College update – Returning to College in January

on December 19, 2020

College Update – Last updated Thursday 31 December 5pm

You may have seen in the news that Government expectations are that schools and colleges will provide rapid testing opportunities for employees and students from early January as part of the measures to clamp down on the spread of the virus.  

To provide schools and colleges with the time needed to prepare for the start of this testing, Government is requiring schools and colleges to operate a staggered return. During the first two weeks of term (4-16 January) students will be taught online with face-to-face education for everyone starting on 18 January.

Students undertaking exams, vulnerable children and children of critical workers will be able to attend school or college in person from 4 January.  All exams scheduled for 4-16 January will go ahead in person as planned.

For Barnfield College students, the return to College arrangements 4-16 January are as follows:

Online lessons week commencing 4 January 

All lessons will continue in line with course timetables, online through Canvas and Microsoft Teams. Students should check Canvas regularly for any messages posted by teachers. 

Btec qualification examinations

There are a number of examinations scheduled between Monday 4 and Friday 16 January. These exams will continue as planned and students should attend their exams as previously directed. 

Students who are the children of Key Workers

Students with parents/carers in Key Worker jobs will be able to attend College campuses as usual.

Special considerations

Students with additional learning needs and/or disabilities will be able to attend College campuses to access lessons being delivered remotely by teachers with the support of members of the College’s Student Support teams. Students with known special considerations will be contacted by a member of the College’s student support team next week to discuss and agree their individual return arrangements.

All the College’s student support services will be available to all students on campus and online from 4 January. 

Week commencing 18 January

All students will return to College for face-to-face teaching in line with their course timetables.

Students on part-time and higher education courses will continue to receive specific updates by email.

We will keep students updated about any other matters of importance via email and the College’s website. Our phone lines will reopen from 9am on Monday 4 January. Barnfield Nursery will open as planned on Monday 4 January, in line with the latest government guidance.

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