Coronavirus Update: Friday 27 March

Online and Home Learning – Important Information

On Wednesday 18th March 2020, we switched to home on-line learning on all of our courses; this will continue until the start of the Easter break (5 pm on Friday 3rd April).  We hope to be able to resume normal college operations after the Easter break on Monday 20th April; however, it is likely that this date could change, so please keep a close watch on your emails and the college web-site.

Until further notice, students are no longer required to attend classes or external work placements.

For each of the courses that you are studying, you should now be receiving messages from a teacher on your college email account with instructions to direct your learning.

You should have also received a message reminding you of the contact details for your pastoral mentor.

It is essential that you check your college emails (and the college web-site) on a very frequent (at least daily) basis and that you follow all instructions of your teachers and pastoral mentor.

If you have forgotten the password to your college account, you can reset it using the password management tool.

Our staff will of course do their best to direct your learning remotely during the coming weeks, but it is unlikely that they will be able to provide the same levels of service as when operating normally.

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 find ways of staying in touch with your friends and family, even if you are required to self-isolate.

We look forward to seeing you all again in person when the government gives us the go-ahead to resume our normal operations. For now though, we must all commit to doing the best that we can to look after each other in these extremely unusual and challenging circumstances.

Yours sincerely

Simon Partington
Principal

Please Note: Current government advice says that if it is at all possible for students to be at home, then they should be.  Nevertheless, if one or more of your parents/guardians is a key worker, we may be able to provide you with access to computer 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).

IMPORTANT EXAMINATION INFORMATION

Has the government released a statement yet on the alternative arrangements that will be put into place following the cancellation of exams (and other formal assessments) in summer 2020 ?

Yes.  Please click on this link for details.  Please read it carefully because it covers the full range of qualification types, including A Levels, GCSEs and vocational/professional qualifications.  Whilst the exact nature of the alternative arrangements has not yet been published, this initial statement at least provides us with a broad outline of the alternative arrangements and of the many factors that will need to be taken into account.  As soon as any significant further news emerges on this matter, we will of course update this web-site message.

If the summer 2020 exams and assessments are cancelled, do I still need to be following the instructions of my teachers/pastoral mentor ? 

Yes.  Even though the summer 2020 exams have been cancelled, it is very important that you continue to complete your studies.  Your teachers will be recommending your grade to the awarding bodies, but we do not yet have the precise details of the processes that this will involve, nor of all of the factors that will be taken into consideration.  It is therefore essential that you continue to complete the work that you are being set. As well as providing additional evidence to inform your grade(s), the knowledge and skills that you are developing now will help to ensure that you are ready to progress to your next steps in education or employment when you have completed your studies at college.

We recognise that some courses require use of specialist facilities that you will not have access to at home.  Please be reassured that the grades you are awarded will not be negatively impacted by your lack of access to specialist resources at this time.

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

On the 23rd March 2020, the government publishedThe 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 PARENTS/GUARDIANS/CARERS

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.