Update 01/04/2020 - Update from Dr Julie Mills OBE, CEO & Group Principal
I wanted to take the time to reassure you about the steps Milton Keynes College is taking to ensure that no existing student, or potential future student will miss out because of the restrictions currently in place due to Covid-19.
Lessons for our existing students have carried on remotely where possible, as per student timetables. This is something that our teachers have had to be very creative with, particularly when we offer such hands-on subjects from bricklaying to barbering. However early feedback has been positive, attendance has been good and we will continue to evolve our digital teaching over the Easter period.
Students are expected to be regularly logging on to attend lessons and tutorials remotely. We have also redeployed some staff to act as Progress Mentors and they are calling students individually to make sure they are keeping up and getting the support they need.
We are actively working with awarding bodies to ensure that all of our students who deserve to complete their qualification this year are able to do so and we are encouraging students to stay engaged with their college work.
Decisions around progression on to the next level of courses from September will be taken with the current situation in mind and we will support students to study the next level of their course wherever there is an opportunity to do so.
For those students who were planning to sit their GCSEs this summer, again I can only imagine the frustration in not being able to complete these qualifications in the normal way. My clear message is that Milton Keynes College will continue to hold a place for you. We will take each student on their individual merits and I encourage you to work hard to develop skills as much as possible and to continue through our admissions process as normal.
We will be continuing with course interviews, remotely, in-line with government restrictions on social interactions, after the Easter break and we look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students in September.
The College is also playing its part in supporting the community. We are actively working with Milton Keynes Council to see how our kitchens might be able to be used to prepare food for those who need it whilst we continue to welcome students whose parents are key workers and vital to the effort to combat the virus.
If any members of your household have time on their hands over the coming weeks you might be interested in the College’s Distance Learning provision. We offer a number of short courses across a range of vocational areas.
Finally, please continue to stay safe, our social media channels are a great way of staying connected with us and get the latest information. They are available at:
@mkcollege on Twitter and facebook.com/mkcollege
Dr Julie Mills OBE
CEO & Group Principal
Update 18/03/20 - College campuses to close for most students
In line with the updated advice from the government today we can confirm that Milton Keynes College campus buildings will close to most students from Monday.
Friday will also be an inset day meaning that students need not attend classes.
We await further detail from government on what the advice to ‘look after children of key workers’ might mean for us and further information will be communicated as soon as we have it.
We will be working hard to maintain education services during this period. Our lecturers will be supported to share lessons via our Virtual Learning Environment- Moodle and lessons should continue remotely from Monday morning as timetabled.
Students will receive communication to set expectations from working and learning at home from Monday morning. Any exams/assessments planned before Easter will not be going ahead, with more information on future examination arrangements as we have it.
We will also continue to maintain our enquiry and admissions telephone lines and emails.
We would like to be clear to students who have applied to college or who are considering applying for courses starting in September and who are nervous of what cancelled exams might mean. We will have a place for you. Please apply via the website as normal and we will be in touch with you as we have more information.
We will work closely with our employer partners and apprentice employers to aim to limit disruption and provide as much support as possible.
As this is an evolving situation we would like to remind you of our official channels where we will share any updates as they occur.
-Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
-Follow basic hygiene rules – covering your mouth when coughing/sneezing
-Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early - in the UK call 111 - and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
The government is advocating social distancing measures, particularly for those aged 70+ or with underlying health conditions.
Additionally, those with the following symptoms:
- A temperature
- A persistent dry cough
Should now self-isolate for 14 days. The 14 day isolation is also in place if anyone in your household also has these symptoms.
A table with more detail on the latest social distancing advice is below:
* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
*** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
**** for example via telephone or internet
1 ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year
More detail on the pre-existing medical conditions covered by this advice can also be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults