COVID-19 Update

Guidance for attending College

Update 13 November 2020

Please can we remind students of the importance of the lockdown laws currently in place and the potential consequences of breaching the rules.

Classroom ‘bubbles’ are for classrooms only, you must not mix in groups of more than 2 outside of the classroom. In an outdoor setting one student can only meet with one other person from another household and social distancing must still be maintained. 

We realise this may be difficult, but it's important that we all follow the rules to keep everybody safe.

The Police will issue fines for breach of the rules and if students are under 18, parents will be fined.

If you feel you need support or someone to talk to please make an appointment with guidance services who will be able to signpost you to the relevant support.

Alongside the national rules, East Riding College have issued additional rules, you must wear a face covering BEFORE entering the building and in all public areas of the College, including corridors.  You should sanitise your hands regularly throughout the day including on arrival.

The College has implemented a one way system to enable social distancing and you must follow the signs. 

Failure to follow the College's own rules will result in disciplinary action.  

Thank you for your continued cooperation in helping the East Riding College community stay safe.


Update 20 August 2020

From September, the College will be open to students  - read the guidance on how this will be made safe for students and staff.

Listen to an audio recording of the guidance 

Online/remote learning information

Update 15 June 2020

The College is now open to a wider group of learners, who will be invited in on a priority basis.  Students will be contacted direct by their tutor/curriculum area if they are in one of the groups invited to return.

Please be assured that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that the College environment is safe to attend and learn effectively.  

See our summary of the steps we have taken

View a copy of our risk assessment

Tutors or assessors will contact you individually with more details about how the phased re-opening will affect you

We will expect all learners to adhere to specific requirements to help keep themselves, other learners and staff safe, such as observing social distancing and maintaining good hygiene/sanitation.  In order to keep everyone safe, this may also mean that some of the normal facilities and spaces within the College are not available to you.  Those invited to return will be sent further guidance, including an online 'induction' so you can familiarise yourself with the new procedures.

Please remember that even while you are not on site, our support services are still available to you, including safeguarding, counselling and guidance support in relation to your next steps.  

We look forward to welcoming you back into the College buildings on your return.  If you have any concerns in the meantime, please contact your tutor or assessor in the first instance.


Online learning and remote study guides

There are online learning and remote study guides below, along with information about additional support arrangements. Please keep checking this page for the latest information.

Remote/online learning guidelines

Student Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

Applicant Frequently Asked Questions 

Success Centre Remote Access

Success Centre Remote Access

Safeguarding Advice and Support


These are unprecedented times and we would like to take this opportunity to reassure learners and parents that they will be as fully supported as possible. 

Staying COVID safe

All learners and families are urged to continue to access and follow the relevant online advice and guidance from Public Health England.

Please be assured that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that the College environment is safe to attend and learn effectively.  

See our summary of the steps we have taken

View a copy of our risk assessment


Mental health and well-being support


Working safely online

Here's some links to where you can seek additional support and advice with online safety:

Further resources for parents can be found on our parents page

East Riding College students who were due to take GCSEs, including maths and English resits 

Your tutors are in the process of compiling evidence to give exam boards the grade you are most likely to have achieved if you had sat your exam in the summer. In order to do this, your tutors will review various pieces of evidence, including: reviews and information about the progress you have made on your course; classwork; in-class assessments; mock exams and if appropriate, your previous grades. You will not be set any additional GCSE English/Maths assessments to complete to support the above evidence. We will provide activities that will help you to develop your practical English and mathematical skills further, to support your progression. Please refer to the GCSE Maths and English areas on Microsoft Teams for updates on skills development work and access to your tutors for support. Tutors are not allowed to share any of the grade information with you, you will receive your results in the summer on GCSE results day.You will be able to appeal, or potentially sit your GCSE English and/or mathematics exam in the Autumn of 2020 if you are unhappy with your results - so we recommend continuing to progress in the subjects if you are planning to return to us in September.

For those studying Functional Skills in English and/or maths, we are still awaiting guidance from the exam board regarding the exams process (City and Guilds). Please continue with work set by your tutors via Microsoft Teams until we send out a further update.

