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Coronavirus Updates

09/06/2020

Since the government announced that the earliest date for any reopening of colleges would be 15th June, we have been giving a lot of thought to what would be best for our students and our college.  

For most of our students, remote and online working has proved to be very successful, and almost all students who were due to complete a course this year can now be assessed and receive a grade without the need to come back into college.  We will therefore be continuing with the current arrangements for the rest of this term. All results and grades will be determined by the awarding bodies, and we will send them out in August once they are confirmed. 

To read Andy Dobson’s full letter, please click HERE

 

THE IMPORTANT INFO

03/04/2020

We have now heard from the official body Ofqual about how your GCSE exam grades in English and maths will be determined, please see our FAQ’s below:-

What is happening about GCSE English & Maths results?

Kidderminster College have released a statement which you can find HERE and which sets out what Ofqual have proposed and how it’s going to be implemented.

Where can I find the Ofqual webpage?

Follow this LINK to the Ofqual website and this LINK to documents they refer to.

Can I contact my teacher about my grades?

It may be tempting to ask your teacher or tutor about your potential grades or about the work that they will be doing to determine them, however you should not do so. They will not be able to discuss this with you, and the grades will be confidential and subject to Ofqual processes and checks before the release date in the summer.

What will my grades be based on?

Your grades will be based on your classroom work and assessments completed since September and your progress reviews to date. They will also be guided by your English or maths tutor, who knows you best and knows how hard you’ve worked. Very specific guidance will be followed by the teachers in this respect to ensure consistency across the country.

Do I have to keep doing my English & maths now?

Yes, your English and maths tutors will continue to be in touch with you, and to set work, up to the point when grades are to be submitted and you should continue to work on your English and maths until this point.

What happens if I'm not happy with my grade when it's released?

Once the grades have been released in the summer anyone unhappy with their result will have the opportunity to appeal. More details about this will follow.

23/02/2020

– Following tonights announcement by the Prime Minister, the College will not open tomorrow until further notice.

Please continue to check back on this page for the latest updates, resources, contact details and FAQ’s.

#TeamKC

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We’ve hopefully covered everything you need to know below:-

Is Kidderminster College open?

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister, Kidderminster College will unfortunately remain closed until further notice

I've got an exam scheduled, what should I do?

Currently there are no examinations taking place at the college. We will continue to provide guidance regarding upcoming exams as we are given more information from the examination boards, so hang tight!

How do I stay in touch with my tutors?

Easy peasy, make sure you have access to your college emails and the VLE (kc-vle.kidderminster.ac.uk)

Help! I don’t know my login for VLE/college emails!

Please contact via your personal email kcitservices@kidderminster.ac.uk 

How do I study from home?

If you’re well enough, we’re asking you to continue studying from home.

Our teaching staff will be uploading information to the VLE (kc-vle.kidderminster.ac.uk)and tutors have been preparing ‘online teaching’ formats and lessons.

Your tutor will be in touch with more information.

Check out our Tips & Advice highlights on our insta for some tips on how to work from home.

What will happen to my bursary payments?

Bursary payments will continue under the normal terms. This will not include any travel allowances during college closures.

We’ll continue adding updates to this page, so please check back.

What about my ‘free school meal’?

We are working to provide a payment to cover the cost of your normal meal allowance via your bursary payment.

I need to talk to somebody about counselling

Our counselling services will still be available during any closure of the college. Please email kcstudentservices@kidderminster.ac.uk for more information.

#InThisTogether

I want to talk to somebody about careers, who can I contact?

Our Careers Team are still available, drop them an email at careers@kidderminster.ac.uk 

What will happen with work experience?

Unfortunately, student work experience placements will have to stop until further notice. The Work Experience Team are available if you have any questions, drop them a line via email: work.exp@kidderminster.ac.uk

What are the college doing to ensure our safety?

