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 Guides

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

If you want to use the Moodle app, we recommend the one called Blackboard OpenLMS (not old orange Moodle one)


    Site news

    Welcome and Control Measures for Coronavirus Autumn 2020

    DEAR STUDENTS, WELCOME TO SOUTH THAMES COLLEGES GROUP. WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT YOU’VE MADE THE DECISION TO COME AND STUDY WITH US AT THE START OF WHAT IS GOING TO BE AN ACADEMIC YEAR LIKE NO OTHER....

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    Dear students,
    Welcome to South Thames Colleges Group.
    We are delighted that you’ve made the decision to come and study with us at the start of what is
    going to be an academic year like no other.
    We know that your time with us will be highly successful and that we will work with you to make
    sure you have a great future ahead of you after College. Your teachers will work with you over the next few weeks to agree your goals and make sure you are stretching yourself to do your best. We expect you to attend 100% of the time (whether you are at College or having an on-line lesson) and to work hard, but will support you with all the challenges you have to tackle.
    But we are also very keen to keep you safe against the possibility of Coronavirus infection.
    We ask you to do two things before you start College in a few days’ time:
    1. Please read our ten rules on the attached document . It is vital that you play your part in keeping Coronavirus out of our Colleges and help us protect our staff and other students.
    2. Please review your own risk. We have a risk profile document attached that sets out all of the possible risk factors and would like you to consider whether you need additional advice or to take further actions to protect yourself.
    We have also changed our curriculum to make sure it allows for you to attend College safely and we have specific measures in place in each part of the College. Your tutor will explain these measures to you and we ask that you stick closely to the plans we have made for your safety and wellbeing.
    Thank you so much for coming to study with us. We’re looking forward to getting the year started soon and wish you a very happy, productive and safe programme of study at South Thames Colleges Group.
    With best wishes,
    Peter Mayhew-Smith
    Group Principal/CEO

    Important, for all 19/20 students: back up your work & important emails now! Your college email & other systems accounts will expire at the end of your course

    THERE IS A VERY SHORT GRACE PERIOD OF ONLY A FEW DAYS AFTER THE END DATE OF YOUR COURSE.  THIS APPLIES TO ALL 19/20 STUDENTS EVEN IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO RETURN NEXT YEAR.   YOUR COLLEGE EMAIL WILL...

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    There is a very short grace period of only a few days after the end date of your course. 

    This applies to all 19/20 students even if you are planning to return next year.
     
    Your college email will be disabled: please forward important emails to another email account.

    Your OneDrive account and your Documents folder (N Drive) in your college network account will be disabled: make a copy of important files to a personal device or another location before the end date of your course, or - if that date has already recently passed - do so ASAP!

    Do you still have books on loan? Find the latest information on returning items to the LRC

    Picture: Bookshelf in Wandsworth Campus LRC

    Returning LRC books

    If you have borrowed college LRC books or other resources before the college closed in March, there are NO CHARGES linked to returns – all outstanding overdue charges in the 19/20 academic year have now been waived due to the unexpected college closure.

    Here’s how you can return them:

    If you have been invited to come into college in June/July (for example, to complete assessments), you can post them in the LRC book return box in the reception area at the college that you are attending. Please DO NOT come to college in this period for the sole purpose of returning your LRC loans.

    If you return to study with us next year, please post your items in an LRC return box located at your college reception area, from when you’re invited to attend college at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year.

    If you are not planning to return next year, the opportunity to return items to return boxes in college reception areas will be available from the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year and we would greatly appreciate the return of items then, if you are able to.

    If you are unable to return items on loan to you, please let us know by emailing us at moodle.support@stcg.ac.uk

    For further information about the items you have on loan, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the same email address.

    Coronavirus update 22 May 2020

    From Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO, 22 May 2020. Dear students and families  I do hope you’re well and managing the impacts of the lockdown successfully. Please continue to act on ...

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    From Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO, 22 May 2020.

    Dear students and families 

    I do hope you’re well and managing the impacts of the lockdown successfully. Please continue to act on government guidance, staying safe and protecting yourselves and your loved ones at every step. We want everyone to come through this successfully. Please let us know if there is more we can do to support and guide you. 

    We have a number of important measures to share with you now: 

    Calculated grades
    Right now, teachers across the Group are working hard to arrive at gradings for students and have them ready to submit to the different Awarding Bodies in the next few days. The deadlines are very tight and the scale of this piece of work is very great, so please bear with us while this work is completed. This may mean that the flow of things for you to do at home has slowed down, but we will pick this up again shortly. 

