UPDATE: 08/07/2020: Our aim is to welcome all students (returning and new) to the College in September.
We want all our learners to enjoy a full, high quality College experience.
We continue to follow guidance from Public Health England and Government directives and have put in place a number of protective measures to ensure our environment is as safe and secure as possible.
As a College, we’ve taken all reasonable steps to protect learners, staff and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) within our college education setting.
These include smaller group sizes, meeting over a staggered timetable, online delivery of some of your study programme, practical use of College spaces (one-way systems, spaced and socially-distanced use of key areas), hand-sanitising stations, temperature checks and extra support whilst in College to remind, maintain and raise any concerns regarding the protective measures in place.
We continue to monitor the situation and assess our arrangements both for the prevention and the response to any future possible infections.
We are also aware of the mental impact the coronavirus has had on our students, parents and other stakeholders this year and so we are putting in place extra staff who will support students with any concerns when they arrive in September.
We look forward to welcoming you to Chelmsford College in September.
UPDATE: 26/06/2020: Supporting students and parents during COVID-19 | From Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President - BTEC and Apprenticeships
We understand that this has been an unsettling time for you, with the news of school/college closures and the cancellation of this summer’s exams/external assessments. We wanted to write to you to reassure you about how your BTEC results will be calculated this year. Read More
UPDATE: 10/06/2020: Reopening the college latest news
The college has continually followed guidance from the Department for Education on the procedures we must adhere to during lockdown. Most recently the government have announced that from the 15th June students from specific year groups should receive some face to face support from schools and colleges as part of a phased reopening.
This announcement is quite clear that Year 12 students or those studying a Level 3 qualification in their first year are to be welcomed back to receive support from their teachers. This would also apply to our Advanced Apprentices who attend college.
The college has been carefully planning how we safely invite our students back into college in very small groups whilst adhering to strict health and safety regulations. As part of this planning we have put in place strict social distancing measures and signage throughout our campuses. Next week beginning 15th June both college campuses will undergo deep cleaning to ensure that we have done everything to minimise any risks associated with COVID-19 before we invite you back in.
Week commencing 22nd June we will start to invite our students back into the college. Students will be contacted individually by their course tutors and dates and times arranged for face to face support and guidance. When students arrive on campus, they will be asked to undergo a temperature check as part of our risk assessment processes.
Alongside our year 12 students we may also need to invite a small group of students in to complete practical assessment in order to finish their qualifications and be awarded a certificate. Awarding Organisation guidance dictates who we invite in to carry out these assessments. These students will also be notified individually by their course tutors of when and where these assessments will need to take place.
UPDATE: 05/06/2020: Higher education and other options. Information for Level 3 students at Chelmsford College
This week the Careers Advice Zone Team would like to share their guide to Higher Education and Alternative Options. The guide is aimed at those students who are already taking or considering taking a level 3 course.
The booklet talks about all the options available to students who have completed their level 3. This includes Higher Education, Degree and Higher Apprenticeships, Gap Year Opportunities and Employment. There are many useful websites listed throughout the booklet. For the next few weeks the Team will be posting more information about higher education, apprenticeships and job seeking.
UPDATE: 13/05/2020: Following recent Government guidelines regarding educational establishments starting to support specific year groups, we are now in the process of considering how we will reopen our college to our Level 3 first year students who are the equivalent of Year 12 students in a school setting. Students, Parents and Carers should keep checking the website as further updates will follow regarding this.
UPDATE: 04/05/2020: SUPPORT AVAILABLE DURING COLLEGE CLOSURE
We recognise that during the College closure, extra strain may be put on you and/or your family. Please see below for a number of places you can access different types of support, including wellbeing support if you feel you or your family need it.
UPDATE: 28/04/2020 : Consultation regarding assessment and awarding of Vocational and Technical Qualification
Following on from the last update where we detailed proposals that Ofqual laid out for awarding other general, vocational and technical qualifications in Summer 2020, they are now consulting further on what they outlined.
On Friday 24th April Ofqual published the consultation on the assessment and awarding of vocational and technical qualifications. I know that clarity on this issue is of great importance to all our students and parents alike, and this consultation will provide the clarity on how your results will be issued in these extraordinary times.
In the consultation Ofqual is seeking views from all stakeholders in education on several features of these new arrangements which will allow them to:
Ofqual are hopeful that, through these arrangements, the majority of students who planned to take exams and assessments this summer, for progression to either further or higher education, apprenticeships or employment, will receive a result calculated by awarding organisations or be able to take an adapted assessment.
The consultation will run for 2 weeks from 24 April 2020 to 8 May 2020 and the results of this will provide the framework of how the college will react to provide all our students with clarity of how your qualifications will be assessed and enable us to carry out these instructions to be able to give you the results you need for the next step in your careers.
We would like to reassure our students and parents that as we receive further information, we will update you as soon as possible.
To read further information regarding the proposals that Ofqual are suggesting and details regarding the consultation please click here.
UPDATE:17/04/2020: A message for all students due to take Vocational and Technical qualifications this college year.
Earlier this month the Secretary of State for Education announced exams and assessments would be cancelled this summer to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We have recently received further correspondence from the government which was issued to Ofqual which sets out how they expect vocational and technical qualifications to be assessed and awarded in the coming weeks and months.
The government have recognised students taking qualifications, alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A levels, to progress to further or higher education urgently need to know what arrangements will be put in place for them. They have worked closely with the Department for Education, awarding organisations and regulators to develop an approach and have confirmed that these qualifications will be awarded a calculated result.
Calculated results will draw on a range of evidence, depending on the structure of the qualification. They may be based in part on trainer or tutor judgements of the result each student would most likely have achieved had they been able to complete their assessments in summer 2020.
