If your setting closes and you need to stay at home
We want to assure you that, in the event of your setting closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are continuing to do everything we can to support you and your apprentices in these difficult times.
To comply with government guidelines, all Parenta staff will continue to work remotely to assist with the delay of the spread of the virus.
In all eventualities, please continue to follow the government guidelines here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
So far during this pandemic, we have been able to limit the impact on your apprentices' learning during this very unsettling time by operating as normal, but using online teaching and learning sessions, using video calls, telephone calls and webinars, as well as providing functional skills and any other additional learning support, where needed.
As a reminder, these are the things we have put in place as part of our commitment to our learners:
Even if your setting is closed or needs to close, Parenta tutors are still providing compulsory remote teaching and learning sessions for your apprentices – this is to avoid any gaps in their learning and to ensure the disruption to their apprenticeship is minimal. This also ensures that ESFA and Ofsted regulations are adhered to.
We are asking all our learners that when their tutor makes contact with them, that they respond and commit to allocating the time to their teaching and learning / functional skills sessions.
The tasks that are being set and the remote teaching and learning sessions that apprentices take part in are specifically designed to enable them to complete as many units of their qualification as possible.
All learners that need additional support with English and maths will be contacted by our Specialist Skills Tutors and invited to attend extra remote sessions to help them prepare for their functional skills exams.
Furlough and Off-the-Job Training
If your apprentices have been furloughed, then please urge them to take advantage of the time they have. Off-the-job training is crucial for them to be able to gain their qualification. It’s an essential part of their apprenticeship pathway and they will not be able to pass if they have not completed the mandatory 20% off the job hours; and recorded them correctly.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
We want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to continue to support you and your apprentices and our Parenta tutors are always on hand if you have any questions.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education has a helpline for early years providers, schools and colleges – as well as parents, carers and young people – who have questions about Coronavirus.
If you have specific questions about the virus, you can contact the helpline on:
Call: 0800 046 8687