Information and Guidance
At Brixham College we are taking our responsibilities as a school very seriously and are adhering to the guidance of Public Health England, Department of Education and Torbay Local Authority. Senior Leaders are holding daily meetings to adapt as the situation develops to ensure we keep our children safe and provide a continuity of learning in these exceptional circumstances. Whilst I appreciate that this is a worrying time for our community, the College is attempting to manage this complex situation in a way that is proportionate, calm and informed. We will update this page regularly as the situation develops and/or as we implement further measures to keep our community safe.
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Brixham College has taken a number of proactive steps to reduce the risk to our school community: The ongoing promotion of hand washing and hygiene routines for staff, students and visitors. We have also delivered information and guidance to our students through out Values Lessons.
Continuation of Learning at Brixham College.
In this period of uncertainty Ofqual is working closely with the appropriate organisations to manage the situation in the event of a widespread outbreak of coronavirus. Expanded information can be viewed below, but there is a clear message from Ofqual that schools and colleges should prepare for Summer exams and Assessments as normal.
There are numerous articles in other forums and publications that suggest a number of approaches that would be deployed over the Summer. Please be advised that much of this journalism is speculation.
Updated information from the DFE and Ofqual will be posted on the college website as and when it is released.
We have established a virtual online teaching and learning platform using both ClassCharts and Microsoft Teams– particularly for our GCSE and A-Level students. All examination Year Groups have had dedicated assemblies which have outlined how to access online learning. All staff have received training on how to set and give feedback on work for examination classes. We are committed to keeping our students on track with their learning at all times.
Latest Ofqual information
Ofqual’s advice on the coronavirus: continue exam and assessment preparation for summer 2020 as normal
Ofqual has released the following statement on coronavirus:
‘We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of the coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Our advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal’.
“We continue to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education, and we have met to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum. It is still many weeks until exams start, and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.”
You can access a range of information on examinations and assessment through the Ofqual website:
We understand this is a very difficult time for both students and parents, particularly in the event of school closure. Please be reassured that staff will be working to the best of their ability to keep students up to date with teaching, learning resources and advice and guidance that will keep them on track in the lead up to the exam period.
If you have any questions with regard to examinations further to the update, please do not hesitate to contact me on:
Mrs T Hale
Vice Principal Quality of Education
Home Study Support
High Expectations Knowledge Character Leadership Continuous Improvement
During this period of uncertainty we will draw upon our values to underpin how staff, parents and students can continue with learning at home. By working in close partnership and working together we can continue to provide the best opportunity for our students.
An overview of how we will use our values to support Home study:
Teachers will continue to develop High expectations by:
· Setting regular Home study in each area which will provide challenge for all abilities
· Sharing the view that Home Study will be essential in maintaining and continuing to progress.
· Setting clear expectations with how this will be supported at home.
· Students have high expectations of themselves
· Students continue to have a sense of pride in their work.
· Students daily goals on what they will achieve.
Teachers will continue to develop knowledge by:
· Providing appropriate learning activities and resources on classcharts.
· Guide students towards relevant online weblinks or platforms to support the development of knowledge.
· Support children with the topics they are covering.
· Engage with children, checking Knowledge after learning activities.
· Celebrate what has been learnt. An opportunity to learn together.
· Keep notes as you complete learning activities
· Check you knowledge at the end of the activity? What have you learnt.
· Revisit over time, can you still remember?
Teachers will continue to develop character by:
· Providing detail with learning activities and clear instructions of that students know what to do.
· Provide support at home and create a learning environment that supports your child.
· Encourage children to grapple with challenging learning and ‘stick at it’ when it gets a little bit tough.
· Use the advice and guidance given
· Take time to look at the resources carefully which support the activity.
· Know what to do when you are stuck: Ask someone at home, Phone a friend, google your question, gcse bitsize etc
Teachers will continue to develop leadership by:
· Supporting young people in being able to lead their own learning. Considering eth needs of all learners in their ability to do this.
· Try to let young people lead their own studies, even when we might see them making mistakes.
· Encourage your child to self manage and take ownership of their learning (take the lead when this doesn’t happen)
· Take ownership of your learning.
· Self manage study time at home .
· Lead your own learning and support others, help friends when they need support.
Teachers will continue to develop Continuous Improvement by:
· Providing students with appropriate learning so that they can continue to make progress.
· Provide feedback (on some learning) to support students.
· Help support children by sticking to routine over time.
· Maintain a Monday to Friday approach to school.
· Look at their work completed and help your child reflect: ie) Spellings , presentation, amount etc
· Keep focused on what you want to be in the future, all this hard work will make a massive difference to you achieving that goal.
· Self reflect on learning activities, have you given it your best?
· Listen to others advice to help you improve.
|Purpose of Home Study during School Closure|
· Ensure the continuity of learning for our students by providing online learning experiences
· Ensure a consistent approach across the college with expectations for children, parents and staff
· Ensure on-going opportunities for communication so that learners can be supported with their home study.
· Maintain routines and learning habits to support students in continued learning, and their return to school.
|How do students access Home Study during School Closure|
Home Study will be uploaded onto ClassCharts and titled ‘Home Study during school Closure- Week 1’. This will then be titled with subsequent weeks over the period of closure.
Students will be able to access learning through the following:
· Classcharts: Teachers will be uploading learning activities onto ClassCharts
· Teams: This will be rolled out to all year groups as it is a way we can be more interactive with students. You can access information with how to access Teams here.
