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.
We will of course update parents as much as we can over this period.
Backwell School Teachers will set learning tasks and activities via Frog.
We are aware that Frog, and other education platforms, have been struggling under the volumes of people trying to log on. Please be patient as teachers set tasks and we all get used to this new way of studying.
Please read our expectations regarding the amount of contact and tasks set 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.
Children may like to undertake some reading, and light exercise on a daily basis.
If your child has forgotten their username, a parent with a email address registered on our school system, will need to email 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.
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.
Examinations and qualifications
The government have realised 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.
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. We have not yet had details about how grades will be awarded for other qualifications. Therefore, Year 13 students taking CTEC qualifications in Business, Performing Arts and Health and Social Care, as well as students taking the AQA Extended Certificate in Applied Science, should continue with any work set until we receive more details. 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.