COVID-19 - Latest Updates

September Delivery - Issue 1


Please see PDF for updated outlines how the College will manage reopening for all students from September 2020.

Bexhill College's September Delivery Plan

Self-care Summer Guide


Self-care is all about what you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good. It’s a way that we can look after our own mental health and wellbeing. Click on the link below to open a PDF guide about self-care this summer.  

Self-care Summer Guide

Letter to Parents/Carers from Sussex Police


Covid-19 Update from Sussex Police

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


As we are now moving out of lockdown and nearing the end of term, this will the last weekly update for students and parents/carers. We will however, provide updates from time to time between now and September as information about reopening in September becomes available.

Reopening of College for First Year Students

We have started to implement the plan for welcoming more students back on site this week as per Government guidelines.

Over the final few weeks before the summer break, we are continuing to increase the number of students in College as outlined below. Staff will be contacting those students who are invited to come in and we hope those who are invited, will take the opportunity to attend.

w/c 29 th June 2020 6 th July 2020

Continuing to increase the number who are offered support with their learning in College where students are not engaging with the remote learning.

Inviting in small groups of students of no more than 10 in specific areas for learning for a learning session between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

We are also offer ing some seminars for students in some A level subjects.

However, remote learning continues to work well for the majority of the students and therefore, this will continue until 10 th July 2020 which is the end of term. Therefore, them ajority of learning will remain as online delivery and students should continue to access their lessons as they have done so up to this point.

Students should only attend college if they have been individually contacted about coming in. At this point, they will be told clearly where and when they should attend. Students will be asked to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before their lessons start. They will be expected to follow the social distancing requirements the College has in place at all times to protect the safety of the other students and staff. If students are unable to do this, they will be asked to leave the premises. Students will have been given an information sheet on the expectations when in College.

We have a one-way system in place in the majority of the College. However, there are a small number of areas where this is not possible and whilst the corridors in these areas are wide, students may wish to wear face coverings when moving around the building in the few areas where this is not possible. Students should supply their own face coverings.

The refectory and other social areas will not be open, however, if a student cannot get home when there session has ended due to transport issues, we will make a socially distanced waiting space available until they are able to leave. The College closes at 4.00pm.

We will be monitoring the success of this very carefully and may amend activities over the next few weeks according to feedback received. We hope that if your son or daughter is invited in, they will take up the opportunity.

Results Days

As previously reported, it has been confirmed that Results Days for 2020 will remain as originally published. These are:

  • A/AS Level & other level 3 results day – Thursday 13th August 2020
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020

Please put these dates in your diary. The College has issued information for second year students in the results and after booklet regarding how results will be issued, support available on those days and re-interview for return to College in September where needed later this term.

Information for first year students will be published separately before the end of term. This will be via student emails, tutorial slides and the parent update.

September 2020

We are starting to look forward the September 2020 and the start of the new academic year. We are planning to be able to offer increased face to face teaching time for all students and will inform parents of the plans in due course. You will be aware that the Government has announced the ambition that all students should return to education full time from September however, they are yet to provide any guidance on how this should be implemented given the ongoing guidance around social distancing and other safety measures linked to Covid-19. Therefore, any plans will be determined by the Government advice that is in place at that time. We will aim to inform parents and students as soon as we can.

Students will be sent information via the student portal and tutorial about results day and re-enrolling for next year. AS students will be required to complete a form when they log-on on 13th August to collect their results. Vocational students will be contacted around that time to confirm their intention to return to College in September. An extract from the information sheet for students is provided below. Returning single year students will be interviewed in person or by phone on or after GCSE results day on 20th August.

Extract from the Results Day Sheet for First year students on two-year courses

This is important information, please read it carefully and keep it safe as you will need to refer to it on Results Day:

  • Your results will be released on the Student Portal at 8am
  • You will need to complete a form available on Student Portal as soon as you open your results to indicate your intentions for next year. This has to be completed by 1.0 0pm at the latest. on Results Day.
  • If you have passed all your exams and wish to continue with your courses, you should indicate this on the form and this will be programmed with you.
  • If you wish to change a course or you do not pass an exam, you will need to have a telep hone interview. You should indicate on the form what you wish to do next year to facilitate the interview.
  • If you need a telephone interview you will be contacted using the mobile phone number we have for you on our system.
  • Vocational students, or those who were not due to sit exams, will be contacted on, or just after Results Day, to confirm you will be returning in September.
  • Sue Rhodes, our Careers Officer, will be available on Results Day, should y ou
    need any careers and progression related advice and guidance

Induction days September 2020

Induction days for students in year 2 of a two-year course will be held on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September. Students will be split into two cohorts and will be told which day they need to attend nearer the time.

For those starting new two year or single year courses will have their induction day on either Wednesday 9th or Thursday 10th September. Again, details will be sent nearer the time.

HE Options for leavers – HNDs at Bexhill College September 2020

We have previously highlighted the opportunities we have in College for students to study an HND with us after finishing their Level 3 studies.

The HNDs at College are part-time so students can undertake a job alongside; the classes are usually on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. The fee is covered by a student loan and we can help students access this.

The HNDs are two-year courses and we offer them in:

  • Business
  • Health
  • Early years
  • Performing arts
  • Creative media

Students do not need to have studied a Level 3 in the subject area to be able to apply for one of these courses, but they do need an interest in the subject area. The courses are classified as a full-time university level, equivalent to the first 2 years at university. Following this study, students will have the option to progress to a 1-year top up course at a university to achieve a full BA Hons Degree.

For more information about these courses, please visit our website - www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/highereducation.

If you have any questions about the HNDs, you can email Louise Davison on louisedavison@bexhillcollege.ac.uk.

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Karen Hucker

Principal

 

Information previously published

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online.

In line with the updates on teaching and learning below, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students since the College closed for face to face lessons with regard to their remote learning.

All students should continue to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

It is important students regularly check email and that they also look at the weekly tutorial slides as these will contain useful information including the following over the coming weeks:

  • Results day processes for second year students including results day UCAS support
  • Leavers form which will be needed as part of the deposit return process
  • Returned information for first year students and single year students who are returning to \college in September

Many of these processes will be different this year due to Covid-19. Many will be remote and it is important students follow the guidance issues to gain the support needed.

