With the end of the lockdown in sight, we want to say a sincere thank you to all our learners for continuing learning with us and for their continued interest in our courses.

Until COVID restrictions are entirely lifted we will continue to work within the spirit and guidance to safeguard both our learners and our staff. In response to the recent government announcement, we wanted to communicate Learn Devon’s approach to supporting our learners for the remainder of this academic year.

What approach are we taking?

Those courses that started this year as online learning will continue to be delivered online.

Those courses that started this year as a face to face offer, primarily courses for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities (ALDD), lower level English and maths and lower level digital and IT skills courses will transition back to face to face delivery from 12th of April. This enables us to support the more vulnerable learners and those who are at most risk of being excluded from learning by wholly online delivery.

A limited number of courses in our new programme will be offered as a blend of face to face and online learning from 29th of May. This again supports a wider audience, including those who may be disadvantaged by wholly online delivery.

A limited number of additional qualification courses will form part of our new programme in as face to face delivery from 29th of May. This supports the wider economic needs for supporting employment within our county.

Our new summer programme will be published and available for enrolment from 15th March 2021.

How will this be achieved?

Re-opening of main centres for delivery in the weeks leading up to 12th of April.

We will ensure all learning spaces are COVID secure and ready for our learners to return. It is not our intention to use spaces outside of main centres to directly deliver in the current academic year.

Current Learn Devon Centre opening ours

Our centres and outreach venues will remain closed until further notice. Please use this page to keep up to date with the latest centre opening hours. 

This means that we are currently not offering courses at our centres in Tavistock, Exmouth, Bideford, Okehampton and Newton Abbot or at any of the external venues we use until the government advice changes.

Functional skills and GCSE exams

We are working with examining bodies to agree an approach for functional skills and GCSE exams. Learners currently enrolled on functional skills and GCSE courses should continue to attend classes and our customer support teams and tutors will be in touch with them as soon as we know more.

Initial Assessments for maths and English courses

We will continue to offer initial assessments for maths and English courses online. These assessments will take place using Zoom along with a telephone call. Learners who are not able to access the assessment online will be prioritised for face to face appointments when our centres re-open.

Need to contact us?

Our phone lines remain open and emails monitored as usual, so if you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local centre by phone or by email. Alternatively please call 0345 155 1014 or email learndevon@devon.gov.uk.

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