The awarding organisation offering the qualification will use college assessment grade, combined with other relevant information (such as marks for completed assessments in some modules or units), to determine the most appropriate calculated result.
Ofqual are working with awarding organisations to finalise a list of qualifications that are in scope for learners to receive a calculated result. It will include many BTEC Nationals, Cambridge Technicals, and UAL Diplomas and qualifications included under the umbrella term 'Core Maths’.
The aim is for students to receive results alongside outcomes for GCSEs, AS and A levels reassuring them that results will be issued fairly and in time for them to move on as planned.
The college has been advised that it will be provided with detailed information regarding the qualifications in the coming days and weeks and we would like to reassure you that we will advise our students as soon possible after this point.
UPDATE: 06/04/2020: A message for all GCSE, AS and A level students this summer
UPDATE:24/03/2020: In the interests of safety, we now have no option but to close our buildings | Moving to a full remote teaching model to support our learners and apprentices.
Following last night’s announcement by the Prime Minister which asks all people to stay at home except for shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, medical needs and travelling to and from essential work, the decision has been taken to move to a full remote teaching model to support our learners and apprentices.
In the interests of safety, we now have no option but to close our buildings. The Princes Road campus will be closed by 11am this morning; the Moulsham Street campus will be closed by 2pm this afternoon and Dovedale Nursery will close from 6.00pm this evening.
We want to thank all our staff, learners, apprentices, parents, carers and employers for all your support over the last few weeks.
Our online learning model is now up and running successfully across the whole College so that learners and apprentices can be supported remotely. Learners in receipt of free school meals have been sent meal vouchers which will cover them for the next two weeks.
Further clarification on the situation with exams and controlled assessments has been issued. It is an emerging picture and not all questions have clear answers at this stage. The latest information about GCSEs and A' Levels can be found HERE. The latest information about vocational and technical courses can be found HERE.
Finally may we take this opportunity to wish you and your families well over the coming weeks. We are fully aware that for many, this is an anxious time and the last thing on your mind could be work or learning. Please remember we are here for you. Work colleagues and fellow students can be a source of support as well - stay in touch and look after each other as you would when you come into College every day.
UPDATE:19/03/2020: Supporting vulnerable students and those whose parents are key workers | Online resources to support the guided home learning model.
In light of Government announcements yesterday, we’re working through the implications and will endeavour to support both our vulnerable students and those whose parents are key workers.
For the foreseeable future, both campuses will remain open with reduced staffing, and we will endeavour to maintain some level of food provision. We intend to keep our student facing areas open, albeit on a reduced model.
We are working with the Government, Awarding Bodies and other national organisations to review the implication for students and apprentices currently studying for their qualifications and exams.
We continue to develop our online learning model to support our students and apprentices.
College staff will spend the rest of the week developing online resources to support the guided home learning model.
We ask all students and apprentices to continue studying remotely towards their qualifications, and will provide further information as soon as it is available.
Please remember to check your student emails to receive information from your Tutors with further instructions regarding how to access resources and continue your learning. To ensure we can continue to support part and full-time students and apprentices remotely, we have implemented Microsoft Teams for all classes. This means we can have clear communication with staff, students and apprentices and we can maintain continued learning and support.
All staff, students and apprentices will already have a Microsoft account to access teams as part of their College student/staff account. To gain further information students are required to login to their student email account. Full information on this can be found from the link below, or by clicking the “remote” tab at the top right of the College website.
UPDATE:18/03/2020: From Monday 23 March 2020 the College will move to an online learning model for the foreseeable future.
In light of the Government’s advice to limit social contact we are taking practical steps to keep our students and staff safe.
The remainder of this week will allow us to enable our move to online learning and learners and apprentices will be able to come into College on Thursday 19 March to talk with staff, collect their belongings and ensure they have everything they need.
On Friday 20 March the College will be closed to learners and apprentices, so that staff can put plans into action.
From Monday 23 March all face-to-face education and training delivery will be suspended and the College, as a whole will begin delivering teaching and learning via an online learning system instead. Workbased Tutors will also suspend employer and apprenticeship visits and remain in contact via other communication channels.
We want to be clear that this is not a College closure, there are clear expectations for learners and apprentices to continue to engage with their learning via the online systems and alternate communication channels which have been put in place.
We will continue to use an online learning delivery model for the foreseeable future and will update all learners, staff, parents, carers and other stakeholders through information posted on our College website.
If you are a learner or apprentice, and are scheduled to sit an exam during the period before Easter your Tutor will advise you of the latest updates.
We appreciate this is a very challenging time for our community and want to assure you that we remain fully committed to supporting you.
What this means for students:
Thursday - ask any questions, collect your belongings
Friday – self-directed study day (at home)
Monday 23 March - connect online to continue your studies and remain in contact with staff
Stay up-to-date by checking information on this page and via your student email address.
We are continuing to follow advice from Public Health England in respect of Coronavirus.
We have not been put on alert to close and at present we have no plans to close.
We are working closely with the Local Authority and if we are advised differently by Public Health England and the Department for Education to close, we will inform parents and carers immediately.
Unfortunately due to coronavirus the Princes Road Restaurant and the Princes Hair and Beauty Salons are closed until further notice.
The College would like to reassure students, parents/carers, staff and other stakeholders that we are staying up-to-date with the latest information issued by Public Health England.
Your health and safety is important to us. For that reason we recommend you follow current advice in the UK and to take precautionary measures to protect yourself such as:
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.
If you have coronavirus symptoms:
do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
Please check with The Foreign Office for the latest advice on travelling abroad.
If you have any concerns about the coronavirus please see the latest information from the National Health Service at nhs.uk