With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A level study next year when exams will be back to normal. In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well in next year’s A level exams.
Year 1 vocational courses


Remote teaching continues for these courses with online lessons continuing at the usual scheduled timetabled times. Please ensure you follow the guidance of your teachers. Students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for study next year when assessment processes and exams will be back to normal. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well next year.


Free Seminars for parents

Andrew Wright Seminars : Action your potential

The College has been working with Andrew Wright this year to support student well-being. Please see the latest invite from Andrew below.

Dear Parents, Carers and Students at Bexhill College,

Be A Neuro-Ninja Programme - Webinars Every Tuesday at 8pm

As part of our ongoing support for our students during this difficult time we'd like to let you know about that this ongoing series of webinars continues every Tuesday evening at 8pm. It's so great to have students and parents engaging live, but lots of you have requested access to the recordings. We're two webinars in with 8 to go, use the instructions below to access the recordings at a time that suits you.

Andrew at Action Your Potential will engage, enthuse, excite and inspire you in how to get the very best out of your amazing brain. The full programme is here.

Any questions about any of the content do email Andrew at andrewwright@aypuk.com.

Instructions on accessing the recordings

1. Go to our website www.actionyourpotential.org. This is our new website which we're preparing for September.

2. Click on help to find all the instructions, also attached to this email.

You will need to become a member to see the webinars, (it’s free). This is your school password nnbsfc20 You will need this.
Having signed up once for the webinars you don't need to sign up again, but if you didn't sign up the link is here for you. Please do follow us on social media.

Coronavirus Update 26 June 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


The next Coronavirus update will now be posted tomorrow (Friday 26th June 2020). 

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our weekly update for students and parents/carers. Along with new information which is at the beginning of the update, it contains some information we have provided previously for your convenience where this has not changed for convenience. There is little new information this week.

Reopening of College for First Year Students

We have started to implement the plan for welcoming more students back on site this week as per Government guidelines.

This week we have increased the students who have attended College for support in the LRC. In addition, a small number of subjects have had students in on competency based courses where they need to complete work for this years exam season.

Over the next few weeks we are increasing the number of students in College as outlined below. Staff will be contacting those students who are invited to come in and we hope those who are invited, will take the opportunity to attend.

w/c 22nd June 2020 

Continuing to increase the number who are offered support with their learning in College where students are not engaging with the remote learning
Inviting in small groups of students of no more than 10 in specific areas for learning for a learning session between 9.30am and 12.30pm. These are mainly in vocational areas and include areas where students on certain competency based courses who need to complete any outstanding practical assessments or professional exams to be able to gain their qualifications this year.

w/c 29th June 2020 & 6th July 2020

Continuing to increase the number who are offered support with their learning in College where students are not engaging with the remote learning
Inviting in small groups of students of no more than 10 in specific areas for learning for a learning session between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

We are also offering some seminars for students in some A level subjects.

However, remote learning continues to work well for the majority of the students and therefore, this will continue until 10th July 2020 – which is the end of term. Therefore, the majority of learning will remain as online delivery and students should continue to access their lessons as they have done so up to this point.

Students should only attend college if they have been individually contacted about coming in. At this point, they will be told clearly where and when they should attend. Students will be asked to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before their lessons start. They will be expected to follow the social distancing requirements the College has in place at all times to protect the safety of the other students and staff. If students are unable to do this, they will
be asked to leave the premises. Students will have been given an information sheet on the expectations when in College.

We have a one-way system in place in the majority of the College. However, there are a small number of areas where this is not possible and whilst the corridors in these areas are wide, students may wish to wear face coverings when moving around the building in the few areas where this is not possible. Students should supply their own face coverings.

The refectory and other social areas will not be open, however, if a student cannot get home when there session has ended due to transport issues, we will make a socially distanced waiting space available until they are able to leave. The College closes at 4.00pm.

We will be monitoring the success of this very carefully and may amend activities over the next few weeks according to feedback received. We hope that if your son or daughter is invited in, they will take up the opportunity.

Results Days

As previously reported, it has been confirmed that Results Days for 2020 will remain as originally published. These are

  • A/AS Level & other level 3 results day – Thursday 13th August 2020
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020

Please put these dates in your diary. The College has issued information for second year students in the results and after booklet regarding how results will be issued, support available on those days and re-interview for return to College in September where needed later this term.

Information for first year students will be published separately before the end of term. This will be via student emails, tutorial slides and the parent update.

September 2020

We are starting to look forward the September 2020 and the start of the new academic year. We are planning to be able to offer increased face to face teaching time for all students and will inform parents of the plans in due course. However, any plans will be determined by the Government advice that is in place at that time.

HE Options for leavers – HNDs at Bexhill College September 2020

We have previously highlighted the opportunities we have in College for students to study an HND with us after finishing their Level 3 studies.

The HNDs at College are part-time so students can undertake a job alongside; the classes are usually on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. The fee is covered by a student loan and we can help students access this.

The HNDs are two-year courses and we offer them in:

  • Business
  • Health
  • Early years
  • Performing arts
  • Creative media

Students do not need to have studied a Level 3 in the subject area to be able to apply for one of these courses, but they do need an interest in the subject area. The courses are classified as a full-time university level, equivalent to the first 2 years at university. Following this study, students will have the option to progress to a 1-year top up course at a university to achieve a full BA Hons Degree.

For more information about these courses, please visit our website - www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/highereducation.

If you have any questions about the HNDs, you can email Louise Davison on louisedavison@bexhillcollege.ac.uk

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Karen Hucker
Principal

 

Information previously published

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online.

In line with the updates on teaching and learning below, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students since the College closed for face to face lessons with regard to their remote learning.

All students should continue to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

It is important students regularly check email and that they also look at the weekly tutorial slides as these will contain useful information including the following over the coming weeks:

  • Results day processes for second year students including results day UCAS support
  • Leavers form which will be needed as part of the deposit return process
  • Returned information for first year students and single year students who are returning to\college in September

Many of these processes will be different this year due to Covid-19. Many will be remote and it is important students follow the guidance issues to gain the support needed.

