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Latest guidance from the Government

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The Government has issued guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This contains Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.

 

We now have a thriving on-line gallery

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Lockdown has increased creative activity everywhere. Our drawing, painting and digital photography classes are still flourishing, and we now have a thriving on-line gallery.

 

Many of our LLDD learners take part in artistic projects, and they too have contributed work of a very high standard.  Exhibiting in our gallery is open to all learners, whether on an art course or not, and to all of our staff.

 

We run a wide variety of art classes, from painting with watercolours and acrylics to landscape sketching, drawing, illustration skills, creative photography and image manipulation. Some of our learners have had success in getting their work published, for others it is a hobby and a creative outlet. We would like to thank them for agreeing to share their work for a wider audience. The standard of work on display is extraordinary, and we are hoping that it inspires others to see what is possible. If you would be interested in taking an art course, use our find a course function on the website here

 

Many of our featured works have been inspired by the differing emotional responses to Coivd-19, and all of our exhibitors tell us what a great idea the online gallery is.

 

You can visit the exhibition here and, of course, you are very welcome to contribute.

Learn from the comfort of your own home and join our tutors online using Zoom technology

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Try our free online taster sessions in June!
Learn from the comfort of your own home and join our tutors online using Zoom technology. Choose from:

Understand your Sewing Machine Stitches on Tuesday 23 June 10am - 12 noon
Come and try Simple Asian Cooking on Tuesday 23 June 3 - 4pm
Come and try Image Editing on Friday 26 June 10am - 12 noon

Just added: Come and try Drawing on Tuesday 23 June 10am - 12noon 

You must enrol in advance. Please help us by enrolling online here

For help and advice contact maria.hawthorne@newcastle.gov.uk

16-18 Study Programme update

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In line with updated Government guidance, we are currently looking at ways to safely reintroduce face to face contact for some of our 16-18 year old Study Programme learners before the end of term. This will likely take the form of individual tutorials with one of our pastoral support team. If you are part of our Study Programme, as part of our regular contact with you, and your continuing learning, we will be in touch with you when arrangements are completed

Inspired by the great work our key workers are doing and considering a career in the NHS?
 

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Inspired by the great work our key workers are doing and considering a career in the NHS?


Our Access to HE Diploma could help you get to University very soon! Read more about it on our dedicated Access to HE page

Contact sabine.gretscher@newcastle.gov.uk to arrange an initial interview via phone or video call.

We're using new ways to communicate and learn

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Social distancing measures have meant the end to classroom based delivery for the time being, so we've moved to online methods of delivery. We are using video conferencing, like Zoom and Skype, our VLE (Moodle), phone calls and emails to engage with our learners and continue classes.

 

We are really thrilled with the positive engagement we are seeing, and the feedback from learners that show that they really like this alternative to being on site. Some have asked that online learning continues even after restrictions end, and we are taking this on board in planning moving forwards.

 

Tutors have been sharing amazing videos and photos of what learners have been doing, which we've been posting to our social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Do keep in touch with what we are doing by following us.

 

From apprentices gaining qualifications and full time employment, sewing learners making scrubs and facemasks for the NHS, learners doing projects around VE day, teaching assistants on education and training courses still supporting children online whilst they can't get to their placements, we are seeing so many wonderful achievements. And you can still enrol online for lots of new courses too. 

So please, keep learning with NCL and sharing your stories with us.

 

 

Enjoy learning from the comfort of your own home with Newcastle City Learning!

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Enjoy learning from the comfort of your own home with Newcastle City Learning.

Discover new languages and cultures and unleash your creativity with our new courses in arts, crafts, languages and much more! Search for a course and sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Courses will be delivered using a mix of video conferencing, our VLE (Moodle), and by email and phone.

A message for NCL learners on accredited courses with exams

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We may have to continue with distance learning until the end of the academic year (31 July 2020). 
 
If so, we will assess your progress in July and hopefully move you to the next level of your course in September, without you having taken the external exams. Instead, we will provide you with an internal certificate. We then hope to offer you the opportunity to take the necessary qualifications, as soon as it becomes possible again.
 
However, to progress you have to participate in distance learning: stay in contact with your tutor, participate in online lessons and complete the work set for you.
 
If you choose to stop your course, we could have problems enrolling you again for the same course in September, because of funding rules.
 
So, to ensure your learning continues in 2020/2021, please stay with us – we will do everything we can to support you.

