Coronavirus Update

Craven College is closed for face to face teaching. We will continue with remote delivery until further notice.

Be aware of scam emails
The DfE have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following:
‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.

Friday 3 April 2020

Update for students/parents/carers regarding GCSE and A level exams and vocational qualifications

I know it has been a worrying time for you all with regards to your qualifications and wanted to thank you for your patience during this period and to thank you for continuing to engage with learning through remote delivery.

The government has today (the 03 April) published an update regarding GCSE and A level qualifications. This latest information can be accessed here and a letter to students published by Ofqual (the body that regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England) can be seen here.  We are still waiting for information with regards to other vocational and technical qualifications and will provide an update as soon as we receive this.

In summary, as a College we have been asked to:

Please be reassured that your centre assessment grade will be a fair and accurate reflection of your ability and progress on your course and your teachers will take into account a full range of available evidence such as classwork, assignments, homework, mock exams.  Furthermore, as a College, we will carry out an impartial check on these grades to ensure fairness before they are submitted to the awarding bodies.  You will not be disadvantaged if you were not set or you were unable to complete any work handed out after the College closed.  

The grades put forward by the College will then be standardised by the awarding body to make sure that they are as fair as possible.  It is really important to note that we have been told that we cannot share the centre assessment grades with students, parents or carers under any circumstances. 

You can, of course, continue to contact your teachers with regards to your work and the online/remote learning which you have been set.  You need to ensure that you are ready for your next steps and you may struggle if you do not have the underpinning knowledge that your GCSE, A level or vocational subject provides you.

Ofqual have indicated that students will have an opportunity to sit exams early in the next academic year should they wish to do so and we are waiting for information on this.

I would like to thank you again for your commitment to the College and will be in touch again as soon as I have more information.  If you have any questions and queries please do not hesitate to contact us on the main college number 01756 791 411 or via email at enquiries@craven-college.ac.uk

Kind regards

Anita Lall
Vice Principal (Curriculum and Quality)


23 March 2020

Important information – parents and guardians

In line with the latest Government update, the College campuses are closed to students until further notice.  The College has implemented the contingency plan that it has developed for just this eventuality so please be assured that we will continue to support students and apprentices with remote teaching and learning throughout this unprecedented period.  

Remote learning will involve a variety of methods such as Moodle, Microsoft Teams and distance learning work packs.  Teachers have already been working tirelessly to fully update all online materials and /or printed work packs and communicating with their students so that are aware of what to do.  Plans are in place so that students can continue to communicate with their teachers with any individual queries either online (email, Moodle, MS teams) or via the main College phone number – 01756 791 411 during this time.  

Students can download Office 365 free at the following link using their College email address. This will allow them to access a wide range of Microsoft apps such as MS Teams https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/education/students

Moodle and other College systems for students can be accessed through this link – https://intranet.craven-college.ac.uk/

We will continue to ensure that students have the necessary details required to support their remote learning.

Students of key workers and vulnerable students can continue to attend the College, where they can access IT to continue remote learning and receive the necessary student support. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on the main college number 01756 791 411 or via email at enquiries@craven-college.ac.uk


Student Information

As you will be aware, in line with Government guidance the College is closed until further notice.  Please be assured that we have plans in place to ensure that there is as little disruption to your learning as is possible under the circumstances.

Your teachers will already have talked to you about how they will continue to support you through remote learning.  This may be through email, Moodle, Microsoft Teams or through distance learning work packs.  

The links to Moodle and other College IT systems are through the Web Portal at https://intranet.craven-college.ac.uk/

Information on how to access these are provided on the website.

You can also download Office 365 free at the following link using your college email address (this is in the format st999999@craven-college.ac.ukst’ where 99999 is your student ID ).  This will allow you to access a wide range of Microsoft apps such as MS Teams. https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/education/students

Let your teachers know if you do not have access to the internet or IT equipment at home.

Don’t forget that the College would normally close for the Easter holidays from Monday 06 April to Friday 17 April so your tutors may not be online during this time.

To make sure you are ready for the closure of the College, your teachers will:

To make sure you are ready for remote learning, you may need to:

This will be a new way of learning for most students so there will be challenges. However, please keep checking your email and logging into Moodle or Teams to access your lesson instructions and resources. Make sure you submit work for assessment as required by your teachers and most importantly ask for help if you are struggling with your work.

Information for all students on accessing College IT systems

If you are logging into the Craven College system for the first time at https://intranet.craven-college.ac.uk/

Student login to their Moodle account:

Your email address is in this format st999999@craven-college.ac.uk

Information about Student Services Support

We will continue to provide support and advice to students who are learning from home via phone and email. If you wish to speak to anyone from the Student Services team with regards to support with careers and next steps, wellbeing and mental health, work experience and placements or specialist support,  please ring the main College number on 01756 791 411 or email enquiries@craven-college.ac.uk

You may also contact the Student Services Manager on 07921 214 115 or via email on cjackson@craven-college.ac.uk

Information about Bursary Payments

The College will continue to provide bursary payments to those currently in receipt of such payments. The College has contingency plans in place to do this if staff are working remotely from home so that students are not disadvantaged.  Those receiving free school meals support guaranteed bursary and/or support with childcare will continue to receive with payment being made into students’ bank accounts or directly to the childcare provider as required.

Be aware of scam emails
The DfE have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following:
‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.

Safeguarding Information

From Monday 23 March, the Safeguarding Team will be available via both phone and email.  However, they will not be conducting face to face appointments with students, except in urgent circumstances. 