With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning.
Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A level study next year when exams will be back to normal.

In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well in next year’s A level exams.

Year 1 vocational courses

Remote teaching continues for these courses with online lessons continuing at the usual scheduled timetabled times. Please ensure you follow the guidance of your teachers.

Students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for study next year when assessment processes and exams will be back to normal. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well next year.

Free Seminars for parents

Andrew Wright Seminars

The College has been working with Andrew Wright this year to support student well-being.

Please see the latest invite from Andrew below.

Dear Parents, Carers and Students at Bexhill College,

Be A Neuro-Ninja Programme - Webinars Every Tuesday at 8pm

As part of our ongoing support for our students during this difficult time we'd like to let you know about that this ongoing series of webinars continues every Tuesday evening at 8pm. It's so great to have students and parents engaging live, but lots of you have requested access to the recordings. We're two webinars in with 8 to go, use the instructions below to access the recordings at a time that suits you.

Andrew at Action Your Potential will engage, enthuse, excite and inspire you in how to get the very best out of your amazing brain. The full programme is here.

Any questions about any of the content do email Andrew at andrewwright@aypuk.com

Instructions on accessing the recordings

1. Go to our website www.actionyourpotential.org. This is our new website which we're preparing for September.

2. Click on help to find all the instructions, also attached to this email.

You will need to become a member to see the webinars, (it’s free). This is your school password nnbsfc20 You will need this.

Having signed up once for the webinars you don't need to sign up again, but if you didn't sign up the link is here for you. Please do follow us on social media.

Best wishes

Andrew Wright
Action Your Potential

Coronavirus Update 18 June 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our weekly update for students and parents/carers. Along with new information which is at the beginning of the update, it contains some information we have provided previously for your convenience where this has not changed for convenience.

Reopening of College for First Year Students

We have been looking at what we may offer to students prior to the summer break which will be meaningful and useful from 15th June 2020 as per Government guidelines.

As previously said, there is flexibility in terms of exactly what this looks like for each college and there is an understanding that different colleges will have different solutions to this depending on their individual circumstances. It has also been recognised that the majority of delviery will continue online and that any 'face to face' suppot will be a small part of the student learning activities.

Remote learning is working well for the majority of the students and therefore, this will continue until 10th July 202 - which is the end of term.

Nevertheless, there is a need to increase the number of students on site where this will benefit student learning. As a result of the complexities of the College environment, we have considered the safety issues associated with bringing larger numbers of students and staff back into a college environment. In addition, we have tried to ensure that the learning still continues in an effective way for students.

Therefore, we are taking the opportunity to start to increase the number of students on site as follows:

w/c 15th June 2020

Increasing the number who are offered support with their learning in College where students are not engaging with the remote learning.

w/c 22nd June 2020

Continuing to increase the number who are offered support with their learning in College where students are not engaging with the remote learning.

Inviting in small groups of students of no more than 10 in specific areas for learning sessiion between 9.30am and 12.30pm. These are mainly in vocational areas and include areas where students on certain competency based courses who need to complete any outstanding practical assessments or professional exams to be able to gain their qualifications this year.

w/c 29th June 2020 & 6th July 2020

Continuing to increase the number who are offered support with their learning in College where students are not engaging with the remote learning Inviting in small groups of students of no more than 10 in specific areas for learning for a learning session between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

We are developing a plan to offer some seminars for students in A level subjects – the details of these will follow.

Therefore, the majority of learning will remain as online delivery and students should continue to access their lessons as they have done so up to this point.

All students are be being contacted by College tutors this week to discuss how they have engaged so far with their online learning. This may be their personal tutor or another staff member. It is important to gain that information to help us finalise the next steps but also to look at how we may shape learning in September should this situation continue. Please ensure your son or daughter participates.

Students should only attend college if they have been individually contacted about coming in. At this point, they will be told clearly where and when they should attend. Students will be asked to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before their lessons start. They will be expected to follow the social distancing requirements the College has in place at all times to protect the safety of the other students and staff. If students are unable to do this, they will be sked to leave the premises.

We will have a one-way system in place in the majority of the College. However, there are a small number of areas where this is not possible and we would encourage students to wear face coverings when moving around the building in the few areas where this is not possible. Students should supply their own face coverings.

The refectory and other social areas will not be open, however, if a student cannot get home when there session has ended due to transport issues, we will make a socially distanced waiting space available until they are able to leave. The College closes at 4.00pm.

We will be monitoring the success of this very carefully and may amend activities over the next few weeks according to feedback received. We hope that if your son or daughter is invited in, they will take up the opportunity.

Results Days

As previously reported, it has been confirmed that Results Days for 2020 will remain as originally published. These are: 

  • A/AS Level & other level 3 results day – Thursday 13th August 2020
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020

Please put these dates in your diary. The College has issued information for second year students in the results and after booklet regarding how results will be issued, support available on those days and re-interview for return to College in September where needed later this term.

Information for first year students will be published separately before the end of term. This will be via student emails, tutorial slides and the parent update.

HE Options for leavers – HNDs at Bexhill College September 2020

We have previously highlighted the opportunities we have in College for students to study an HND with us after finishing their Level 3 studies.

The HNDs at College are part-time so students can undertake a job alongside; the classes are usually on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. The fee is covered by a student loan and we can help students access this The HNDs are two-year courses and we offer them in:

  • Business
  • Health
  • Early years
  • Performing arts
  • Creative media

Students do not need to have studied a Level 3 in the subject area to be able to apply for one of these courses, but they do need an interest in the subject area. The courses are classified as a full-time university level, equivalent to the first 2 years at university. Following this study, students will have the option to progress to a 1-year top up course at a university to achieve a full BA Hons Degree.

For more information about these courses, please visit our website - www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/highereducation.

If you have any questions about the HNDs, you can email Louise Davison on louisedavison@bexhillcollege.ac.uk.