Courses are still running with NCL

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We are so pleased to be getting lots of really positive feedback from our learners, who are still enjoying their courses - which are now being delivered in a variety of ways, as we can’t do classroom based learning at the moment. Instead we are using video and audio conferencing, email, phone, using our VLE (Moodle) and lots more!

At a time when we’re all more isolated the benefits to health and wellbeing from learning are even more important, and we are determined that your opportunities to learn are not limited. So thank you to all of our current learners, and our brilliant and inventive staff teams for the positive attitudes and the engagement. Let’s all keep learning together.

Important message for all NCL learners regarding classroom based learning

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Following yesterday’s Government announcement regarding education during the Covid-19 Pandemic, classroom based provision for the majority of learners will stop immediately. Our centres at Westgate College, the Skills Centre, the Heaton Centre and Gosforth Library and Learning Centre will therefore be closed for classroom based learning, as will any outreach provision. (If different arrangements apply for you, we will contact you, and your parent/carer or social worker to discuss).


However, for all other learners, we will make sure your access to learning continues. We will offer flexible and online learning and we will work to support you to continue with your course. Your tutor will be in touch shortly to discuss this with you.


During the coming weeks, we will continue to update our social media channels and website with news, and we look forward to continuing your learning journey with you in new and different ways.

Important news about our Gosforth venue.

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A decision has been taken to close Newcastle Libraries from 5pm today because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, in line with other Library services across the country. Therefore for learners currently taking classes running at the Gosforth Library and Learning Centre, we are moving to a distance learning model. Your tutor will be in touch shortly to discuss this with you. We want to let you know that access to learning will continue, and we will work to support you online, and by other methods of communication to continue with your course.


We will update our website and social media channels with other information as soon as we have it.

Our new brochure for Summer 2020

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Here is our new brochure for Summer Term 2020 (pdf 7.4MB). These are the courses that we want to deliver after the Easter break and you can enrol as usual from Monday 16 March 2020. If a course does not run because of coronavirus refunds will be issued.

 

We are really keen to make sure that opportunities to learn are still available for you, although classes may be delivered in a different way moving forwards.

 

We hope you continue to access learning and all of us at Newcastle City Learning are working to support you to do this.

Coronavirus updates

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All of our centres are open as usual. We are following the Government's official guidance  around Coronavirus (COVID-19). This NHS site provides information about the virus and how to protect yourself. 

Please adhere to these guidelines listed on the NHS website

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Take the Buzz Quiz 

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The Buzz quiz was developed to help people make more informed course and career decisions, boost self-awareness and help us better understand each other. It can help you:

 

  • to identify your personal qualities
  • to link strengths with different careers
  • explore labour market opportunities within your search results

 

Take the Buzz Quiz here

 

There is lots more information on our Careers Service webpage and you can also take the Skills assessment on the National Careers Service website to find out what type of job categories and particular job roles may suit you.

AAT Champion Award Winners

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Did you know that Newcastle City Learning recently won the AAT Champion Award?

In this category the judges were looking for training providers that have made an impact in supporting their community, improving social inclusion and mobility, through the delivery of AAT qualifications. Our new AAT accountancy courses are proving incredibly popular, and fill up quickly as people enrol to gain new skills and qualifications in bookkeeping and accounting. Keep an eye out for what courses are running in our termly brochures, and sign up!

Sid comes home

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Our Study Programme learners relished the chance to be involved in Elmer's Great North Parade, which raised money for St Oswald's Hospice. They decorated a Little Elmer, named Sid, after choosing a theme around identity. The project incorporated many different skills, and the learners took their inspiration from a range of artists to create a piece of art that reflected their own identity and what was important to them. Sid took part in the trail, and is now back home at the Westgate Skills Centre in the reception area for all to enjoy.

Prevent Duty

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Prevent Duty

All further education providers have a duty to safeguard their learners and keep them safe from being exploited by extremists. The prevent Duty is not about discouraging our learners from having political and religious views and concerns, but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.

Prevent Duty: If you Notice anything unusual, Check it out and them Share it by contacting 0191 277 3502 or email Julie.hickin@newcastle.gov.uk remember - Notice - Check - Share. Here is a link to our Prevent animation

Newcastle City Council (which Newcastle City Learning are part of) also have a generic email address which you also use to report any concerns you may have about Prevent: prevent@newcastle.gov.uk

Reporting Incidents of Hate Crime: Stop Hate UK. There's a 24hr hotline on (Freephone) 0800 138 1625. People can text on 0771 798 9025. Online reports can also be taken at www.stophateuk.org