COVID-19 Update


Guidance for learners  

Update 13 May

Wearing of face coverings

From 17 May, in line with Step 3 of the Government roadmap, face coverings are no longer recommended for learners in classrooms or communal areas. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms but should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).

In our commercial training environments, such as our Inspire salons, restaurants, travel agency and motor vehicle garages, learners and staff must comply with the relevant sector guidance for working safely during COVID-19 in those settings.

Anyone who wants to continue wearing a face covering in College can continue.

Update 1 April 

New guidance on testing

  • Anyone who is currently undertaking lateral flow testing for Covid-19 at home should be aware of some recent changes that have been made by the Government to the procedure you will need to follow if you receive a positive result.  Anyone who receives a positive result after taking their lateral flow test must now get a confirmatory PCR test within two days of receiving their result. The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119.

  • If you receive a positive result from a lateral flow test - You must immediately self-isolate, along with close contacts and other members of your household, in line with NHS - Test & Trace guidance and contact the College while awaiting the PCR result.
  • If the PCR test is positive - You must continue to self-isolate, along with your close contacts and other members of your household, following the NHS - Test & Trace guidance and advise the College.
  • If the PCR test is negative – The negative result overrides the lateral flow test and you and your close contacts and other members of your household can stop self-isolating. Please contact the College to advise of the negative result.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe!


Update 24 March

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing arrangements for Easter break/new term

Government guidance issued today urges learners to keep testing at home throughout the Easter holidays and into the summer term.

  • All learners can now access home testing kits. 
  • Kits must be requested from tutors before the end of term. 
  • Learners will be issued with enough tests to last over the Easter break.  Learners are advised to test themselves twice a week (recommended on Wednesday and Sunday) at home from now on, including the night before their return to College when the new term starts, and to self-isolate if testing positive. All kits come with full instructions.
  • Learners must report results to the NHS whether positive, negative or void.  
  • Learners must also inform the College of their results (using Office 365/Teams log in) whether positive, negative or void.  

After Easter the College will continue to offer a learner testing service run by volunteers.  Learners who wish to book a test should speak to their tutor or follow the instructions provided on the student intranet.   

See update from 5 March (below) for further details of other ways to access asymptomatic testing.

Asymptomatic testing remains optional and learners will not have their access to site restricted if they choose not to be tested.


Update 12 March

Free meals payments

Learners who are eligible for free meals will continue to receive payments over the Easter break.


Update 5 March

Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college.

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles. 

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Update 2 March

Onsite testing facilities for students

Onsite testing facilities will be available for learners to access from Monday 8th March at our Beverley and Bridlington campuses.  Tests will need to be pre-booked on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Flemingate, Beverley and on Tuesday and Thursday at St Mary’s Walk, Bridlington.  Tests are encouraged but are not compulsory – access to site will not be restricted for anyone who does not wish to take a test.  Any learners wishing to access an onsite test must complete a consent form in advance.  A link to the online consent form will be made available to all learners in a tutorial briefing along with instructions about how to book a test.  Learners will be expected to test themselves and support will be available in the testing centres about how to do this.  Trained staff will also be available to assist any learners with additional needs who would like to be tested but are unable to administer this themselves. 

Onsite lateral flow testing is for those who are asymptomatic.  Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 should access a PCR test and self-isolate in the usual way.  Based on the latest government guidance, we expect onsite testing to be available until the end of March after which we understand that home testing kits will be available for learners.  Onsite testing facilities will be significantly scaled back at this point and only those with additional needs who are unable to administer a test themselves will be able to access a test at the College.  We will update our website with more details as soon as this is confirmed.

Tutors will be in contact with learners directly to clarify the teaching arrangements for individual courses over the next few weeks and we look forward to welcoming you back on site.


Update 24 February

Returning to on-campus learning

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22 February, learners will be returning to study at all of our campuses from Monday 8 March, in line with government guidelines. 

As we have done after previous lockdowns, this will be carefully managed to enable safety measures such as social distancing can be maintained on site and learners should expect a blended learning approach similar to the autumn term.

We will prioritise practical, skill development-based learning and those courses requiring learners to prepare for assessments.   Tutors will be communicating the details to their learners and any specific arrangements for their groups.

 Rapid testing for students

You may be aware that outline guidance has been issued explaining the expectations for learners to access testing when they return to site.  We are working through the detailed arrangements in relation to learner testing and will provide further details in advance of 8 March on our website.

Face coverings

The Government guidance has changed in relation to face coverings. For the remainder of this term (at least), learners and staff are asked to use face coverings whilst on campus, in both communal areas and teaching spaces.  Our learners have been very understanding and considerate in the use of face coverings so far, and we anticipate that they will continue to be under the new guidance, in line with our values of caring and respect, and in order to keep us all safer.

Learners and staff with genuine medical exemptions remain exempt.  Learners and staff with hearing impairments that need to lip read to enable them to learn and work, are also exempt as are their peers, teachers and colleagues.


East Yorkshire buses will be operating as normal and the dedicated college buses will also be operating in line with their usual timetable from 8th March.

We will release more information as it becomes available.



Online/remote learning information

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

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. 

For a summary, read our Remote Education Offer.

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


Previous Updates

Update 7 January 2021

Following the recent Government announcement that it is up to each college to determine whether it is safe and appropriate for BTEC and other public examinations to go ahead during lockdown, the College has determined that all exams with dates set by awarding organisations that fall within with the latest national lockdown period will proceed. 

