01904 554277 york.learning@york.gov.uk
[sm_section_header title=”Course Induction: English”][sm_column_text]Welcome to York Learning! Please familiarise yourself with this information before you start your course.
If you have questions we haven’t answered here, contact us: york.learning@york.gov.uk.[/sm_column_text][sm_column_text]If you are reading this then you have already signed up for one of our English courses. This page is designed to give you some basic information about our service that should help you enjoy your course and get the most from your learning. We would particularly draw your attention to the sections on health and safety, Prevent and safeguarding. It is important that you read and understand these. Your tutor will highlight these sections and take you through the detail.[/sm_column_text]
[sm_image action=”sm-action-link” hover_action=”sm-hover-image” image=”4825″ hover_image=”4824″ hover_transition=”true” image_link=”https://yorklearning.org.uk/induction/english/#aboutyourcourse”]
[sm_image action=”sm-action-link” hover_action=”sm-hover-image” image=”4820″ hover_image=”4821″ hover_transition=”true” image_link=”https://yorklearning.org.uk/induction/english/#prevent”]
[sm_image action=”sm-action-link” hover_action=”sm-hover-image” image=”4817″ hover_image=”4816″ hover_transition=”true” image_link=”https://yorklearning.org.uk/induction/english/#healthandsafety”]
[sm_image action=”sm-action-link” hover_action=”sm-hover-image” image=”4815″ hover_image=”4814″ hover_transition=”true” image_link=”https://yorklearning.org.uk/induction/english/#britishvalues”]
[sm_image action=”sm-action-link” hover_action=”sm-hover-image” image=”4823″ hover_image=”4822″ hover_transition=”true” image_link=”https://yorklearning.org.uk/induction/english/#safeguarding”]
[sm_image action=”sm-action-link” hover_action=”sm-hover-image” image=”4819″ hover_image=”4818″ hover_transition=”true” image_link=”https://yorklearning.org.uk/induction/english/#other”]
[sm_empty_space]
[sm_image image=”4825″]
[sm_section_header title=”About your course”]
[sm_column_text]GCSE levels now run from 1-9. 9 is the best possible level/grade. A GCSE at Level 4 is equivalent to a GCSE grade C under the old system and is seen as such by employers, colleges and universities.

Functional Skills is often done as a starting point if you haven’t studied English for a while or for those who need qualifications to access an apprenticeship or a job. Functional Skills levels start with Pre-Entry, followed by Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 and then Level One and Level Two. Level Two is the highest Functional Skills qualification we offer. Level Two is seen by employers as working at the same level as Grade 4 GCSE (the old C grade).

The English Functional Skills exam has three parts – a reading exam, a writing exam and a Speaking and Listening assessment. You do not have to do all three parts at the same time, but you need to pass all three parts to achieve Functional Skills English.

If you are doing an ESOL course (English for Speakers of Other Languages) then you can take up to three modules – Speaking and Listening, Reading, and Writing. Each module is a separate exam and a separate qualification.  You will be able to talk to your tutor about which modules to take and in what order.

You will need to look at your course guide, which will be on your email confirming booking, and check what equipment or books you need to have with you for your course. Please try and make sure that you have any required equipment before the first class.[/sm_column_text][sm_column_text]

What we ask of you

  • Attend every session that you can, arrive on time and let us know if you are unable to attend.
  • Complete work in the timescale agreed with your tutor.
  • Treat our staff and other learners in the class with respect.
  • Fill in review sheets to give us your views.

Course cancellations and refunds

  • If we cancel a course you will be given a full refund.
  • If we have to cancel an individual session then no refund will be available if this is less than 10% of the total course.
  • All other refunds are at the discretion of the Head of York Learning. If a refund is given, an administration charge may apply.
  • If you decide to leave once a course has started, there will be no refund given under any circumstances.

Complaints

We have very high levels of satisfaction. However, from time to time things do go wrong. If you are not satisfied with your course then please do one of the following:

  • Discuss the issue with your tutor or centre staff as soon as possible.
  • Give feedback via our on-course and end of course reviews.
  • Email us at york.learning@york.gov.uk.