    Different courses have different methods for calculating grades., but your course team are working on the right approach for you and your particular course. They will be in touch if they need anything further from you, but are now focused on getting the grades right and sent to the Awarding Bodies on time. 

    We cannot discuss grades with anyone and the controls that have been placed on this process are there to protect everyone from any incorrect results entering the system. 

    But you are studying at one of the best colleges in the country, where students pass at rates far above the national average. It is on our excellent track record that a great deal of our grading decisions will be based and this provides some level of guarantee to you. 

    Return to study
    We are going to reopen our Colleges for a limited number of students on 15th June. 

    The only students we will ask to return to College are:

    • Vulnerable students who need direct contact with College staff
    • Students who still have to complete practical assessments on-site to secure their qualification

    We will make sure you know well in advance if you fall into one of these categories and give you a date and a time for you to attend College. 

    We are sorry that we will not see many of you again this summer, but we will not be able to bring all of our students and staff back to College safely and meaningfully in the few weeks we have left. We believe that your safety and that of our staff are our first priority here. 

    However, we will be keeping you busy. 

    Every full-time student will have a personal tutorial either or on-line or by telephone to help make sure your plans for September are in place and can be delivered successfully. 

    We will also make sure that you have opportunities to continue learning if you are able to. We will provide activities and assignments during June for you. 

    Progression
    We know very well that this is a terribly uncertain time for you and we want to take some of that uncertainty away by confirming that we will be using calculated grades and other evidence to award places at our Colleges for next year. We will be in touch shortly to confirm the next steps and will have a safe and secure enrolment system ready very soon to minimise direct contact between people wherever possible. 

    We wish you well through all of these challenging times and look forward to working with you on your next steps.
    With best wishes,
     
    Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO

    Coronavirus Time Capsules

    The two files attached were shared by a member of staff at STCG and Peter, our CEO asked me to share them with you.  Why not create your own time capsule? There are two versions of the capsule, ...

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    The two files attached were shared by a member of staff at STCG and Peter, our CEO asked me to share them with you. 

    Why not create your own time capsule?

    There are two versions of the capsule, one for Adults and one for younger people. Please use which every one you prefer and if you have children or younger siblings please pass on the appropriate document.

    Time Capsule - Adult

    Time Capsule - Younger Person

    Mark Carne

    ILT Manager


    Coronavirus update 17 April 2020

    Peter Mayhew-Smith, Group Principal and CEO 17 April 2020 Dear students and families As ever, everyone at South Thames Colleges Group wants to make sure you’re safe and well so I begin by saying...

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    Peter Mayhew-Smith, Group Principal and CEO

    17 April 2020

    Dear students and families

    As ever, everyone at South Thames Colleges Group wants to make sure you’re safe and well so I begin by saying that I hope you’re in good health and sticking very carefully to all the government guidelines designed to protect us.

    Our Colleges remain closed, but we are getting ready for the new term ahead by preparing as much distance learning for you as we can. Our different teams have been hard at work looking at how they can keep you involved in your studies but away from College and they will be contacting you from Monday 20 April to let you know what’s happening with your course for the weeks ahead.

    We would also like to update you on the position with course grades. We are still awaiting some more information from the DfE, but we expect to base grades for you on the system of calculation now in place across the education sector. This will mean that carefully considered grades will be awarded to all students by our course teams working with the exam bodies nationally. We will set this out in more detail when this is published by the Government. This system will work and it will be as fair and consistent as it possibly can be in these extraordinary circumstances. Ofqual has confirmed that the submission deadline will not be before 29 May 2020.

    We will make sure that you have a place at College next year if that is your plan. But we must ask you to keep up to date with all your studies wherever possible so you don’t fall behind with the course as you start next year.

    We would also take the opportunity to advise anyone planning to go to University next Summer that we will make sure your grades are fair and reflect your learning accurately. You may also be contacted by Universities giving unconditional offers and we would warn against accepting these immediately as it may be best for you to look more widely at a range of Universities to meet your needs most fully.

    We would also like to highlight for you some further support materials and resources for you that our Student Services team have developed. They’ve created a special 30-day wellbeing task planner that you may wish to use to support you and keep you well. It’s attached. Click here to view.

    We wish you the best of health and urge you again to look after yourselves with great care.

    Peter Mayhew-Smith

    Group Principal and CEO



    Corona Virus (Covid-19) – update 03.04.20

    Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO3 April 2020  Dear students and families  CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) – UPDATE 03.04.20  Thank you for bearing with us as we’ve tried hard to manage ...

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    Peter Mayhew-Smith

    Group Principal and CEO3 April 2020

     Dear students and families

     Corona Virus (Covid-19) – update 03.04.20

     Thank you for bearing with us as we’ve tried hard to manage learning through the enforced closure of our Colleges.

