Cheshire College learners stayed logged on during lockdown

The ‘One Million Laptops programme’ announced in December 2020, guaranteed over one million devices would reach schools, colleges and councils, helping ensure learners have access to high-quality remote education if they need it. 

Over 400 laptops have been distributed to Cheshire College learners, helping teaching, learning and assessment to be carried out remotely over the last 12-months. 

Dhesi, Principal and CEO at Cheshire College, said: “No learner should miss out as a result of the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. That is why it has remained our priority to equip learners with the resources they need to succeed. The delivery of laptops from Government funded schemes, has enabled us to provide every learner at our College, who would have otherwise been digitally excluded, with a device to access remote learning.  

“This has ensured all learners have the same opportunities as each other to access work and stay in touch with their tutors and peers. Learners who received devices from the College have been extremely grateful and have demonstrated their eagerness to learn through high engagement via our virtual learning platforms.”  

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “This access to digital devices is a welcome step forward for college learners. It means they will be able to engage fully in their learning as a result, receiving the high-quality education they deserve at all times. It is vital that our learners are able to progress in their education as they should.”

Following the Government’s ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’, Cheshire College began to welcome all learners back to their three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester last month and the laptops have continued to support teaching to ensure the College is able to provide the very best learning experience.

Having implemented a number of protective measures at the start of the academic year, including one-way systems, social distancing, thermal imaging cameras, face coverings and hand sanitising stations, the College has now also introduced asymptomatic testing at all Campuses to ensure face-to-face teaching can be conducted as safely as possible. 

To learn more about studying at Cheshire College – South & West register for the College’s next Virtual Open Day which will be taking place on Monday 26 April. Attendees will be able to chat to subject specialists, find out more about courses and facilities, get guidance on applications, funding and travel, as well as take part in a live question and answer session designed to give a flavour of College life… there has never been a better time to ‘Get In, Stand Out’.