes available, but for the time being please contact your course leader or assessor, if you have any questions about your individual circumstance.
This message is quite a long one, so I have underlined the main sections, so that you can focus on those that apply to your circumstance.
A Level students in their 2nd Year – Level 3 students in their 2nd year - GCSE and Functional Skills students
Over the Easter holidays, Ofqual (the body responsible for all qualifications), has announced what will happen for all students due to take exams this summer and for some qualifications that lead directly to university, such as Extended Diplomas. For these students only, their grades/results will be calculated based on the work they were set up to 20th March. This therefore means that formal teaching and grading of work is suspended as of 20th April. All of these students will have received an e-mail directly about their individual course. If you have any questions, please contact your tutor or Assessor (if you are an Apprentice doing functional skills).
What this means in practice is that you can still work through the materials set and seek help and support from Selby College, but we can’t discuss grades or any outcomes with you from this point forward. If you have any outstanding work you need to ensure we receive it by the end of the week. For other students it is good practice to keep revisiting the learning you have completed and any work we have set that you have not yet accessed. This will ensure you keep your skill level high ready for your next steps be this Higher Education, Apprenticeship, Further Education or Employment. It also ensures that if you are unhappy with your final grade you can take a resit opportunity later in the year, as outlined in the Ofqual guidance. For those of you doing GCSE and Functional Skills, you will be encouraged to continue to access the College resources to continue to develop and enhance your skills.
All other full time students (on one year courses at any level and/or students in the first year of a two year programme(including A Levels and Level 3)
We are still awaiting guidance on programmes that take one year. These tend to be practical courses such as Hair, Beauty, Hospitality, Engineering, Construction etc. With these programmes you need to both know about your subject and also show you can safely and accurately complete practical tasks. Your tutors are continuing to set work to show your knowledge and understanding, but in order to get your qualification you also need to undertake a wide number of set and observed practical assignments. This means that you need to continue with your studies until we can arrange for you to complete all your practical tasks, or there is a further update from your awarding body. It is important that you continue with your studies and work with your tutors to identify which practical tasks still need completing. You will need to ensure you have completed these in order to progress to your next level, or gain an apprenticeship or employment in your sector. As young adults you need to be responsible for taking ownership, with your tutors, for getting everything completed.
For students who are in their first year of a two year programme, you need to ensure you are engaging with all of your learning and maximising your grades. You will have a further year of study with us and it is important that you do not fall behind, as you still need to complete all your units by 2021.
Higher Education and Apprentices
The picture is much more varied for HE and Apprentices, so please read the information below carefully.
For our Higher Education students due to achieve their full qualification this year there is quite a complicated picture. For those doing Access and University awards, the guidance has been published and shared with you. It means you need to finish and pass all your units to the end of the year and the QAA and University process will ensure you are not disadvantaged in your grade. For other HE students, you need to continue working through your remote learning packages and submitting work at the set deadlines, or making appropriate use of mitigating circumstances. If you have any questions, please see the HE team.
For Apprentices the picture is the most mixed. All of you need to continue to engage with your assessor and the remote learning; even if you are on furlough. If you are due to achieve this academic year, depending upon if you are doing a Framework or Standard and also have functional skills to complete will determine your next steps. Your assessor will discuss this with you individually and set appropriate tasks and actions to ensure you achieve, where possible.
I hope that this information helps you understand your next steps in terms of learning and submission of work.
No matter if you are now finished with your studies and ready to go to pastures new, or continuing/progressing with us, the College continues to be there to help and support you. All of our pastoral, careers and support services continue to be accessible to you for the duration of the teaching year; so if you have any help or support needs, please contact us. We also have a range of adult courses that can be studied and marked remotely. If this would be of interest to you or your family, please find more information here.
Best wishes and continue to stay safe.
Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal
Message for Employers and Apprentices - 20th April 2020
Paul Cliff, Assistant Director Business Development at Selby College, sends a supportive video message to all employers and apprentices of Selby College during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Visit Selby College’s YouTube page to watch the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J16U5mWvPz4&feature=youtu.be
A message of support to all our adult learners - 6th April 2020
To those that are already enrolled here at Selby College, and to those who are thinking about the future and asking themselves if now is the time to take the step into adult learning - we want you to know that we are here to help.