. Various Subjects : QR code links can be found HERE
GCSE Bitsize all subjects
Key Stage 3 Science
Key Stage 4 Science
A username and password is required. In event of being unable to log on, please contact email@example.com
French & Spanish
Please see below advice if you have any problems accessing the above.
|How to access ICT support with technical issues|
· ICT support: For all technical enquires regarding access to online learning such as passwords, usernames, difficulty logging on please email the ICT Support Helpdesk on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01803 881940 and leave a message including your preferred method of contact.
· Please do not use the helpdesk for other learning related issues. Please refer to the ‘Key point of contact’ document for the appropriate support.
|How to complete Home Study if you do not have ICT access at home|
If students are unable to access Home Study due to ICT issues such as:
· No Internet
· No device to access classharts
Please contact the college on centralAdmin@brixhamcollege.co.uk
If you are unable to email please contact the college reception on 01803 858271.
It is important we are aware of these issues to support students with learning at home. Please be patient with a response from the admin team.
Guidance for parents and Students
We encourage our students to have a ‘growth mindset’ and a ‘can do attitude’. There is no doubt that the circumstances we find ourselves in will challenge this over the upcoming weeks. However, challenge can often bring the best out in us and lead to incredible personal endeavour and achievement. We have no doubt that with the support of our parents we will all rise to the challenge together.
It is really important that students maintain some form of routine. This will help provide stability and normality during this period of disruption. A routine at home will also support your child with continued study, it will also be really important in helping them return to school and mange that transition.
The below advice and guidance sets out some strategies that both yourself and you’re your child can use to help sustain and maintain a positive approach to learning at home. Encourage your child where possible to create their study plan, they will then have a sense of ownership.
|Establishing a daily routine|
· Try to view a Monday to Friday as your study days, just like you would do if you were at school.
· Allocate time each day to your studies.
· Create study plan.
· You could follow your normal school timetable at home.
An example of a Daily Planner is below:
8.30 – 9.00am
· Check ClassCharts
· Get learning resources ready
· Check college email
|9.00 – 10.00am||Maths|
|10.00 – 11.00||English|
|Break||Fresh air…….short burst of exercise….yoga….chill|
|11.30 – 12.30||Geography|
|12.30 – 1.30||Science|
|2.00 – 3.00||Art|
You can access the Daily Planner on the college website here. You could break the hour into 30 minute sessions if you prefer shorter chunks of learning.
You may want to set a weekly plan, an example of a weekly Planner provided below;
9.00 – 9.30
You can access this on the college website here.
· Create a study space at home where you can concentrate, this may include;
– Being in a different room to the TV
– Leaving your phone in a different room (unless using it for learning)
– A desk, or table where you can set out your work
– An area where you can pin up your study plan.
· Keeping subjects notes organised:
– Use A4 paper where you can.
– Put the Subject, Date and Title at the top of the page.
– Keep your subject notes filed together and in date order. This will help you when you return to school and revise from these in the future.
– Keep your daily planners / weekly planners in a file so you can tick off what you have done and share this with your teacher you return
|How do I structure what I study|
· You could follow your Week A & B timetable to keep routine
· You could re-arrange the slots to times of day that you prefer.
· Make sure you keep learning in all of your subject areas, if you leave any out it will make it really hard when you return
· Try to make sure you still exercise when you have PE
· Get up and get moving
· Go out and get some fresh air in the garden
· Talk to a friend
· Take the dog for a walk
· Follow an online exercise class
|What to do if I don’t understand something|
· Re-read the task
· Google the topic, ask the question on google.
· Phone a friend / classmate
· Ask parents and carers
· GCSE bitesize – search up the topic
· If you can’t find the answer through all of these options, email the teacher if you are really stuck.
· Please see Key Points of contact document here
|How will learning be marked|
· Not all learning will be marked.
· Teachers will use Teams after Easter so that there can be greater interaction and students can return work electronically.
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It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that the National Health Service and school staff are working hard to ensure that people throughout Torbay and the rest of the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.
Please read the following document which outlines advice on how to reassure your child during this global pandemic.
We hope that you are coping during these unprecedented times. The unknown fear & uncertainty of where this may lead to is extremely difficult to comprehend & understand. Added to this is that there is a lot of anxiety around, and this is being felt by our children. Reassurance, sharing & educating them about the virus & current containment strategies such as basic hygiene is crucial. We would ask you to be open & share any Government/Public Heath information with your child that is being made available on a daily basis.
With regards to any safeguarding issues or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Mr Richard Burden (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or the Deputy Safeguarding lead Mrs Raurie Newton in the first instance by email;
Child protection during the COVID-19 measures can be found HERE
Please remember that in the case of an emergency & you are worried about a child please follow the Torbay local authorities advice;
If you feel a child is in immediate danger, please call 999.
Out of office hours please call: 0300 456 4876
Website : http://torbaysafeguarding.org.uk/
A main concern & worry for our young people is how their mental health & well being might be affected especially if restricted through isolation & the suspension of social & sporting clubs where they meet their friends & peers. In addition face to face access with some of the intervention & support services might become restricted over the next few weeks & therefore we would encourage students to use online providers such as;
You can find many ideas and resources HERE to help you through this current global pandemic.
The Government has published advice for how to reduce the risk from coronavirus in education settings.
To help stop the virus from spreading:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards – for at least 20 seconds
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Use Hand Sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
The full advice can be found on the Government’s website.
There are a number of additional resources that you may find useful for further information on the coronavirus, the Government and international response and how best to talk about the outbreak with your children. Links to these can be found below:
Mrs Aston is our Assembly champion this week – please click above