As you will be aware the government announced that all schools and colleges in England will move to remote teaching and learning from the end of Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

30 March 2020

All of our staff are still working hard to provide teaching and learning to students and to continue to provide services to apprentices and employers. We know this is a difficult time for everyone and maintaining a routine and a clear focus on achieving your goals is a positive way to stay optimistic about the future.

We are providing students with access to remote learning during the closure period to ensure all students can continue to work towards achieving their qualification or to enable them to progress further in their studies. The government has committed to ensuring all students in the current academic year do not miss out and we are awaiting confirmation on what this will mean in terms of individual qualifications. It will therefore be important for individual students to ensure they continue their studies and are able to evidence they have reached the required level to achieve their qualification or in order to progress their studies further.

The College is taking the following actions to help students to progress in their studies:

  • All students will have been set work by their tutor to complete remotely, either online or paper-based activities.
  • Teachers are available during the normal timetabled hours to direct learning and provide support. Teachers will check to see if each student is engaged in the activities during each session. Teachers can also be contacted online via Microsoft Teams, email or telephone. Students can download Microsoft Teams on to their phone or other devices.
  • For those studying English and/or Maths, teachers will have set tasks to be completed on a weekly basis by 12 noon each Friday and are available throughout the week to answer queries and provide help.
  • If you do not know how to contact your tutor or are not sure what tasks you are required to complete please contact info@iwcollege.ac.uk
  • In addition, teachers will contact students on a weekly basis for a short academic tutorial to check on your progress and general well-being.
  • The Student Services team will also be contacting students to offer general support and advice including for Bursary. You can also contact them at any time via student.services@iwcollege.ac.uk.
  • Students in receipt of Free College Meals will receive an equivalent payment directly into their bank account to contribute towards the cost of meals while studying at home.
  • We have developed a short guide to help students engage in online learning. Parents and carers may also want to read this to help them understand how they can support to help ensure learning remains productive.
  • We have also collated a range of well-being resources to help students and their families while they are based at home. This includes inspiration and advice on activities anyone can try while at home to help keep them feeling positive and motivated.
  • If parents or carers have any questions or concerns about work that has been set for students then they can contact the tutor, or if you have any general questions please email info@iwcollege.ac.uk and someone will reply as soon as possible, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.

I hope everyone keeps safe and well in these difficult times and please be assured the College will continue to do everything we can to support students and to help them to achieve their goals.

During this period the College will continue to provide services to all students remotely, either online (using Microsoft Teams) or via telephone or email.

The College will therefore close to the vast majority of students.

The government has indicated that we should keep our premises open for the following groups of children (i.e. those under 18 years of age) including through the Easter holiday period:

  • children whose parents are key workers (for example, NHS workers, Police, social workers, prison workers and others)
  • children who have a social worker or an EHCP.

The main College campus at Newport will remain open for any students in the above categories from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday, with effect from Monday 23rd March. If a student is unwell or is required to self-isolate in relation to Coronavirus then they should remain at home during this period in line with government guidance.

All other students studying full and part time, who are not included in the above categories, should not attend College until further notice. However, it is my priority that all students have the opportunity to continue to learn from home with access to their teachers remotely.

During the course of this week and into next week, teaching staff will be discussing with you what activities you will be able to complete while at home. Tutors will be available online (using Microsoft Teams) or via email to provide support and answer your questions. If you need help then you should contact your tutor or please email info@iwcollege.ac.uk for further support.

Following the recent government advice to close schools and colleges, we will now be conducting all previously arranged student interviews via telephone, at the time stated on your interview email.

All new student applications will be processed as normal and interviews will be conducted via telephone.

The College will also continue to provide information, advice and support for all current and prospective students. This will be available by emailing info@iwcollege.ac.uk.

This includes help and support relating to:

  • Bursary and student finance
  • Pastoral and Progress Advisors (student welfare and safeguarding)
  • IT Helpdesk
  • Learning and Resource Centre (LRC)
  • Careers
  • Apprenticeships and work based learning
  • General enquiries

The College will also be keeping in contact with you via telephone or email during this period. This will include further emails from myself and regular contact from your teaching staff and as needed contact from the Pastoral and Progress Advisors and Careers Advisors.

As you may have read the government has indicated that exams and other assessments will not take place as planned during the coming months. We are awaiting further government guidance on what steps will be taken to enable all students to gain recognition for the qualifications you are currently studying.
During this time it is therefore important that you continue your studies to the best of your ability, while we await further information.

I appreciate this is an unsettling and difficult time and I would like to reassure you that the College will do everything possible to continue to support you in order that you can complete your studies.

If you do have concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact me, your tutor or any other member of staff.

Debbie Lavin
Principal at The Isle of Wight College.


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