January arrangements | Thursday 31 December 2020

Dear Students and Parents/Carers,

As you may have seen in the press, yesterday (Wednesday 30 December 2020), the Government announced further measures in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. These include delaying the start of the new term and requiring colleges to set up COVID-19 testing centres.

While we are still working through much of the detail, I wanted to update you on our arrangements for the coming weeks. 

Teaching and learning

There will be no live teaching next week (04-08 January 2021). Students will be expected to undertake independent study as advised by their tutors; they will be in contact early next week with details. 

From Monday 11 January, all teaching and learning will be delivered remotely as per each tutor’s instructions. 

However, the following groups will be allowed on site: 

  • those students taking exams
  • vulnerable learners
  • any students specifically invited in by their tutors for the use of specialist equipment.

If students belong to one of the above groups, their tutor will inform them of the arrangements before the end of next week (by Friday 08 January). 

We expect to return to normal timetables (that include on site delivery and live remote sessions for all students) from Monday 18 January. Should this change, we will let you know as soon as we can.

In terms of our adult provision, any leisure and hobby courses that started in 2020 and are due to recommence in the first two weeks of term will be delayed until after 18 January when we expect students can return to site (as per current guidance). Tutors will be in touch next week with a revised start date.

Any new courses due to start before Friday 15 January will be delayed until after Monday 18 January. We will be in touch next week with the revised start date. 

Provision for vulnerable students and children of key workers

During the next two weeks, we will have a limited onsite provision for vulnerable students and children of key workers at our Central Brighton and Broadwater Campuses. If this applies to you, we will contact you on Monday 04 January to share the arrangements.

Support whilst studying remotely

If you do not have access to the internet or a suitable device to work at home, please inform your tutor as soon as you can so we can make any necessary arrangements to support you with your studies.

Should you need any technical support whilst studying remotely, our IT Services team can be contacted via itservices@gbmc.ac.uk.

Free college meals

If you are eligible for free college meals, we will ensure you are paid the value of this entitlement directly into your bank account until Monday 18 January when the College is due to reopen as normal.

COVID-19 testing

We are in the process of setting up COVID-19 testing centres on our campuses. We will share the details as soon as they are confirmed.

Any queries

If you have any queries, please speak with your tutor in the first instance. 

For those students about to start a new course, please direct any queries to our admissions team: admissions@gbmc.ac.uk. Please note that our phone lines are closed until further notice while we limit the number of staff on site.

Helena Thomas
Principal

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