Virtual Careers, HE and Progression Week wc 15.6.2020

Given that we are unable to deliver our year 12 Careers, HE and Progression Day this year, we have put together some themed resources and activities which we will deliver over the course of the week. The resource will be uploaded to Moodle daily and students are strongly encouraged to fully participate in the activities set. The activities over the week include:

  • Careers and work experience
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Alternatives to University and Apprenticeships
  • Gap Year and Volunteering
  • Employability Skills
  • UCAS Apply/Unifrog

Virtual Careers Advice and Guidance interviews continue to be offered by Sue Rhodes, our Careers Adviser. If your son or daughter would like to arrange a virtual meeting or a telephone consultation, please email: suerhodes@bexhillcollege.ac.uk.

The College has successfully held the Quality in Careers Standard (formerly known as Investor in Careers) for the last 10 years. We are going for reassessment of this award on 14 July 2020).

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Karen Hucker Principal

 

Information previously published

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online. In line with the updates on teaching and learning below, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students since the College closed for face to face lessons with regard to their remote learning. All students should continue to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

It is important students regularly check email and that they also look at the weekly tutorial slides as these will contain useful information including the following over the coming weeks:

- Results day processes for second year students including results day UCAS support - Leavers form which will be needed as part of the deposit return process - Returned information for first year students and single year students who are returning to \college in September

Many of these processes will be different this year due to Covid-19. Many will be remote and it is important students follow the guidance issues to gain the support needed. With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements. 

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A level study next year when exams will be back to normal. 

In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well in next year’s A level exams.

Year 1 vocational courses 

Remote teaching continues for these courses with online lessons continuing at the usual scheduled timetabled times. Please ensure you follow the guidance of your teachers.

Students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for study next year when assessment processes and exams will be back to normal. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well next year.

Free Seminars for parents

Andrew Wright Seminars

The College has been working with Andrew Wright this year to support student well-being. Please see the latest invite from Andrew below:

Dear Parents, Carers and Students at Bexhill College,

Be A Neuro-Ninja Programme - Webinars Every Tuesday at 8pm

As part of our ongoing support for our students during this difficult time we'd like to let you know about that this ongoing series of webinars continues every Tuesday evening at 8pm. It's so great to have students and parents engaging live, but lots of you have requested access to the recordings. We're two webinars in with 8 to go, use the instructions below to access the recordings at a time that suits you.

Andrew at Action Your Potential will engage, enthuse, excite and inspire you in how to get the very best out of your amazing brain. The full programme is here.

Any questions about any of the content do email Andrew at andrewwright@aypuk.com

Instructions on accessing the recordings

1. Go to our website www.actionyourpotential.org This is our new website which we're preparing for September. 2. Click on help to find all the instructions, also attached to this email.

You will need to become a member to see the webinars, (it’s free). This is your school password nnbsfc20 You will need this.

Having signed up once for the webinars you don't need to sign up again, but if you didn't sign up the link is here for you. Please do follow us on social media.

Best wishes

Andrew Wright Action Your Potential

 

Coronavirus Update 11 June 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our weekly update for students and parents/carers. Along with new information which is at the beginning of the update, it contains some information we have provided previously for your convenience where this has not changed for convenience.

Reopening of College for First Year Students

Many parents and students will be keeping up to date with the Government briefings regarding the phased reopening of schools and colleges. You will be aware that the date for starting to increase the numbers of students having some ‘face-to-face’ teaching with their teachers has been moved being from 15th June 2020.

As previously said, there is flexibility in terms of exactly what this looks like for each college and there is an understanding that different colleges will have different solutions to this, depending on their individual circumstances. It has also been recognised that the majority of delivery will continue online and that any ‘face to face;’ support will be a small part of the student learning activities.

We are currently looking at what we may offer to students prior to the summer break which will be meaningful and useful. Therefore, for now, students should continue to access their lessons as they have done so up to this point.

Students will be being contacted by College tutors over the next week to discuss how they have engaged so far with their online learning. This may be their personal tutor or another staff member. It is important to gain that information to help us design the next steps so please ensure your son or daughter participates.

As a result of the complexities of the College environment, there are lots of questions to answer about how a phased reopening might work in practice and of course the safety issues associated with bringing larger numbers of students and staff back into a college environment. As you would expect, the safety of the whole College community and their families is paramount. In addition, we will want to ensure that the learning still continues in an effective way for students.

However, we will be continuing to support the vulnerable and high needs students in College where that support is needed along with a small number of students who need teaching assistant support to complete their work.

We will also be asking students on certain competency based courses who may need to complete any outstanding practical assessments or professional exams where needed to complete those so they are able to gain their qualifications this year. This expectation has been previously outlined in these updates.

Students should only attend college if they have been individually contacted about coming in. At this point, they will be told clearly where and when they should attend. They will be expected to follow the social distancing requirements the College has in place at all times to protect the safety of the other students and staff. If students are unable to do this, they will be asked to leave the premises.

Second year students – A level and Vocational Year 2 courses Resources Return and Results Day

Teaching has now finished for this group of students. From Monday 8th June, student should be returning any resources they have borrowed. We have this by alphabet over the week and it is set out to ensure social distancing. This has been set out in the results and after booklet by for ease, it is as follows:

Surname beginning with... Day and DateTimes
AMonday 8th June9 - 10am
B (Ba - Ben)  
B (Ber -But)Monday 8th June10 - 11am
C (Cac - Cle)Monday 8th June11 - 12am
C (Cli - Cut)Monday 8th June12 - 1pm
D ETuesday 9th June9 - 10am
F GTuesday 9th June10 - 11am
HTuesday 9th June11 - 12am
I J KTuesday 9th June12 - 1pm
LWednesday 10th June9 - 10am
M (Mac - Mis)Wednesday 10th June10 - 11am
M (Mit - Mur) N OWednesday 10th June11 - 12am
P QWednesday 10th June12 - 1pm
RThursday 11th June9 - 10am
SThursday 11th June10 - 11am
TThursday 11th June11 - 12am
VThursday 11th June12 - 1pm
WFriday 12th June9 - 10am
YFriday 12th June10 - 11am

Results will be released on Thursday 13th August via the student portal and students have been issued with the ‘Results and After’ booklet through tutorial which outlines the support available on that day. The booklet is also on the student and parent portal.

In summary, there will be support in College or on line from 8.00am–12.00pm for those students who are aiming for university but need advice following their results.