As a college, #TeamKC have been reminding staff, students and visitors the importance of washing their hands (Sing the Happy Birthday song remember!)

Over the past weeks the college Cleaning Team have been continuing on their deep-cleans of the college, including all classrooms and communal areas – with particular focuses on touch-points, including door handles and work surfaces.

Where can I find further updates from the college about coronavirus?

We encourage all parents to check the Kidderminster College website or our social media channels for further updates.

Students should ensure they have access to their student email account and ‘Office 365’ – so you can access your files remotely.

STAY INFORMED

We’ve answered of the most common FAQ’s about Coronavirus below

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.

What are the precautionary measures I should take?

The recommended steps people should take to protect themselves are the same as those to avoid flu and any other similar respiratory infections. You should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms.

Below are the World Health Organisation recommendations:

  • Frequently wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or warm water and soap
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough
  • Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

It depends on the virus, but common symptoms include

  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

You should seek medical attention if you develop a fever, difficulty breathing or a cough within 14 days of visiting impacted areas.

If you have recently been travelling or are concerned you may have symptoms, please use this link to guide you on next steps: NHS 111 coronavirus advice

Call NHS 111 for advice and do not visit your GP in-person without phoning them first and explaining the situation.

Where can I get support if I have concerns about my health?

If you develop symptoms in the UK, stay indoors and avoid contact with others where possible.

Click on this link: NHS 111 Coronavirus advice to check your symptoms and recent travel destinations against current advice. The site will guide you on next steps and their advice should be followed closely:

You can find your nearest GP by using the GP finder on the NHS website, or read information about healthcare in the UK, including how to register with a doctor.

How should I be washing my hands?

Yep.

The NHS have a guide available HERE

The government are recommending everybody washes their hands regularly, with warm water and anti-bacterial soap for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing ‘happy birthday’ twice)

I’m concerned about coronavirus, and it affecting my mental health, what should I do?

The BBC have produced a great webpage which gives some helpful advice and tips on how to protect your mental health during.  This can be viewed HERE

WE’RE STILL HERE!

Here is an extensive list of all the emails you may require during #TeamKC’s closure.

Our staff will be working from home throughout this period and will respond in due course:-

I've got a question about my application

For all application related questions, please contact our Admissions Team on: admissions@kidderminster.ac.uk 

Are #TeamKC still doing course interviews?

We are! When you apply on our website, you’ll get an email from our Admissions Team to organise a telephone interview. If you’ve got any questions, pop an email to admissions@kidderminster.ac.uk

I've got a question about Careers Advice

Ping an email to our Career’s mailbox and one of our Careers Team will get back to you as soon as possible: careers@kidderminster.ac.uk 

Can I still access counselling?

Of course you can! Give our Student Services team an email on kcstudentservices@kidderminster.ac.uk and they’ll be able to help

I need some information about my bursary

Not a problem, drop Student Services an email on kcstudentservices@kidderminster.ac.uk and they’ll get back to you asap.

Who do I contact about meal allowances?

You’ll need to contact our Student Services team on kcstudentservices@kidderminster.ac.uk

I've got a question about my Apprenticeship

Drop our Apprenticeship Team an email on bat@kidderminster.ac.uk 

I employ an Apprentice from #TeamKC and have a question

Please contact our Apprenticeship Team on bat@kidderminster.ac.uk 

I'm having trouble logging onto my email / VLE

Don’t panic! Email our IT guys from your personal email on kcitservices@kidderminster.ac.uk 

I've got a question about exams

Pop an email to exams@kidderminster.ac.uk

Who I contact about Work Experience?

Drop our Work Experience team an email at work.exp@kidderminster.ac.uk

I've got a question that isn't here!

No worries, contact our Student Services team on kcstudentservices@kidderminster.ac.uk and they’ll be able to help

Below are a list of resources where you can find regular updates regarding Coronavirus

Latest Department for Education information:

You can find the latest updates from the Department of Education here:-