Latest updates

29 June 2020

Further to the continuing revision of government guidance in relation to the Recovery Plan, Norland has revised its Guidance for Interviews and Trials During the COVID-19 pandemic with reference to the latest travel advice for Norlanders working abroad, which can be found in the sections below.

17 June 2020

We are busy preparing to welcome new and returning students for the 2020/21 academic year. We have created an information document for all our students, as well as a video version, which outlines different provision scenarios that may be in place in September. These scenarios include a range of risk mitigation measures which we will implement depending on the context at the time. The new safety measures we are putting in place ensure students will continue to receive the highest standards of training for which we are famous.

In the most likely scenario, we will be adapting the way we teach by introducing a blend of face-to-face onsite and virtual teaching methods, but the vast majority of our teaching will be face-to-face onsite. We will have different social distancing measures in place to help mitigate the risk of transmission such as halving the size of teaching groups for degree modules and for practical classes such as sewing and cooking, which will still enable face-to-face teaching. We have redesigned our timetable to ensure only one-year group will be onsite at a time and are creating ‘bubble’ teaching rooms. There will be some teaching online, but this is minimal. To ensure students feel safe when they are on campus, specially curated personal protective equipment (PPE) packs will be given to all students when they arrive, including a face mask, a face visor, antibacterial wipes and sanitiser, gloves and a digital thermometer.

Applicants

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students to Set 44 on 7 September 2020. We have shared with you the plans for 2020/21 accompanied by a video outlining the key measures that will be in place. We also ran a Q&A session so you can ask staff any questions you have about any aspect of studying at Norland, including these safety measures. The session was recorded and a link has been sent to all offer-holders and applicants. If you have not received this link or have any further questions, please contact admissions@norland.ac.uk. We will publish our plans on the website and include a link on this page shortly. Please continue to check your emails regularly for more details regarding plans for the 2020/21 academic year.

If you are still considering applying to Norland for 2020 entry, you may be interested in viewing the recorded sessions from our recent Virtual Open Event

Students and staff

All students and staff should continue to check their emails regularly for more details regarding Norland’s response to COVID-19. These emails will provide you with further information regarding provision in September including all the various adjustments that we are making to ensure students can progress with their learning and that Norland’s operations can continue from September.

NQNs and Norlanders

The latest information for NQNs and Norlanders, including answers to some commonly asked questions, can be found on the Norland Agency help and advice page.

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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Previous coronavirus updates

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 are just one of the ways we’re keeping ourselves connected. 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.

Straight back in after Easter, first-year students are attending real-time virtual lectures, online Paediatric First Aid developed by Wiltshire First Aid and a Manual Handling Qualification. Everyone will have taken part in core skills virtual masterclasses, as well as a virtual ‘trip’. Virtual taster placements include supporting children with Special Educational Needs and scenarios that ask students to consider how to support a family during lockdown.

Second-year students have already commenced their virtual placement with a family of five, which includes daily tasks, professional discussions and Covid-19 related scenarios. Weekly readings include virus related material to support their developing professionalism at this extraordinary time.

Our final-year students are putting the finishing touches to their dissertations and are showing incredible resolve at this time. The Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) team will soon be sending out the revised Employment Weeks timetable that prepares students for their first role as an NQN, replicating the provision in virtual form wherever possible. Some activities may be carried into the NQN year depending on the current circumstances but we’re continuing to keep a close eye on how the situation unfolds and how we can ensure the last two months of their time at Norland is as wonderful as it can be.

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.

27 March 2020

The health and wellbeing of students, staff, placement partners, families and friends remains Norland’s top priority. All teaching, learning and assessment is now online and all staff and students are now working remotely; all essential services remain in operation. Staff are in regular contact with the students to ensure that they stay connected to the College and to each other. The two college sites are closed. These arrangements will continue until at least the end of June 2020.

All practical classes and student placements for the Norland Diploma are currently on hold and contingency plans and adjustments have been put in place. To date students are being given relevant support, teaching and learning and the system is working well.

The College continues to monitor the situation closely and will continue to keep the Norland community updated. Please visit this webpage for the latest information.

24 March 2020

Norland College has moved its teaching online and put practical classes and placements on hold until the end of June, in line with direct government instructions in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The health and wellbeing of students, staff, placement partners, families and friends remains Norland’s top priority. The College remains operational and there are no plans to close. Operations continue to be moved online and all staff are now working remotely; all essential services remain in operation. The two college sites will move to restricted access provision from the end of Tuesday 24 March at 5pm.

Norland has moved all degree teaching and learning online until the end of the June. All practical classes and student placements for the Norland Diploma are currently on hold and contingency plans and adjustments have been put in place. To date students are being given relevant support, teaching and learning and the system is working well.

The College continues to monitor the situation closely and will continue to keep the Norland community updated. Please visit this webpage for the latest information.

17 March 2020

In light of the escalating situation and the government’s announcement, we have moved all degree teaching and learning online until the start of the summer term on Monday 27 April. All practical classes and student placements for the Norland Diploma will be put on hold until the same date.

Further information regarding the start of the new term will be decided in a timely and informed manner. Contingency plans are already in place.

The health and wellbeing of students, staff, placement partners, families and friends is our top priority. The College will still be operational and there are no plans to close.

We are communicating regularly with students and placement settings about these changes and to confirm alternative arrangements for assessments.

These changes are precautionary. No member of the Norland community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The College continues to monitor the situation closely and will continue to keep the Norland community updated.

13 March 2020

The number of coronavirus cases in the UK is steadily rising. Norland continues to monitor the situation closely and has developed contingency plans within the guidelines provided by Public Health England.

We continue to closely follow the guidance provided by Public Health England and the NHS, and will provide updates on this page as and when these become available from Public Health England. Currently, the advice is:

You should stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

A high temperature
A new continuous cough
Do not go to your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home.

The NHS have further advice about staying at home, you can read the latest advice here >

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
Your condition gets worse
Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
In the meantime, continue to practise good hygiene – this is the single most important thing you can do. Hand washing advice can be found here >

We will keep you updated as and when further updates become available.