Adaptations to delivery models

Dear Parents/Carers/Guardians and Students

Adaptations to delivery models

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop and government guidance changes, I would like to assure you that whatever scenario we find ourselves in, we remain committed to delivering teaching and learning for all of our students.

We are currently delivering our courses to students through a blended approach of mostly face-to-face with some remote teaching and learning (this is with a teacher present). However, we have planned for a number of scenarios to ensure disruptions to learning is minimised. These may occur in the event of high staff absence due to the need to isolate with their own families or in the event of having an outbreak of positive cases of COVID-19 within the College.

We have outlined the College’s planned response to four possible scenarios in the table below, which would be communicated to students via their tutors should they be enacted.

Scenario

Which students would be working remotely?

What would happen in college?

How will teachers support learning for those at home?

One: Small numbers of students on a course are isolating because they are awaiting test results. Most students remain in college.

 

Only a small number of students who are required to self-isolate.

Plan and teach lessons as normal.

·       Upload resources and any appropriate tasks to the Google Classroom so that students can access them.

·       Respond to email questions about the work.

·       Students continue to complete home learning tasks as normal.

Two: Whole course cohort working at home due to COVID-19 cases and self-isolation because they are awaiting test results.

 

This assumes that the vast majority of staff remain in college.

Course cohort working at home for a fixed period (to complete their isolation).

We teach the timetabled lessons as normal via a blended approach of live remote sessions (these will take place as per the normal timetable) and possibly some instructive delivery that will include a recorded video and set work. The lesson resources will be uploaded to Google Classroom.

·      Students at home follow their normal timetable, supported by their normal teachers and support staff. Live sessions will be delivered. Some recorded content may be in place for the minority of sessions.

·      Lesson resources will all be uploaded on Google Classroom.

Three: Too few staff are available to safely supervise all students. A planned program of partial closures means that some groups will work remotely for short periods.

 

Depending on staffing levels, course cohorts may rotate time in college with remote learning for those at home.

We teach remotely on a revised timetable. The teaching will be a blend of live remote sessions and recorded content with set work in place for some of the sessions.

 

·      Students will undertake their study at home and follow a revised timetable supported by some of their normal teachers and support staff

·      The teaching will be a blend of live remote sessions and recorded content with set work in place for some of the sessions.

·      Lesson resources will all be uploaded on Google Classroom.

 

Four: Full lockdown imposed by the government.  A clear majority of staff and students working from home.

All students apart from those who are considered vulnerable.

Vulnerable students being invited into college on specific days and times.

·       Students at home follow their normal timetable supported by their normal teachers and support staff.

·       Some live remote sessions, some recorded content. All materials  uploaded files will be shared on Google Classroom.

All of the remote learning resources we provide can be accessed via phones, tablets, laptops or desktops. In the event that students are required to learn from home and do not have a suitable device, we can offer a loans facility. Please speak to the tutor as an initial point of contact.

For more information about the safety measures and precautions we are taking, and the latest update from the College, please check our website.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding through these challenging times.

Helena Thomas
Principal
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

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