Full college reopening: SFCA responseBack
Responding to today’s annoucement, Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said:
“Sixth form colleges are keen to get students back into the classroom as soon as possible, and as safely as possible. In our view, the most effective way to do this would have been through a phased return to learning that prioritised sixth formers pursuing practical courses and reduced the number of students on site in order to minimise the risk of transmission. The Prime Minister has announced a different approach today, with all students returning from 8th March.
The key to a successful return from this date is flexibility. Opening to all students at the same time presents a range of very significant logistical challenges, not least the requirement to test all students and staff. We are pleased that the updated operational guidance that was published shortly after the Prime Minister’s speech retains the flexibility for colleges to decide the right balance of face to face and remote education as long as the majority of planned hours are on site. More broadly, college leaders must have the autonomy to re-open in a way that reflects their different local circumstances and student populations”.