15
MAY
2020

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

In what has now become my weekly Friday message, I wanted to update you on where we are in regards to the Government’s announcements this week about the phased reopening of schools and colleges. Guidance has now been published that gives us some indication on what we can offer and the ways in which this should be implemented. In this documentation it states that from the 1st June schools and colleges should begin to offer some face to face support for Year 10 and 12 to supplement the remote learning offer that is currently in place. There are a number of challenges we face in delivering such a provision. However, we are working hard to follow the guidance provided by the Department for Education to action this. Whist we are aiming towards offering some contact for our Years 10 and 12 from Monday 1st June, I will write to you next week with confirmation of this. In addition, I will provide you with details of the lessons being delivered, what days they are happening, as well as the procedures, policies and risk assessments that have been put in place to protect both staff and students during this period. This in turn will enable you as parents to make informed decisions. What is already evident is that the operation of the college and the timetable for Years 10 and 12 will be very different. The links below take you to the guidance we are following to prepare Bideford College for reopening and also a parents’ guide to this process.

Department for Education guidance for schools and colleges

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june

Department for Education guidance for parents

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

Sadly, it looks unlikely that we will see the majority of Year 7, 8 and 9 students until September, although we will still be opening for children in all years whose parents are key workers, those with EHCP’s and Social Workers. Therefore, we will continue to support all students with accessing education and learning from home. Dr Butt is currently exploring a new phase to commence after half term. More details to follow.

Whilst we are now seeing some easing of the restrictions of lockdown I am still acutely aware of the pressure home learning is putting on families. Therefore, I want to reassure you that we will be working at the college to put together a recovery curriculum for all students when normal service can be resumed. In the meantime, try your best with home learning, contact us for support whenever you need it and stay safe. We will work together in better times to ensure that none of our young people are disadvantaged by this period of school closure.

Have a good weekend

Dr C Ankers

Principal

Bideford College