We understand that this is a very difficult time for many businesses and communities across our County. We want to reassure you that whilst our centres may be closed we are working hard as team to adapt our service to be able to deliver courses to you online. Our hope is to enable you, our learners, to build new skills and maintain your existing ones helping you adjust and adapt to this current environment we have found ourselves in.

We seek to deliver the same high-quality learning experiences to support your personal, social, health and economic development but do this online, remotely. Our learning environments will always be about creating a safe and healthy place where people have choice, control, and good employment opportunities.

Our centres and outreach venues are closed until further notice. All our courses are currently being delivered online.

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.

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.

Initial Assessments for Maths and English Courses

We will continue to offer initial assessments for maths and English courses online; including GCSE classes that start in September. These assessments will take place online along with a telephone interview. Learners who are not able to access the assessment online will be prioritised for face to face appointments when our centres re-open.

Looking Ahead

We are closely monitoring the situation and strictly adhering to government advice, so until that changes our centres will remain closed and courses will be delivered online only. However, as soon as the government advice changes we will take every measure to keep you informed. The best way to keep in contact is by subscribing to our emailing list but we will also be updating our website and social media, and use text messaging.

We would like to remind you of the need to self-isolate if you experience high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough. You can find more information about what to do on the NHS website and the government website.

Department for Education Helpline

Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline by telephone and email:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

We understand that these are uncertain times for everyone so if there is anything we can do to assist you please don’t hesitate to contact us on learndevon@devon.gov.uk or call your nearest centre.

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