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Rapid Lateral Flow (LFD) Home Testing

All students are being asked to continue taking twice-weekly COVID-19 tests for the remainder of the term. This is particularly important as nationally we are seeing a rise in infection rates. 

Test kits are now available to collect from college reception. Simply show your student card to receive your supply.  

On receiving a negative result, you can attend college ensuring you follow government guidance on safe travel and social distancing. If your test result is void you should retake the test. If you receive a positive result you must inform the college of your result and follow government guidance on self-isolating.

You will be responsible for reporting your results to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed, either online or by telephone, as set out in the home test kit instructions.

Latest Update – 13th May 2021

Face Coverings

Following recent updates to government guidance, the college is changing its policy on face coverings from Monday 17th of May 2021.

Students may be asked to wear a face covering in a particular room if a staff member judges that expected social distancing is not achievable or if the industry they are studying in requires one (e.g. Hair and Beauty, Hospitality etc…). 

Staff may also ask students to wear a face covering if an activity involves close working between individuals. In some subjects we will follow specific industry guidance still in place.

Students should therefore still bring a face covering to college, however in most lessons students will not be asked to wear them.

Face coverings should still be worn by students, staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas). 

If anyone, staff or student, would feel more comfortable continuing to wear a face covering at any time, they are welcome to do so.

Social Distancing and Lateral Flow Tests

Whilst there has been a change to the requirements around face coverings all other arrangements around social distancing, twice weekly lateral flow testing and class bubble remain in place. If you need to order more lateral flow tests please click here

Assessment

We would like to thank you for your continued hard work and commitment to engage with the new processes around assessment and teacher assessed grades. We have recently received a helpful guide from OFQUAL around assessment this summer which you can access through this link.

Student rapid lateral flow (LFD) home testing kits

Rapid lateral flow (LFD) home testing

All students are being asked to continue taking twice-weekly COVID-19 tests over the coming weeks as regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and to protect loved ones. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease we all need to play our part to help protect each other.

Once you have completed the last of your three tests at college under the supervision of a trained operator you should be experienced enough to test yourselves at home using a home test kit provided by the college. 

Your test kit will be available to collect from your teacher once you have completed your request and viewed the supporting guidance information. You can access these by following the link below. Tests can only be issued once you have done this and have presented your confirmation email to your teacher.

You will be provided with three tests for use after the Easter break. You should complete one test before you start your first college day, followed by a second test later in that week. You should then complete a third test the following week.  

On receiving a negative result, you can attend college ensuring you follow government guidance on safe travel and social distancing. If your test result is void you should retake the test and talk to your teacher about obtaining a replacement. If you receive a positive result you must inform the college of your result and follow government guidance on self-isolating.

You will be responsible for reporting your results to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed, either online or by telephone, as set out in the home test kit instructions.

To order your LFD home testing kits and for further information please click here

Student Covid-19 LFD testing weeks beginning 15 March and 22 March

Dear Student/Parent/Guardian,

Following a negative test result this week, we are asking students to book 2 further onsite tests, one for each week beginning 15th March and 22nd March. Tests should be booked 3-5 day apart and must be booked on either a non-timetabled day or after lessons have ended for the day. They must not be booked either before or during a timetabled lesson.

Once 3 on-site tests have been completed a student will be eligible to collect home testing kits to continue testing weekly from home.

  • To book your test week beginning 15th March please click here
  • To book your test week beginning 22nd March please click here

If you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days you do not need to book LFD tests. 

Students are also able to book a test through Essex County Council at community testing centres.

To book your test please click on the link below:

https://www.essex.gov.uk/getting-tested-for-covid-19/if-you-dont-have-symptoms

Under organisation/age group you will need to register for this service and when doing so you will need to select one of the options below: 

  • ‘Essex Schools – Pupils Year 12’ if you are in your first year of study
  • ‘Essex Schools – Pupils Year 13’ for any subsequent year of study

Testing is not compulsory, but encouraged for all even if you have received the vaccination to assist in identifying asymptomatic cases of the virus.

For further information about LFD testing, see our FAQs on the College website here.

Returning to College 8 March

Dear Student/Parent/Guardian,

The Prime Minister has announced the planned return to schools and colleges beginning on the 8th March as part of the Road Map out of Covid-19.

For Further Education this means:

  • a return to a mix of face-to-face and online learning for the majority of students, similar to the timetable for Term 1
  • all students are being asked to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test before they return to classes, and then a further two tests once they have returned
  • LFD Tests are organised through our on-site testing centre, details below. 
  • the wearing of face coverings for all students in classrooms and/or workshops is mandatory, as well as in corridors and communal areas
  • Learners who have received a shielding letter are not expected onsite until after the date stated in the letter.

