1 April 2022

Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance will advise:

  • adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
  • children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
  • adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days

The population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, settings will no longer be able to order test kits
  • residential SEND settings may be advised by their local health protection team to re-introduce some time-limited asymptomatic testing. This would be an exceptional measure, for targeted groups of staff and pupils or students (secondary age or above) in the event of a possible COVID-19 outbreak. These settings are scheduled to receive an automatic delivery of contingency supply test kits during the week commencing Monday 28 March

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22 February 2022

Covid Update

The DFE have updated their guidance following the Prime Ministers announcement on the Living with COVID-19 Plan. ‘Living with COVID-19’.

18 January 2022

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

This change came into effect in England on Monday 17 January and applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status.

3 January 2022

East Sussex College Staff/Student Update

Further to recent Government announcements, face coverings should be worn in classrooms in addition to all College communal areas.

Before returning to college on January 5th, please ensure you have done a Lateral Flow Test and have a negative result.

15 December 2021

East Sussex College Staff/Student Update

Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all settings by students, visitors and staff.

Before returning to college on January 5th, please ensure you have done a Lateral Flow Test and have a negative result.

29 November 2021

Face Coverings

In response to the Government’s announcement on November 27th we are now requesting all students and staff (unless exempted) at East Sussex College wear a face covering when using indoor communal areas and corridors and whilst moving around the college campuses.

18 November 2021

East Sussex College Education Recovery Plan

Educational institutions have been given a further funding allocation from the government which will help students to catch up with their studies, helping them to recover lost learning time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page outlines how the 16-19 tuition funding will be used at East Sussex College.

September 2021

Booking Service now online for 16 and 17 year olds

The Department of Health and Social Care announced on Friday (24 September) that all 16 and 17 year olds can now book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment online.

15 September 2021

16-19 Tuition Funding – statement of use

East Sussex College has been allocated further funding for the 21/22 Academic Year to meet the ‘catch-up’ needs of students most affected by the disruption of the COVID-19 lock downs.

August 2021

Managing Covid-19 reporting and testing at East Sussex College

The government will continue to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. This marks a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.

16th August - 3rd September 2021

Keeping you safe at Enrolment

Important information for enrolment. Please click the link below for details.

10th May 2021

Face Coverings

This week (10th May) the Prime Minister confirmed that students will no longer be required to wear face coverings in classrooms and communal areas from Monday 17th May.

Students can continue to wear face coverings if they wish to do so.

All other protective measures such as ventilation and social distancing where possible will remain in place.

Friday 21st May 2021

East Sussex College Update

We have today received news of a confirmed student case of Covid-19 at our East Sussex College Eastbourne campus.

27th April 2021

Teacher Assessed Grades Student and Parent Summary

In summer 2021 and in line with Ofqual guidance, awarding bodies will ask Centres like ESCG to generate a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) for GCSE’s and A Level, and in some vocational courses qualifications. We have been asked to create a comprehensive Centre policy to provide clarity of our approach. A summary is provided below (The full policy can be accessed via our website here).

Download the NHS COVID-19 app today

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy.

COVID-19: guidance for education and childcare

Guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection

If you have any queries or questions then please do email the email address linked to the campus you study at and we will answer these as swiftly as possible:

Eastbourne: COVID.Eastbourne@escg.ac.uk
Lewes and Newhaven: COVID.Lewes@escg.ac.uk
Hastings: COVID.Hastings@escg.ac.uk