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Work Skills Independence and Living 2013/14

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Contents Welcome.................................................................................................3 Teaching Staff in Workskills....................................................................3 Subjects and Qualifications.....................................................................4 Help.........................................................................................................5 Complaints and Grievances....................................................................5 Student ID Cards.....................................................................................6 Star Awards.............................................................................................6 Student Finance......................................................................................7 Course Costs...........................................................................................7 Time Off..................................................................................................7 Uniforms and clothing............................................................................8 Classes requiring uniforms......................................................................................8

Homework (Out of Class Activities)........................................................8 College Trips............................................................................................9 Equality and Diversity...........................................................................10 Lateness................................................................................................11 Smoking................................................................................................11 Reports and the Disciplinary Procedure...............................................12 Non Negotiables...................................................................................13 Term/Holiday Dates..............................................................................14 Induction quiz.......................................................................................15

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Welcome Welcome to the Work Skills Independence and Living Course. We hope you will have a successful time at Swindon College. This handbook contains useful information about the course and college.

Teaching Staff in Workskills Personal Tutors

Neil Marshall Diane Young

Subject Tutors

Sharon Lloyd Genti Mulalliu

Student Experience Manager

Kate Macdonald

Curriculum Area Manager

Sam Bramfitt

Personal Tutor Every student has a personal tutor who is there to help you throughout all your time at college. My Personal tutor is _________________ Phone Number tel 498270

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Subjects and Qualifications On the Work Skills (Independence and Living) course you will have the chance to gain some qualifications. You will learn skills to help you in your everyday life and to move on to other courses at college.

Edexcel E2 Certificate in Independence and Work The qualification is made up of different units. You need to pass each unit to get your qualification. Therefore it is very important to attend all your classes and pass all the units. There will be an assignment to do for each unit. Plus:

Functional Skills in English Functional Skills in Maths Functional Skills in Information Technology There will be a short test for each of the Functional Skills.

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Help If you have any problems or concerns at college there are a number of people who can help you. Personal Tutor- Your personal tutor is the first person who you should talk. If they cannot help you then they can refer you to someone who can. Support for Learning – the college has support staff called Teaching Assistants and Student Support Workers. They work with students in their lessons to help you to understand and do the work. Student Experience Manager- Kate Macdonald is our SEM, she can help when you have more complicated problems at college or at home. She will also help if you get into trouble at college. Curriculum Area Manager- Sam Bramfitt is our CAM and is in charge of Workskills. He can help if you have any serious problems.

Complaints and Grievances At college we always try to treat every student fairly and equally. If you have a difficulty with the way your work has been marked or assessed then you should first of all talk to the tutor concerned. If you are unable to resolve the problem then you can approach the Course Leader and then the Curriculum Area Manager.

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Student ID Cards All students must have their ID cards with them at all times and must be able to show them to any member of staff if asked. In order to make the college a safe and secure place for all students and staff, random spot checks are carried out. If you lose your ID card a replacement card can be obtained from the Learning Resource Centre at the cost of ÂŁ2.00.

Star Awards Star Awards is a competition to find the student who has improved the most or worked the hardest. Blue cards- are given out for excellent behaviour and work. e.g. hard work, good concentration, helping other students, sticking to a difficult task. Red cards -are given out for poor. e.g. arriving late, not listening in class. The total number of blue cards you get are added up and then any red cards are taken off. The student with the highest total will win. Prizes are presented at the end of the year.

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Student Finance If you need any help with the general costs of College (materials, uniforms for your course, bus travel), you can apply for money from Student Finance. (Tel: 01793 498202)

Course Costs There will be costs for some activities on the course. Trips and other activities- these may have costs which we try to keep as low as possible. Students may be able to get help with these costs from student finance.

Time Off Please inform your tutor by telephone if you are off sick on 01793 498270. This is the Workskills Office number and you can leave a message on this number at any time. If your family arranges a holiday in term time, please tell us so that we know when you will be absent from your classes.

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Uniforms and clothing For some classes you will be expected to wear a uniform for health and safety reasons. Your tutor will explain more about what you need and where you can get the items. You must bring your uniform with you to these classes or you will not be allowed to take part in the session. If you do not attend a lesson because you did not have the correct uniform with you then you will be marked absent.

Classes requiring uniforms • Motor Vehicle: Steel capped safety boots and overalls • Painting and Decorating: Steel capped safety boots and decorator overalls • Catering: Black shoes (no trainers allowed) and a catering outfit – a list will be supplied • Hairdressing/Beauty: Black top, black trousers, black shoes • Sport and Fitness: Trainers, t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms The cost of the uniforms is kept low. There is a fund available to help with the cost of the uniforms. For more details apply to Student Finance.

