Our continued response to the Coronavirus pandemic

Reopening and Covid-19 self-testing

From Monday 29th March Dudley College of Technology will be operating with all sites open for face-to-face teaching and learning to take place. Self-test lateral flow kits are available for students to home test. Please collect your kit when you are next on site. It is important to maintain self-testing as part of the ongoing ways we can reduce the impact of Covid-19 on all of our lives.

Dudley Council have asked us to let parents/carers of all 16-19 year olds students know about home self-test kits. Parents and carers and anyone else living with a school age child or young person are among the priority groups being given access to free home lateral flow testing kits to test themselves. Information on how to access these can be found on the gov.uk website here.

Anyone unable to do home testing can go to one of the Dudley lateral flow testing centres. These are at Dudley Leisure Centre, Saltwells Education Centre, with pop-up sessions at Holy Trinity Church Community Centre in Wordsley, Lifecentral Church in Halesowen, St Andrews Church in Sedgley, St James Church in Wollaston and the Salvation Army Church in Lye. There is also testing at more than 30 pharmacies across the borough. For details on where you can get a lateral flow test and to book visit the Dudley MBC website here.

The Secretary of State for Education has today written to children and young people to recognise the impact of the disruption they have faced over the past year and to thank them for their resilience. He outlines his continued commitment to supporting children and young people to recover from the disruption now that they have returned to school and college. The letter also highlights the importance of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and the vital role this plays in helping to prevent the virus spreading.

The letter is published on the DfE media blog here, and on DfE’s TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Support for remote learning

If you are finding it difficult to study remotely you can get support in accessing technology to assist in remote learning. The form you need to complete is here: Request form for support in accessing technology. You can also apply for free mobile data. Find out more here.

Exam and Assessment Update

For the latest information on how assessments will be made this year read: Getting your results this summer and view this easy to understand document from Ofqual Infographic – How vocational and technical qualifications will be awarded in 2021. We will share more information as it becomes available from awarding bodies.