For second year students who wish to return to College for another year, there will be information on how to apply for that on the student portal on that morning as well. A form will be provided which has to be returned by 1.00pm on 13th August. Once a student has indicated a wish to return, they will be offered an interview, which is likely to be by phone, to discuss their options for 20/21.

HE Options for leavers –HNDs at Bexhill College September 2020

We have previously highlighted the opportunities we have in College for students to study an HND with us after finishing their Level 3 studies. The HNDs at College are part-time so students can undertake a job alongside; the classes are usually on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. The fee is covered by a student loan and we can help students access this The HNDs are two-year courses and we offer them in:

  • Business
  • Health
  • Early years
  • Performing arts
  • Creative media

Students do not need to have studied a Level 3 in the subject area to be able to apply for one of these courses, but they do need an interest in the subject area. 

The courses are classified as a full-time university level, equivalent to the first 2 years at university. Following this study, students will have the option to progress to a 1-year top up course at a university to achieve a full BA Hons Degree.

For more information about these courses, please visit our website - http://www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/highereducation.

Free Seminars for parents

Andrew Wright Seminars

The College has been working with Andrew Wright this year to support student well-being.

Please see the latest invite from Andrew below:

Dear Parents, Carers and Students at Bexhill College,

Be A Neuro-Ninja Programme - Webinars Every Tuesday at 8pm

As part of our ongoing support for our students during this difficult time we'd like to let you know about that this ongoing series of webinars continues every Tuesday evening at 8pm. It's so great to have students and parents engaging live, but lots of you have requested access to the recordings. We're two webinars in with 8 to go, use the instructions below to access the recordings at a time that suits you.

Andrew at Action Your Potential will engage, enthuse, excite and inspire you in how to get the very best out of your amazing brain. The full programme is https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AYTR3ruHIAlIzOMsuMTCfAhX3UWMBt3t/view.  

 

Information previously published

Centre Assessed Grades

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students about the process for the Centre Assessed Grades. These are the grades which the College will submit for each student for their courses. These will be provided for the majority of our courses and these are being finalised in line with Ofqual requirements.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents/guardians and students that the teachers and managers within Colleges are not allowed to reveal Centre Assessed Grades or the process behind the award of these grades to any student or parent/guardian. To do so places that teacher or manager at risk of accusations of malpractice and could negatively impact on the grades of all students and the ability of the College to award results/deliver examinations in the future.

We would appreciate your continued support by asking you not to email or contact staff requesting information about grades or the grading process. All grades will go thought a rigorous internal moderation and external standardisation process. Staff have been asked not to respond to communication concerning these two issues.

Exams

Results Days

As previously reported, it has been confirmed that Results Days for 2020 will remain as originally published. These are: 

  • A/AS Level & other level 3 results day – Thursday 13th August 2020
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020

Please put these dates in your diary. The College will issue details on how results will be issued, support available on those days and re-interview for return to College in September where needed later this term. This will be via student emails, tutorial slides and the parent update.

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online.

In line with the updates on teaching and learning below, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students since the College closed for face to face lessons with regard to their remote learning.

All students should continue to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

It is important students regularly check email and that they also look at the weekly tutorial slides as these will contain useful information including the following over the coming weeks:

  • Results day processes for second year students including results day UCAS support
  • Leavers form which will be needed as part of the deposit return process
  • Returned information for first year students and single year students who are returning to\college in September

Many of these processes will be different this year due to Covid-19. Many will be remote and it is important students follow the guidance issues to gain the support needed.

With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning. Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A level study next year when exams will be back to normal.

In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well in next year’s A level exams.

Year 1 vocational courses

Remote teaching continues for these courses with online lessons continuing at the usual scheduled timetabled times. Please ensure you follow the guidance of your teachers.

Students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for study next year when assessment processes and exams will be back to normal. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well next year.

Competency based vocational courses

Some of the vocational students are on competency based courses or courses which give them a license to practice when they achieve their qualifications. These are:

  • Personal training
  • Sports massage
  • Catering
  • Hairdressing and barbering
  • Early years
  • Arts award where work experience is mandatory

For these courses, there may be a requirement to complete all theory and practical elements which have not been completed to date. In some cases, online teaching will continue until June as would be the case if the College were open to enable students to achieve this. Please refer to your subject tutors for guidance on your particular course.

We are aware that the Awarding Bodies and Ofqual will issue further guidance on competency courses and we will confirm any further requirements students have to undertake as part of these courses when we are made aware.

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

Karen Hucker

Principal

 

Coronavirus Update 4 June 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our weekly update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously for your convenience where this has not changed and some new information where we have updates. Please note, there will not be an update next week as it is half term. The next update will be 4th June 2020.

The College site is closed to students, however reception continues to be manned every day so if anyone needs to contact a staff member and cannot do so by email, reception staff are available to pick up calls.

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we have put arrangements in place for remote working for students until the College is able to reopen again for face-to-face lessons.

Reopening of College for First Year Students

Many parents and students will be keeping up to date with the Government briefings regarding the phased reopening of schools and colleges. The ambition is that year 12 students will have some face to face ‘ with their teachers before the summer break However, there is flexibility in terms of exactly what this looks like for each college and there is a n understanding that different c olleges will have different solutions to this, depending on their individual circumstances. Some of the gui dance, such as students staying in one room with one teacher, is less appropriate at post 16 particularly where students take 3 different A levels or are studying a complex vocational course with specialist units and specialist teachers. There has been much discussion about what will work and be valuable for the post 16 age group, particularly where Colleges are delivering online teaching which is working well.

As a result of the complexities of the College environment, there are lots of questions to answer about how a phased reopening might work in practice and of course the safety issues associated with bringing larger numbers of students and staff back into a college environment. As you would expect, the safety of the whole college community and their families is paramount. In addition, we will want to ensure that the learning still continues in an effective way for students.

Therefore, we will not be reopening on 1st June for normal classes and teaching for first year students will remain online. Therefore students should continue to access their lessons as they have done so up to this point.

However, we will be continuing to support the vulnerable and high needs students in College where that support is needed along with a small number of students who need teaching assistant support to complete their work.

We will also be asking students on certain competency based courses who may need to complete any outstanding practical assessments or professional exams where needed to complete those so they are able to gain their qualifications this year. This expectation has been previously outlined in these updates.

