Your Placements in 2020.

At Canterbury Christ Church University, many of our students will undertake a placement or other form of work-related experience as part of their degree programme. This provides a valuable opportunity to develop employability skills, gain work experience and enhance future job prospects.

Preparing you for placements

Our priority is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students while on placements.

Before you can undertake a placement, the University will help you to understand your own individual health risk profile, using a risk assessment of your fitness to attend placement. Where necessary, this will include an Occupational Health Assessment, which may mean further action is required by you, or the University, before you can undertake a placement.

We work in partnership with our placement providers to support you into a safe working environment. This means that your placement organisation will have risk assessments in place to provide a safe environment. We and placement providers follow Government health and safety advice, and you must comply with all local risk management requirements to minimise risks whilst at the University and on placement.

Covid-19 impact

Taking into consideration the Covid-19 implications and following government guidelines for social distancing, it could mean that certain employers or providers will not be able to carry out or accept an agreed placement. If that occurs, on the understanding that the employer or provider gives CCCU reasonable notice, then this placement will need to be cancelled or postponed, and an alternative form of work-related experience arranged.

This action will take account of advice, direct requests from placement providers, or Government, Professional, Statutory or Regulatory body guidance. If this occurs, we will make all reasonable efforts to enable you to complete your programme within the expected time frame. These reasonable efforts may require changes to the curriculum design and placement schedule.

Students with high level risk profiles

Some students may have, or may develop, personal or health circumstances that place them at greatly increased risk within placement settings, which cannot be reasonably managed. This level of risk may prevent you from completing your chosen programme. If this happens, we will discuss your study options with you. These include:

  • An interruption until your circumstances change, and your risk is reduced.
  • An interruption until additional health measures are available to reduce your risk (e.g. vaccination).

If you have any specific questions or would like to discuss your placements please contact your programme team. For health concerns you can also contact Student Support, Health and Wellbeing for support and advice.

All our Health and Social Care programmes which lead to professional registration, require practice learning experiences. These must take place in a wide variety of placement settings and will commence in your first year of study (or second year of study for those undertaking ‘programme with Foundation Year’). This is part of preparing you for the world of work and supporting you to succeed in your chosen profession.

Our priority is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students while on health placements.

Before you can attend placement, the University will help you to understand your own individual health risk profile, using a risk assessment of your fitness to attend placement. Where necessary, this includes Occupational Health Assessment, which may mean further action is required by you, or the University, before you can be allowed into placement. This is because your health and wellbeing are extremely important to us.

We work in partnership with our placement providers to support you into a safe practice learning experience. This means that your placement organisation will have risk assessments in place to provide a safe environment. We and placement providers follow government health and safety advice, and you must comply with all local risk management requirements to minimise risks whilst at the University and on placement.

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Given the changing guidance to schools and educational settings we are keeping our approach to ITE placements under constant review.

We constantly review the National Guidance for ITE, including that from the DfE, and ensure we comply with the required criteria and any statutory guidance. By following National Recommendations no trainee teacher studying at CCCU will be disadvantaged by the National or regional effects of COVID 19, on their route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

We currently intend to start all scheduled placement days after the Autumn Term half term break. If our school and college partners are in a position to support placements we will begin placements at this stage. If we need to adapt our approach to placements, for example, by undertaking some placements in a socially distanced manner, or by working remotely then we will do so, and support all student teachers with these modified approaches.

If you believe you are COVID-19 symptomatic, or if you test positive for COVID-19, or are asked by NHS Test & Trace to self-isolate as a close contact to someone who has tested positive

We would expect you to immediately:

  • self-isolate;
  • request a COVID-19 test (in the case of symptoms);
  • and complete the University’s self-reporting form. 
  • Let your programme team know so they can support you in your studies. 

 

You should also contact your placement provider if in the previous 48 hours you have been on a placement.

This is to ensure your placement provider/ employer is directly and quickly informed so they can follow their own procedures.