Activate Learning and Covid-19

Learn about what we're doing to keep our learners and staff safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Covid-19 safety for students aged 16-18

This page has been updated following the latest local government guidance on 27 April 2022.

The past couple of years have been disruptive for students, as the pandemic meant that we had to implement lots of different measures, at different times, to keep everyone safe.

This year we hope there will be a lot less disruption for everyone, thanks to the roll-out of the vaccination programme.

However, Covid is still with us so here are some things that we will continue to do, as we think they are sensible and help to keep everyone protected:


With immediate effect, students and staff in education settings in England will no longer be required to test twice a week, except for those in our SEND Department within Lifeskills.

Your COVID-19 test results will need to be logged via the NHS site, whether negative or positive.

If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you will no longer have to take a lateral flow test every day for seven days.


Throughout the pandemic we’ve worked hard to ensure that all communal areas and classrooms are cleaned more often and used special hydrostatic spraying to provide longer lasting protection.

We plan to keep doing this as we want to provide the cleanest, safest environment possible for people to learn in.

Hand washing and sanitisers 

Good hand hygiene is something that has been so important to keeping everyone safe over the past 18 months, and it’s something we will continue to encourage. Regular hand washing will continue to be advised, and hand sanitisers will continue to be placed throughout our colleges for people to use.

We’ve worked hard over the course of the pandemic to keep everyone as safe as possible and will continue to do so as we move into the new year, providing everyone with a safe environment to learn in.

Tracing close contacts and isolation 

From Thursday 24 February, the Government advises that if you test positive you should stay at home for at least five full days and continue to follow the guidance until you receive two negative tests results, to avoid transmitting the virus to others.

All results, positive or negative, should be notified via the NHS. In addition to this, positive results should be notified via this form to Activate Learning.

What to do if you feel unwell

Young people who have symptoms of COVID 19 and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to college when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.

If a young person has a positive COVID-19 test result, they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for three days after the day they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after three days if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.

Young people who go to college and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

Further information

If you have any questions about the above, please contact or call 01865 550401 between 9 am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

What additional support is available to students? 

If you need to speak to anyone about anything, our Safeguarding and Student Support team are on hand to support you. There are people there to help you with whatever it is you’re going through, so please do speak to us.

What online resources do you have to support learning and wellbeing? 

In addition to your learning via ALO and the wellbeing support from the Safeguarding and Student Support team, we’ve also put together the following resources and information online to support your learning and wellbeing: 

How are you going to communicate further updates? 

We will continue to communicate regular updates via email and text alerts to ensure you get the information you need.

We ask all students and parents to ensure their contact details are up to date with us so that you don’t miss any of these important updates. You can do this in the following ways:

phone: 0800 612 6008


In addition, you will also get regular updates from your tutors regarding your faculty areas and studies.

Read more about Covid-19 safety for our 19+ learners