Protocol Consultancy Services (PCS), as required by law, has carried out a risk assessment with our team, learners, and employers. As a result, we believe everything is reasonably practicable to minimise risk, recognising you cannot completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19.
During the period of lockdown, PCS will remain open to our vulnerable students. However, all others will learn remotely until the February half term.
We know receiving face-to-face education is best for our young people’s mental health and educational achievement. Therefore, we will continue to review the restrictions on FE providers and make sure that students return to face-to-face education as soon as possible.
Per the COVID-19 guidance issued, all of our learners (traineeships, apprentices, and adult learners) will receive remote education.
The timetabling of all planned sessions will be confirmed to each learner in advance, and invites to join sessions remotely will be dispatched. As a result, students will need to confirm their attendance in advance for any invited group and individual learning sessions.
Protocol staff and students are trained and confident in their use of digital platforms. However, should any student require additional support with our digital platform, a member of our team will be available.
Learners will adhere to the Protocol Flip learning approach. Protocol will often run an initial session in the morning, allow learners time to work on their studies, then conclude with a short afternoon session (depending on the nature of the topic).
In conclusion, we intend to deliver as much of students’ planned hours as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognise for some students, this may not be possible, for example, where a student is undertaking a course involving practical teaching and training.
Access to our full policies/procedures is available via your Moodle/Mahara learning platform.
All our learners are aware of our team contact details and the provision of our 24-hour emergency contact number.