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What's happening at BAEC?

24/02/21 - Lockdown update.  

Following the government announcement on 22nd February, the Kentwood and Poverest centres are reopening from 8th March.

Some courses continue online beyond 08/03/21. This includes Part 1 courses due to conclude during that week, courses delivered in a blended format and courses where the majority of students have agreed to delay their return to centres.

We are sending our existing students emails this week with an update on the status of their course. If you have not received anything from us, check your junk folder. Your tutor will also make sure that you know what is happening.

Safety and social distancing measures will remain our priority. We have updated our risk assessments for your protection. You may need to review the ground rules you agreed as a group in September and we are always available to answer your questions.

The Kentwood Rapid Test Centre is open as usual and Rapid Lateral Flow tests continue to be available for those who do not have Covid symptoms.

Census 2021

BAEC will operate as a Census Support Service to members of the public. This will be available from 8th March 2021. Information about the service can be found here.

New Family Learning online courses

Home schooling your children? Visit our Family Learning page for further information on online workshops and short courses.

We are recruiting

Help BAEC retrain, upskill and inspire local adults in these difficult times and expand your own practice in 2021.

We have vacancies for sessional tutors in several subjects to start in spring term 2021 - see our BAEC job vacancies page for details

Successful Matrix Accreditation November 2020

BAEC Career, Information, Advice and Guidance procedures were externally reviewed in the last week of November. BAEC achieved the Matrix Standard  and the assessor was pleased to write 'In summary, this accreditation review confirmed that BAEC continues to deliver a high quality, content rich, IAG offer that is making a real difference to learners.'

The Matrix assessment is centred around the quality of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) that BAEC offers to learners and staff and is a requirement for publicly funded Adult Education institutions.

In total, the Matrix assessor interviewed 30 different staff and partners, and a sample of 23 learners.

The strengths highlight BAEC work on IAG and its embedded approaches:
  •  Leadership approaches have successfully enhanced the positioning of BAEC as an integral component of wider council approaches such as ‘Transforming Bromley’.
  • The matrix Standard is embraced as a business improvement tool providing a “push and boost” approach to striving for IAG excellence.
  • Innovative approaches to the whole learner journey have been essential to keep learners engaged and enjoying learning throughout the pandemic.
  • The IAG offer has developed significantly since the last assessment, with staff embracing a broadened role in response to increased demand for health and well-being support.

 New Laser Cutter for the Etching room

Etching students will soon benefit from access to a laser cutter donated by our Etching tutor Kirsten Baskett. BAEC is one of the few institutions with this equipment, which enables students to produce accurate and precise pieces, and learn new skills.

DevicesDotNow

We are  very excited to have partnered with Good Things Foundation to receive these tablets from DevicesDotNow scheme. Thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund and Good Things Foundation we were able to equip some of our most vulnerable learners stay connected during Covid-19 and engage with education
You can find more information here https://futuredotnow.uk/devicesdotnow/

Digital  Adult Community Education (ACE) guidance materials

Bromley Adult Education College worked with Holex and other leading colleagues to help adult education providers with developing their digital capabilities.

Link to Digital Adult Community Education (ACE) developed materials:

https://holex.org.uk/digital-ace/

New Smartboards

Smartboards in most classrooms at the Kentwood and Poverest centres were upgraded to up to date models during summer 2020.

BAEC was successful in securing funding from the Greater London Agency and the Borough of Bromley to carry out the works.

The new Smartboards are user-friendly, offer greatly enhanced visibility and sound, and can share materials/audio/videos with Android, IOS and Windows devices wirelessly.

Classroom computers have also been upgraded so they respond faster and you have the opportunity to work with the latest apps.

The new facilities will improve the quality of teaching and learning for all learners, and make your experience at BAEC more enjoyable.