Welcome to STCG Moodle

Welcome to the new STCG Moodle. The links below are for Moodle app users and give access to some of the key support areas

Your STCG Induction 2020

Learning Resource Centres (LRCs)

Student Support Areas Menu

College Systems and User Guide (students) 

Student Guide to Office 365

Safeguarding and Staying Safe

Learning Curve login (learners only)

Logging into Moodle

We recommend you use Google Chrome when working with Moodle and Office 365. There is a user guide in the College Systems and User Guides section that shows you how to use Chrome at College and how to get it at home.

Other Systems

You do not need to be logged into Moodle to use the links below but you will need to log into the system after you have clicked the link.


Email - click the Outlook icon above

Email - click the Outlook icon above (students only)

Office 365 - click the Office 365 icon above

Office 365 - click the Office 365 icon above

Proportal - click the icon above

Proportal - click the icon above (login with student number)

Proportal - click the icon above

BKSB - Click the BKSB link above. Ask your teacher what your login and password is

Blackboard OpenLMS

Use Moodle on the go by downloading our new app Open-LMS


    Site news

    The LRC is open this Summer!

    Click here to find out when your LRC is open this Summer

    College systems accounts expire at the end of September

    Dear Students, Please note that your college email and other college systems accounts will expire shortly after the end of your course, at the end of September.  If you will need access to any ...

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    Dear Students,

    Please note that your college email and other college systems accounts will expire shortly after the end of your course, at the end of September.

     If you will need access to any files or information stored in your college systems accounts (email, network space, OneDrive etc) after you have left then please remember to copy what you need.

     · Your OneDrive account (Office365) and your N Drive account (college network) will be disabled after you leave the College. Please copy any important files to a personal device or a personal storage space.

    · Your college email will be disabled. Please forward any important emails or contact details to another email account.

    · You will lose access to Moodle and Teams. Download any files that you might want to refer back to after you leave College.

    We strongly recommend doing this before the end of your course or soon after. It is very easy to forget something if you leave this to the last minute.

    If you are returning to the College next year it is still a good idea to have any important files saved in more than one place. We strongly advise you to save backup copies of important work or other key files.

    If you have any questions or would like any help at all, please email: moodle.support@stcg.ac.uk. We will be very happy to help.

    We wish you all the best with your next steps.

    Thank you,

    Your Moodle Support Team.

    Coronavirus Update - 10th June

    Dear students and families, Welcome to the last half-term of 2020/21 academic year. This has been another challenging and complicated year, but we hope very much that you look forward to the end ...

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    Dear students and families,

    Welcome to the last half-term of 2020/21 academic year.

    This has been another challenging and complicated year, but we hope very much that you look forward to the end of it positively and with your plans firmly in place for your next steps. If you’re at all unsure of what you might do when teaching ends, please let your teachers know and we’d be very pleased to help you with your planning.

    The end of the year will, sadly, not be 100% like it should be. We will ensure however that we make it exciting and interesting to give you the ending you so rightly deserve.  There will be a range of celebratory Graduation events and activities for you and your families to join, these will mostly be online.

    The reason we are unable to celebrate in person is because we are still facing the risk of infection spreading in our area and we have to take extra care to protect everyone around us and support the NHS by trying to keep Coronavirus levels as low as possible.

    In Kingston College, if you are a student there, we will be taking part in some additional measures to test everyone living, working or studying in the Borough. From next week, we will be asking everyone at Kingston College to make sure they take a full PCR test every week as well as the lateral flow tests you have been using.

    In all our Colleges, we will be retaining all of our safety measures as before. Thank you for working so hard to help us keep our Colleges safe, you have been fantastic; your daily, diligent, adherence to the rules has really made the difference.

    Our ongoing efforts to stay safe mean:

    ·         Not coming to College if you have symptoms, but making sure you have had a PCR test and wait for the result

    ·         Avoiding the use of public transport if you can

    ·         Taking regular Lateral Flow tests and reporting the result to the NHS

    ·         Wearing face coverings fully and correctly in College at all times

    ·         Paying rigorous attention to hygiene, cleaning your hands regularly

    ·         Supporting others to comply with our safety measures

    ·         Taking up a vaccination if you are offered one

    It is very important that you continue to stick to these rules and help us to remain a safe place for all of our students and staff. We have reintroduced the use of face coverings in all of our spaces as infection rates are now rising again and we want to reduce any risk of anyone catching Coronavirus in our Colleges.