Students should only attend college if they have been individually contacted about coming in. At this point, they will be told clearly where and when they should attend. They will be expected to follow the social distancing requirements the college has in place at all times to protect the safety of the other students and staff. If students are unable to do this, they will be asked to leave the premises.

Over the coming weeks, we will be considering what we can offer given the design of our buildings, the safety processes we can put in place and how we can ensure a high quality delivery for students. We will keep parents and students informed via this briefing.

Teaching for second year students – A level and Vocational Year 2 courses and Results Day

As we approach half term, in a typical year, second year students would be completing courses and going on study leave. Of course, this is not a typical year however, any ongoing delivery for second year students where staff are ensuring students have covered all content for progression purposes, will soon be complete. We will continue to provide updates on exam issues and we wish all our students good luck with whatever they do next.

Results will be released on Thursday 13th August via the student portal and students have been issued with the ‘Results and After’ booklet through tutorial which outlines the support available on that day. The booklet is also on the student and parent portal.

In summary, there will be support in College or on line from 8.00am – 12.00pm for those students who are aiming for university but need advice following their results.

For second year students who wish to return to College for another year, there will be information on how to apply for that on the student portal on that morning as well. A form will be provided which has to be returned by 1.00pm on 13th August. Once a student has indicated a wish to return, they will be offered an interview, which is likely to be by phone, to discuss their options for 20/21.

HE Options for leavers – HNDs at Bexhill College September 2020

Last week we highlighted the opportunities we have in College for students to study an HND with us after finishing their Level 3 studies.

The HNDs at College are part-time so students can undertake a job alongside; the classes are usually on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. The fee is covered by a student loan and we can help students access this.

The HNDs are two-year courses and we offer them in:

  • Business
  • Health
  • Early years
  • Performing arts
  • Creative media

Students do not need to have studied a Level 3 in the subject area to be able to apply for one of these courses but they do need an interest in the subject area.

The courses are classified as a full-time university level, equivalent to the first 2 years at university. Following this study, students will have the option to progress to a 1-year top up course at a university to achieve a full BA Hons Degree.

For more information about these courses, please visit our website - http://www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/highereducation 

Governor Vacancy

The College will have a vacancy for a Governor from the parent body from September 2020 and are therefore seeing applications now. The successful candidate will need to be a parent or legal guardian of a current student when the term of office begins. Applications should be emailed to the Clerk by Friday June 5th 2020. Full details and an application form can be found on the College website at the following link: https://www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/docs2/about/governors.shtml.

Information previously published

Centre Assessed Grades

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students about the process for the Centre Assessed Grades. These are the grades which the College will submit for each student for their courses. These will be provided for the majority of our courses and these are being finalised in line with Ofqual requirements.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents/guardians and students that the teachers and managers within Colleges are not allowed to reveal Centre Assessed Grades or the process behind the award of these grades to any student or parent/guardian. To do so places that teacher or manager at risk of accusations of malpractice and could negatively impact on the grades of all students and the ability of the College to award results/deliver examinations in the future.

We would appreciate your continued support by you not emailing or contacting staff requesting information about grades or the grading process. All grades will go thought a rigorous internal moderation and external standardisation process. Staff have been asked not to respond to communication concerning these two issues.

Exams

Results Days

As previously reported, it has been confirmed that Results Days for 2020 will remain as originally published. These are:

  • A/AS Level & other level 3 results day – Thursday 13th August 2020
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020

Please put these dates in your diary. The College will issue details on how results will be issued, support available on those days and re-interview for return to College in September where needed later this term. This will be via student emails, tutorial slides and the parent update.

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online.

In line with the updates on teaching and learning below, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students since the College closed for face to face lessons with regard to their remote learning.

All students should continue to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

It is important students regularly check email and also look at the weekly tutorial slides as these will contain useful information including the following over the coming weeks:

  • Results day processes for second year students including results day UCAS support
  • Leavers form which will be needed as part of the deposit return process
  • Returned information for first year students and single year students who are returning to\college in September

Many of these processes will be different this year due to Covid-19. Many will be remote and it is important students follow the guidance issues to gain the support needed.

With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning. Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements. Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A level study next year when exams will be back to normal.

In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well in next year’s A level exams.

Year 1 vocational courses

Remote teaching continues for these courses with online lessons continuing at the usual scheduled timetabled times. Please ensure you follow the guidance of your teachers. Students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for study next year when assessment processes and exams will be back to normal. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well next year.

Competency based vocational courses

Some of the vocational students are on competency based courses or courses which give them a license to practice when they achieve their qualifications. These are:

  • Personal training
  • Sports massage
  • Catering
  • Hairdressing and barbering
  • Early years
  • Arts award where work experience is mandatory

For these courses, there may be a requirement to complete all theory and practical elements which have not been completed to date. In some cases, online teaching will continue until June as would be the case if the College were open to enable students to achieve this. Please refer to your subject tutors for guidance on your particular course.

We are aware that the Awarding Bodies and Ofqual will issue further guidance on competency courses and we will confirm any further requirements students have to undertake as part of these courses when we are made aware.

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

Karen Hucker Principal

Coronavirus Update 21st May 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest weekly update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.


The College site is closed to students, however, reception continues to be manned every day so if anyone needs to contact a staff member and cannot do so by email, reception are available to pick up calls.

There is currently a mix of lesson-based activity for students depending on the year they are in and the Government directive. As we have always  highlighted, it is important students engage in these until their courses are officially ‘finished’ and the process of grades being awarded concluded. Information on this for all courses is given below in the information previously published section. This is happening in different ways for different courses so it is important you read the information for the different courses your son or daughter studies.

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we have put arrangements in place for remote working for students until the College is able to reopen again for face-to-face lessons.

Teaching for second year students – A level and Vocational Year 2 courses and Results Day

As we approach half term, in a typical year, second year students would be completing courses and going on study leave. Of course, this is not a typical year however, any ongoing delivery for second year students where staff are ensuring students have covered all content for progression purposes, will soon be complete. We will continue to provide updates on exam issues and we wish all our students good luck with whatever they do next.


