School closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Backwell School will be closed until further notice following a government announcement on Wednesday 18 March 2020

The following guidelines and information will be helpful for parents and students during the school closure. The latest Government Advice can be found here.

We will of course update parents as much as we can over this period. 

Return to School

 

Mr Nunes has detailed plans for face-to-face sessions for students in Years 10 and 12 in his letter dated Thursday 11 June.  You can read the letter by clicking her​e.

Face-to-Face wellbeing check-in sessions for students in Years 7, 8 &9 will run from Monday 29 June - Thursday 9 July. Key information for parents who have signed their child up this can be found here.

Backwell School Teachers will set learning tasks and activities via Frog. 

This document outlines our expectations regarding workload, feedback and 'Live lessons' during this challenging time for us all. Many teaching staff will be at home looking after their own families, and they will be very grateful for your support as you work with your child to support them at home with their studies. This document also contains a number of useful links and additional resources parents and pupils may find helpful during the closure period.

Children may like to undertake some reading, and light exercise on a daily basis.

Students should already be aware of their username and password for Frog which can be accessed via this address: https://froglearn.backwellschool.net 

If your child has forgotten their username, a parent with a email address registered on our school system, will need to email mailbox@backwellschool.net with the student's name and tutor group to organise for their password to be reset.

Students can use Frog to access Seneca, Kerboodle and HegartyMaths and their school emails as well as work set by their teachers.

Parents who have not yet set up their Frog account/have forgotten their details can access Frog by following these steps:

  • Go to the Portal:  https://froglearn.backwellschool.net

  • Click on the “forgot password” link.

  • Enter your email address (this must be the address you provided to the school) and submit.

  • Check your inbox for an email from FROG (you may need to check your spam folder).

  • When the email arrives, click on the reset link.

  • You will be taken to a page which shows you what your username is (your username is not your email address) – please make a note of your username.

  • Fill in the boxes to create a new password and finish.

The Frog Parents' Portal will allow you to view the work set for your child as well as email teachers if urgently required. 

Office 365

The Office 365 ProPlus software suite is now available to all students at Backwell School.  The suite is licensed to all students allowing the installation and use of Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access.  Students will hold this license for the duration of the study at Backwell School.  Please note, Access and Publisher are currently only available as PC client programmes/features and cannot be used across devices.

Each student is licensed to download and register the software suite across five different devices allowing access between desktops, laptops and other mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones.

Students can sign in and download the software here

Parents and children may also find the following links and resources helpful

Massive Open Online Course (MOOCS) via Unifrog

For those feeling anxious or overwhelmed:

Kooth - online counselling and support

Young Minds - advice for young people on positive mental health

Our P&R teachers have put together this document (plus more resources on their P&R curriculum pages on Frog) on mindfulness, keeping busy and mental wellbeing during the school closure period.

From Monday 20 April the BBC are launching their own home learning resources via BBC Bitesize - with daily lessons, videos and activities for all year groups. These can be used to support and revisit the topics and tasks being set on Frog.

The Oak National Academy is an online resources and lesson hub created by teachers across the UK. 

UK Government advice for parents on home learning during the school closure period

 

Coronavirus - Advice and support for mental health

Coronavirus - staying safe online and access to mental health support

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other educational settings during the Coronavirus outbreak

Examinations and qualifications

The government have released information this afternoon on how they will award qualifications to students following the cancellation of exams.

 

In summary they have said:

  • Teachers will be asked to submit a grade that they believe their students would have received if the exams had gone ahead

  • The exam boards will then combine this with relevant data (e.g. prior attainment) to produce a grade for each student

  • The aim is to have these grades calculated by the end of July

  • There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to.

 

On Friday 3 April 2020 Ofqual published the following documents giving more detail on how grades will be gathered and decided. 

Ofqual letter to students re examination grades (3 April 2020)

Ofqual guidance for parents and students on Summer 2020 examinations (3 April 2020)

As previously promised we will do all we can to ensure that Backwell students get the grades they deserve. We ask that parents and students you do not contact staff directly regarding this process.  Ofqual have been explicit that no member of staff can discuss any student’s individual case with either a parent or the student themselves.

Please note that this guidance refers to GCSEs, AS Levels and A Levels which would have been taken in summer 2020. Ofqual have also announced qualifications such as BTEC nationals and Cambridge technicals (for Backwell Students these are: Digital Media, Health and Social Care, Performing Arts, Applied Science and Business Studies) will be graded in a similar way as A-levels and GCSEs this summer, following the cancellation of exams. The schools’ judgements of what grade each learner would “most likely” have achieved had they been able to complete their assessments in summer 2020 is likely to be part of this process. We will of course provide more information when we receive it.

 

Year 12 students taking the Extended Project Qualification are not affected by these decisions, as they will be entered for the EPQ in the November exam season.

Student may find this video, from Ofqual, helpful in explaining the processes being put in place.

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