Our Policies and Procedures

We are committed to providing high quality education and training to all our learners. For more information about our committment to you and our policies, please see our Learner Handbook and charter. You should also be aware of our computer use policy.

If you require any further information please contact Student Services.

General Policies and Strategies

Prevent Policy (PDF)
Quality Policy (PDF)
Sustainability Policy (107KB, 6 page, PDF)
Complaints Procedure (Weblink)
Crèche Policy and Procedures
Admissions Policy
Bury Council Data Protection Act 2018 

Equality and Diversity

Learning Support Policy 
Equality and Diversity Policy 
Safeguarding Learners Policy
Volunteer Policy
Transgender Policy
Wearing a Kirpan Policy

Service Reports & Plans

Adult Learning Service Ofsted Monitoring Report (65KB, 5 page, PDF)
Ofsted Short Inspection Report 2015
Self Assessment Report 2018-19
Self Assessment Report 2017-18
Self Assessment Report 2016-17
Self Assessment Report 2015-16

Learner Charter

We are committed to providing high quality education and training to all our learners. This charter helps use achieve those goals.

Enquiring about Courses:

• General information on courses, facilities and services is available at all our centres and from Student Services on 0161 253 7501

• You can meet with a memberof staff to discuss your learning needs and to help you choose a course.

• We will provide you with Course Information Sheets which give clear information about course content, entry requirements, tuition fees and other related costs When you become a learner:

• We will give you this Learner Handbook as a source guide.It contains general advice on a wide variety of topics and gives details on where you can get more information

• We will give you a copy of the information for your course

• We will have teaching and support staff who are able to make you feel comfortable and in control of your learning

• We will help you to make choices about progression
opportunities at the end of your course

• When you complete your Learning Agreement, your details will remain protected by the Data Protection legislation

If you are not satisfied or if things go wrong:

• There is a complaints and appeals procedure - details of which are found in the Learner Handbook

• You will also be given the opportunity to make your
views known by a variety of questionnaires and meetings We expect you to:

• Complete a Learning Agreement within the first 3 weeks of your course

• Inform your tutor/Centre office if you know you will be absent from a class

• Respect all other learners and staff

• Conduct yourself in accordance with the policies referred to in this handbook. Inform us about “Where next? What next?”, what are your plans for the future regarding further learning or career progression?

Computer Use Policy

Tutors must be aware of the Corporate Information Security Policy which is available on the Intranet. They are also responsible for ensuring Learners adhere to the relevant information within this policy whilst on Council property. Tutors should be aware that the Corporate ICT policy overrides any departmental policy.

Tutors should also bear in mind (and inform learners) that information they share through social networking applications, even if they are on private space, are still subject to copyright, data protection, Freedom of Information, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act and other legislation. They must also operate in line with the Council’s Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity Policy. Failure to comply with the guidelines detailed here may lead to disciplinary action and / or legal proceedings.

Food and drink must not be consumed in computer rooms.

It is a requirement that tutors ensure that the learners’ names are recorded against a machine at each session. For regular sessions (when the learner uses the same computer each week/day), then the register can be used. For other instances, i.e. if laptops are used, then the “Computer Usage Monitoring Form” must be completed at each session and kept with the register.

Unauthorised copying, alteration or interference with computer programmes or data is prohibited.

Learners are allowed to bring in their own pen drives and or CDs in order to save their course work. These must be virus checked each time they are connected to a machine. If Learners do not possess a pen drive, these may be purchased from one of the centres at a small charge.

INTERNET
Learners are able to access the internet during classroom hours in order to assist them with their course work.

• No Learner may use the internet without the permission of a member of staff.
• All Internet activity must be set by the Tutor.
• Learners must not infringe copyright or claim material found on the Internet as their own.
• Learners must not seek out inappropriate materials.
• Learners must not download materials from the Internet without prior permission from the Tutor.
• Learners must not use electronic means to carry out any form of bullying or harassment of any nature.
• Learners must not access or download the following types of information
o Criminal Information (e.g. racist or terrorist propaganda)
o Pornography, abusive, defamatory, offensive, obscene or malicious information
o Information that makes improper or discriminatory reference to a person’s race, colour, religion or belief, gender, gender re-assignment, sexuality, age, creed, national origin, disability, caring responsibilities or physique


Users of the Internet should be aware that all Internet activity is continuously monitored and recorded. The Authority reserves the right to monitor all usage in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

All members of staff are responsible for the appropriate use of the Internet within the lessons they supervise. Please refer to the Corporate ICT Security Policy for further information.

If a learner encounters inappropriate information by accident or is experiencing harassment/bullying themselves they must inform the tutor. This will be referred to the ICT Service (as per the Council’s ICT Unit Information Security Incident Handling policy), or the Safeguarding Manager as appropriate.

Failure to observe any of these guidelines will result in learners being excluded from a course with immediate effect.

Moodle Terms of Use

The following terms of use apply to all areas of the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and connected services. This code is in addition to all other service policies.

Cookies

Two 1st party cookies are used by this site:

The essential one is the session cookie, usually called MoodleSession. You must allow this cookie into your browser to provide continuity and maintain your login from page to page. If you block this cookie you will not be able to login to the site. When you log out or close the browser this cookie is destroyed (in your browser and on the server).

The other cookie is purely for convenience, usually called something like MOODLEID. It just remembers your username within the browser. This means when you return to this site the username field on the login page will be already filled out for you. It is safe to refuse this cookie - you will just have to retype your username every time you log in.

This site does not use any 3rd party cookies typically used by behavioural advertising networks to target ads to users based on their prior actions.

By using this website, you consent to the collection, storage and usage of the above data in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

External links

Our site contains links to other websites. This privacy policy applies only to Bury Adult Learning Service's Moodle site. When you are transferring to another site you should read their privacy statement for their policy on the use of personal information.

Access
Learners attending Bury Libraries and Adult Learning Service are permitted access to the Virtual Learning Environment* (Moodle) and connecting services in accordance with these terms where required during their studies. Access may be restricted or removed due to misuse.

*The services offered on the VLE are subject to change without notice.

Terms of Use
When using the VLE and connecting services, users must...

  • Respect the rights of others.
  • Remember to logout at the end of each session.
  • Comply with current and future legislations* including:

· The Data Protection Act 1998
· Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988
· Computer Misuse Act 1990
. Telecommunications Act 1984
. Protection from Harassment Act 1997

*Copies of these acts are available either online or on request from the Centre. If you are found to be breaking the law legal sanctions will apply.

The following are not permitted at any time...

  • The creation, display, production, storage, circulation or transmission of pornographic or other offensive material in any form or medium. (Including sending, posting or displaying offensive images, language or any other type of offensive content including the bullying, harassment or intimidation of others.)
  • Users must not create, store or transmit:
    • Defamatory or libellous material
    • Material that infringes copyright
    • Unsolicited commercial or advertising material
  • Intentionally providing or submitting false information.
  • Flooding forums and other services unnecessarily or with inappropriate content/material.
  • Editing or modifying any element of the VLE without permission.
  • Using others' passwords or log-in identities.
  • Deliberately introducing any virus, worm, Trojan horse or other harmful or nuisance programme or file, or deliberately circumventing any precautions taken by the College to prevent this from happening.
  • Using any service for commercial purposes or profit.
  • Using any service for political purposes.
  • Using any service inappropriately during class time.
  • Copying any code, software or content provided without permission.
  • Providing access to non-Bury Libraries and Adult Learning Service members without permission.
  • Violating copyright laws, data protection laws and computer misuse laws.
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