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Bournemouth & Poole College offer virtual learning for students

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Bournemouth & Poole College is doing its bit to support students and NHS staff during the covid-19 crisis. Despite having to close its doors to 12,000+ students and staff, they have launched a virtual learning platform  AND offered its car park free for frontline NHS staff.

There is also a wellbeing team to support students in selfisolation. And with 81% of students saying elearning has helped them improve their academic performance, this is great news.

Diane Grannell, Principal of Bournemouth & Poole College, said: “At this difficult time, the education and safety of our students is paramount and we remain dedicated to their development, despite the current global health crisis. Even in these unprecedented times, we had a contingency plan in place for our students which meant that within a matter of days we were teaching online.”

Diane added: “Teaching has continued without disruption thanks to our team of 600 dedicated staff. We understand that this is a deeply upsetting time for students who were due to take their A Levels and GCSE exams this summer. However, as a priority, we’re supporting those affected to ensure they can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, which includes starting or physically returning to college, in the autumn.”

The Student Support and Wellbeing Team are operating during the usual working hours, to be available for students at this time. In addition, Jacqueline Page, Vice Principal for Curriculum at the College, is hosting a Facebook Q&A session on Wednesday, April 8. Students and parents have the opportunity to submit their questions to the College to receive reassurance for any concerns they have regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their education. Further Facebook interactions are planned over the coming months and will be released in due course.

Please visit www.thecollege.co.uk for more information.

Fact file

Bournemouth & Poole College has opened the car park of its North Road site for free parking for NHS staff working at the nearby Poole Hospital, while the site is shut. Home to around 12,000 students from across the region, UK and the world, Bournemouth & Poole College is the largest provider of further education and apprenticeships in the area. The College offers a vast array of courses for those wishing to study full-time/ part-time courses and higher education. It works closely with the local community and has working relationships with over 2,000 employers, local schools, local government and community groups.

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