Coventry City of Culture 2021

Resources and guidance

Resources for learners and parents/carers

Get in touch with us:

General enquiries:
hello@coventrycollege.ac.uk

Safeguarding Team:
safeguarding@coventrycollege.ac.uk

Resources for current learners


For new learners we’ve got a range of publications and FAQs on our New Learners page.

Wherever you’re working from, please continue to work towards your future goals.  You will have learning to do online from your course tutors, and this is important as it will be used to determine your successful completion of qualifications.

We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you study at home, think about your future, keep your mind active and look after your wellbeing.

Please note, Safeguarding resources can be found near the bottom of this page.

The College wants to do everything it can to support you following the issue of grades. You may be aware that results have been awarded based on ‘Centre Assessed Grades’ (CAG). We can assure all our learners that the College was able to assess grades with a high degree of accuracy, supported by appropriate evidence about performance, and the grades were submitted to the awarding organisations following a rigorous internal quality assurance process. The awarding of grades is not the sole responsibility of any one person at the College.

The Ofqual and awarding organisation website can provide further information about how Centre Assessed Grades were produced and you can contact the relevant organisation for further information:

If you would like to resit your GCSE(s) please contact your individual Curriculum Manager and we will support you through this process.

In response to recent government changes in guidance around social distancing, the College has taken the decision to ensure that all our learners wear a face mask or visor whilst on college campuses, outside classrooms or workshops. That includes all social and communal areas. Our key priority is the health and safety of all our staff and learners. Please ensure that you bring a face mask or visor to college – we will have a supply of masks at reception areas, if you forget.

COVID-19 – Schools – Social distancing & Self-isolation (PDF)  (11 September 2020)

COVID-19 Symptoms & Cases – Actions for Schools (PDF)  (11 September 2020)

Guidance on Summer 2020 grades from the Department for Education  (6 April 2020)
Read the guidance by clicking the link above – the College will be in touch directly with learners to set out the process for awarding grades/qualifications shortly.

Moodle
Coventry College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the place to find content and resources for the course you are enrolled on at the College.

eBooks Platform
Access our eBooks platform via Moodle: navigate to the “Digital Learning Resources” page where you will find access to around 500 eBooks.

Free skills and careers booklet from Youth Employment UK
A booklet containing tips and activities to boost your skills, knowledge and confidence whatever stage of education, employment or training you are at. It may be particularly useful to learners who are soon moving on to their next step.

Thrive at Home free course
A course from Future Learn and Coventry University to help you find practical ways of coping whilst at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ten top study tips for online learners
Tips to help you get the most out of learning and studying remotely.

BrainPOP
FREE learning across a range of topics and subjects.

BBC Bitesize
Resources to help you learn and revise, as well as offer support in other areas of life.

The Skills Toolkit
A new online learning platform from the Department for Education – access free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up your skills and boost your job prospects. All courses are online and flexible, so you can work through them at your own pace.

Barnados helpline for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities

Barnados are encouraging Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children, young people and families affected by Covid-19 to speak to them: about worries, problems and stresses during this time. Between Monday and Friday, 1pm and 8pm, they will provide emotional support, advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help.

HOPELINEUK Helpline
The HOPELINK helpline is available to anyone under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, and anyone who may be concerned about them. Papyrus’ trained suicide prevention advisers are trained to help young people focus on staying safe from suicide. Their training enables them to provide advice and support to help forward and stay alive.

Handwashing advice
The latest guidance on hand washing – the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves from Coronavirus.

Coronavirus and your wellbeing  |  Coronavirus and your wellbeing – for young people
Advice from the mental health charity Mind to help you through this time.

Young Minds
Advice from the UK’s leading charity for young people’s mental health.

Every Mind Matters
Expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Samaritans
A charity that provides confidential emotional support to people who are facing feelings of separation or despair or even suicide.
Contact them on freephone number 116 123 or via email at jo@samaritans.org

Supporting People with Learning Difficulties
An easy read guide from Public Health England to help people with learning difficulties understand what is happening during the COVID19 outbreak.

Children & Young Person Advice Helpline
A 24 hour, 7 day a week helpline:
Between 8am-8pm call 024 7664 1799  |  Between 8pm-8am call 024 7693 8000

Child Bereavement UK
Materials, resources and a helpline for supporting young people up to the age of 25.

