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The college delivers the full curriculum remotely during any lockdown period where learners are unable to attend college due to Government restrictions. In addition, the curriculum is delivered remotely at all times to those who are self-isolating due to Covid-19.

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to learners, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to learners at home

  • The College continues to deliver the full curriculum remotely. The sequencing of information taught may need to be amended for remote learning, for example where practical activity has been re-arranged to accommodate a period of remote learning for individuals and/or groups.
  • Learners continue to have tutorial sessions as per their normal timetabled activities.
  • Learners access their full timetable at the scheduled time they would access lessons or workshops if they were onsite.
  • The College remains committed to supporting the development, knowledge and understanding of professional and technical occupations, whilst this is frequently enhanced through work placements, where this is not possible provision of work related experiences will be sought through alternative approaches.
  • All learners on a full time study programme without prior achievement of grade 5 or above in English and/or maths by age 16 will continue to have the opportunity to access small group tuition remotely to boost their opportunity for success on their chosen qualification. Further information about the 16 to 19 tuition fund statement can be found here.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the College to take each day?

During periods of remote education a learners full timetable will be delivered. Learners will have a differing number of remote teaching and learning sessions each day, consistent with their timetable (available on Pro-Portal).

For example, a full day at College or remote learning could consist of the following:

9:00 – 10:30 – Beauty Theory

10:45 – 12:15 – Beauty Theory

13:45 – 15:15 – GCSE Maths

15:30 – 17:00 – GCSE English

All learners have been set self-directed study as part of their study programme. The length of activities will vary dependent on the learners qualification level and the requirements of the task or assessment. However, it is expected that learners spend approximately 10 hours per week on individual directed study tasks which is consistent with normal face to face learning expectations.

Accessing remote education

How do I access online remote education?

All learners access remote learning via Google Classroom and/or Microsoft Teams. Learners can access their individual information, for example timetables, attendance and progress tracking, via Pro-Portal.

If I do not have digital or online access at home, how will you support me to access remote education?

We recognise that some learners may not have suitable online access at home. We have taken the following approaches to support those learners to access remote education:

  • We lend Chromebooks to learners who have no digital devices at home. Please ensure that tutors are aware so they can support the loan process.
  • We will provide a SIM card with 30GB data for 90 days to learners who have no connection at home (courtesy of Vodafone as part of their schools connected initiative).*
  • If you require printed materials please liaise with your tutor who will send this information out via post.
  • If you are unable to submit work remotely please liaise with your tutor who will be able to advise of the best course of action e.g. The College can provide a self-addressed envelope or arrange for you to drop off assessment work where appropriate.

* Fair use policy: SIM routers and data SIM cards are issued on the understanding that they are used for college learning and associated college use only. The hardware will be returned to the college on completion of study or expiry of the loan.

How am I taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach learners remotely:

  • Live (online) teaching sessions using Google Classroom and/or Microsoft Teams.
  • Recorded teaching for example pre-recorded tutor delivered sessions.
  • Live online activities for example NearPod quiz to check for understanding and Google forms to submit answers to questions.
  • Commercially available online video material for example Blended Learning Consortium or alternative online media ClickView content.
  • Hard copy and digital textbooks, journals and resources.
  • Engagement and feedback.

What are your expectations for engagement at home?

  • Where possible, a quiet space to study and for learners to join and participate in all scheduled learning activity as well as independent directed study tasks and assessment work.
  • Join and participate fully in all remote lessons.
  • Complete independent directed study and assessment related activities in a timely manner.
  • Contact the College if any concerns regarding your progress or engagement arises so we can work together on a supportive re-engagement plan.
  • Monitor the College’s website for Covid-19 and other College related updates.

How do you check whether I am engaging with my work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

  • Learners continue to receive coursework and assessments where appropriate to remote learning.
  • Learners receive verbal feedback during live teaching sessions and written feedback on class work and assessment work as per the College’s Assessment policy.
  • Tutors continue to monitor learner's engagement via attendance at live remote teaching sessions, submission of course work or assessment work and achievement of grading criteria.
  • Where there is a concern regarding a learner's attendance, achievement or progress the tutor or learner mentor will be in touch to arrange a suitable time to discuss any concerns (as per the Colleges onsite processes).

How do you assess my work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual learners. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on learner work is as follows:

  • Learners receive verbal feedback during live teaching sessions and written feedback on class work and assessment work as per the College’s Assessment policy.
  • Feedback is available through Google Classroom and learner grading information is updated accordingly on Pro-Portal for learners to access.
  • We continue to communicate progress tracking information (via email) on a termly basis and where any tutor has a concern about learner progress they will contact the learner directly.

Additional support for learners with particular needs

How do you support learners who need additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some learners, for example some learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we work with parents and carers to support those learners in the following ways:

  • Learners with SEND have access to College loaned Chromebooks and supported by tutors and learning support assistants to access online learning where required.
  • The College conducts weekly welfare checks and feedback to tutors.
  • Printed work packs are posted home for learners who need physical resources with a freepost envelope included for learners to return work.
  • The College remains open for learners with SEND and has dedicated classrooms available for learners to access their learning sessions from College.
  • Where possible, additional learning support assistants will attend remote lessons to support learners will also log into an onsite lesson to support any learner accessing the lesson remotely.
  • Tutors will complete welfare checks with learners routinely as part of remote delivery sessions.
  • Tutors and learning support assistants are available to help learners gain access to remote sessions where required.
  • Annual reviews (if required) are conducted virtually to allow for provision planning (should the need arise due to National or Local Restrictions). The College will communicate with all stakeholders closer to the time of all Annual Reviews to confirm arrangements.