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9th June 2020

Oli Ward

All courses to remain remote for 2020

Our students' experience and safety, along with that of our instructors, is our primary consideration, which is why we've decided that all of our courses will be running remotely, at the very least, for the remainder of 2020.

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Since lockdown began we’ve been running our courses remotely – a decision we took ahead of government advice, in order to ensure the safety of students and instructors alike.  Through this we have very much maintained the in-person experience of our on-site format, with live and interactive full cohort lectures, all day face-to-face support from instructors and teaching assistants, and a collaborative learning environment. We’ve worked really hard to successfully transfer all of the core aspects of our courses to an online setting, including further investment into our programmes by providing even more support from instructors and TAs. We wrote an article about the transition for our Coding Fellowship Bootcamp that you can read here and have been blown away by how well the system has worked. Most importantly, we’ve received really positive feedback from students about their online learning experience with us.

As everything has been so uncertain, with no one knowing how things would evolve, we have been working under the assumption that we would head back on-site as soon as it was safe to do so. Although that is still the plan, we wanted to offer students, potential students and instructors some clarity about what the next months will look like.

One of the main government guidelines to ensure the spread of COVID-19 is controlled is – if you can, work remotely. We have undertaken a lot of research into what the future of the situation might be and it seems the unfortunate reality is that until a vaccine is developed, produced at scale and administered to the wider population it won’t be safe, or fair, for our students, teaching staff and support team to go back on-site.

We’ve already seen Cambridge University announce they won’t be delivering courses on campus until September 2021. When we first saw that we were surprised and, honestly, thought it was a pretty extreme stance…but having considered it further, it actually seems like a fair approach to take for their students and prospective students – everyone knows where they stand and no one is left in limbo – meaning students can plan essentials such as accommodation, travel, childcare and employment.

Student social photoOur students’ experience and safety, along with that of our instructors, is our primary consideration. Having taken into account feedback from current students and those with upcoming start dates, we think it’s only fair that we make a commitment and announce that all of our courses will be running remotely, at the very least, for the remainder of 2020. We will be keeping a close eye on how the situation develops, and extend this timeline as necessary, but whatever happens we will run all remaining courses this year in our remote in-person learning environment.

We have contacted all students affected, but if you would like to discuss this further with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: [email protected]

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