    For those of you taking qualifications where teacher-assessed grades have been awarded these are now in the process of being finalised and we will be finishing the year for you over the next 3-4 weeks. Your tutors will be working closely with you to ensure you are well prepared for your next exciting steps. If you are moving on from College this Summer, we are very proud to have taught you and wish you well for the Summer and beyond. If you are coming back next year, your teachers will be aiming to help you prepare for that and this may mean some further activities for you over the next few weeks.

    For those of you preparing for final exams or assessments over the next few weeks, we wish you all the very best; your teaching teams, and support teams are here for you, and with you, all the way.

    Thank you for all your patience and hard work over this last year.

    With best wishes,

    Peter Mayhew-Smith

    Group Principal and CEO


    Coronavirus Update - 17th May - Important

    Dear students and families, I hope you are well and continuing to make good progress through this demanding year. As ever, we are committed to protecting your future and making sure you have good,...

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    Dear students and families,

    I hope you are well and continuing to make good progress through this demanding year. As ever, we are committed to protecting your future and making sure you have good, secure plans for your next steps. To help ensure this, please continue to attend your College actively and complete all of the work set for you.

    As you may well be aware, we are now on the next step in the process of reopening and ending lockdown. This involves a number of elements, led by changes to the Government guidance which comes into effect on Monday 17th May.

    We have considered these changes very seriously and looked at evidence relating to the spread of Coronavirus in our area. As you know, we are very intent on keeping our students and staff as safe as we possibly can and have decided to continue with much of our current arrangements at least until half-term.

     We have done this because there are variants of the virus in circulation locally; although these are low in numbers, we do not want to see any new outbreaks and are keen to support the NHS and public health teams in keeping infections rates as low possible.

     Our requirements from 17th May are as follows:

     ·         We will expect you to continue to wear a face covering in all communal areas of our Colleges unless you are exempt from this

    ·         We will expect you to wear a face covering in classrooms and workshops unless the lecturer agrees with you that it may be removed

    ·         At all times, we expect you to continue to maintain social distancing wherever possible, staying two metres away from anyone else as much as you possibly can.

    As before, we ask that you do not come to College if you have symptoms of Coronavirus infection. Please continue to use your test kits to check that you do not have an infection.

     We are very grateful to you for the amazing efforts you have made to stay safe and help us keep our Colleges as free of infection as we can make them. You have been outstanding in your support for our staff and shown your strength through very challenging times. We all thank you very much for your continued efforts to keep College safe and to stay healthy.

     With all our best wishes,

    Peter Mayhew-Smith

    Group Principal and CEO


    Kingston College Virtual Careers Fair

    Kingston College virtual careers fair - 10th May 2021


    On the 10th May 2021, Kingston College students are invited to attend our Virtual Careers Fair. Listen to employer talks from industry professionals, find links to upcoming employer events and work through our online tool Kudos to explore careers suited for you.

    Change to Kingston LRC Opening Times - Tuesdays

    Please note that the LRC (5th floor) at Kingston Hall Road will be closing at 5.00pm on Tuesdays for the first few weeks of the summer term. CHECK YOUR LRC OPENING HOURS.

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    Please note that the LRC (5th floor) at Kingston Hall Road will be closing at 5.00pm on Tuesdays for the first few weeks of the summer term.

    Check your LRC opening hours.

    Coronavirus Update - 23/04/2021

    Dear students and families, As we reach the end of our first week back at College, we’re very pleased to have seen so many of you returning to our sites and pressing ahead with your learning. It’s...

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    Dear students and families,

    As we reach the end of our first week back at College, we’re very pleased to have seen so many of you returning to our sites and pressing ahead with your learning. It’s been an incredibly tough year, I know, but we’re determined to finish well with you and give you as full an experience of College life this term as we possibly can.

    So, there’s lots to say as this term gets underway and I’d like you to take a little time to read through this letter as it contains some important information and reminders.

    1) Your safety

    Our first concern is for everyone’s welfare. We want you to be safe and well every day you’re a student here and we want you to help others stay safe and well, too.

    I have attached a note to this letter, reminding you of the key safety measures you will need to follow on-site and it’s important that you know they are taken very seriously and are not optional. Please continue with the outstanding commitment you have shown throughout this crisis to your own wellbeing and that of others.

    The key things to note are:

    • Please do not come to College if you are unwell. If you have coronavirus symptoms, do not come to College and book yourself a PCR test.

    • Try to avoid public transport if you can; if possible, walk or cycle to College. We understand that it’s not easy to do this, but try to reduce your use of trains and buses if you can.

    • Please take regular Lateral Flow tests when you are feeling well. You can collect test kits from your College and it is very important that everyone plays their part in finding and trapping the virus by using regular tests and we expect you to do these every three to five days and register the result with the NHS and on our Moodle site.

    • Follow the safety rules set out on the attached sheet

    Vaccinations are critical to our work to help stop the pandemic. We are strongly encouraging everyone to take up the opportunity to be vaccinated if it’s offered to you and we can offer you more information about the vaccination programme here:

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

    2) Wellbeing support

    This is a time of significant challenge and we understand that there may be a number of difficult things to overcome as you return to College and look ahead to passing your course and then, beyond that, to your next steps in the new academic year.

    Please don’t worry. Talk to your tutor or one of the student services team if you have concerns and let’s make sure we understand how we can help you. We have plenty of resources and support plans in place and are keen to make sure you’re all right. 

    If you’d like to use some of the materials and other contacts we have in place, please use the resources we have put together for you on Moodle as a start. They’re all here:

    https://moodle.stcg.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=25418

    We have also created a set of resources for parents and carers, available here:

    https://stcg.ac.uk/about/parents

    3) Safeguarding

    We know there has been a lot of discussion about the safeguarding of young and vulnerable people in school and College recently. We have very high standards of safeguarding in place and trained staff to manage any situations in which someone has been mistreated or is worried about any kind of harm.

    We will take every possible safeguarding issue very seriously and, if you have any concerns at all, we would ask you to come forward and talk through the problems you may be facing.

    We are also committed to teaching everyone about high standards of respectful behaviour and deal very firmly with any kind of harassment, bullying or abuse. All of our students should expect to live their lives free of threat and we actively play our part in removing any inappropriate conduct from our Colleges.

    4) Qualification Teacher-assessed grades (QTAGs)

     For those of you on qualifications where you will be awarded a QTAG our teaching teams are working hard to make sure we have fair, objective and evidence based grades in place for all of our students. They will be reviewing the work you have done and possibly setting you new tasks to complete in some areas.

    5) Exams and Formal Assessments

    Many of you will be working hard towards final exams and/or formal assessments over the coming weeks and months. We have ensured that all exams and assessments can take place safely and in line with available guidance. Please continue to attend all exam opportunities available to you and to follow all the health and safety guidance provided.

    For all our students it’s very important that you continue to attend College and also complete any work set for you. Please speak to your teachers if you have any concerns or challenges in coming into College or finishing any of the tasks you have been set.

    We will also want to help you make decisions about your next steps and can provide guidance to you to help you make good decisions about work or study in the future. Again, please speak to your teacher if you need to talk to someone about your plans for the future.

    We all hope very much that you have a successful term ahead and give you our promise that we will work with you to build your achievement and support your progression. We wish you all the very best through the busy weeks ahead.

    Peter Mayhew-Smith

    Group Principal and CEO

      

    Control measures for Coronavirus Spring/Summer 2021

    Welcome back to South Thames Colleges Group as we go into the Summer term 2021.

    We are going to need to work with you make sure you and everyone around you are safe during the weeks ahead.

    We are going to ask you to do certain things because we don’t want anyone to become infected with Coronavirus at College. Some staff and some students are vulnerable and we want them to be safe at College and we’d like you to help us keep them safe.

    So, we’re asking you to do these things:

     1. Do not come to College if you have Coronavirus symptoms

     2. Do not come to College if you have had a positive test for Coronavirus

     3. Do not come to College if you have had contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus

     4. Make sure you have read our list of risk factors to help you decide whether you need to talk to a health professional to get advice about protective measures you could take before you attend College.

     5. When you come to College, please avoid using public transport if you can.

     6. When you arrive at College, we will check your temperature. If it is high, we will ask you to wait a little while, then check it again. If it is still high, we will ask you to go home.

     7. When you’re in College, please try to maintain a two metre distance from other people wherever possible. We especially want to protect all our staff and students and ask you to be very careful in staying two metres away from everyone at all times and only coming nearer when absolutely necessary.

     8. We expect you to wear a face covering at all times unless you have a confirmed medical or social reason for not wearing one.

     9. Please be very hygienic. Wash your hands or sanitise them regularly, put waste in the bins and catch your coughs and sneezes.

     10. Please help College staff to keep everyone safe; if they ask you to do something, it is for a good reason and we know you will want to help us keep Coronavirus under control.

    11. Please make sure you are taking regular tests, every three to five days a week, to check whether you have the Coronavirus. Log your results with the NHS and on our Moodle site. You can pick up test kits from your College.

    12. If you are offered a vaccination, we encourage you very strongly to take it.

    We want everyone to stay safe and well. Please play your part and help us make this a healthy, happy term. Please ask if there is anything you are unsure of or need more advice about.


    Moodle App / Open LMS App - Important Update

    THE NEW OPEN LMS MOBILE APP (AKA THE 'MOODLE APP') HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RELEASED. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL WHO ARE USING THE OLD OPEN LMS MOBILE APP MOVE TO THE NEW APP. SUPPORT FOR ...

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    The new Open LMS Mobile App (AKA the 'Moodle App') has been successfully released.
    It is strongly recommended that all who are using the old Open LMS mobile app move to the new app.

    Support for the old Open LMS mobile app will end on the 28th of April. Your existing mobile app for Moodle may not work properly after this date.

    Your current Open LMS (Moodle) app might now be labelled as 'old Open LMS' app.

    Download links to the new app on the Android and IOS app stores can be found here.

    When you first open the new mobile app, you will be asked to connect to our site - type in moodle.stcg.ac.uk


    For further support please email moodle.support@stcg.ac.uk or go to the College Systems User Guides.

    Coronavirus Update - 26/03/2021

    Dear students and families  I hope very much that you’re well and managing successfully through this challenging time.  I’m writing to make sure you know how we’re making progress as we reopen ...

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    Dear students and families 

    I hope very much that you’re well and managing successfully through this challenging time. 

    I’m writing to make sure you know how we’re making progress as we reopen our Colleges and looking ahead through Easter and beyond. 

    We have three priorities over the weeks ahead. 

    1) We want you to keep learning 

    We have reopened our Colleges safely, securely, and successfully in a phased way. Thank you so much for your patience with us and your support for the teaching and support staff across the Group as we have opened our doors and invited our priority students back into our buildings. 

    In the weeks ahead, we will continue to open more of our courses to on-site delivery as well as starting new programmes for those coming into learning. Your course tutors will be in touch shortly or may have already contacted you to tell you about the timetable for teaching after Easter. 

    We are very keen to help you make the progress you expected to see and will do all we can to close any gaps in your learning that may have opened up. Please continue to attend all your lessons and take part in learning fully. 

    2) Your safety is very important to us 

    We have tried very hard to keep everyone in our Colleges safe and well through all of this difficult time and we are going to keep our focus on safety and wellbeing as we go into the Summer. 

    To do this, we want you to continue to be very strict in your own routines: 

    • Do not come to College if you are unwell. If you have any Coronavirus symptoms at all, please stay at home and arrange to have a PCR test 

    • Please avoid public transport in travelling to College if you can 

    • Please wear your face-covering at all times in College unless you have had your individual needs assessed by our Learning Support team and have received an exemption badge. We will review our requirements over Easter, but we continue to expect people to wear face coverings all the time in College at the moment 

    • Please pay close attention to hygiene, washing your hands regularly and cleaning spaces around you 

    • Observe social distancing as much as possible, staying 2m or more away from everyone else as much as you can 

    • We encourage all students to take a Covid 19 - Coronavirus asymptomatic test prior to your first lesson in college each week and then 3-5 days later. You can take the test via a Home Test Kit or by booking an asymptomatic Covid 19 Test through a Community Testing Venue, local to where you live, work or study. It is important that you log the results as directed on the instruction with the NHS Track and Trace and on the colleges’ Moodle system. The college system is quick and easy and just requires you to provide your test result. The college is asking you to continue this process every week 

    • As from the 19th of April all students will be able to collect their Covid 19 - asymptomatic home testing kits from the college. The collection points and times will be advertised in the entrance to the colleges 

    We have carried out thousands of lateral flow tests so far in our College and found only one positive case so far. This allowed us to protect that student, the rest of the class, teachers and their family. It is very important that you use our testing system regularly and often so we can stop any infections before they spread. 

