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London Institutes for Adult Learning: COVID-19 Pandemic Statement

Story added 17th Mar 2020

 

  • The London Institutes for Adult Learning (IALs) - the network of specialist designated adult education providers based in the capital – are carefully observing all Government/Public Health England advice and information regarding the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • We are committed to serving our community of students, tutors and staff as best we can and remain as open to learning as we can at such a challenging time.

  • We are therefore actively following the principles released by the Government to:
    - Encourage people to start working from home.
    - That social venues should no longer be visited - especially important for those people who are pregnant, older and vulnerable.
    - By this weekend, those who are most vulnerable should be “shielded” for up to 12 weeks.
    - Londoners should avoid non-essential travel and social gatherings.
  • As a temporary measure, all London IALs are now adapting their delivery models to meet the individual circumstances that best serve their communities of learners at these unprecedented times.  

As a network of Colleges who support adults of all ages and backgrounds, from different communities, as well as individuals who experience particular challenging circumstances - the safety of our students and staff at this time is of paramount concern.  

We recognise that at this stage the Government have not issued notices to close public education institutions or to stop community activity, unless public health is seriously affected, but have encouraged people to work from home, not to visit social venues and avoid non-essential travel or social gatherings.

We are already seeing the impact of these principles in London – particularly at central London College locations, where student and tutors are choosing not to travel and not attend classes.   

This means that we have to consider our roles and take responsible and active steps as a consequence - recognising that this will impact significantly on our delivery.  We are committed to serving our community of learners as best we can and remain as open as we can at such a challenging time.  However, as a temporary measure, all IALs are now adapting their individual delivery models to individual circumstances to best serve their communities of learners at these unprecedented times.  For some Colleges, this will mean moving from face-to-face and in-person delivery to online delivery where possible.  

The IALs are committed to working in collaboration with partners and stakeholders to maximise the flexibility of our response, including the UCU/Union representatives.

Each of the individual Institutions will independently communicate how they intend to continue to enable learning and support their learners during these unprecedented times.  

The members of the group are: City Lit, Mary Ward Centre, Morley College London,  Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, the WEA and WMC (Working Men’s College).

 

 

London Institutes for Adult Learning: COVID-19 Pandemic Statement