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Living with Covid-19 – the way forward

Dear Student, parent, carer 

You may be aware that on Monday the Government announced a number of changes to the legal rules that were put in place to address the Covid-19 pandemic. 

These changes include:

  • Immediate removal of twice weekly testing in schools and colleges
  • from 24th February, the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test will be removed
  • Contact tracing will end and you will no longer be required to self-isolate if unvaccinated or advised to take daily tests.
  • However guidance has been issued asking people to continue to isolate - see College guidance below.
College guidance on testing and self-isolation
  • Anyone with Covid-19/Flu type symptoms should take a lateral flow test - these can be ordered on the government website
  • Adults and Children who test positive are advised to continue to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. 
  • After 5 days, they may choose to take a Lateral Flow Device test (LFD) followed by another the 6th day - if both are negative, and they do not have a temperature, they can safely return to College and their normal routine. 
  • Those who test positive should avoid contact with anyone in an at risk group, including if they live in the same household.
Safer Behaviours

The pandemic has not ended, and the government advises that everyone continues to adopt Safer Behaviours to reduce infection rates. These behaviours  include:
  • Getting vaccinated/ boosted
  • Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside
  • Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high
  • Trying to stay at home if you are unwell
  • Taking a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive
  • Washing your hands and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.
If you have any questions please contact Students Services at 

Advance Information for GCSE and A-level exams Summer 2022

Dear Student/Parent/Carer

The advance information for GCSE and A-level exams Summer 2022 has been published today. 

Students will have access to some of the exam content, texts, topics and sub-topics, themes and skills due to be assessed for the majority of GCSE and all AS and A level subjects with exams to help focus their revision for their exams in summer. 

Advance information is one part of the adaptations in place to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on education.

Your teaching Team will take you through the information for your individual subjects after the half-term break, however please find links below if you would like to look at the information yourself in advance:

Below is a list of Awarding Organisation the College uses for each. Please remember it is really important to attend all of your lessons to get help and support in preparation for your exams. If you have any questions please contact your teaching team.


Qualification

Awarding Body

Link

GCE A Level in Art and Design

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCE A Level in Biology

WJEC

Advance Information (wjec.co.uk)

GCE A Level in Business

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCE A Level in Chemistry

EDEXCEL

Summer 2022 support | Pearson qualifications

GCE A Level in Computer Science

OCR

2022 advance information (ocr.org.uk)

GCE A Level in Economics

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCE A Level in English Language

OCR

2022 advance information (ocr.org.uk)

GCE A Level in English Literature A

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCE A Level in French

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCE A Level in Further Mathematics

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCE A Level in Geography

EDEXCEL

Summer 2022 support | Pearson qualifications

GCE A Level in History A

OCR

2022 advance information (ocr.org.uk)

GCE A Level in Mathematics

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCE A Level in Media Studies

OCR

2022 advance information (ocr.org.uk)

GCE A Level in Philosophy

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCE A Level in Physics

EDEXCEL

Summer 2022 support | Pearson qualifications

GCE A Level in Politics

EDEXCEL

Summer 2022 support | Pearson qualifications

GCE A Level in Psychology

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCE A Level in Sociology

AQA

AQA | 2022 exam changes

GCSE (9-1) in Biology

EDEXCEL

Summer 2022 support | Pearson qualifications

GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics

WJEC

Advance Information (wjec.co.uk)

GCSE (9-1) in English Language

WJEC

Advance Information (wjec.co.uk)

Update regarding the announcement of the end of Plan B measures

Dear Student/Parent/Carer

The Prime Minister announced that all Plan B measures will be removed in England, with a full return to Plan A by Thursday 27 January.  

For the College, this means:
From Thursday 20 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in classrooms and teaching spaces for staff and students. They were introduced in classrooms by government at the start of term as a temporary measure.  

Face coverings should continue to be worn in communal areas, until Thursday 27 January, when they are no longer recommended for staff and students. 

This government decision comes in response to national infection data showing the prevalence of COVID-19 to be on a downward trajectory. Whilst there are some groups where cases are likely to continue rising, it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally, therefore less stringent measures are needed to control infections.  

Students should continue to take twice weekly lateral flow tests and follow government guidance on further testing and isolation to help control the spread of the virus. 

Lateral flow test kits remain available from college reception.

Updated Arrangements for January Term 2022

Dear Student/Parent/Carer

In light of the rapidly changing picture because of the Omicron variant, we have put in place the following arrangements for the start of the January term.

  • Tuesday 4th January and Wednesday 5th January 2022 –  are Staff Inset Days and the College is closed to all students.
  • Wednesday 5th January 2022 – Lateral Flow Testing Day for Students – we are asking all students to undertake lateral flow tests at home before returning to College and report any positive results by contacting 
  • Thursday 6th January – Teaching Term begins

Lateral Flow tests for the Christmas period can be collected from Reception.

Any further changes to the start of term, will be posted on our website and further text messages sent.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Stay safe and well.

Re-introduction of Face Coverings

Face Coverings

From Tuesday 4th January 2022, the government has reintroduced face coverings in classrooms, as well as in communal areas. This is a temporary measure and will be reviewed on the 26th January 2022.

Please ensure you bring your face coverings with you to College and wear them in classrooms, corridors and communal areas

For those who are exempt due to a health condition and/or disability we would ask students to contact  so that they can be issued with a sunflower lanyard for easy identification of their exemption.

Further government advice 

Please also follow the government guidance on reducing the spread of COVID-19

The Government are strongly advising that everyone should take up the vaccine, to find out more and book you vaccine please follow the following link: Book Vaccination

In addition new rules on testing for travel to the UK and isolation come into force. Travel rules can be found here. In addition, if you are contacted by Test and Trace as a close contact of a person with the Omicron variant, you will need to take a PCR tests and self-isolate for 10 days regardless of your vaccination status.

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.

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

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.

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.