    We have added information about community testing and how to access it at the end of this letter. 

    We are also very keen to protect your wellbeing and, as ever, want to make sure we know if there is any support you may need to help you cope. We understand how difficult and stressful this time may be for you and ask that you tell us if there is anything we can do to help you cope with anxiety, depression, grief or any other challenges that you may need to overcome as you return to onsite learning. 

    We are also working with the local NHS to make sure there are resources for you to access in the community or on-line and can offer you this link to a wealth of materials and ideas that may help you. It’s available via our Moodle site:

    https://moodle.stcg.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=25418

    3) You will be given a fair grade for your course 

    F
    or those of you on courses that will be receiving a Qualification Level Teacher Assessed Grade (QTAG) our teaching teams will be working hard over the next few weeks to make sure they have a complete picture of your skills, knowledge and progress over the past year. They will use as much of your completed work as possible to decide what grade best reflects your success on your course and will do this in a fair way. If any part of your programme is being awarded a Q-TAG you will already have received details regarding the process. Please do contact your course tutor if you have any questions or are unsure if this process applies to you. 

    Before Q-TAG results are submitted to the awarding bodies we will tell you what work we are using to make this judgement so that you can be assured that we are using the widest body of evidence possible. This will also give you a further opportunity to contact us if you have any additional questions or queries regarding the evidence base we will be using. 

    For those of you on courses where there are delayed or amended exams or assessments please continue to pay close attention to your College emails to ensure you keep up-to-date with guidance and expectations as they are sent to you by your tutor. 

    It is very important that you continue to attend your lessons, either on-line on in College to build up your knowledge and skills, and that you continue to complete any work set. We want to give you the best and fairest chance to show how much progress you have made and to gain the best grades possible. Please make sure you ask for help if you need it. 

    We look forward very much to the weeks ahead and to seeing more of you as we reopen our College sites further this Spring and Summer. 

    Please take good care of yourself and let us know if there is more we can do to help you make the progress you expected. 

    With best wishes, 

    Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO


    Community Testing for those without Covid 19 symptoms 

    All local areas are offering regular Covid 19 tests for anyone who regularly leaves home, whether that is to go to work or come to college to undertake a course. You can book a test through the following link at a venue near where you live, work or study. We advise all our students to undertake regular testing. You can find your nearest test centre through the following link at the bottom of the page to book in your local area. 

    Book a lateral flow test 

    If you need to leave your home for any reason during the national lockdown, you can help stop the spread with a free COVID-19 lateral flow test up to twice a week at your local community testing centre.

    Around 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms and can spread it without knowing. Lateral flow testing is for those people who are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms and provides rapid results within around 30 minutes. 

    Who can get a test 

    These free tests are available to anyone with a valid reason to leave home during the national lockdown. This includes those leaving home for work, studying, volunteering, or supporting a vulnerable person. 

    Twice weekly testing is recommended to all those who are accessing our lateral flow test sites, especially those who are frontline workers in direct contact with local residents, volunteers, formal/informal carers and others who are not covered by other testing programmes. This includes those in the health and social care, education and transport sectors. Ideally you should book your tests 3 to 4 days apart. 

    Testing in London please click the link or type into Google your post code and the nearest community Covid 18 testing venue. 

    Croydon 

    Kingston upon Thames 

    Merton 

    Sutton 

    Lambeth 

    Southwark 

    Hounslow 

    Hammersmith and Fulham 

    Kensington and Chelsea 

    Westminster

    Are you feeling anxious or worried about returning to college after lockdown?

    Returning to college after lockdown

    Are you feeling anxious or worried about returning to college after lockdown?

    Download this presentation from the Education Wellbeing Team.


    Topics covered:
    • What will still be the same in college
    • What might be different for you now
    • Worries you may have about returning
    • What you can do to stay positive and help your wellbeing
    • Learn how to relax