Coronavirus Update: Wednesday 1 July 2020

Online and Home Learning – Important Information

On Wednesday 18th March 2020, we switched to home on-line learning on all of our courses and this will continue until the end of the summer term (Friday 3rd July)

Please Note: If you are the dependent of a key worker, we can (by request/prior arrangement) provide you with access to supervised on-site learning facilities during normal college hours (9 am to 3:40 pm) so that you can complete your on-line learning activities at college.  The same applies if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or if you are supported by a social worker.  If you or your parent(s)/carer(s) would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact one of our Assistant Principals (Marie Fairhurst: fairhurst.m@runshaw.ac.uk or Martin Rigby: rigby.m@runshaw.ac.uk).

We are planning for a range of possible scenarios for the operation of the college in September 2020 and we will continue to monitor the government’s announcements during June, July and August.  We will of course keep you informed of any key decisions, via the college email system and the college web-site.

If you are a Runshaw student, please check your college emails (and the college web-site) on a frequent (daily) basis and please continue to follow all instructions from your teachers and pastoral mentor. If you have forgotten the password to your college account, you can reset it using the password management tool.

We realise that the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 virus will be making some of you anxious. If you are feeling very unwell, either mentally or physically, you should seek medical advice via NHS 111 or your GP. You can find other important safeguarding information and tips for managing your mental well-being here

Please continue to follow government advice during the days/weeks ahead.  And please continue to find ways of staying in touch with your friends and family, even if you are required to self-isolate.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all again in person when it is safe to do so. For now though, we must all continue to do the best that we can to support each other in these extremely unusual and challenging circumstances.

Yours sincerely

Simon Partington
Principal

GRADING INFORMATION FOR QUALIFICATIONS WHICH ARE DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN SUMMER 2020

A high proportion of our students are taking qualifications which are due to be completed in summer 2020. The latest DFE/Ofqual rules/guidelines for the grading of these qualifications can be found here.

If you are not sure of the examination board/awarding body for any of the courses that you are taking, please contact our examinations team on exams@runshaw.ac.uk.  However, please do not ask any member of staff at the college for information about your own centre assessment grades because we are not allowed to discuss these with you.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPRENTICES IN LOCAL BUSINESSES WHO ARE TRAINED BY STAFF AT RUNSHAW

On the 23rd March 2020, the government published The Apprenticeship Programme response to COVID-19 which provides important information and specific support for employers, training providers and apprentices. The Frequently Asked Questions section covers a wide range of possible scenarios which you may find helpful.

During the weeks and months ahead, Runshaw College will continue to make regular contact with our apprentices and employers to ensure that, wherever possible, learning is able to continue throughout this highly unusual and challenging period.

If you are an apprentice and you are concerned about the security of your employment, please contact Assistant Principal Martin Rigby: rigby.m@runshaw.ac.uk.

For queries not covered by the Government guidance, you can always contact the government’s Apprenticeship Helpline by telephone (0800 150 600) or by email: helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ADULT LEARNERS APPLYING FOR COURSES IN 2020-21

Please click here to browse our courses and apply online. Our staff are working remotely to process your applications and will be in touch with you soon about how to enrol for September 2020.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS/CARER

If you are the parent/guardian/carer of a Runshaw student, the Communication Portal is a key source of information at this time.  If you do not already have an account, please sign up here.

Government advice for parents/guardians/carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here.

 

Current students and school leavers can also view our Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information. Adult students and those interested in applying for an adult course this September can view our Frequently Asked Questions Page for Adult Students.

STAYING SAFE – COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT

Protecting the health, safety and welfare of all member of our  college community remains a key priority. Our COVID-19 risk assessment is regularly under review, taking account of updated Government guidance.
COVID-19 RISK ASSESSMENT