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HYA Training's Remote Education Offering

Following the guidance from UK Government for both training providers and schools/colleges to provide education remotely, HYA Training have put into place a comprehensive distance learning package for all of our existing students.

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents, guardians or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

This information will be split into two sections; 'Study Programme & Traineeships' and 'Adult Education & Apprenticeships'

We hope that this page will help to answer any queries that may arise from the current changes to the delivery of learning, as well as provide you with reassurance that HYA Training have taken action to ensure that no student will go without a high level of education, regardless of if they are on site or at home.

Study Programme & Traineeships

Whilst the change for educational providers to commence with remote learning comes during unprecedented times, HYA Training are fortunate that our vocational-style qualifications can still be taught effectively whilst students are safe at home. Please be reminded that those students who are children of 'key workers' or are classed as vulnerable (including those with an ECHP) are still able to access centre-based education as normal.

What Should I Expect From Day One?

In the first instance, students will have been set work to carry them through from their last face to face tuition session, so that continuity is not lost during the change from local to remote delivery.

Will My Curriculum Change?

Please be assured that HYA Training are committed to teaching the same curriculum remotely as we do onsite wherever possible and appropriate. However, there is often the need to make some adaptations in certain subjects in order to ensure the work being set is still engaging for our students. For example, where group or team participation was required for the completion of lesson objective(s), we may need to adjust the lesson plan to ensure students can continue to work collaboratively whilst not in the same physical room.

Whilst the time spent attending remote education sessions may slightly vary in comparison to on-site learning, timetables for all students have already been issued and will fall in line with lessons that were planned-in prior to the lockdown restrictions that came into place in early 2021.

How Can I Access HYA Training's Remote Education?

For those students who have access to video-enabled technology (such as smart phones, tablets, laptops), we will be conducting our sessions through various remote delivery applications and digital platforms. Whilst each student will be instructed by their personal tutor regarding any applications they need to add to their device(s), HYA Training recommend downloading the following from your app store:

  • Microsoft Teams - our application of choice for video based conference with all students.

  • Showbie - a great app for creating a virtual classroom. Tutors will utilise this application to send you work and provide feedback directly to your device.

  • Microsoft Whiteboard - to encourage collaborative learning, a virtual whiteboard space will be used to enable all students to be involved in expressing their understanding in the 'classroom'.

  • We will continue to utilise our online student portfolio systems to collate student attendance for lessons.

    How Will I Be Taught Remotely?

    HYA Training will continue to deliver a high-quality educational offering, via the use of the following remote approaches:

  • Live teaching (online lessons).

  • Interactive virtual classrooms and screen sharing applications.

  • Mock/practice examination sessions.

  • Pre-recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by tutors as part of a live lesson).

  • printed paper packs produced by tutors (e.g. workbooks, worksheets).

  • textbooks and reading books that students will already have at home.

    What If I Don't Have Online Access Or Appropriate Device(s) For Remote Education?

    We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. HYA Training are therefore taking the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:

  • HYA Training have ordered various brand-new digital devices which can be loaned to selected students to ensure they are able to access our remote delivery sessions effectively. A decision to offer a loan device will be made on a case by case basis, and can never be guaranteed. Should you not have a working digital device, please contact your key tutor so that we can assess further support that can be put into place.

  • We will continue to support students by offering internet access via web-enabled 'dongles', where appropriate. Should you not have access to the internet at home, please speak with your key tutor so that we can assess how we can best support you. In the first instance we would advise students to contact their mobile phone network provider in order to temporarily increase their online data allowance for free. This will likely give you the internet access you require for online education. If this has proven not to be possible, we will review each application on a case by case basis.

  • For students that are unable to access the internet and therefore cannot download work resources, we will post printed work to your personal address until we are in a position to assist with online access. Instruction on how to return your completed work will come from your key tutor.

    Adult Education & Apprenticeships

    Our adult & apprentice students will thankfully see little change to their education following the mandated schools closure, as HYA Training have already been conducting remote/distance learning across all of our workplace and core-skills programmes for several weeks. All learning for both apprentices and adult core-skills students will continue to be held remotely until futher notice, with no access to our training centre (unless for pre-arranged, specific reasons such as online Functional Skills testing).

    Will My Curriculum Change?

    Whilst the change from face-to-face teaching to remote video calling will no doubt come with different ways of working, there will be minimal change to your curriculum. HYA Training are ensuring that all apprentice and adult education targets will be met in exactly the same fashion, with our tutors altering their delivery plans to enable us to effectively mentor on a remote basis. An example of this would be where physical observation at the workplace was previously required. Instead, HYA will utilise other methods to ensure we are supporting you in your workplace development. Your quality of learning should not be interrupted.

    How Can I Access HYA Training's Remote Education?

    Just like with our Study Programme, we will be holding remote sessions directly with those students who have access to video-enabled technology (such as smart phones, tablets, laptops). Whilst each student will be instructed by their personal tutor regarding any applications they need to add to their device(s), HYA Training recommends downloading the Microsoft Teams app for video conferencing. Adjustment will be made for apprentices whose employer promotes the use of a different video conference application.

    Students will continue to use their OneFile apprenticeship portal where applicable.

    What If I Don't Have Online Access Or Appropriate Device(s) For Remote Education?

    For apprentices, given that study time should be held during your working hours, we ask for support from your employer to provide you with a suitable work-station for remote education. For those students working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unfortunately unable to support you with additional hardware deices at this time. Should you have any concerns in connecting to remote education with your tutor, please look to contact them at your earliest convenience so that we can support as much as possible.

    For students on our adult education programmes, we will provide you with details on remote delivery prior to the start of your course(s). Should you not have regular access to video-enabled devices and/or an internet service, then we will prioritise your application for a later date once face-to-face contact can safely resume.

    Additional Support For Students With Particular Needs

    We recognise that some students, for example some students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those students as much as possible. This will include altering our delivery plans to ensure that all students can effectively engage in remote education.

    Remote Education For Self-Isolating Students

    We appreciate that students forced to self-isolate may have trouble in accessing remote education, especially those who are usually work-place based (such as apprentices or employed adult education students). Thankfully there will be no difference in the educational offering for those students, and HYA Training will support as much as possible where changes need to be made due to students not being able to access their usual digital device(s).
    For those Study Programme students who are still mandated to classroom learning, we ask that they remain at home until the end of the recommended isolation period. HYA Training will be on hand to loan digital devices to those students that need them, so they too can engage in remote study sessions. We may require proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to re-engaging with your classroom based sessions, however this will be discussed with students personally on a case-by-case basis.

    As an organisation, HYA Training are actively promoting adherence to the UK Government's recommended safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, and would ask all of our students to do the same. Should you have any concerns around coronavirus and how it may affect your education, please speak with a member of HYA Training at the earliest opportunity.