To our staff, learners, and employers,
The ongoing situation regarding the COVID-19/ Coronavirus outbreak is changing on a daily basis, and we are taking action in line with guidance from the Government and the NHS.
As you may be aware from the Government briefings, we have all been advised to follow social distancing techniques to try to contain the spread of the virus. This is to protect ourselves from Coronavirus, and others more vulnerable as we may be carriers. Part of social distancing is working from home wherever possible, which directly affects our organisation. Alongside Schools, early years settings, colleges and Sixth Forms closing from Friday 20th March until further notice there is a greater impact on everyone.
With this in mind, we are asking all teaching staff to conduct remote visits only, working from home as mandatory. We recognise that many learners will want to continue with their qualifications, and we will ensure they have the support and guidance to continue their courses whether at work or at home.
Although the office will have a skeleton staff, this may be interrupted as the situation changes, therefore a call divert system has been set up to ensure all phone calls will be answered – if you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to call us on 01329 848714.
Please note, all exam days at the Showcase Office are postponed until further notice – this is for the safety of all individuals. NCFE have recently announced Centre Assessed Grading for Functional Skills and this is something your tutor will be contacting you about imminently.
As yet, we are unsure on timescales involved but feel this is the best course of action to take to protect our staff, our learners, settings, and all others we are in contact with on a daily basis. We will continue to update everyone as and when we receive further guidance and support.
If you know of anyone experiencing symptoms and/or in self-isolation, please report this to us immediately; the 7-14-day incubation period means anyone that’s been in contact with the individual recently may be at risk, so we ask for you to keep us informed of any developments.
Should you have any questions or concerns at all please do not hesitate to contact us.
With best wishes,