Bad weather

Occasionally, classes have to be cancelled because of bad weather conditions. In adverse weather conditions it is not feasible for us to contact everyone, so please check before travelling. We will post information about closed classes on our website and via social media.[/sm_column_text][sm_empty_space]

[sm_empty_space]
[sm_image image=”4820″]
[sm_section_header title=”York Learning & Prevent”]
[sm_column_text]

What is Prevent and what can you do?

“Prevent” is one strand of the UK Government’s anti-terrorism strategy, designed to raise awareness of and report any behaviours which might be a sign that an individual is being radicalised or might adopt extremist ideas. We incorporate “Prevent” into our safeguarding arrangements designed to keep all of our learners safe.

People might become radicalised when they are vulnerable, through circumstances such as economic  pressures, relationship breakdown or changes in family or personal situations. Of course, these are not in themselves signs that somebody will become radicalised, more that individuals in such situations are more vulnerable.

If you have a concern about an individual, then you should alert your tutor or another member of our staff who will know what to do next and be able to inform you of our procedure. Remember you are simply reporting a concern and it will be up to others, who have a wider understanding, to judge whether the information you provide is significant enough to act upon.

One of the best ways to avoid radicalisation is to build communities. We very much value the contribution that all of our learners and tutors make to this by working with and supporting each other, celebrating differences and respecting each others’ views.[/sm_column_text][sm_empty_space]

[sm_section_icon show_vline=”” icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fa=”fa fa-eye”][sm_custom_heading align=”sm-center”]Notice[/sm_custom_heading][sm_column_text]Have you noticed a change in behaviour, such as someone becoming withdrawn or acting differently?[/sm_column_text]
[sm_section_icon show_vline=”” icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fa=”fa fa-pencil”][sm_custom_heading align=”sm-center”]Note[/sm_custom_heading][sm_column_text]Make a note, including dates, so you can give the Safeguarding team as much detail as you can.[/sm_column_text]
[sm_section_icon show_vline=”” icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fa=”fa fa-paper-plane”][sm_custom_heading align=”sm-center”]Share[/sm_custom_heading][sm_column_text]Contact the York Learning Safeguarding team as soon as possible.[/sm_column_text]
[sm_column_text]

Terrorists incidents and keeping safe

Fortunately incidents of terrorist attacks are rare, but that is not to say that the threat of an attack should not be taken seriously. Therefore we are highlighting the advice of the UK Counter-Terrorism Police in the event of an incident:[/sm_column_text]

[sm_image image=”4810″]
[sm_column_text]Run to a place of safety. This is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there’s nowhere to run, then hide.[/sm_column_text]
[sm_image image=”4809″]
[sm_column_text]It’s better to hide than confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can.[/sm_column_text]
[sm_image image=”4811″]
[sm_column_text]Tell the police by calling 999, when it is safe to do so.[/sm_column_text]
[sm_column_text]These three simple actions are designed to get you away from the incident and keep you safe until the police or appropriate authorities arrive to deal with the threat.

If you have a concern about any of this advice, including our Prevent strategy or how to keep safe in the event of an incident, please contact our Safeguarding and Prevent team on:

SafeAtYorkLearning@york.gov.uk
07798 660109[/sm_column_text]

[sm_column_text][/sm_column_text]
[sm_empty_space]
[sm_empty_space]
[sm_image image=”4817″]
[sm_section_header title=”Health & Safety Information”]
[sm_column_text]For the most part, the activities that you take part in during your time with York Learning will be safe and should not involve any risk to yourself. However, you should always be aware of any potential health and safety issues and risks. Where you think an activity is unsafe or where you think that someone’s actions could cause a health and safety incident, please let us know.

Health and safety is a shared responsibility. Outlined below is what we expect of you, and also what we will do to ensure that you are kept safe.

