Covid-19 Update for staff and learners

Covid-19 Update for staff and learners

Please refer to this page for the latest updates and our response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Last Updated: 15.06, 8 April 2020.  

 

A message from the Principal, Helen Hammond, 15:00, Wednesday 08 April 2020

Dear Learners,

I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well during this difficult period. I wanted to provide you all with an update as to the position with restarting our classes at WMC.

There is still considerable confusion around the length of time that we will all be in a lockdown position, but it is now becoming clearer that we will be unable to start our classes on April 20th . We are hoping to be able to restart at the end of May, but this is of course dependent upon Government decisions. In the meantime, your tutors have been working hard to plan online activities for next term so that you can continue to learn.

At WMC we offer a considerable range of courses and so I would like to clarify the following:
• All courses leading to a formal qualification will continue and be completed online so that you are able to complete and achieve the qualification. Please note that qualification courses are not eligible for course credit or refunds.
• Courses that are due to start next term and which we are able to run through online and distance learning will be listed on the website and open for enrolment from 20 April with a reduced course fee.
• Courses that cannot run as normal will continue to have an online presence and your tutors will contact you with details of the activities that they have planned. You can opt out if you do not wish to receive these, just let your tutor know.

We do recognise that many learners have already enrolled onto courses which will not now be running as planned and we would like to reassure you that you will be eligible for either a course credit or a refund.

The college will offer a course credit to learners where courses are not currently running. We will provide you with preferential enrolment onto the same course next academic year 2020/21 as well as an early bird discount and the course fees will be held at 2019/20 prices.

We do hope that most learners will accept this generous offer of a course credit rather than a refund, however we will provide refunds to learners where this is requested. Please note that there are currently some practical difficulties around processing refunds because not all the college systems are accessible at the moment. I will provide further detailed instructions when I write to you again at the end of next week.

The college is facing financial difficulties as a result of the lockdown but in recognition of the value that we have in our staff we have committed to paying everybody including all of our sessional staff for their contracted work during term 3. This means that we will be able to open our doors and offer courses as soon as the lockdown is lifted and we hope that you will continue to support us and return to WMC. With best wishes and hope to see you all again soon.

Helen Hammond

10:54, Monday 30th March 2020

In line with Government policy, the College is currently closed. In addition to supporting our learners through digital technology, we are developing a number of online courses for next term which will be posted on the website soon. We are not taking any new enrolments at this time so please watch the website for further information. Please note that any refund requests will be processed after 20 April.

A message from the Principal, Helen Hammond, 17:00, Tuesday 17 March 2020

“In line with government policy and in response to the rapidly changing situation regarding Covid-19, we will be suspending face to face teaching and closing the college with effect from Monday 23rd March, until we are advised we can re-open. The last classes will be taught on Friday 20 March. Please do not come to college after Friday.

We are committed to your learning. Tutors will deliver the last two weeks of your course through digital learning and will provide support through the use of technology.

In the meantime, please keep checking the website and our social media channels for updates.” 

 

Remote Learning: if your course is still running we hope you have managed the change to remote learning. Our tutors are all primed to continue teaching the remaining weeks of your course via the use of online learning, work assignments via email and direct communication with learners. 

Please remember to check your emails regularly for messages and lessons from your tutors. They will be sending lesson plans which will be supported by a variety of remote resources such as Google Classroom, iLearn and Screencast. These and many more are free to all WMC students via our dedicated hub: click here. Your tutors will advise which systems they will be using and will provide guidance on how to access them. If you have any problems or require any further assistance accessing these resources please contact Besim via email besimg@wmcollege.ac.uk or Teams Chat.

 

Stay connected: our social media channels are also a great way to stay connected. Follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to keep updated on the latest information and advice, as well as seeing all the hints and tips we are sharing on how to keep focused and active while you are at home. We are even setting some challenges so you can #trythisathome. You’ll find us at: 

 

   

 

Keep Safe and Well: please continue to follow the latest advice from the government about health, hygiene and social distancing.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance