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The sections below contain information regarding what you should expect from us if you are required to self-isolate or if local restrictions require you to stay at home.

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English, maths, IT and Family Learning

What will we make available to you? English, maths, computing and Family Learning courses will remain online for the Spring term, until it is safe to move back into venues. Courses are delivered via Zoom, supported by Google Classroom and other communication methods. Students have access to their work files via Google Classroom or via email communication with their tutor.
If, once we have returned to venues, local or national restrictions are introduced, all classes will revert to Zoom. If individual learners need to isolate, tutors will support learners to stay up to date with their work.
What will our delivery arrangements be? There is no change to the timetable whether we are online or in person. In some cases, work might be sent out before or after the class for learners to complete in their own time between sessions.

Drop in Zoom sessions for Computing courses are pre-planned and open to all. All learners have access to their workfiles and coursework books at any time.
Where possible, exams are offered and are attended in person, however the number of learners in the room for an exam is limited, the workstations are spread out, masks are worn at all times.

What do we expect from you? We ask that learners keep in touch with us and discuss any barriers to their learning or issues that arise. Please turn up on time to sessions whenever possible and remember, there is no such thing as a silly question!
Where learners have enrolled on a course that is qualification based and accredited, we plan to fulfil that course aim and get learners to their qualifications.
What support is available for students without devices, connectivity or a suitable environment for learning? We have a number of devices that can be provided to learners on a loan basis (subject to availability) to enable you to join a course. We are also part of a regional partnership that are repairing/reconditioning donated laptops and tablets before they are handed out to those who are not digitally enfranchised in the community. We have previously applied for and got a small number of pre-loaded data MIFI devices from a national charity and have bid for another set of devices.
We may be able to support learners with other costs relating to course materials via the Discretionary Learner Support fund..
What support is available for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities? We have an inhouse SEND co-ordinator who is able to assess learners who present with SEND needs. We can provide 121 support for learners who require this. If learners already have SEND diagnoses before they start the course we use that information and the recommendations to support them. We will work with learners throughout their journey with us to ensure they get the support they need to complete the course.

Learning for Leisure

What will we make available to you? Courses will continue to be online for the Spring term.
If, once we have returned to venues, national or regional restrictions are introduced courses will return to Zoom. If individual learners are required to isolate, tutors keep learners up to date on the sessions they are missing via email or using online resources such as Padlet and Google Classroom.
What will our delivery arrangements be? Our programme remains the same, regardless of whether courses are taking place online or in person.
What do we expect from you? We ask that learners keep in touch with us and discuss any barriers to their learning or issues that arise. Please turn up on time to sessions whenever possible, act with courtesy and respect towards both staff and other learners, and please remember to talk to us or your tutor if you feel you need anything further from us. Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question!
What support is available for students without devices, connectivity or a suitable environment for learning? Any specialist equipment or ingredient requirements are listed in the course information guide online. These will be the same regardless of whether the course is delivered online or in person.
In some cases, we can support learners who are unable to access a course due to a lack of digital devices or connectivity. Please contact us for more information about this.
We may be able to support learners with other costs relating to course materials via the Discretionary Learner Support fund..
What support is available for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities? We will work with learners throughout their journey with us to ensure they get the support they need to complete the course. Where possible, it is helpful to know about any special educational needs before a course starts, so that we can make sure that the support is in place to enable you to get the best out of your course.

Work Based Learning

What will we make available to you? During periods of national or local restrictions, all candidates can access classes through Zoom. 1:1 learning will take place via Zoom, Skype, phone or email.

While our preference under normal circumstances is for face to face learning and visits to the workplace, where this is not possible due to a period of isolation we will continue to support candidates via Zoom, Skype, phone and email.

What will our delivery arrangements be? Candidates who attend class based training can access their training through Zoom classes. One-to-one learner for all our other candidates will take place via Zoom, Skype & phone and email.
What do we expect from you? We ask that learners keep in touch with their tutor regularly, and discuss any barriers to their learning or issues that arise. We expect students have contact with their tutors at least once a month, to study from home or work and to access support when needed.
What arrangements will be made for access to specialist equipment or facilities? No specialist equipment is required, however we can supply laptops for students who need them.
What support is available for students without devices, connectivity or a suitable environment for learning? We are able to provide devices on a loan basis to students who do not have a suitable device with which to access their course or complete their work. Please speak to your tutor if this is something you need support with.
What support is available for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities? In partnership with our inhouse SEND co-ordinator, we can provide support for learners with a range of needs. Please contact us before your course starts so that we can work with you to make sure provision is in place for you to get the best out of your learning.

High Needs Learners

What will we make available to you? Our SEND learners studying on personalised learning packages with EHCPs are provided with a range of blended learning options which allow for on site time as well as remote or off site delivery according to individual need, learning style and curriculum purpose.

Practical subjects are usually delivered on site, whereas classroom based activities or English and maths can be delivered effectively through remote platforms or through completion of workbooks alongside tutor support. Learners also receive extensive pastoral support to engage motivate and sustain both learning and wellbeing progress during episodes of self isolation or shielding.

We ensure that students and their families are prepared and trained to use any remote learning offer, and no students will be disadvantaged from learning if there are barriers to using one form of delivery or other. Progress reviews and quality checks are completed as normal.

What will our delivery arrangements be? Each student will have an individual timetable that meets the needs of their stated learning outcomes and their individual circumstances. Timetables may be compressed, or delivery may happen on a one to one basis to allow for all students to get the appropriate learning time whilst maintaining social distancing measures. Assessment methods largely remain the same, with remote timed assessments being carried out where accredited qualifications are being undertaken.
What do we expect from you? Students are expected to attend and complete work according to their individual timetable as normal. There is additional pastoral support to ensure students have the opportunity to discuss any wellbeing concerns they are experiencing, as well as additional managed online social opportunities to meet with fellow learners.
What arrangements will be made for access to specialist equipment or facilities? Students who require specialist equipment or facilities are still attending or partaking if it is safe to do so.
What support is available for students without devices, connectivity or a suitable environment for learning? For those minority of students who are unable to benefit from remote learning for whatever reason, there are alternatives in place to ensure they have access to assignments and tasks through a home service delivery, on site learning and phone support /socially distanced visits to support learning

CPCAB Counselling Courses

What will we make available to you? Our Counselling programme is currently online until at least April 2021.
If, once we have returned to venues, local or national restrictions are imposed we will revert to online learning. If individual learners are required to isolate, learners will be supported by their tutor to stay up to date with their learning, supported by online provision.
What will our delivery arrangements be? We use Zoom and Google Classroom to manage the teaching and learning and assessments, so there is no change to timetabling or delivery. Our assessment strategy remains the same when we are online as it would be if face to face.
What do we expect from you? We expect learners to be available to attend sessions weekly (online or in person) for the full session and also to carry out independent learning and homework. We expect learners to update tutors if there is a change to their personal circumstances where they are unable to attend the sessions so that we can continue to offer individual support.
What support is available for students without devices, connectivity or a suitable environment for learning? Learners are made aware of the necessity of the correct devices, connectivity and environment for learning given the professional focus of the training. In some cases we can support learners with course material costs via the Discretionary Learner Support fund.