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Covid-19 information

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.

Mark J Eager

Principal

Brixham College

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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.

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:

thale@brixhamcollege.co.uk

Mrs T Hale

Vice Principal Quality of Education

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.

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.

Talking to children about self-isolation and social distancing

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;

rburden@brixhamcollege.co.uk or rnewton@brixhamcollege.co.uk

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.

If you are worried about a child please call the Torbay Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01803 208100 or email mash@torbay.gov.uk

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;

  • Childline run by the NSPCC https://www.childline.org.uk/
  • Young minds for advice & support https://youngminds.org.uk/
  • XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. https://www.kooth.com/

You can find many ideas and resources HERE to help you through this current global pandemic.

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