Following on from my previous communication on 1st April I am now able to provide you with a further update to our ongoing contingency plans in line with the guidance that is being issued by Government.
We continue to operate a ‘work from home’ policy to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and our learners at this time. Many of you will have been engaged with our delivery teams over the last 8 weeks, through the mobilisation of our remote delivery, which has allowed us to continue to provide teaching, learning and assessment enabling our learners to continue to progress.
Employers, like us, are now considering and planning for the most appropriate and safe way for a return to centre based activity, in line with the latest Government guidance. We will be, over the coming weeks, carrying out full risk assessments in response to COVID-19 on each of our delivery centres and head office to review the necessary recommendations that will need to be implemented to ensure that our learning environments are safe for all learners and staff.
This process may take some time and we will not re-open any of our locations until we are confident that social distancing measures can be applied, and our centres are fully compliant with Government guidance for learning and education settings. This may mean that we see a phased re-opening of our centres over a period of time and you will be contacted directly by a member of the Babington team when your centre is due to re-open.
Following the recent update from AAT this week that they will be ready to start with the Synoptic Exams from July, we understand so far, that AAT are looking to add a 2 week ‘synoptic exam window’ in July and then a further 1 week ‘synoptic exam window’ in the following months of August, September and October.
If you are an AAT learner who would have been due to complete the synoptic exam in June, we will be ensuring that you are prioritised for the July window. To enable these exams to take place, we are looking to open our centres to you, and working hard to ensure that we have all the necessary safety measures in place. Our priority is for you to be able to sit your exams safely and with confidence, in order to make this the best experience possible for you during these unprecedented times.
We will be sending an email to all AAT learners due to sit an exam in June and if this applies to you, we would like to ask that you complete the survey that will be attached to that email to support our planning.
Our delivery teams will continue to engage, support and teach remotely, as we have successfully done for the past couple of months. If you would like to discuss your own personal preferences for future contact and support, please do so through discussion with our delivery teams so that we may consider how we might best facilitate this.
Finally, we want to thank you once again for your continued support during this time and reiterate that the health, safety and wellbeing of our learners and people remain paramount as we come back together and define our new normal.
Jen Bramley – Chief Operating Officer