Coronavirus Update

Following the recent update from the Government the College will be moving to on-line learning from Monday 23rd March. As information becomes available from awarding bodies we will update the learners/programmes affected.

16-18

ADULT / 19+

APPRENTICESHIPS

HIGHER EDUCATION

YEAR 11 APPLICANTS

EMPLOYERS SUPPORTING STUDENTS

RE-ENROLLING AT COLLEGE

June Re-opening (Update)

Further to our last announcement regarding wider re-opening we can confirm that the College will re-open on 15th June for a small number of students for whom delivery cannot be replicated on-line. This affects students on a minority of courses and all on-line learning will continue alongside any face to face delivery in college.

Tutors will commence contacting eligible students from Monday 8th June to discuss the details of attendance, review the safe working guidelines within the college buildings (including getting to and from college) and discuss your individual needs or questions. A guide to returning to college is also attached and this may help you in your discussions prior to returning to college.

Please note that contact time will vary from course to course and may include one to one appointments, small group practical activities and/or small group teaching. In the interests of safety and to comply with social distancing your time in college will be kept to a minimum. This, along with other measures is to ensure that risk is minimised as much as possible.

On-line learning remains in place for all courses regardless of whether you are eligible to attend prior to the end of the summer term.

Further announcements regarding enrolment to the next level of your course will be made in the next week.

Link to Government news update

Further guidance for parents and carers

Covid Secure Risk Assessment

Equality Impact Assessment

Staying safe at college

We have put together the leaflet below to provide guidance and reassurance on returning to the College campuses.

FURTHER INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ON AN EDUCATION HEALTH & CARE PLAN/CHILDREN OF PARENTS WHO ARE KEY/ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Update 24 March 2020

Coronavirus Update – Decision to close College until further notice

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday, the families who had students attending College this week have all confirmed that they have made other arrangements for their son/ daughter to stay at home at this time. Bespoke support plans have been agreed and are being delivered remotely by College for EHCP students. Students, and their parents/carers, who are on an EHCP will be able to update tutors on a daily basis should their position change and we will work with you to ensure that your needs are being met.

On-line pastoral support and welfare services are in place for all learners along with on-line course delivery.

The College is therefore now closing the remaining campuses (Leigh College and Parsons Walk Campus) at the end of today (24/3/20).

We are working closely with Wigan Council and stakeholders throughout this time and we are committed to providing as much support as we can to all our students, staff and the wider College community at this difficult time.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Update 20 March 2020

In line with the Government’s request the College will provide support for students who are on an Education Health & Care Plan and for those 16-18 students who are the children of key/essential workers. The support available is detailed below:

  • The campuses at Parsons Walk (Wigan) and Leigh College (Leigh) will be open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4.30pm. The Pagefield campus, Wigan School for the Arts and Leigh Adult Learning Centre will be closed.
  • The library resource centres will be open for these students to undertake the on-line learning that is being made available to all learners. There will be supervision and support but there will be no taught sessions.
  • There will be a limited catering service (no hot food)
  • Attendance is not mandatory and this support is optional. All the learning resources will be the same as those available on-line to all students. We are also aware that our 16-18 students are young adults where the childcare restrictions are not the same as those for younger children and not attending College does not have the same impact on key/essential workers. We would welcome your co-operation in minimising attendance at College wherever possible.
  • Any attendance at College for these groups of students will still have to apply with current public health guidelines relating to self-isolation and social distancing.
  • College buses to Leigh College will be suspended. A tutor from our Additional Learning Support Department will be available to discuss alternative travel arrangements should they be needed.

In summary please note:

  • College is not open Friday 20th March
  • On-line learning commences Monday 23rd March
  • A support service is available for EHCP students and those students who are children of key/essential workers only