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Hills Road Sixth Form College will be moving all learning online from Monday, March 23.

Hills Road Sixth Form College to move to online learning
Hills Road Sixth Form College to move to online learning

The college said given the unprecedented coronavirus situation “keeping our college and wider community safe while continuing to deliver the learning that our students need is by far the most responsible and necessary response”.

It added that it was “fortunate to have significant technical capabilities and is able to deliver lessons remotely”.

A statement released by the college said: “Students and staff have been exceptional at following the guidance for protecting themselves and others from the Coronavirus and we can’t thank them enough for their diligence and efforts.

“However, as a college, we have reviewed what steps we can take to ensure that we keep our college and wider community as safe as possible, while at the same time supporting our students and their learning, and we have decided that the college should move to online learning from Monday 23 March.

“Maintaining a quality experience for every student is paramount for the college, and with a number of students already unable to attend lessons, we have taken the view that supporting all of our students through online learning is safer and fairer for everyone concerned.

“The college is fortunate to have significant technical capabilities and is able to deliver lessons remotely. Given the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in, keeping our college and wider community safe while continuing to deliver the learning that our students need is by far the most responsible and necessary response.

“Our IT team is working with students and colleagues alike to ensure that everyone is able to utilise the many resources we have available for them. We have contacted students about their technical needs and we are providing the necessary hardware and support to ensure every student can access our online learning resources from home.

“Teaching staff have also been preparing students for the move to online learning and lesson delivery from Monday.

“All of our vital pastoral and support teams will be available for students to access remotely. Tutors will continue to keep in touch with their students and wellbeing coordinators and our in-house counsellors will continue with their student appointments online. Financial provision has also been made for students that currently receive free school meals.

“Our students’ learning matters, but what matters most is their welfare. Although this a difficult decision for the college to make, we believe it is the right decision.”

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