Central Bedfordshire College all Campuses phased reopening under covid-secure plans
Our students are at the heart of our community and during these strange and uncertain times, here at Central Bedfordshire College we are doing everything we can to support and help students achieve their dreams.
The government recently announced that colleges should re-open for some face to face contact with students from mid-June, and this page sets out the progress we have made for ‘re-opening’ our campus and some of the questions you may have about our safety arrangements going forward.
When will all Central Bedfordshire College, all campuses re-open?
The college and TTE is currently open for a small number of students now, but we will be inviting larger numbers on site from the 15th June onwards – in a carefully staggered and phased manner. The college and TTE will remain open throughout the summer – unless government guidelines change to prevent this. The measures outlined now, are likely to change for the next academic year.
Who will be invited back onsite in June?
Students / apprentices who need technical instruction / assessment to complete their course
Students / apprentices who will benefit from some face to face academic, pastoral or technical tuition this year.
We aim to keep the number of students invited back to a minimum with our preference remaining on-line learning where this is suitable for the course.
Whilst we expect to offer on-site provision for around one quarter of our full time students between June and August, we have taken great care in our planning to ensure that we have no more than 10% of our ‘normal’ operational numbers on-campus at any one time.
Students & apprentices will be informed via telephone and/or letter if they are required to return to site throughout June and in that communication further details around our behavioural expectations, public transport arrangements, track and test processes and attendance confirmation processes will be set out. We will also remind people of who should not come back on-site due to showing symptoms or their own health concerns.
What measures have the college put in place to assure the safety of staff and students attending the sites?
The college has prepared a full risk assessment, action plan, and implemented associated measures to ensure we comply with government guidelines both as an employer and as an education setting. We are also closely following guidelines for other sectors where our specialist facilities meet those requirements and working closely with awarding bodies to ensure that practical assessments can be modified where possible to limit the time required on site.
Whilst we have taken significant steps to adapt how we work, we will be reminding everyone who enters our site of the role we all have in ensuring safety on site. In this regard, everyone on-site will be asked to:
- Comply with our social distancing requirements
- Wash / sanitise their hands regularly
- Cough / sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, appropriately disposing of tissues after use
- Follow staff instructions carefully
Will the college be open to the general public?
The college will not be open to the public during June and July.
Once it is safe to do so, and in line with government guidelines, we will begin to reopen our community facilities.
Where can I find your college safety guidelines?
What do I need to know before I come back into college at any site?
On Site Guidance
Staff Induction Guidelines
Student Induction Guidelines
Planning for September 2020
As well as planning for re-opening in June, we are also looking forward to next September and the prospect of some continued adaptations being required. Our planning includes:
Developing online enrolment processes
Developing a full student induction package on-line
Being flexible with our timetabling – in particular creating models which maximise blended learning (if this is still required), ensuring that any site work is focussed on those practical skills which are not easily replicated on line, if it is allowable within government guidelines
Producing alternative plans so we are quickly able to respond to government guidance which we expect to change at various times throughout the year
Ensuring students have access to IT at home
Investing further in our virtual learning systems and materials
We are conscious too that college is very much a time to make new friends, that our events, fresher’s fayres, trips, employer events, enrichment, tutorials and guest speakers are very much part of what makes your time at college an enjoyable and rounded experience.
We are therefore working on plans to give you the best chance of accessing these – around government advice – when we start the next academic year.
Information for current students:
Can I still access student support?
Yes, all of our teams are working hard from home to continue to give you the best support they can.
If you need to contact our Student Services Team, please call on: 01582 477 776.
You can also access our learning resource centre online through our website.
Careers and The Link have a virtual drop in every Thursday 12:30pm – 1:30pm on Teams, link available on student Moodle
What if I feel unwell, whilst studying from home?
If you feel unwell, please notify your tutor.
If you have symptoms of Coronavirus you must self-isolate for 7 days.
If your symptoms do not improve after 7 days you must contact the NHS non-emergency team by calling 111.
How do I contact my tutor?
Tutors can be reached via your college email.
Termly performance report, bursaries and student incentives
Your half termly performance report will be coming out soon. Remember this includes an update on your attitude and engagement with online learning, attendance at virtual learning sessions, completion of online work, and progress towards your target grades where applicable.
We will continue to provide rewards and incentives to all students who have excellent engagement, behaviour and attitudes to work as well as those who make big steps to improve, including a £10 voucher to all learners on study programmes who achieve the highest rating across all measures in their report card. We will also enter all students who have achieved good or better in all ratings into a department prize draw to win a £50 voucher.
We will continue to make the half termly bursary payment for those eligible based on your engagement and attitude with online learning and this will be paid directly into your bank account as usual. The next and final payment was due on Friday 5th June. We will also continue to make weekly cash payments to those students eligible for college meals during term-time.
Although we won’t be able to host our annual student awards ceremonies in college this year we will be recognising student’s outstanding achievements and progress with certificates and prizes which you will receive in the post towards the end of May.
Information for Central Bedfordshire College applicants:
Can I still apply?
Yes, we are still accepting online applications for full time, part time, access and higher education courses.
Our Admissions Team will process your application and you will receive email confirmation of your place.
You may be contacted via telephone by a course tutor to discuss your application. Once the college is open you will be invited for a tour and meet the tutor of your chosen course.
What happens if I have already applied and secured a on my chosen course?
Please continue with any school work you are being given to ensure you are ready for your next step into college.
We will stay in touch with you throughout the year via email or telephone to inform you of the enrolment process.
Can I have a tour of the college?
The facilities are closed at the moment but on our website and on YouTube we have lots of videos of the college for you to access and see the amazing facilities we have.
Can I change the course I have applied to?
Email our Admissions Team and they will be in touch with the new details for the course that you want to study.