Norland's coronavirus response

Latest update

30 April 2020

Whilst the safety of our wider community remains our top priority, staff and students are adapting well to ensure that learning, teaching and assessments continue. The Norland staff have all worked admirably to move the entire college’s operations online. All staff and students are now working and studying from home and stay in contact with each other using Microsoft Teams and our new weekly staff and student newsletters. A virtual staff room has been created to allow staff to have online lunches together and share their experiences of being in lockdown. Student Support has never been more important and is constantly finding new and creative ways to help students navigate their way through the changes. We’ve been delighted to hear about some of the wonderful volunteering activities our students have been undertaking to support their communities, including the incredible sewing of scrubs and masks for the NHS and working at testing centres. We are now starting to plan for returning to the buildings so that, when the time comes, this transition will be as smooth as possible to try and minimise any disruption to Norland’s operations. The Guiding Principles we have established to support and inform our planning and decision-making during the coronavirus epidemic are published below. Read more about how students in each year are continuing with their studies virtually along with all the latest information about Norland’s response to Covid-19 on our coronavirus update page


We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students to Set 44 in September 2020. Whilst we await further updates from the government about the implications of the continuing lockdown, we continue to plan for the new academic year to start on 7 September 2020. We will let you know if this changes and, in the meantime, stay safe and positive. The latest information for applicants can be found on our entry requirements page.

If you are still considering applying to Norland for 2020 entry, you may be interested in attending our Virtual Open Event which is taking place 16-22 May. Find out more and book below.

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Students and Staff

All students and staff should check their emails regularly for more details regarding Norland’s response to COVID-19. These emails outline all the various adjustments that have been made to ensure students can progress with their learning and that Norland’s operations can continue.

NQNs and Norlanders

The latest information for NQNs and Norlanders, including answers to some commonly asked questions, can be found on the Norlander section of the website.

Clients of NQNs and Norlanders

Information for clients of NQNs and Norlanders can be found on our help and advice page.

Support and Advice

During these difficult times, it's important that we look out for each other. On our blog, we're providing a range of information that we hope you'll find useful. This includes how to talk to children about coronavirus and supporting children during stressful times, as well as recipe and activity ideas that you can get the entire family involved with in the weeks ahead. 

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Artwork created by Rosie, Set 43

  • Our two mottoes, 'Strength in Adversity' and 'Love Never Faileth' have never seemed more apt. Our hugely talented and creative students have embodied these mottoes incredibly over the past few weeks and have produced some fantastic work to represent them and uplift the Norland community and beyond.

    This artwork was created by Rosie, Set 43.

    To see how members of the Norland community have been volunteering during the pandemic, visit our voluntary response page.

  • Norland's Signing Choir were determined to perform again one last time this academic year. With the vocals of the Norland Choir's performance at the Christmas Carol Service, the Signing Choir performed 'The Music is Always There' from across the country! 

  • Students have been making scrub hats as well as headbands for health workers in order to prevent irritation caused by PPE.

  • Nicola, our Sewing Teaching Assistant, has been sewing scrubs for NHS workers and was interviewed on The One Show as part of this project.

  • “We have been very pleased with the way that our NQN has slotted into our family since arriving in August last year, and our children have become very close to her. This after a great three years with our previous Norlander who they were very close to.

    But over the last couple of weeks, while the world has changed dramatically, she has been amazing. Both my and my wife’s jobs have been very busy and it has been great to know that the children are being looked after by such a superstar. She has come up with routines for the children in a life that has little routine now. This has helped our children deal with the uncertainty and upset to their normal lives. It is wonderful now working from home to hear the giggles come from the children.”

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  • Freja, Set 42, printed Norland's motto 'Strength in Adversity' to make an inspiring bag.

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