We ask you:

  • Not to engage in any activities that will put other learners at risk.
  • Not to bring any items into class that could pose a health and safety risk.
  • To tell us if you have any health conditions that could mean you require us to take action to keep you safe.
  • To tell us if you think there are potential health and safety issues that you notice whilst you are in your class or whilst moving around the building.

We will:

  • Check our classrooms and other facilities to ensure that they meet the required health and safety standards.
  • Inform you about our fire evacuation and first aid procedures.
  • Carry out risk assessments of particular activities and put control measures in place to minimise risk.

[/sm_column_text][sm_column_text]If you’re attending your course online, make sure you’re sitting comfortably at your computer. Can you match the descriptions to the different areas below?

[h5p id=”2″][/sm_column_text][sm_empty_space]

[sm_empty_space]
[sm_image image=”4815″]
[sm_section_header title=”British Values and how we implement them”]
[sm_column_text]British values are simply the important human values which we want to follow here in the UK and here at York Learning. These include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

We are committed to ensuring that all our learners are treated fairly and with respect. We hope to achieve this by:

  • Modelling our behaviour to promote these values.
  • Creating an environment where it is safe to express your views.
  • Ensuring that in expressing your views, that expression does not impact negatively on other faiths and beliefs.

[/sm_column_text][sm_empty_space]

[sm_empty_space]
[sm_image image=”4823″]
[sm_section_header title=”Safeguarding”]
[sm_column_text]Our priority is to ensure that all of our learners are safe. We have a particular responsibility to keep vulnerable people safe, and this is called our “safeguarding duty”. This is our policy and practice for ensuring that vulnerable people are not exploited or taken advantage of. All of our staff are appropriately checked, including using police checks where necessary, and we ensure that all of our learners know who to speak to if they are worried about themselves or another learner.

If you do not feel safe or wish to make a report about another learner who you feel is in danger of being exploited, please contact our Safeguarding team. If you feel that an individual is in immediate danger, always phone the police.

Contact the Safeguarding team at SafeAtYorkLearning@york.gov.uk or 07798 660109[/sm_column_text]

[sm_image image=”4802″]
[sm_image image=”4803″]
[sm_image image=”4800″]
[sm_image image=”4798″]
[sm_image image=”4797″]
[sm_image image=”4799″]
[sm_empty_space]
[sm_column_text]

Ask For Angela

‘Ask for Angela’ is the name of a campaign in that is used by bars and other venues across England, to keep people safe from sexual assault. If you feel that you are unsafe or threatened, during a class you can ‘Ask for Angela’. Your tutor will understand that this is a discreet codeword and that you are in an unsafe situation.[/sm_column_text]

[sm_image image=”5324″]
[sm_column_text]

Help Me Signal

The Help Me Signal or the Violence at Home Signal for Help) is a nationally recognised single-handed gesture that can be used by an individual to alert others that they feel threatened and need help over a video call, or in-person, without leaving a digital trace. Your tutor will recognise this sign and that you are in need of help.[/sm_column_text]

[sm_image image=”5325″]
[sm_empty_space]
[sm_image image=”4819″]
[sm_section_header title=”Other services we provide”]
[sm_column_text]

Advice about what to do next

For information about other courses available across the city, including English, maths, IT or apprenticeships, or if you need advice and guidance about your long-term learning or employment prospects, please contact us on 01904 554277 or visit us at West Offices.

Support within your class

If you think you can only fully participate in your course with some extra support, please let us know. We might be able to help with:

  • Reading, writing and maths support
  • Special equipment and other aids
  • Information on access to, or help getting around buildings
  • Extra time to finish the course or an exam
  • Someone to explain and help you to do things in class
  • Religious or faith needs

Help with costs on your accredited course

Funding is available for learners on all of our accredited courses whose level of income might prevent them from completing a course. We will consider applications to fund:

  • Home to course travel (public transport within city boundaries only)
  • Essential equipment for the course
  • Course materials
  • Course visits
  • Childcare expenses
  • Course fees (in exceptional circumstances)

For more information please contact our Learner Support Manager Jill Murphy on 07798 660109 or jill.murphy@york.gov.uk.[/sm_column_text][sm_empty_space]