Results will be released on Thursday 13th August via the student portal and students have been issued with the ‘Results and After’ booklet through tutorial which outlines the support available on that day. The booklet is also on the student and parent portal.

In summary, there will be support in College or on line from 8.00am – 12.00pm for those students who are aiming for university but need advice following their results.

For second year students who wish to return to College for another year, there will be information on how to apply for that on the student portal on that morning as well. A form will be provided which has to be returned by 1.00pm on 13th August. Once a student has indicated a wish to return, they will be offered an interview, which is likely to be by phone, to discuss their options for 20/21.

HE Options for leavers – HNDs at BexhillCollege September 2020 –a message from the Director of Higher Education

Your son or daughter is coming to the end of their Level 3 studies at a difficult time. They maybe thinking about what to do next and perhaps haven’t thought about a Level 5 at the College. Given the current uncertainty about jobs and travel, it might be worth them considering this type of study which could provide them with the next level of education and better job prospects when this all settles down. The College is here to help them.

The HNDs at College are part-time so your son or daughter can undertake a job alongside; the classes are usually on Mondays and Tuesdays. (1 afternoon and 2 evenings) The fee is covered by a student loan and we can help your son or daughter navigate getting one of those.

The HNDs are two-year courses and we offer them in:

  • Business
  • Health
  • Early years
  • Performing arts
  • Creative media

Your son or daughter does not need to have studied a Level 3 in the subject area to be able to apply for a Level 5 course.

The courses are classified as a full-time university level, equivalent to the first 2 years at university. Following this study, you will have the option to progress to a 1-year top up course at a university to achieve a full BA Hons Degree.

For more information about these courses, please visit our website - www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/highereducation.

To apply for one of these courses the returners form is attached for your son or daughter to complete by May 18th 2020.

The courses are suitable for college leavers and mature students so if you are thinking of your own career progression or a change in career there is an application form link on the website link above If you have any questions about the HNDs, you can email Louise Davison on louisedavison@bexhillcollege.ac.uk.

“I would recommend the HND in Early Years at Bexhill College to anyone that is looking to continue their studies, but isn’t quite ready to make that big step of going to university. I personally felt that going straight from college to university was daunting. However, when I found out about this course
which I could study at a university level at the college campus, I thought great. It meant I was able to study at college and work at the same time. The tutors always made me feel welcome and gave the support that you needed, when you needed it, with brilliant ways of teaching the many different
units. The group of people that were attending the course was small, however, this was nice because we all got to know one and other, made friends and gave each other support and advice when needed. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend to anyone who is wanting to
further their studies into education.” Alex, Early Years HND 2017-2019

Andrew Wright Seminars

The College has been working with Andrew Wright this year to support student well-being. Andrew is offering free Well-Being Webinars for Key Workers as detailed below. These webinars are full of practical, actionable strategies to manage our day to day well-being during these challenging times. if you'd like to sign up click here.

  • Tue 12 May 4 - 4:30pm - Well-Being Is A Skill (Why Did No-One Tell Me This Before)
  • Tue 19 May 4 –4:30pm - What Are We Like (Living Positively In A Negatively Biased Brain)
  • Tue 26 May 4 –4:30pm - Feeling It, Emotional First Aid (Emotional Hygiene)
  • Tue 2 June 4 - 4:30pm - Opening Your Parachute (Stress Awareness and What To Do)
  • Tue 9 Jun 4– 4:30pm - The Daily Plan (Being Our Best Selves In Tough Times)

Poster about the webinars is here, if you have any questions do email Andrew at andrewwright@aypuk.com.

Governor Vacancy

The College will have a vacancy for a Governor from the parent body from September 2020 and are therefore seeing applications now. The successful candidate will need to be a parent or legal guardian of a current student when the term of office begins. Applications should be emailed to the Clerk by Friday June 5th 2020. Full details and an application form can be found on the College website at the following link:
https://www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/docs2/about/governors.shtml.

Reopening of College for First Year Students

Many parents and students will be keeping up to date with the Government briefings regarding the reopening of schools and colleges and the ambition that Year 12 students will have some face to face ‘teaching’ with their teachers ‘before the summer break’.

Understandably, there are lots of questions to answer about how this might work in practice and of course the safety issues associated with bringing larger numbers of staff and students back into a college environment. As you would expect, the safety of the whole college community and their families is paramount. In addition, we will want to ensure that the learning still continues in an effective way for students.

We are awaiting further guidance on this, which we understand will follow shortly. Once we have this, we will be considering what we can offer given the design of our buildings, the safety processes we can put in place and how we can ensure a high quality delivery for student. We will keep parents and students informed via this briefing.

Information previously published

Coursework deadline

As previously outlined, for any students completing coursework or other work for courses where grades are submitted this year, the deadline for this is 15th May 2020 to allow time for marking and to allow staff to meet the deadline for submission of centre assessed grades to the exam boards. Please make sure your son or daughter liaises with their teaching staff to ensure they meet this deadline.

Centre Assessed Grades

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students about the process for the Centre Assessed Grades. These are the grades which the College will submit for each student for their courses. These will be provided for the majority of our courses and will need to be finalised by staff before half term to meet the expected window to upload the data.

Ofqual has yet to fully confirm the full details on Centre Assessed Grades, however, it is clear that the teachers and managers within Colleges are not allowed to reveal Centre Assessed Grades or the process behind the award of these grades to any student or parent/guardian. To do so places that
teacher or manager at risk of accusations of malpractice and could negatively impact on the grades of all students and the ability of the College to award results/deliver examinations in the future.

We would appreciate your support by you not emailing or contacting staff requesting information about grades or the grading process. Teacher and managers will follow the guidelines, when they are finalised as set out by Ofqual and will ensure that the grades we submit do not disadvantage our
students in anyway against students from other educational institutions. Staff have been asked not to respond to communication concerning these two issues.

Exams

Results Days

As previously reported, it has been confirmed that Results Days for 2020 will remain as originally published. These are:

  • A/AS Level & other level 3 results day – Thursday 13th August 2020
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020

Please put these dates in your diary. The College will issue details on how results will be issued, support available on those days and re-interview for return to College in September where needed later this term. This will be via student emails, tutorial slides and the parent update.