Homework (Out of Class Activities) Homework will be given out by your subject tutors. This is an important part of your learning. It will be relevant to your lessons and will be set at an appropriate level. You are expected to complete and return homework on time. You will be given a homework diary to help keep track of it.

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College Trips Some of your lessons will be outside of college grounds. At the start of the year an Offsite Consent Form must be signed and returned before you will be allowed to go offsite. If you miss a class because you have not returned your consent form then you will be marked absent for that session. The Offsite Consent Form is important as we must know if you have any medical conditions that we need to be aware of or if you are on any medication. Some of the trips will be in and around the Swindon area, such as, using the Oasis Leisure Centre, visiting Barbury Castle, using local shops or visiting places in Swindon. The Offsite Consent form which you have signed at the start of the year will cover such trips. For trips that are further away, for example to London or Bath you will be given a letter with another consent form. This needs to be signed and returned before you are able to go. The Student Enrichment staff also arranges trips outside of class time, look out for posters around the college advertising such trips. Students have been to places like Alton Towers and the Clothes Show.

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It is important to note that students will not be allowed on any of the special trips if they are on a disciplinary or if there has been a behavioural issue.

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Equality and Diversity At Swindon College we work to treat everyone fairly and to stop anyone being picked on for being different. We will not treat you unfairly because of your: • Age • Disability • Gender reassignment • Marriage and civil partnership • Sex

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P V R T D D F E N

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• Religion or belief • Race • Pregnancy and maternity • Sexual orientation.

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Age Belief Diversity Equality Gender Race Religion

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Lateness You need to come to all your lessons on time. It is your responsibility to make sure you are on time. Being late means you will miss out on part of a lesson and disrupt it for others. If you are late. • You will not be allowed into the classroom. • Go to reception and scan your student ID card • Take the late slip from the scanner • Go to your class and give the late slip to your tutor • Your tutor will talk to you about your lateness when it is convenient.

Smoking There are only two places in college where you are able to smoke. These are the smoking shelters which are located outside the Student Enrichment Centre and at the side of the Phoenix building. Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere else and you could end up being put on a disciplinary if you break this rule. Please put cigarette butts in the cigarette bins provided.

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You must not roll-up cigarettes inside buildings ( e.g. classrooms, corridors, lifts, etc.).

Reports and the Disciplinary Procedure If you behave sensibly in college and you attend all lessons you are unlikely to be put on report. However, you may be put on weekly report if you do not follow the Non-negotiables for Work Skills and the College’s Code of Conduct. Your subject teachers will complete your report at the end of each week. If a tutor is satisfied that you have improved your behaviour you will be able to come off report. If, however, a tutor is not satisfied that you have improved your behaviour then you will be put on a disciplinary. A disciplinary has three stages: • Stage 1 – You will receive a formal written warning and your parents of guardian may be contacted. • Stage 2 – Your parents or guardians will be called in and you will meet with the course tutor and Student Experience Manager where you will receive a final written warning. • Stage 3 – Your parents or guardians will be called in and a decision will be made as to whether or not you will be allowed to remain at college. The Non–negotiables can be found on the next page. Full details of the College Code of Conduct, including the Computer Code of Conduct, can be found on Moodle on the College web site. At the back of this handbook you will find an agreement form about using the college computers. You must sign this agreement before you will be allowed to log on to the college system. You must also sign the Work skills Contract saying that you agree to the rules laid out in this handbook. Work Skills

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Non Negotiables

Be on time for all lessons and do not be late back from breaks You must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during college hours No eating or drinking in lessons, other than water Mobile phones must be switched off during lesson time No swearing, or racist/abusive language No bullying No spitting Wear the correct uniform

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Term/Holiday Dates Work Skills Calendar 2013/2014 Term 1 Term starts Monday 3rd September Term ends Thursday 24th October Term 2 Term starts Monday 4th November Term ends Friday 20th December Curriculum Collapse Week (no classes) Mon 25th November – Friday 29th November Term 3 Term starts Monday 6th January Term ends Friday 14th February Term 4 Term starts Monday 24th February Term ends Friday 4th April Curriculum Collapse Week (no College) Monday 10th March – Friday 14th March Term 5 Term starts Tuesday 22nd April Term ends Thursday 22nd May Bank holiday-May Day (college closed) Monday 5th May

Term 6 Term starts Monday 2nd June Term ends Friday 20th June

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Induction quiz 1. What is the name of the principal?

2. Where can I borrow a book or a DVD?

3. Where can I buy snacks and drinks?

4. Where can I buy T shirts, pens, rubbers etc?

5. Where can I play pool or play Xbox games with my friends?

6. Who can I speak to if I have a problem?

7. Write down 3 ground rules

8. What is my learning style?

9. Who is my Student Experience Manager?

10.What colour is the Zone?

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