Brighter Futures Merseyside Limited: Covid Update / Remote Learning statement

5 January 2021

Further to the latest Government announcement about the national lockdown in England, and that education settings should close, all Brighter Futures delivery sites are now closed to the vast majority of students, and students will now be working remotely. Sites will remain open for vulnerable students. We are committed to continuing to deliver a comprehensive, challenging and ambitious curriculum to all students remotely and plans have been put in place to ensure there is no negative impact on delivery during this lockdown period.

Remote Learning

As the sites are now closed (to the vast majority of students), taught sessions will be delivered remotely via zoom sessions. Zoom is a video conferencing app that will allow you to communicate with your tutors face to face. You can join the zoom meeting via the Zoom app (on your computer or mobile device) – you will just need the meeting ID and passcode which your tutor will send to you.

Please Note:

  • The timetable will continue as normal in most subject areas and a register will be taken at the beginning of each lesson. If any changes are made to timetables, tutors will communicate this to students.
  • Sessions will be delivered over zoom and independent work will be set with clear deadlines.
  • A variety of delivery methods will be used, including presentations, quizzes, assignment and assessment tasks, active learn tasks etc.
  • Tutors will be available to support students throughout the duration of sessions.
  • Students are to upload any work to the Evolve system and tutors will provide feedback and support.
  • We are able to provide printed resources, such as workbooks for any students that request this.
  • Some sessions may be recorded to support distance learning and to ensure continuous improvement of The Sysco Group’s online offering. Recordings will be securely stored and only accessible to relevant stakeholders/individuals that will require a password to access. The Zoom recordings will be stored for the duration of the learners’ qualification and deleted within 2 years (maximum or less dependent on the individual programme duration). We will gain permission from learners at the beginning of any recorded sessions.
  • Online safety will also be covered with all students on a regular basis.

Any practical requirements which can only be fulfilled onsite will be carried out once learners return to site.

If any students don’t have access to technology (computer, Wi-Fi, etc) please let your tutor know as soon as possible.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) students

SEND students will still receive support in lessons, if this is their normal method of working. All one to one support sessions will continue online via Zoom in accordance with regular schedules.

January 2021 exams

We recognise that students have worked hard to prepare for scheduled exams in January and that many students want them to go ahead as planned. The Government have indicated that these exams can go ahead, and therefore we will support any student who wish to sit their exams in January. Please be assured that all exams will take place in a safe environment. However, we also recognise that some students may not be able to travel to Brighter Futures to sit an exam and therefore students may choose to defer this assessment. At the present time we are waiting for further guidance from the Department for Education regarding the assessment process for students who do not sit their January exams and for those who are due to sit vocational exams in May/June. We will provide further information as soon as this is available.

Please contact your tutor if you have any queries.

All students who do wish to sit their exams in January are strongly encouraged to undertake a lateral flow test a maximum of 24 hours before their exam, and obtain a negative result before attending. If the result is positive you must not attend and should inform your tutor of your result. If you are positive, you should also arrange to obtain a confirmatory PCR test and follow the national guidance (which will require you to self-isolate for 10 days) if your PCR result is positive.

You must not attend to sit your exam if you have Coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive in the 10 days prior to your exam. The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature – this means feeling hot to touch on the chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

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