Return to face-to-face teaching and booking a LFD test

Timetables from the 8th March are available by logging on to ProPortal. In the majority of cases they will follow the same pattern of on-site/online attendance as for Term 1. 

LFD Tests are bookable for the first normal on-site session of the week. If you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days you do not need to book LFD tests. 

  • To book your test please click here

We ask that students only attend the College to take their first LFD test and then return home to await their results. This is to manage the number of students onsite at any one time and maximise the availability of testing. 

These will be sent by text message so it is important registration instructions are followed correctly. 

We have planned this to reduce any financial burden on travelling to College, but appreciate a sessions learning has been lost. Therefore teachers will be planning independent learning tasks to be completed to ensure ongoing learning at this time. This is for all learners including Apprentices.

Following a negative test result, we will ask students to book 2 further tests outside of their normal teaching timetable (weeks commencing 15th March and 22nd March) these should be 3-5 day apart. Once 3 on-site tests have been completed a student will be eligible to collect home testing kits to continue testing weekly from home.

Testing is not compulsory, but encouraged for all even if you have received the vaccination to assist in identifying asymptomatic cases of the virus.

The Uttlesford bus service will resume from 8th March and for those using this service we will provide quiet study spaces where required. 

For further information about LFD testing, see our FAQs on the College website. 

Wearing face coverings in classrooms and workshops

On return to face-to-face teaching and learning on 8th March, the government has made mandatory the wearing of face coverings in classrooms and workshops, corridors and communal areas. 

We are aware that this may not be possible for all due to a health condition or a disability. In this situation we would ask students to email so that we can make note of this. We will issue students with a sunflower lanyard for easy identification to show they have an exemption.

In addition to these new measures we would like to take this opportunity to remind all students that our previous COVID safe measure will remain in place including:

  • Not to attend college if you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and/or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds, wear a face covering in indoor settings and Stay 2 metres apart from people
  • Use sanitiser regularly on entry and exit of classrooms and buildings.
  • The campus will remain zoned with all entrance accessible
  • There will be no catering facilities available onsite
  • The campus is a non smoking site
  • Follow all government and college guideline whilst at College.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the campus and hope to work with you to ensure the safely of both staff and students during this time.

Returning to College from 8 March – Update on Testing

Dear Student/Parent/Guardian,

We are pleased to announce additional capacity for booking Covid-19 lateral flow device (LFD) tests. The college has been given access to this additional capacity through Essex County Council and means that students can book a test at community testing centres, any time prior to returning to College.

To book your test please click on the link below:

 https://www.essex.gov.uk/getting-tested-for-covid-19/if-you-dont-have-symptoms

Under organisation/age group you will need to register for this service and when doing so you will need to select one of the options below: 

  • ‘Essex Schools – Pupils Year 12’ if you are in your first year of study
  • ‘Essex Schools – Pupils Year 13’ for any subsequent year of study

Please note that your first planned onsite session will not go ahead due to testing and you will be set independent learning tasks for you to complete.

Testing is not compulsory but is encouraged for everyone, even if you have received the vaccination, to assist in identifying asymptomatic cases of the virus.

For further information about LFD testing, see our FAQs on the College website. 

COVID-19 Testing Consent Form

Introduction

This consent form is for participation in tests designed to detect asymptomatic coronavirus cases. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow government guidelines to self-isolate, even if they have had a recent negative lateral flow test. 

Consent relates to the following groups of students/pupils and staff as follows:
  • For pupils and students younger than 16 years - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
  • Pupils and students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent - can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian if under 18. 
  • For any pupil or student who does not have the capacity to provide informed consent - this form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to participate in testing.
  • Staff will complete this form themselves.

Terms of consent

  1. I have had the opportunity to consider the information provided by the school/college about the testing, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily, based on the information presented and the attached Privacy Notice. 
  2. In the case of under 16s, I have discussed the testing with my child and my child is happy to participate. If on the day of testing they do not wish to take part, then they will not be made to do so and consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test. 
  3. I consent to having / my child having a nose and throat swab for lateral flow tests. I / my child will self-swab if I / my child is able to otherwise I understand that assistance is available. In the case of under 16s or pupils who are not able to provide informed consent, I have discussed the testing with my child and they are happy to participate and self-swab (with assistance if required).
  4. I understand that there may be multiple tests required and this consent covers all tests for the below named person. If, on the day of testing I / they do not wish to take part, then I understand I / they will not be made to do so and that consent can be withdrawn at any time ahead of the test.
  5. I consent that my / my child’s sample(s) will be tested for the presence of COVID-19.
  6. I understand that if my /my child’s result(s) are negative on the lateral flow test I will not be contacted by the school/college except where I am / they are a close contact of a confirmed positive.
  7. If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I consent to having / my child having a nose and throat swab for confirmatory PCR testing. I/they will follow the instructions on the PCR Kit to return the test the same day to an NHS Test & Trace laboratory. 
  8. If the lateral flow test indicates the presence of COVID-19, I commit to ensuring that I / my child is removed from school premises as promptly as possible, bearing in mind I / they may have some anxiety following a positive test result.
  9. I consent that I / they will need to self-isolate following a positive lateral flow test result, until the results of the confirmatory PCR have been received.
  10. I agree that if my / my child’s test results are confirmed to be positive from this PCR test, I will report this to the school / college and I understand that I/ my child will be required to self-isolate following public health advice.
  11. I consent that if a close contact of my child tests positive but I / my child has tested negative, I / they will continue to attend school / college but will be tested every day at school / college for 7 days.

Remote Education Offer during Lockdown

Your teaching team will provide you with details of how to access resources and use the technology you need to learn.

What remote learning will be available to me?

We will provide a remote learning offer for all students based on their programme hours. This will be the same for 16-18s, Apprentices, HE and adult programmes. The remote learning will be provided through a mix of:

  • Online face-to-face sessions using Teams
  • Set activities and tasks, using applications such as Showbie, Padlet, Qube, Onefile, Email etc.
  • Individual communication and feedback through the above mechanisms.

How will my timetable work?

As far as possible, we will keep the structure of your timetable the same as when you were offered a mix of face-to-face and blended learning. This means that you will be set work to undertake at home for the hours you would have been on campus.

Your teachers may need to change units and activities, because you will not have the same access to professional resources e.g. workshops and industry resources. This may mean moving practical units to a later Semester.

What is expected of me?

Your teacher will send you work home via Showbie, QUBE, OneFile or email – they will explain this to you clearly so you know where your course content is located and what you need to do. Remember you will have a meeting with your teacher later during the session to check on your understanding. 

  • Ensure you have completed all tasks assigned to you. If you need help contact the teacher via Showbie. 
  • Remember once you have your iPad you need to go onto self-service to upload all of the apps you will use with your teacher. Please ensure that by the first session online you have uploaded Teams, Showbie, Word, Padlet and OneDrive. 
  • Ensure you have a suitable space at home and get yourself organised for learning so that you can be successful in your college course. 
  • Ensure you start your day by 09.30. – whenever you are online you need to be suitably dressed and must have an appropriate background when on Teams with your teacher and your class. 
  • When meeting your teacher and class colleagues on Teams ensure that you stay muted until asked to unmute. Behaviour on Teams is exactly the same as in a normal classroom – show your classmates and teachers respect and behave in a professional manner. No eating during online classes, camera must be on, respect each other... 
  • Your teacher will be available to support you during your usual lesson times and will be contactable via the methods above. You can also respond to your teacher and send your teacher completed work using those same tools. 
  • Set yourself a home routine and stick to this – you must complete your college work at home and meet deadlines set by your tutor. 
  • Ensure you have achieved the 4 steps to success for the day including your own improves. Your teacher will tell you where Improves need to be stored. 
  • Work for set times without distractions such as the TV or your phone and reward yourself with regular breaks.

How will I access industry facilities or resources?

During lockdown we are unable to provide access to our campus facilities. We are therefore adjusting our units and timetables to use resources that students have access to at home. This is so that no student or apprentice is disadvantaged by not having access to equipment. Where feasible, we will look to deliver learning resources and packs, for practical activities if these are needed at home. We will reschedule practical learning once we are able to return to campus.

I am struggling to access technology – what support is available?

The College provides iPads for you if you are studying on a Study Programme, Access to HE or HE course. If you are an Adult or an Apprentice, we will check what technology is available to you and work to resolve any difficulties on an individual basis.

If you are eligible for a bursary the College may also be able to provide you with access to a 4g or Mi-Fi device.

If you have any concerns about access remote learning please contact

What support is available for SEND students?

SEND students at the College have been provided with the same access to technology as other students. The SEND team has worked to identify specific applications and support to help our SEND students learn effectively. As far as possible, timetabled additional learning support from our support assistants will continue with our SEND students to ensure they are on track. 

If you have any questions or queries about support, please contact our Student Services Team on 07825 759207 or 07852 503140

Cancellation of January Exams

We have taken the decision to cancel any vocational or technical exams that were due to take place this January.

Given the new National Lockdown and the instruction to stay at home as much as possible, we felt it only right to make the decision to cancel the exams. We believe this is the right and safe thing to do, in order to protect our community's health and safety. We are now working with government to ensure that vocational/technical students are treated equitably with students who are studying GCSEs and A-levels for their assessment and grading moving forwards 

As soon as we have more information, we will share this with you. Thank you for your continued support.

Update for Students and Parents

Dear Student/Apprentice/Parent/Guardian

We hope you are keeping safe and well. You will be aware that new National Lockdown started today and we are being encouraged to Stay at Home as far as possible. The majority of school and college provision has moved online – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

In our earlier emails we said we were hoping to re-open the college campuses on January 18 2021. However, we now know that this will not happen and our online delivery will continue until at least February half-term at the earliest.

Please note that as previously planned, Tuesday 19 January 2021 is a Staff Development Day, and there will be no online lessons. 

You should now be familiar with accessing classes and course materials online and be in regular contact with your teachers. If you are having problems accessing work you should contact your teacher in the first instance, or you can email us at

Wider student support services are also available for any student or apprentice needing advice and help at this time on 07825 759207 or 07852 503140

Here are some other key updates for you:

Exams and Assessment to achieve your qualifications

The Government are currently reviewing their approach to exams and assessments. The Prime Minister stated that Summer examinations would not run for GCSEs and A-levels. We understand the Government has asked the Office for Qualifications (Ofqual) to urgently review the model for assessments. 

We are not clear at the moment whether or not the same will apply for vocational and technical qualifications.

As soon as we have further details, we will share this information with you. 

In the meantime, you should continue to complete class work, assignments and carry out work set by your teachers. We are expecting any assessments to include some form of teacher judgement, so it is really important you continue to attend online lessons and complete work.

If you are worried about completing any of your work, please contact your teacher or assessor. 

Keeping safe online

Please remember to keep safe whilst you are online and do not share your password or login details with anyone. If parents or carers or employers want to see the work you are doing you can of course show them the resources you are using. We are asking parents and carers not to log on using a student account details so we can keep everyone’s data safe.

A Guide to Learning at Home

As students at Harlow College you are in a lucky position in that so much of the delivery takes place using digital tools. This means you can continue to learn with your teacher whilst at home.

You now need to think about how you will learn over the next few weeks. You need to do the following things:

Your teacher will send you work home via Showbie, QUBE, OneFile or email
  1. Ensure you have a suitable space at home and get yourself organised for learning so that you can continue to be successful in your college course.
  2. Ensure you start your day by 09.30am
  3. Your teacher will be available to support you during your usual lesson times and will be contactable via the methods above. You can also respond to your teacher and send your teacher completed work using those same tools.
  4. Set yourself a home routine and stick to this – you must continue to complete your college work at home and meet deadlines set by your tutor.
  5. Ensure you have achieved the 4 steps to success for the day including your own improves.
  6. Work for set times without distractions such as the TV or your phone and reward yourself with regular breaks.
  7. Ensure that you have handed in work by set deadlines as directed by your tutors.
  8. You will also have access to work on things like Padlet walls and OneDrive or actual web links to help you with your learning.
  9. If you are studying maths or English, please use the links below to access a full range of support.

Maths

https://corbettmaths.com

http://padlet.com/harlowcollege/mathsrevision

Functional Skills English

https://harlowcollege2.padlet.org/georgina_choat/FS

GCSE English

https://harlowcollege2.padlet.org/georgina_choat/Eng20

Employers

Further to our first communication regarding the College moving to online learning from Monday 23 March 2020, here are the arrangements during this period:

For apprentices, work has been set through digital systems and communicated to the apprentice directly. The apprentices have been advised to contact you directly for instruction regarding expectations and attendance at work. The work that has been set will cover the normal 20% off the job expectation.

If you are hosting a student on a placement they have been advised not to attend during this period. We apologise for any disruption this may cause.

For any queries please email

Useful Information

Find Your local Support Group

Harlow Foodbank

Harlow Council Coronavirus Advice

Harlow Community Hub helpline

Harlow Community Hub is a group of volunteers offering phone support, reassurance and advice to the most vulnerable in Harlow - primarily those without internet access or support networks.

You can contact them on 01279 927005 or 

You can read the Community Hub privacy notice to find out how they will handle your personal information.

Coronavirus Leaflet – Broxbourne Council

Safeguarding

refuge.org.uk For Women and Children Against Domestic Violence

Young Minds

Childline

mind.org.uk/

Online Safety

thinkuknow.co.uk

internetmatters.org

parentinfo.org

lgfl.net

net-aware.org.uk

Assessment 2021

Outline plan for how examinations/assessments will work this academic year

Dear Student/Parent/Guardian

The government has published an outline plan for how examinations/assessments will work this academic year. The following infographics are designed to help you understand this process:

We are now awaiting more detailed information from each awarding body to finalise our College plans. As soon as this is available our teaching teams will ensure students know what work they need to complete and how they will be assessed. As the process relies heavily on centre assessments (assessment by teachers, teaching teams and internal quality assurance), it is important you continue to attend lessons and complete the work you are set to the best of your abilities.

We will send out further information regarding testing and returning to College from the 8th March next week.