You can contact us via email on staysafe@craven-college.ac.uk or ring any one of the numbers below:

Please see be aware that the Safeguarding Team may be unavailable over the Easter bank holiday period. Please see below for a link to details of organisation and agencies who can provide confidential support and advice if you are facing difficult challenges over this period of closure. This further includes a list of self-help apps.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health

Undergraduate Students

As you will be aware, in line with Government guidance the College is closed until further notice. During this time tutors will continue to work from home and will provide lecture material, learning resources and support via Microsoft Teams, Moodle, email etc. Please note, your password will not expire. Your course and module tutors will give you the exact arrangements for their course.

Assessments deadlines will remain the same and in most cases should be uploaded in the normal way. Presentations may be recorded or marked from full speaker notes and slides, again your tutor will let you know the arrangements for your course. If you require an extension/mitigation this can be applied for in the normal way as outlined in the course handbook.  The forms can be found following this link https://www.craven-college.ac.uk/qualifications/degrees-higher-levels/student-information/

Exams and practically based assessments may have to be postponed depending on when the College reopens, your tutor will keep you informed of this.

It is vital that you check your College email and the Microsoft Teams app for your area on a regular basis, and if you have any problems please contact your tutor, Gilliam Thom or Diane Ward on HE@craven-college.ac.uk. As stated above your tutors are available to support you over the next two weeks and after the Easter holidays if College remains closed. We wish you success with your remaining studies and please assured that we here to support you through these unprecedented times.

Please continue to follow the Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice on the Public Health England website.


19 March 2020 

In light of the Education Secretary’s announcement yesterday, Craven College will close for formal class teaching with effect from 4pm on Friday 20 March at all of our sites. We will, however, continue to support teaching and learning remotely. For our Study Programme and Higher Education students, this means delivery via Moodle, Microsoft Teams and distance learning work packs. For our part-time students and customers where this is not possible, courses will be postponed and rescheduled once we are given the all-clear to resume. Only students who we consider to be very vulnerable will continue to attend the College, where they can access IT to continue remote learning and receive the necessary student support.

We will urge students, apprentices and our clients to monitor our website and social media platforms for information about the resumption of classes. We will follow HM Government and Public Health England advice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Please follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see the exciting things that staff and students are doing during these unprecedented times.

What is happening about College Trips and Visits?

All planned trips and visits have been cancelled until further notice. Further updates will be available in due course. 

What is happening about Work Experience Placements?

Students should not attend their work experience or Industry Placement while the College is closed. We have been in touch with employers but if you are still going at the moment, please contact them to say that you will not be attending in the short term.

I have an exam coming up are they still on?

Exams and practically based assessments may have to be postponed depending on when the College reopens, your tutor will keep you informed of this.

The College is continuing to work with awarding bodies to ensure that students can progress to their next stage of education. Here is the latest information from the Government:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

How do I access support?

We will continue to provide support and advice to students who are learning from home via phone and email.  Key contact numbers are providing below:

Catherine Jackson, Student Services Manager – 07921 214 115, cjackson@craven-college.ac.uk

Bo Bloomfield, Counselling Coordinator – 07984 599 789, bloomfield@craven-college.ac.uk

Kate Molloy, Careers Leader – 07713 324 150, kmolloy@craven-college.ac.uk

Amanda McGrath, SEND Team Leader – amcgrath@craven-college.ac.uk

Julie Atkins, Lead Mentor – 07841 986 008, jatkins@craven-college.ac.uk

Information about Bursary Payments

The College will continue to provide bursary payments to those currently in receipt of such payments.  The College has contingency plans in place to do this if staff are working remotely from home so that students are not disadvantaged.  Those receiving free school meals support, guaranteed bursary and/or support with childcare will continue to receive with payment being made into students’ bank accounts or directly to the childcare provider as required.

Safeguarding information

From Monday 23 March – 3 April, the Safeguarding Team will be available via both phone and email.  However, they will not be conducting face to face appointments with students.  The contact details are below:

Catherine Jackson – cjackson@craven-college.ac.uk – 07921 214 115

Amanda Beck – abeck@craven-college.ac.uk – 07769 165 523

Mandy Taylor – mtaylor@craven-college.ac.uk – 07921 743 706

Julie Atkins – jatkins@craven-college.ac.uk – 07841 986 008

The Safeguarding Team may be unavailable over the Easter break (6 April to 17 April).  Please see below for details of organisation and agencies who can provide confidential support and advice if you facing difficult challenges over this period of closure. This further includes a list of self-help apps:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health

Can I still apply for courses starting in September?

YES! We are still open for applications from future students  – please apply online via https://www.craven-college.ac.uk/apply/

I have already applied for a course starting September and my exams have been cancelled, what happens now?

If you have already applied to the College and are waiting to hear from us – we will continue to make online offers we will be in touch very soon, keep checking your email for application information.

Due to the unusual circumstances and the fact that GCSE and A level exams have been cancelled, all offers made for Further Education and Undergraduate courses will now be unconditional.

Please follow this link for up to date guidance on exams and grades:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

How can I continue improving my English & Maths skills whilst College is closed?

As you are aware, English and maths exams for GCSE and Functional Skills have been cancelled by the Government this year. We are awaiting confirmation of the process for awarding grades for qualifications this year but please don’t worry about this affecting your place to return to college Tutors in English and maths will be providing information to inform a calculated grade which is likely to be issued by awarding bodies this summer. There will also be an opportunity to resit exams next year but we are waiting for guidance about when and how this will take place. Please keep checking the college website. In the meantime, the Moodle pages for Functional Skills and GCSEs are being kept up to date with resources to help you to improve your skills. There is also a Moodle page called ‘Cross College English and maths’ which has sections of resources relevant to your area of study. English and maths tutors’ email addresses are on these Moodle pages and they will be happy to answer any questions about English or maths skills although they cannot tell you at this stage your final grade for the year.