    Most of all, we all hope you’re well and handling this enormous challenge successfully. Take good care of yourselves and follow the Government’s guidance on social distancing and hygiene very carefully.

    It has been demanding for all of us and I hope very much you’re getting support, help, resources and opportunities to participate in learning. We’ve tried hard to make all these things happen for as many students as possible, but, in some areas, it has been more challenging.

    Today the Government and Ofqual announced its approach to parts of the curriculum, especially A Levels and GCSEs. Some of you will be studying for these, especially English and Maths GCSEs. The approach for vocational qualifications and Functional Skills will be set out soon and we’ll share that all with you when we have it.

    If you want to look at the material from Government and Ofqual, it is available for you and there is a letter from the Secretary of State too: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcses-as-and-a-level-awarding-summer-2020

    This means that grades will be based on a number of different factors and we strongly encourage everyone to keep engaging with their learning in order that you can achieve the best grades possible.

    We will continue to work hard to make sure you are successful and hope very much that you will take responsibility for your success too.

    We will keep sharing information as it develops and your teaching teams will set out their approach to grading shortly after Easter.

    Please take good care and we look forward to seeing you again soon,

    Peter Mayhew-Smith

    Group Principal and CEO


    Word of the Week: diligent

    Normally WORD OF THE WEEK is put up as a wall poster by the English department. During closure, we will be sharing Word of the Week with you on Moodle. WORD OF THE WEEK  DILIGENT ADJECTIVE To ...

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    Normally Word of the Week is put up as a wall poster by the English department. During closure, we will be sharing Word of the Week with you on Moodle.

    Word of the Week

     diligent

    adjective

    To be careful and/or conscientious in one’s work or duties.

     Synonyms – industrious, hard-working, assiduous, meticulous, painstaking.

     1. His range of reading was extensive, and he was a most diligent student.

     2. After a diligent  search no trace of the contact lenses could be found.

     Stretch and Challenge

    Entered English in the 14th century is from the Latin verb diligere meaning to value or esteem highly.

    Free Adobe software

    Adobe Creative Cloud is now available for free for a limited time to all students in the College Group. Please make sure to check that your computer at home meets the requirements to run the ...

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    Adobe Creative Cloud is now available for free for a limited time to all students in the College Group.

    Please make sure to check that your computer at home meets the requirements to run the software, you can find out what each Adobe app expects here.

    How to find out what the spec of your computer is at home:

    How check to make sure you are running the latest system updates on your computer:
    How to sign in and download Adobe Creative Cloud:
    • Goto https://creativecloud.adobe.com
    • Login with your Student College email address
    • You may be asked to fill in some details and add a password
    • Once you are logged in click on Apps tab at the top of the Adobe website menu
    • Click Install next to one of the apps and follow the instructions

    Coronavirus latest update - 27 March 2020

    Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO  Dear students and families   Corona Virus (Covid-19) – update 27.03.20   We are now reaching the end of our first week of College closure and are very ...

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    Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO 

    Dear students and families
     
    Corona Virus (Covid-19) – update 27.03.20
     
    We are now reaching the end of our first week of College closure and are very sad that we’re not in our buildings, mixing together and working closely with each other. 


    But learning has continued and so many of you have adapted well to these strange times. Thank you very much for taking the opportunity and turning a tough situation to the good. We’re trying to share good news stories and positive messages across our websites and social media to help us all feel connected. 


    We will continue to run learning into next week, but parts of our curriculum will take an Easter break and then be ready to get going again after that. Your teachers will tell you how this will work and what you need to do. 


    We can confirm that for all FE students, exams are cancelled and new arrangements are being put in place for assessing coursework. For HE students, assessment formats may change, but are likely to continue in some form. We’re written separately to you with more detail. The latest guidance on GCSEs and other public exams from the Government is available here: 

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-asand-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

    If you’re struggling with the challenge, though, we do have some resources to help support you and give you the strength to carry on. This site has some useful ideas and links to other sources of support:

    https://parentinfo.org/article/how-to-look-after-your-family-s-mental-health-when-you-restuck-indoors?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440dfTUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b5450 5554-03cb8440df-64707681 

    I can’t say how long this will go on for. We have to be ready for a sustained period of closure though, probably months. It’ll be tough, but we’re not going to give up and we will get through this alongside you. 

    Please continue to be very self-disciplined and rigorous about your hygiene and social distancing, isolating yourself if you need to.
    We all wish you well and hope you’ll take very good care of yourselves, 

    Peter Mayhew-Smith Group Principal and CEO