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Essential Student Support

The essential support page is here to provide you with information, advice and support that you can receive whilst at college to help ensure that you have a positive learner journey experience. The essential support page also includes useful external agency information, including out of hours help and advice. 

Please use the information and links included on this page, which will be regularly updated with the latest news and advice, to guide and support you as we adapt to this new method of home-study and online-learning.

Important INFORMATION RE COVID-19: 5th January 2022

A Message from Principal Len Tildsley

We hope you have all had a lovely break and we look forward to welcoming you back for the start of the spring term. In response to the latest COVID Guidance for schools and colleges from the Department of Education, we will introduce some additional temporary COVID-19 measures for all our students, staff, and visitors. The changes are being implemented to help prevent the spread of the Omicron variant and to ensure that we continue to keep everyone safe and to reduce the risk of transmission.

We are asking all students and staff to follow the key measures, outlined below:

Face coverings:
From today (Tuesday 4th January 2022) students, staff and visitors are expected to wear face coverings in classrooms, communal spaces, including corridors, social areas and cafes, unless you are medically exempt.

All students/staff are expected to wear face coverings on all college buses unless you are medically exempt.

Please make sure you bring a face covering with you when coming on campus, as we only have a limited number of face coverings that are available to issue out to students.

Testing:
The Department for Education has announced that on returning back onto campus all students/staff must take a lateral flow device test, either the evening before or the morning before you return back to campus. Staff and Students are expected to continue to test twice weekly at home after that. All results from the LFD tests must be reported through the NHS, Track & trace website. The lateral flow device test kits are available either via your Progress Coach, or you can collect from at the lateral flow tests at Leek reception, Buxton Student Centre or at the ‘LFD Collect’ locations in Derby or you can order a kit of lateral flow tests online Order coronavirus (COVID19) rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Self-Isolation if you test positive:
The 10 day self isolation period for people who test positive has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances unless you cannot take LFD tests for any reason. Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 or 7 of their self isolation period. Those who receive two negative results are no longer required to complete 10 days of isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. For more information please follow the latest government guidance found here:

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus pandemic – GOV.UK

Please ensure you continue to follow the basic rules for hygiene:

  • Washing and or sanitising your hands regularly
  • Cleaning/disinfecting your surroundings before and after use
  • Covering your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze

Please also remember to wear warm clothing as we will open the windows to allow air circulation and ventilation into the buildings and classrooms.

If you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), you must self-isolate and get a PCR test immediately.

If you have any worries or concerns about the new latest guidance, then please speak to your tutor or progress coach.

Find our latest Updates below: 

 

Extenuating Circumstance Form - maths & English - Summer 2021

This form is to be completed by any Buxton & Leek student requiring ‘special consideration’ when final Teacher Assessed Grades in Maths or English GCSE are being awarded this summer.

If you fall into this category please complete the below form:

Extenuating circumstances form - M&E
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Are you feeling anxious about coronavirus?

We understand that this can be a difficult time for many people, please visit the links below for tips and advice on maintaining positive mental health during lockdown.

Click here to view the latest advice from Young Minds

Student Letter – January 2021

How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

A student survival guide to self-isolation

Worried about exam results?

If you’re feeling worried or anxious about your exam results, take a look at our Managing Worries about exam results information here to find some useful tips.

union of students

The Buxton office is currently closed, but the team are still available to offer support and advice to students. Please contact Emma Taylor on emma.taylor@derbyunion.co.uk or call 01298 330603 .

The Union Advice Service is available Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm for appointments by phone or skype. Please book online here or email advice@derbyunion.co.uk. You can also access information about course reps by accessing the following link https://www.derbyunion.co.uk/blc/

financial support

The application form for Financial Support in 2021/22 is now available for students looking to study with us from September.

Both new and returning students will need to complete a ‘Financial Support Fund‘ application form (a Universal application for all the Bursaries we administer at Buxton and Leek College), in order to receive financial support towards additional course costs such as travel, equipment, uniform, childcare (learners aged 20+) etc.