Please see How will my GCSE grades be awarded? for a summary of the information above and continue to monitor our social channels and website for additional information.


Free meals

Where learners are in receipt of bursaries or free meals, we will contact you separately to confirm the continued arrangements for financial support during this period. 


Please note that the BC and ER1 buses will be suspended until September at the earliest.  Whilst the EYMS bus service continues to be available, we recommend all learners to take note of national advice on the use of public transport and check the EYMS update page for the latest advice.

Government Travel Guidelines


We are communicating to all our stakeholders within the communities that we serve via our usual social media channels and College website. 

We are also contacting local news media organisations to ensure that everyone is as aware as possible of our plans.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this period of uncertainty.  Please check the website regularly for further updates and guidance.


Previous updates

20 May: Information for learners and apprentices – update from Mike Welsh, Principal & Chief Executive

I would like to take this opportunity to update you in light of the most recent government announcements relating to the national Covid-19 pandemic and the potential to re-open the College.

The latest government guidance for Further and Higher Education confirms that there is no change and we remain in lockdown until the next review which will be on or before 1st June.  The College is currently open only to vulnerable learners (i.e. those with an Education, Health and Care Plan or with a social worker), where those learners do not have underlying health conditions which would place them at risk, or are unwell/have symptoms.  Where vulnerable learners are accessing the College, the current restrictions require that they work, socially distanced, exclusively from our e-Learning Centres, accessing their work online with onsite support from our highly regarded and valued team of Learning Support Assistants.

In light of expected easing of the current lockdown restrictions, we are preparing for a phased re-opening of the College from early June, subject to this being supported by the latest government guidance.  Initially, this will focus mainly on learners and apprentices with practical assessments to complete, and those requiring on-site support in order to progress to the next phase of study.

Update 20 April 2020 

All College campus buildings remain closed to the majority of learners and all learners are being supported to continue their studies remotely through both structured and independent learning arranged by their tutors.   

Where learners are classed as vulnerable they may be given the option to access the e-Learning Centre at our Beverley campus from Wednesday 22nd April 2020.  These learners (and supervising staff) will be required to observe strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines when in College. 

‘Vulnerable means those learners who have an Education, Health and Care Plan and/or are supported by a Social Worker. Learners eligible for this access will be contacted by the College and must speak to their tutor to arrange access before attending. 

Learners and their parents/carers are reminded that any of our vulnerable learners who have an underlying health condition which places them at risk in relation to COVID-19 must not attend and should continue to self-isolate and access learning remotely. 

Any eligible learner who is displaying symptoms, or who lives with someone who is displaying symptoms must not attend, and should follow government advice regarding self-isolation. 



The College has been made aware that a member of the college leadership team has had contact with what is now a confirmed Coronavirus case.  The member of staff is now displaying symptoms and is self-isolating. The College have informed colleagues who have been in direct contact with the member of staff and instructed them to self-isolate, following government guidelines. 

Based on advice from the relevant authorities, the College campuses will close at 5:00pm this evening (23/3/20) for the next 14 days.

The College campuses are already closed to the majority of students and those classified as vulnerable who we were expecting to come into College from tomorrow will be contacted to be advised of the full closure.  During this closure period all college sites will be deep cleaned in line with Public Health England guidelines.

Please keep checking this page for the most up to date information on the College’s position.

Mike Welsh, Principal and Chief Executive said, “Most staff will be able to carry on working remotely as planned, to support students to continue their studies.”



In light of the government announcements yesterday, latest national advice, and taking account of increasing learner and staff absences, we have taken the decision to move into a phase of online/remote learning for all learners from Tuesday 24 March.  All learners and apprentices are asked not to attend College after today (Thursday).  This will allow tutors two days (Friday 20th and Monday 23rd) to prepare relevant resources and make these available to their learners from Tuesday.  We are initially planning for the online/remote learning phase to be in place until the Easter break and this will be reviewed in line with the latest national advice, and our current staffing levels, before we start the summer term.  During this period, your tutor will direct you to online resources or alternative learning arrangements to allow your studies to continue.