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COVID-19 Open College Network Update

Friday, 15 May 2020
Open College Network would like to inform you of our current situation and protocols concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
We are pleased to be able to advise that we are continuing to operate as a business during these unprecended times, although all of our staff are now working remotely from home.  Our main offices closed down on 23 March.
We are currently unable to issue certificates of achievement at this time.  All results will continue to be processed in the usual way and certificates will be issued at some point in the future when our offices re-open.
Similarly, we are likewise unable to issue centres witb Centre Recognition certificates and these will be posted out as soon as our offices are able to re-open.
You can continue to contact our staff on their usual e-mail addresses and our main office telephone number 01902 624230 as calls are being re-directed to staff.
  • Until further notice all Centre Quality Monitoring activity by our External Quality Assurers (EQA’s) will be completed remotely for all Centres and all Subject Areas and supported by online applications and electronic forms of communications
  • Where possible, physical EQA visits scheduled to take place at Centres will be replaced with remote activities and your EQA will contact you with regards to what information they will require from you in advance of the remote activity.
We anticipate that each centre will have their own documented contingency planning and are committed to ensuring that we are able to work with our centres to ensure that no learners are disadvantaged by current events. Should you identify a situation where learners are likely to be adversely affected please refer to our special considerations policy in the first instance and contact us for further advice and support.
Guidance for Centres - Assessment of Vocational, Technical and other General Qualifications:
Ofqual have published very helpful guidance for centres regarding the assessment approach to be taken for Vocational, Technical and other General Qualifictions during Summer 2020.  This guidance can be found using the following link; 
CANCELLED: June 2020 Forest School Event
  • Unfortunatyely, we have also had to cancel our planned annual Forest School event that had been scheduled for June this year.  We hope to be able to re-arrage this at a later date and we will be in touch with all those who registered to advise accordingly.
As part of your planning you may wish to consider:
  • Arrangements for assessment and internal moderation should staffing be reduced or centres forced to close
  • Access to learning and assessment materials remotely for learners working from home or self-isolating
  • Arrangements for providing samples for EQA
  • Maintaining contact with us and reporting any concerns.


Assessment of Vocational Qualifications - Summer 2020:

  • In response to the Ofqual consultation launched 24/04/20 we have provided an update and developed an FAQ document relating to this issue, which can be found on our website here.
We have thoroughly reviewed both our organisation's Contingency Plan and Epidemic Plan, which are now being implemented. 
We are working closely with all our Regulators to minimise the impact upon learners and support their achievement during these unprecedented times.  
Stay well and safe.
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