Cruse Bereavement Care
Resources and support suitable for young people as well as adults.

1-2-1 Counsellor Chat
A link to a 1-2-1 Counsellor Chat on the Childline website.

Gaming safely online
A guide to gaming safely from Childline.

 

Click here for more health and wellness resources.

Resources for parents and carers


In response to recent government changes in guidance around social distancing, the college has taken the decision to ensure that all our learners wear a face mask or visor whilst on college campuses, outside classrooms or workshops. That includes all social and communal areas. Our key priority is the health and safety of all our staff and learners. Please ensure that all learners bring a face mask or visor to college – we will have a supply of masks at reception areas, if any learners forget.


In light of a changing national picture and the national lockdown, we want to thank you for your continued support and provide further reassurance on the current position following the recent government announcements.

It is recognised locally and nationally how important it is that, despite national restrictions, our young people can maintain as normal a way of life as possible. We are fortunate to have a wonderful college, with excellent and dedicated
teachers and staff and we believe that all young people should be in lessons, not only to learn, but also for their own mental and physical wellbeing.

We are pleased to be helping young people to continue with their education. The College recognises there have been, and will continue to be, situations across Coventry where young people are required to self-isolate because of contact with a confirmed case in an education setting. This is obviously a necessary precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep education settings open to as many children and young people as possible.

Where young people do need to self-isolate, the College will support them to continue with their education using remote and independent learning and will continue to take every measure to make sure our college is as safe as possible. The College continues to review risks in the environment and adapt risk assessments.

Moving into a national lockdown position, there are obviously tighter restrictions for people to adhere to and as a parent or carer there are a number of things that you can continue to do to help make our education settings safe. These are:

  • Not sending your young person to college if they are showing coronavirus symptoms or someone within the household is showing symptoms
  • Keeping your young person at home where they have been identified as having contact with a confirmed case either in college or elsewhere
  • Arranging a test if you or your young person develops symptoms – no matter how mild – and informing the College of the result. Although there were previous problems with testing capacity these have now been resolved
  • Ensuring that the whole household isolate where a household member is awaiting a result, and continued isolation if test result is positive
  • Reinforcing with your young person how to wash hands, make space and minimise contact
  • Adhering to the current rules and guidance which will help reduce transmission
  • Supporting the college by understanding and reinforcing with your young person where they are required to wear face masks both in college and on public transport

The College wants to do everything it can to support learners following the issue of grades. Results have been awarded based on ‘Centre Assessed Grades’ (CAG). We can assure all our learners that the College was able to assess grades with a high degree of accuracy, supported by appropriate evidence about performance, and the grades were submitted to the awarding organisations following a rigorous internal quality assurance process. The awarding of grades is not the sole responsibility of any one person at the College.

The Ofqual and awarding organisation website can provide further information about how Centre Assessed Grades were produced and you can contact the relevant organisation for further information:

Ofqual
AQA
Pearson

If learners would like to resit their GCSE(s) they will need to contact their individual Curriculum Manager and we will support them through this process.

COVID-19 – Information for parents and carers (PDF) (17 September 2020)

COVID-19 – Schools – Social distancing & Self-isolation (PDF) (11 September 2020)

COVID-19 Symptoms & Cases – Actions for Schools (PDF)  (11 September 2020)

Transport for West Midlands have created a web page to help pupils in Coventry plan their journey to school.

Please read and familiarise yourself with this information.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This guidance contains updated information about the use of face coverings.

College to provide Free School Meals payments to eligible learners. 

During the summer period a lump sum will be made to existing learners.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This guidance applies to the Summer 2020 term.

Guidance on Summer 2020 grades from the Department for Education  (6 April 2020)
Read the guidance by clicking the link above – the College will be in touch directly with learners to set out the process for awarding grades/qualifications shortly

Update to parents and carers – continued support for learners (30 March 2020)
An update from our Principal & Deputy CEO and CEO, about the continued support offered to learners during these unprecedented times

Letter to parents and carers – Coronavirus
A letter from our Principal & Deputy CEO and CEO, updating parents and carers on the actions being taken by the College in response to Coronavirus and the closure period.

