With the lockdown restrictions lifting, 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. There has been a huge interest in learning online and we are continuing to make this offer throughout the summer.  

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. 

Visiting a centre? 

All learning centres are COVID secure and ready for our learners to return to a limited range of face to face courses. Please note the guidance below before attending planned learning to help ensure everyone enjoys safe and secure learning.  

  • Tutors and learners will announce their name on arrival, we will confirm we have your contact number and any updates for track and trace. 
  • Course start/finish times will be staggered, to minimise contact outside of your class. 
  • Face coverings must be worn unless medically exempt. 
  • Ventilation of all rooms. 
  • High hygiene practice will be in place. 
  • There is controlled access to/from the building to prevent excessive numbers of people being present at any one time, allowing for social distancing. 
  • Use of lift(s) will be monitored to ensure cleaned after use. 
  • We will encourage learners and staff to flow test, but this is voluntary (see below for more details) 

We ask: 

  • Not to arrive more than 10 mins before session. 
  • Sign in for track and trace and be directed to room on 121 basis, tutors will be in the room and direct to seating. 
  • No sharing of equipment. 
  • Personal belongings to be kept to a minimum. 
  • Learners (unless exempt) wear a face covering. 
  • Hygiene practice to be followed, with resources available throughout the building. 
  • Social distancing to be kept at all times (floor markings). 

Information on  lateral flow testing for staff and learners  

Following Department for Education and Devon County Council guidance around lateral flow testing Learn Devon staff and learners are not required to conduct lateral flow testing however we would strongly encourage all staff and learners who are accessing our buildings to do so.  

Tests can be collected from a local pharmacy or test centre or you can order them sent directly to your home. If you will have difficulties getting tests  then Learn Devon can supply packs of tests, the first pack will be posted out but subsequent packs will be collected from your local centre.  

If staff and learners are testing, then they are required to upload results to the NHS test and trace website Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)and we request that the results are shared with Learn Devon as part of signing into the building.  

Support and advice

The centres are not open for unplanned visits, so please get in touch with your local centre by phone or by email. Alternatively please call 0345 155 1014 or email learndevon@devon.gov.uk.