Approach to 2m, 1m+ Social Distancing (Anonymous)

Number and mix of 16-18, 14-16 and adult learners:

  • 16-18 – approx. 3000:
  • Adult – approx. 3500
  • 14-16 – 50

Number of campuses, type of estate:

2 campuses, both city based. Approx 90% learners use public transport. One campus approx. 20 years old, another older

What have been your key considerations when applying the guidance on social distancing?

  1. Staff and learner safety
  2. Following government guidance closely
  3. Communicating regularly
  4. Working closely with the LA
  5. Amending college policies and processes accordingly
  6. Development of a central key group of people to lead on relevant topics – estates, communications, learners and staff
  7. The group meets weekly and reviews all college risk assessments before approval and adding to college website
  8. Communication with bus companies and ensuing transport details from learners is collected early
  9. RA on all EHCP and HN learners (returning and new)
  10. Remote enrolment as far as possible – see below
  11. Development of digital resources and staff training on Teams etc.
  12. Increase in technology for staff and investment in webcams to develop remote live teaching
  13. Development of digital and distance curriculum
  14. Working closely with combined authority an LEP to respond to new priorities

How are you planning to manage social distancing? In social spaces? In classrooms?

  1. Enrolment – remote enrolment as far as possible – not adults or HN/EHCP. Booking appointments for onsite enrolment
  2. PPE for all staff during enrolment
  3. Restricted numbers on site during enrolment
  4. No social zones open for learners up to October break (those staff will support teaching staff in managing independent learning)
  5. Booking system for Learning Hubs (library/computer spaces)
  6. Reduced catering provision (except for FSM)
  7. Reduced classroom capacity resulting in 50/50 timetables. These will work differently in each Directorate but trying to allow as much flexibility as possible so that learners have some time in each week. Will review weekly
  8. Reduced capacity in staffrooms
  9. One way systems around campuses and sanitizers in all classrooms
  10. Increase purchase of visors to respond to teacher requests
  11. New ‘code of conduct’ for all learners to reflect expectations – Covid, digital, use of social media etc
  12. Regular messaging to parents/carers
  13. Staggered academic year starts – EPYP, then adult, then HE
  14. September guarantee commitment to all learners (revised entry requirements to reflect results)
  15. Increased diagnostic/support in first six weeks
  16. Staff development to increase digital/remote live delivery opportunities
  17. No on site visitors/speakers to October break, then review