Me Power Academy
FREE resources for parents to help their children and teenagers succeed and thrive.

Educate Magazine
Educate, the magazine for schools, parents and pupils, have published several blogs posts to support parents during school closures.

Covid-19 Help and Guidance

Download the latest guidance from the City council as we go into a second lockdown. 

Handwashing advice
The latest guidance on hand washing – the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves from Coronavirus.

Young Minds
Tips from the charity Young Minds about how to talk to your child about Coronavirus.

Staying mentally healthy while working in self-isolation
Guide from Unmind to nurturing your wellbeing whilst staying at home – may also be useful to learners studying from home. 

Every Mind Matters
Expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Supporting People with Learning Difficulties
An easy read guide from Public Health England to help people with learning difficulties understand what is happening during the COVID19 outbreak.

Keeping yourself safe
Government guidance for everyone on how to keep yourself safe during the COVID19 outbreak.

Mutual AID UK
A central place for people to find help from their local community groups – search by postcode or town to find local groups that have been set up to support vulnerable groups or people who are having to self-isolate.

Samaritans
A charity that provides confidential emotional support to people who are facing feelings of separation or despair or even suicide.
Contact them on freephone number 116 123 or via email at jo@samaritans.org

Child Bereavement UK
Materials, resources and a helpline for supporting young people up to the age of 25.

Cruse Bereavement Care
Resources and support suitable for young people as well as adults.

Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online
Advice from the Government about keeping children safe online – full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings.

Gaming: What parents need to know
A guide to gaming for parents and carers from Thinkuknow.

Net-Aware
Your guide to social networks, apps and games from the NSPCC and O2.

Safeguarding from harmful influences online
Information from PREVENT around digital safety during Covid-19.

Family Fund
A family fund launched by the government to support you in looking after your child.

Click here for more health and wellness resources.

Safeguarding resources


Coventry College is committed to ensuring that everyone is safe and secure, both whilst physically at college, and in all other aspects of everyday life. We want to support all our learners in taking personal responsibility, making positive choices and understanding the dangers of knife crime, and the legal ramifications of becoming involved in illegal activity. The College works closely with external partners to collaborate, including local and regional police officers. As part of our commitment to safety, we will be involved in National Knife Awareness week commencing 9 November. There will be a greater police presence on both campuses during the week and officers should be available to talk, if there are any concerns about safety. In addition, on 11 November, a knife arch will be allocated at each campus entrance, to support police officers in protecting our communities.


Community support and Operation Shield Support Service
Information from Coventry City Council about support services available.

Coventry Information Directory
Directory of advice and support agencies across Coventry.

Mutual AID UK
A central place for people to find help from their local community groups – search by postcode or town to find local groups that have been set up to support vulnerable groups or people who are having to self-isolate.

Supporting People with Learning Difficulties
An easy read guide from Public Health England to help people with learning difficulties understand what is happening during the COVID19 outbreak.

Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online
Advice from the Government about keeping children safe online – full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings.

Children & Young Person Advice Helpline
A 24 hour, 7 day a week helpline:
Between 8am-8pm call 024 7664 1799  |  Between 8pm-8am call 024 7693 8000

Safetotalk helpline: 0800 111 4998
Coventry City Council’s domestic abuse website

Coventry Haven:  02476 444 077  |  info@coventryhaven.co.uk  |  Live chat
Offering safety and empowerment for women and children who are subjected to domestic violence and abuse

Coventry Housing Options: 02476 834 025
Coventry City Council’s homefinder

Adult Social Care: 024 7683 3003
Coventry City Council’s adult social care service

Children’s Social Care: 024 7678 8555 (Out of hours: 024 7683 2222)
Coventry’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

Report domestic abuse via the West Midlands Police website
It’s easy to use and could be safer than calling

Concerns about children and domestic abuse
Information from West Midlands Police

NSPCC
Adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000  |  Help for children and young people: 0800 1111

Full list of regional charities who can help
Information from West Midlands Police

If someone is in immediate danger and their life is threatened, they should dial 999 and we will get officers to them as soon as possible.
If they cannot talk they can make a silent 999 call by typing 55 after the call is answered.

This page is regularly being updated, please check back for the latest guidance.

This page was last updated November 11, 2020 12:03 pm