Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for students and staff

Coronavirus Update
Tuesday 24th March 2020 at 12:50pm

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, Halesowen College will close to everyone until further notice from Tuesday 24th March, 5pm. The College will continue with full online teaching.

In making the decision to close, the College has considered its most vulnerable students, including the views of parents of EHCP students, and the support provided by the College’s Safeguarding Department who work with social workers.

If you are a child of a key worker, or a vulnerable student, please contact your Personal Coach for remote support, and email info@halesowen.ac.uk

Halesowen College advises staff to continue to work from home and to support the academic and emotional needs of our students, apprentices, and each other.

If a member of staff is unwell and not working from home, they are asked to email hr@halesowen.ac.uk

Wherever possible, please stay home, stay safe, and save lives.

How to keep up to date:

The College will continue to regularly update its social media platforms, and the website, including the Frequently Asked Questions covering advice for students and staff.

For more information:


Latest FAQs

What about my exams and practical assessments?

As the Secretary of State announced on Wednesday 18th March, exams and assessments have been suspended.

For more information please see the current government response here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

Is the Nursery open?

No, the College Nursery is closed.

I’m already a student and I’m worried about next year.

Please do not worry, we will ensure you are able to continue your studies, and will be touch with you soon.

As a Halesowen College student, can I still receive support with things like IT and careers? New

Yes, please see our student resources and support services guide here for more information:

Download our Student Resources and Support Services Guide (PDF)

I’m a member of staff. Can I come to College?

The College Leadership Team advise staff to work from home from Monday 23rd March unless otherwise consulted.

Staff who are required to attend College must report to reception to sign in.

If you are unwell and not working at home you should email hr@halesowen.ac.uk

How do I access my learning online?

Your teaching team have been in touch with all students via their Halesowen College email account. The following guides may be useful to you:

How will the College support me as a vulnerable person?

From Monday 23rd March Halesowen College will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children. Examples of these workers include, NHS staff, police, and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children, include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office.

For more information, please contact us.

Is the College’s next Open Day still running?

We have taken the decision to cancel our Open Day Monday 27th April. We are continuing to accept course applications, and you can apply for a place by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button below.

I’ve applied to study at Halesowen College in September. What now?

Firstly, thank you for applying to study with us, and we look forward to welcoming you! Following the guidance from Public Health England, we have decided to postpone face to face interviews.

We appreciate exams and assessments have been suspended, and ask that you do not worry about your College place with us. A member of staff will work with you at enrolment to ensure you continue your education on a course that is right for you and will allow you to flourish and succeed.

  • If you have an Educational, Health and Care Plan, we will need to consult with your Local Authority to ensure we can meet your needs.
  • If you are a care experienced learner and need additional support, please get in touch and let us know.
  • If you have a criminal conviction, a member of staff will be in touch to help you with your application so that you can start with us in September.

If you require further information you can contact the Student HUB via email: admissions@halesowen.ac.uk

If you have not already applied for one of our courses in September, please do not worry. You can apply for a place by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button below.

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I haven’t applied for a College place yet for September. What should I do?

If you have not already applied for one of our courses in September, please do not worry. You can apply for a place by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button below.

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I’ve received an offer to study at Halesowen College in September. What now?

We look forward to welcoming you! We appreciate all exams and assessments have been suspended, and ask that you do not worry about your College place with us. Halesowen College will work with you at enrolment to ensure you continue your education on a course that is right for you, and will allow you to flourish and succeed.

If you require further information you can contact the Student HUB via email: admissions@halesowen.ac.uk

How is the College managing bursary payments?

Halesowen College have put in place the following arrangements to those in receipt of bursary payments:

  • Students who usually receive a meal allowance will have a transfer into their bank account on a weekly basis (excluding the two weeks planned for Easter break).
  • The College will continue to pay for childcare, where this has already been agreed.
  • Students in receipt of the vulnerable bursary will continue to receive the payment weekly, excluding the two weeks planned for Easter break.

If you require further information you can contact the Student HUB via email: admissions@halesowen.ac.uk

Will I still receive my meal allowance? New

Eligible students in receipt of meal allowance should receive their payment by Thursday 26th March. This payment will be transferred into eligible students bank accounts on a weekly basis (excluding the two weeks planned for Easter break).

If you are an eligible student and have not received your payment by this date, or if you have any further questions, please contact studentservices@halesowen.ac.uk

What about my university place?

Many universities have set up support remotely for students worried about their offers. Some are using Unibuddy with online chat facilities or have set up remote access for enquiries. Students need to visit the relevant university pages to gain access.

Students can also access our Careers Moodle pages here: Halesowen College Careers

I’m a student on work placement, do I still need to attend?

From Monday 23 March you will not need to attend your 50 days or compulsory work placement. A member of staff will be in touch when you can return. Please do not worry about completing your work placement hours at this time.

I’m an employer with a student on a work placement, do they need to continue to attend?

All Halesowen College work placement arrangements will finish on Friday 20th March. A member of staff will be in touch with you when work placement arrangements can be reinstated.


Apprenticeships

Please follow the guidance given by your employer’s HR department in the first instance.

If you are an Apprentice employer and would like to speak to a member of the College Apprenticeship team, please email apprenticeships@halesowen.ac.uk


Accessing College Services

You can access our primary services at home by using the links below:


Your Health and Wellbeing

It is normal to feel stressed and anxious during such difficult times. Below is our advice for protecting your mental health and well-being while the world navigates this ever-changing situation:

  • If you are studying at home, try to stick to a routine. Get up at your normal time, get dressed and eat breakfast as you usually would. Have a plan for your day and stick to it. Where possible, create a work station that you can leave at regular intervals for breaks 
  • Eat well, drink lots of water and exercise at home – looking after your physical health will have a positive impact on your mental health
  • Focus on fact, not rumour and speculation. Only follow reports from trusted news outlets or a credible source, such as the World Health Organisation. Try to limit the amount of time you spend listening to/reading/watching news reports
  • Where possible, follow advice given by health agencies and the government to protect you and your loved ones, including looking after your personal hygiene (wash your hands), cleaning surfaces and self-isolating, particularly if you/they fall into one of the at-risk groups
  • While social distancing is advised, you can use social media positively to keep in touch with your friends and family. Seek out some of the many stories of kindness and support people are sharing on-line 
  • If you are well, find out what you can do in your community to support those who are not well or are in an at-risk group 

If you need someone to talk to, and know your personal coach’s email address, contact them directly. If not, contact a member of the safeguarding team:

Please take care of yourselves and those around you. 


Additional Information

If you have any concerns about your health you should use the NHS 111 website initially, or if you have no internet access then contact the free NHS 111 telephone helpline. Check the NHS website for the latest official advice.


To see our previous responses and guidance, please refer to our archive page available here: https://www.halesowen.ac.uk/home/coronavirus-update-archive/

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