For our current learners, we know how tough it can be to work without the opportunity to drop into the Adult Learning Hub. That is why we want to keep in touch each week by email – this is just our way of saying ‘we are here and we are listening’. Of course, we are also on hand if you would like any advice on the courses that you are doing. If you haven’t received the relevant emails it may be that we don’t have a current email address. If so, please do get in touch with us by dropping the team an email so we can update your details: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our current learners, we are sending out work books for the Functional Skills course in English and Maths by email, we don’t want you to feel pressure at this difficult time but it might help you to keep your minds active by using your skills. Our aim is to send out varied and interesting material – that’s our challenge! Lisa Midgley is keeping in contact with all our EDCL Learners as well – again, don’t feel pressured to, but just keep doing a little bit of practice.
So, if you are thinking about gaining new qualifications, then now could be the right time. Whether you are currently enrolled as an adult learner or thinking about joining us, here is a reminder of what we currently offer through the Adult Learning Hub;
- Functional Skills English Level 1 and Level 2
- Functional Skills Maths Level 1 and Level 2
- ECDL – a nationally recognised qualification in IT skills.
These courses will not only boost your confidence and self-belief, but can help you build your CV and provide you with the chance to take the next step in your working life.
Don’t forget that here at Selby College, we also offer a huge range of free Distance Learning courses. To find out more about these courses, please contact the Business Services team on 01757 211097 or email email@example.com for details.
The future looks uncertain right now, but one thing we do know is that qualifications can help.
We look forward to welcoming our current students back later in the year, or for those that will be joining us, we will look forward to welcoming you to the Adult learning Hub before too long.
In the meantime, keep in touch, and stay safe everyone.
Coordinating Tutor Adult Skills
Message for Current Students - 2nd April 2020
I am dropping you a line just before the Easter Holidays to see how you are doing and to let you know what is happening with the College.
Remote Learning and Contacts
Most of you have now transitioned into your new methods of working and appear to be coping really well. All of you should have had contact from several members of the College staff, including GSTs, Tutors, Assessors and Higher Education Teachers, depending upon the course you are studying. The contact could be a combination of phone calls, e-mails, VLE/chat or MS Teams. If you have not heard from us, please check your college e-mails and also ensure your current home and mobile numbers are correct in e-tracker. The link to e-tracker is here. If your contact numbers are incorrect, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the correct number and we will update it.
Information is coming out very gradually about the wide range of exams and assessments that our student body are scheduled to undertake this year. As and when we receive information it is being shared with those students impacted, but as yet this has only affected a small number of vocational students. It is anticipated that much more information will be issued after Easter, so until then, please keep working hard towards your qualifications so that we can give the best estimates of your achievements, when asked to do so.
Free school meals
You will have heard about the new national Voucher Scheme for young people in schools who are able to claim Free School Meals. Unfortunately this does not extend to College students yet. For those of you who are eligible, you should have received an e-mail about the updates yesterday and we will keep you informed as things change.
From this Friday College staff will start to take their Easter holidays, this will mean that they will not be taking calls or answering e-mails. We will ask that staff update their automatic out of office messages to reflect when they will next be responding to e-mails. There will be a small number of staff available electronically during next week (the first week of the Easter Holidays), but from 4.30 pm on Thursday 9th April until 9am on Monday 20th April all College staff will be on leave. We will have an emergency e-mail available for students from Tuesday 14th April until Friday 17th April, which will be checked each day during office hours. This is for genuine emergencies and not for course work or assignment queries. The email address is email@example.com
Staying Healthy and Safe
Enjoy a well-deserved break
Finally I hope that you all take a well-deserved break from College over Easter. I know that for all of us it feels strange and that the line between study, work, home, weekday, weekend, holidays is now very blurred. We are all adjusting and trying to come up with new ways to signify the difference from one stage to the next. I take a walk after home working, so that it is like my regular commute home and by the time I walk back in the door I am ready to relax. Other people are keeping routines by the clothes they put on or even wearing their College lanyard! It is important that you look after your mental health and that of the people around you. It is tough being with the same people all the time, but we are doing this so that families will still have their loved ones around in the future.
So be kind to each other, but also be kind to yourself. We are all just trying to get through the best way we know how and protect those we love and those we don’t know.
Stay safe and take care of each other.
Liz Ridley, Deputy Principal
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
Visit Selby College’s YouTube page for more information, including a message from Selby College Principal to school leavers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for everything other than HE (for HE this is firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com 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
Visit Selby College’s YouTube page for more information, including a message from Selby College's Principal to Vocational and A-Level students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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: Friday 29 May 2020