Visit Financial Support – Buxton & Leek College (blc.ac.uk) and follow the steps to get started.

Please note that the Financial Support Fund team will be on Annual leave at points over the Summer – please do not panic if you contact us and don’t receive a response, we will answer any queries you leave by email/ phone as soon as we return.

The Financial Support Fund for students studying with us in 2020/21 has now closed.

If you have received any additional payments on Friday 9 July, Friday 16 July or Friday 23 July and not received notification of what the payments are – please be assured our team are emailing each student individually a breakdown of what has been awarded and will text you to confirm once this has been sent within the next few weeks.

Q. Will I be paid be paid regular Bursary over the Summer?

A No, all Bursary payments are term time only.

Unfortunately the College is no longer receiving any additional funding directly to us to cover Free College Meals over the holidays either.

We have been advised that for any Students/ Parents who wish to claim additional support, you must do so through your Local Authority who are currently receiving this support from the Government.

For students who reside in Derbyshire you can apply here

For students who reside in Staffordshire and Cheshire you must alert us to apply on your behalf (this may be subject to change) – if you have not already done so please contact financialsupportfund@blc.ac.uk – financial support is not guaranteed and is assessed on a case by case basis.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICE

Please be assured that the Careers & Employment Service- including the Work Experience team- is here for you just as ever. There are a range of resources online that you can access from home which will help you plan for your future career and boost your employability. We are also offering personalised advice through digital 1-2-1 appointment via skype or phonecalls.

library services

Please find below the Library/HUB Opening hours from Monday 8th March

Buxton

Monday – Thursday: 8.30am – 7pm

Friday: 8.30am – 6pm

Saturday: 12pm-4pm

Leek

Monday – Tuesday: 8.30am – 5pm

Wednesday – Friday: 8.30am – 4pm

Both libraries are now open for browsing, borrowing and the use of PCs/study spaces. As part of our Covid-19 safety measures, students must have a booking before they enter the Library/HUB. Students can make a booking here.

Booking a PC at Leek HUB – CHANGES TO SERVICES 

To speed up the experience at Leek HUB, the booking of PCs will now be done by the Library Team. If you would like to use a PC, please visit the HUB and a member of the team will assist you if a PC is available. This change only applies to the Leek HUB, all Buxton Students should continue to book their visit in advance for the time being.

If you would like to book a Silent study space or use one of the laptops in the Quiet Area, you will need to continue to book, you can do this here.

Is the Library/HUB open for me to use?

The Devonshire Library and Leek HUB are open for students that want to browse our books or use a PC/study space. All students must have a booking before coming into the Library/HUB. For information about our opening hours and to make a booking, please visit our website. If you need any help or support, please contact the Library on 01332 591215 or email us on library@derby.ac.uk

Do I need to return my Laptop?

As you will be studying on campus and at home, laptops that were loaned out in December/January will continue to renew automatically each week, unless you receive an email recall notice from the Library service. If you receive a recall notice from the Library service, please return your laptop to the Library/HUB. If you have any queries about your account, please contact the Library on 01332 591215 or email us on library@derby.ac.uk

You can find the Subject Guides via this link – look for your subject in the list.

Each Guide has information on using books and eBooks, using our search engine, Discover to find articles and more, and provides links to useful websites. There is also help with using Harvard referencing.

If you have further questions, there’s a web-chat icon in the bottom right corner of every Subject Guide page that students can click on and ask a question. You can also book places at Academic Librarian Clinics for specific queries (on the calendar, look for the ones called ‘Buxton and Leek students’).

You can take a look at our virtual tour here.

You can now also access our library FE subject guides by following this link https://libguides.derby.ac.uk/blc

chaplaincy

Ingrid Keith is offering Chaplaincy support with Spiritual Well-Being and has found a helpful link for students to gain support too- https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/treatments-and-wellbeing/spirituality-and-mental-health

If you would like a confidential chat with a Chaplain, please email I.Keith@derby.ac.uk and a Teams call can be set up to talk about religion, spirituality or anything you are worried about during these uncertain times.