**Updated 16.47 17th June** Fully accessible link here
Bath College campuses are closed to all but a small selection of learners until further notice following the Government’s announcement regarding the Coronavirus. Tutors and teaching staff will keep in touch with students during the closure to aid learning from home.
Bath College’s Safe Space for vulnerable learners is open and students have been contacted individually with invitations.
Staff are all working remotely at this time, so are contactable via email, but may take slightly longer to respond than normal as they are teaching online.
We know that many young people are anxious, so we want to reassure you that our full-time courses will be safely starting and we will explain what this will look like practically in due course and are following government guidelines carefully. Please click here for updates on the reopening of College for Further Education Students (post-16 provision). If you would like some tasks relating to your course to start ahead of September, email admissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk and read more here.
Please check the website, social media and your emails regularly for updates.
Laurel Penrose, Principal & Chief Executive
Click here for Department of Education Guidance: Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers
Click here for Ofqual’s guidance on exams and awarded assessments.
Click here for B&NES information on applying for welfare support.
Click here for Parent/Carer FAQs
Click here for a list by B&NES of useful links about support for council tax, food banks, housing, debt and grants.
Emails are being sent to students and parents/carers that students have consented to be informed. If you did not receive it, you may wish to change your email address the College holds for you on ProPortal.
‘Closed’ does not mean you don’t need to study
Neither of our campuses will be open for normal lessons. This means that during the next few months, you will be having online or remote learning that you’ll need to do at home. Our lecturers and managers have been planning for this over the last few weeks and have done a great job in setting up arrangements for this to happen. The way it will work will be slightly different depending on which course you are doing but all College staff are committed to ensuring you are successful in your course this year.
You will still be supported by a Primary Tutor during this period. This Tutor may not be your regular Primary Tutor but they will be a lecturer you already know. All Primary Tutors have been planning how this will happen and will ensure that you get all the support you need to progress on your course. They will be ringing you every day and will share tutorial schedules with you at the start of the week. (When they ring you, their number is likely to who as ‘withheld’.
English and Maths
If you are studying towards English and/or Maths GCSE or Functional Skills, you will have no doubt heard that many exams have been cancelled this year. Grades are still likely to be awarded though and so it is going to become even more important that you take part in the work that your English or Maths teachers are going to be giving to you as those grades might be given based on what progress you have made in class (and now at home). Your teachers will explain more.
Welfare and Safeguarding
Our Welfare and Safeguarding Staff are still around to support you and so if you have a problem or if you have been talking to one of the team up to now, you will be able to do so, just not in person. They will be available during normal College hours on the numbers below.
Accessing IT at home
Please contact your lecturer or Primary Tutor if you know that you will not be able to access IT from home.
You’ll get another email today or tomorrow from me with some FAQs and advice on working at home but in the meantime please email email@example.com if you have any specific questions.
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