Continuation of Teaching and Learning
As of Monday 23rd March 2020, we will be supporting all students to continue their learning on a remote basis. This is following government advice regarding social distancing and self-isolation which mean that it is currently not practical or safe to continue to operate in our normal way. Staff have been preparing for these circumstances and are working with students to support access to learning.
What to expect
- Students are expected to continue to engage with learning on a daily basis. This means completing work to set deadlines and participating in online teaching and learning activities as directed by Tutors. (These will take place during normal college opening hours).
- Students will be required to maintain regular contact with their Tutors in order for registers to be marked accordingly. During a period of college closure, normal register marks will apply and therefore in the event of sickness absence or medical appointments, students should notify their Tutor of their absence. Failure to communicate with Tutors could result in negative attendance marks.
- Students will be contacted on a weekly basis, either through their online learning platform or via telephone call.
- For Apprentices, work will continue via a combination of Google Classroom and OneFile supported by regular communication and feedback from work-based Tutor/Assessors.
How to access learning
Google Classroom – the majority of students will continue their learning via Google Classroom. All students will have been provided with the relevant access information. Students should follow the link below for guidance on accessing Google Classrooms;
North Notts College
Dearne Valley College
University Centre Rotherham
Moodle – for learners who are currently using Moodle as part of their course, this will continue to be the point of contact and support. Tutors will be providing further information directly via college emails. Access to Moodle can be found via college websites: https://moodle.rnngroup.ac.uk/login/index.php
OneFile – all Apprentices should continue to work as normal through OneFile.
Students without access to digital learning
Students who are unable to access computers/the internet from home will be supported via paper-based tasks which will be provided by Tutors. This work will be prepared to support learning for a minimum of 2-3 weeks in advance.
Students who require support
For students who require support with their learning, individualised learning packs are being provided (either via post or student collection in college). Packs will include tasks which students can complete with the support of parents/carers if required, to aid the continuation of learning. Families will are required to support the evidencing of independent learning and this can be completed by capturing photographs of learners completing tasks. This evidence is essential in supporting staff to monitor student progress and mark registers accurately. Tutors will be in weekly contact with families to provide support and monitor student well-being, this will include issuing direct contact information so that the evidence of learning stated above, can be shared easily.
Any students who currently have books/other hard-copy resources on loan will have the due dates for these items extended to whenever the College reopens.
Due to the unforeseen circumstances, students will not accrue fines during the closure period and we will also temporarily freeze our usual overdue reminders/communications.
We encourage students to visit our LibAnswers platform where various guides and key Library online resources off-campus are accessible. Students can also submit questions for staff to answer. Please visit: https://libanswers.rnngroup.ac.uk/
If you are a full time study programme learner, you will have been working on your Navigate profile to add your work related and enrichment activities so far this academic year.
During this period of remote learning, it is an ideal opportunity for you to be updating your work related and enrichment activities that you have completed as part of your course.
To do this, you will have diary journals to complete on Navigate. Your journals should demonstrate what you did, what skills you developed and what you feel you either know more about or can do more of, as a result.
To log in and complete your diary journals you will need to follow the instructions below;
- Go to the College website, scroll to the bottom of the page (if using a mobile – you need to click on site links)
Click on: My Progress tracker > log in using your college ID with your username in the form “rnngroup\123456789” or email@example.com or “rnn\123456789”
- Once you are logged in please select Custom Pages > then Navigate Learning from the drop down > select the My Placements option from the top banner > and then select the individual dates in turn.You will need to type up either the activities you completed whilst on placement or through enrichment, or, what new information or skills you learned as a result of the activity in the notes box.Please make sure to check your spelling and write in full sentences. In the hours worked box, you must put a whole number. These cannot be edited and so please ensure that everything is correct before you SAVE your journal entry.For placements or activities that you completed over multiple dates, you will need to enter the hours you have worked across the dates listed. If you missed any dates, you need to write a note saying “absent” select 0 hours and then click save.
Please complete the above updates as soon as you can as this will form part of the evidence for your course and your placement.
If you have any questions, please contact your Skills & Employability Tutor or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are struggling with your mental health during this period of lockdown we have members of the Wellbeing team available to support you. All learners can register and access Big White Wall for mental health support 24/7. Our counselling service has moved to telephone appointments, please speak with your Progress Tutor or use the safeguarding email address to arrange an assessment.
If you are concerned for your safety please contact us via our safeguarding email address, for confidential support – email@example.com Welfare or Safeguarding – out of hours support.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health and need support out of college hours;
- Big White Wall is staffed by professionals 24/7
- You can report at A&E
- If you are at risk of immediate harm call 999
You can contact your local crisis team – numbers can be found by searching on the internet