We believe that the measures we have put in place to ensure staff and student safety mean that all public, external examinations should proceed as scheduled unless the situation changes, we are directed otherwise by the relevant authorities, or they are cancelled by the DFE or awarding organisation. 

If anyone is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, receives a positive test, is unwell and needs to self-isolatethey should not travel to College for exams. 

We understand that the situation is difficult, and that students (and their parents) are concerned about the impact on their studies.  The College will fully support students with whatever choice they and their families make. However, we cannot at this stage inform students how assessments will take place if they do not attend their exams, as we have not yet been informed of the process by the awarding organisations. We understand however, based on the Secretary of Staterecent statement to Parliament, that teacher assessment will be a component of the assessment. 

If you have any questions, speak to your tutor. 

Please rest assured that we are acting as quickly and effectively as we can in the best interests of our students, their wellbeing and futures in a frequently changing situation. 


Update 5 January 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a further national lockdown on 4 January 2021, the College will be following the DFE (Department for Education) guidance to move all learning online with some exceptions - outlined below.  Further updates will be published here and posted to our social media channels when available.

  • Our Beverley and Bridlington campuses will remain open for specific groups only. These include vulnerable learners (high needs, those with Education Health Care Plans), children of critical workers and teacher training students. These learners will be contacted directly by their tutors if the exemptions apply to them.  The St. James Centre in Hull will be closed to all learners. We are not permitted to accommodate other learners on site (including apprentices) during the lockdown period. 


  • Vocational exams scheduled for January will proceed (COVID-securely) unless the DFE, Ofqual or the individual Awarding Organisations cancel them.  It will be for individual learners and their families to decide whether they should sit exams or not.  We do not have the legal authority to cancel public examinations.  On demand/online tests/exams, are to be rescheduled wherever possible. Your tutors will have the latest information on what is happening for your course.


  • From 6 January 2021 opening hours at both main campuses will revert to non-term time opening hours. The refectories at both campuses will remain open for the time being, with reduced menus for those learners and staff that need them. 


  • We will continue to provide emotional and wellbeing support to all learners via the enrichment, guidance and learner coach teams.  More details about accessing safeguarding support can be found here



  • We are going to be setting up on-site COVID-19 testing centres for staff and learners.   We will keep you informed of developments regarding testing on site.  Testing will be optional for both staff and students.


  • We have already begun issuing devices to learners that need them to work remotely from home.  If you need to borrow a device to work from home, speak to your tutor.


  • Bursary learners and learners entitled to free lunches will receive payments directly into their bank accounts, until at least February half-term.


  • Those learners who do attend college must maintain social distancing at all times and use face coverings. Remember: HANDS / FACE / SPACE

Update 31 December 2020

In line with the latest government guidance issued on the December 30th, we are having to re-plan how we will deliver your course in the first two weeks of January. Your safety remains our most important consideration and we would ask you to read carefully the sections of this statement that apply to you.

All Students:

  • If you have covid-19 symptoms such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or you lose your sense of smell or taste you must not attend college, this applies even if you have an exam. You need to arrange a coronavirus test as soon as possible. Further guidance is available at If you are worried about missing an exam you can contact your Tutor.
  • To protect yourself and others wear a face covering in public and circulation spaces, wash and sanitise your hands regularly, and maintain social distancing at all times. 
  • If you are under 18 and the child of a critical worker, have and Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or you are a vulnerable learner, you can choose to attend College in person. You need to contact your Tutor to discuss this on Monday 4thJanuary.
  • As soon as possible in January we will be putting a Covid-19 testing centre into operation at our Beverley, Bridlington and Hull campuses. We will provide you with more details when you are due to return to face-to-face teaching.
  • There will be no teaching at all on the 4thJanuary, you are not expected to attend college or do online learning on this day.


Any scheduled BTEC exams will be going ahead as planned – but you are only required to attend to sit your exam. Your tutors will advise you if this applies to you.

FE Students of any age:

4th January 2021

There will be no formal teaching for anyone on the 4th January. This is to allow your teachers time to plan learning and resources they need in readiness for online and remote learning.

Tuesday 5th- Friday 8th January 2021

If you have a planned exam it will be running as scheduled.You should attend college in person only for your scheduled exams. For all other learners this is a week of online and remote learning. Your tutors will contact you with further details as soon as they can.

Monday 11th- Friday 15th 2021

If you have a planned exam it will be running as scheduled.  All other lessons will take place remotely and you should not attend site.

 Monday 18th January 2021

ALL FE learners return to face-to-face delivery, unless current government guidelines change.

HE Students

In accordance with national guidance, HE students will not return to face-to-face delivery until the 18th January. Online and remote learning will continue between the 5th and 22nd of January. The HE area in the E-learning Centre will remain open for access to the library and IT if you need it.

The exceptions to this are PGCE students students who will return to face-to-face delivery as per government guidance from the 5th January.

Your lecturers will be in contact to advise you of the learning you will be undertaking over the next three weeks.


If you are an apprentice that infills with FE students you will be returning to face-to-face delivery from the 18th. Between the 5th and 15th of January you will be set work to do remotely or sent an invitation to be taught online.

If you are an apprentice in a discrete group where you do not mix with FE students you will be returning to face-to-face delivery from the 5th January.  Your tutor will contact you with more details.


Update 2 December 2020

The East Riding has now entered Tier 3: Very High Alert local restrictions, which means that the College remains open.  For guidance on other activities, you can refer to the Very High Alert Guidance 

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 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.