26th march update covid19

Aspire Sussex Current Situation: 26th March 2020

Message from Robyn Kohler Chief Executive of Aspire Sussex

Dear Students, 

I would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during this difficult time.

In the last week there has been a tremendous amount of additional work carried out by staff at Aspire Sussex to inform you of changes brought about by the Government to deal with the national Covid 19 emergency. We have also been working to get staff equipped to work from home as quickly as possible, to keep them safe in line with the Government guidelines. 

In terms of your learning, we will keep you informed of our progress to make learning available to you at home online. We are also working on our brochure and planning courses for the next academic year.

We are continuously keeping appraised of Government announcements, and will update our website with any new developments.

Please look out for regular updates on the website and social media, and please do observe safety and distancing recommendations – we want you to be fit and ready for when we are able to resume!

Once again, thank you. Keep safe,
Best wishes

Robyn 

Refunds and courses after Easter
We are currently processing refunds for courses cancelled in March 2020. This may take us a bit longer than normal due to staff working from home. At present we haven’t cancelled courses that start after Easter but should they be cancelled we will make refunds available at that point. Some courses may be able to run online and we will keep you updated about this.

Communication with Aspire Sussex
We closed our centres this week and now have staff working from home so please do not send anything to us by post for the time being, we will still be picking up calls on the 0345 601 0161 number or emails addressed to enquiries@aspiresussex.org.uk 

Brochure
We expect not to be publishing a hard copy of our Autumn brochure for circulation this June as is normally the case due to the restrictions currently in place in the venues where our brochure can be picked up. We will be creating an online version so please keep an eye on our website and social media for announcements or subscribe to our monthly learner bulletin to hear updates about the next programme launch. 
Click here to sign up to our Learner Bulletin

Online learning options
Over the next few weeks we will be exploring how many of our courses can be offered online so we hope to see you in our virtual classes very soon! Keep an eye out for an email or for social media posts announcing this new provision. We hope to start something after Easter. In the meantime have a browse of some of our current online and distance learning options! https://www.aspiresussex.org.uk/distance-learning-courses/

Qualification courses
We are currently awaiting information and guidance from the Department for Education and Ofqual as to how students working towards qualifications will be supported during this time. We will inform our students as soon as this becomes available.
 
Aspire Sussex are planning to offer continuing learning online for the remainder of 2019/20 during the summer term and will be in contact with students as soon as possible.

Thank you
Thank you again for the kind messages we received when you were told we had to close our face to face provision and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of those able to donate their refund to help us keep going at this time. We really appreciate the loyalty and kindness of our students.