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online.

In line with the updates on teaching and learning below, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students since the College closed for face to face lessons with regard to their remote learning.

All students should continue to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

It is important students regularly check email and also look at the weekly tutorial slides as these will contain useful information including the following over the coming weeks:

  • Results day processes for second year students including results day UCAS support
  • Leavers form which will be needed as part of the deposit return process
  • Returned information for first year students and single year students who are returning to college in September

Many of these processes will be different this year due to Covid-19. Many will be remote and it is important students follow the guidance issues to gain the support needed.

With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.


Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

Remote teaching for A level and GCSE Courses from 20th April 2020

A levels and GCSE courses – Remote teaching will continue where the content of the courses has not been completed. This is intended to ensure students have covered everything needed to support them with progression and to provide an opportunity for students to keep occupied during lockdown. Any teaching from this point forward will not impact grading so students can choose if they wish to participate. Information for each subject will be on the subject MOODLE page.

Some subjects who have completed their content want to continue offering contact with students for the students’ well-being and wish to offer an opportunity to participate in activity during the week. Again, participation is entirely up to the student and details will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Similar provision will also be made for our vulnerable students via the Study Centre.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A level study next year when exams will be back to normal.

In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well in next year’s A level exams.

Vocational Courses

On Thursday 9th April. Ofqual released information on the grading of vocational courses. For year 2, level 2 and level 1 courses, this means that any teaching from this point forward will not impact grading. Students should therefore be completing any assignment work set to date and all work should be completed by 15th May for assessment purposes.

We do not have the specific detail of how grades will be awarded as yet but are aware that, as we have previously said, this will be a teacher assessed grade as with A/AS levels and GCSEs. However, the key difference is that these courses have a significant amount of coursework which will impact on the award of grades as students will have completed a proportion of this to date. Therefore, students should continue to completing assignments as required by staff. These courses, such as the First Diplomas, Extended Diplomas, Subsidiary Diplomas and the Certificates are heavily coursework based. We are therefore anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades completed to date at the very least and therefore, all students should be completing coursework as set.

Remote teaching may continue where the content of the courses has not been completed. This is intended to ensure students have covered everything needed to support them with progression and to provide an opportunity for students to keep occupied during lockdown. In addition, some subjects who have completed their content want to continue offering contact with students for the students’ well-being and wish to offer an opportunity to participate in activity during the week. Again, participation is entirely up to the student and details will be on the subject MOODLE page.

Similar provision will also be made for our vulnerable students via the Study Centre.

Competency based vocational courses

Some of the vocational students are on competency based courses or courses which give them a license to practice when they achieve their qualifications. These are:

  • Personal training
  • Sports massage
  • Catering
  • Hairdressing and barbering
  • Early years
  • Arts award where work experience is mandatory

For these courses, there may be a requirement to complete all theory and practical elements which have not been completed to date. In some cases, online teaching will continue until June as would be the case if the College were open to enable students to achieve this. For others, students should
complete all theory elements by 15th May. Please refer to your subject tutors for guidance on your particular course.

We are aware that the Awarding Bodies and Ofqual will issue further guidance on competency courses and we will confirm any further requirements students have to undertake as part of these courses when we are made aware. 

Year 1 vocational courses

Remote teaching continues for these courses with online lessons continuing at the usual scheduled timetabled times. Please ensure you follow the guidance of your teachers. Students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for study next year when assessment processes and exams will be back to normal. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give
them the best change of performing well next year.

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.


Karen Hucker

Principal

Coronavirus Update 14th May 2020

Domestic Abuse Help


If you are controlled or physically, sexually, economically or emotionally abused by a partner, ex-partner or family member, this is domestic abuse. Household isolation rules do not apply.

Police and support services remain available.

See the below PDF for more information.

Domestic Abuse Help

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


The rate of new information has slowed down this week and therefore we do not have any new information for this update. We have left last weeks' update below for your convenience.

There may be more to update next week after the expected Government announcements about the current lockdown this weekend.

We wish you a restful bank holiday weekend.

Karen

The Principal

Coronavirus Update 7th May 2020

Support for SEND Students



Services and support are still available for your child with SEND.

Support for SEND Students

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.

The College site is closed to students, however, reception continues to be manned every day so if anyone needs to contact a staff member and cannot do so by email, reception are available to pick up calls.

There is currently a mix of lesson-based activity for students depending on the year they are in and the Government directive. As we have always highlighted, it is important students engage in these until their courses are officially ‘finished’ and the process of grades being awarded concluded. Information on this for all courses is given below. This is happening in different ways for different courses so it is important you read the information for the different courses your son or daughter studies.

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we have put arrangements in place for remote working for students until the College is able to reopen again for face-to-face lessons.

Ongoing updates

From this point forward, we will update once a week on Thursdays by 6.30pm. We will increase the frequency in future, if it seems needed, and we will always provide additional updates if there is a significant announcement which requires one. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that day’s Government announcements but we will do so, as soon as we reasonably can.

Careers Advice and Guidance

Please see our Careers Newsletter.

If students would further advice and guidance or to request a careers interview with the Careers Officer, via a Microsoft Teams call, please email suerhodes@bexhillcollege.ac.uk

UniTasterDays: Free on-line university guidance webinars #UTDIAG
These online webinars are aimed at all First Year students who are thinking of going to university at
the end of their college course, and will deliver some very helpful sessions on researching University
courses and making a good application

  • Every Tuesday for the remainder of this academic year.
  • Start time:
  • Finish time: 12.45 p.m.
  • Guest speakers from universities will deliver sessions on important aspects about making
    university choices and decisions.
  • Opportunity for Q&As
  • To book a place and/or browse these events, go to: https://www.unitasterdays.com/uttuesdays.aspx
  • Here are on-line webinars scheduled for May:
    - 05/5/2020: Personal Statements
    - 12/5/2020: Making the most of researching courses
    - 19/5/2020: UCAS and Personal Statements
    - 26/5/2020: Choices, decision-making and student life

UCAS Update for 2020 Applicants:

May’s UCAS undergraduate decision and reply deadlines have been changed to give students and their chosen universities and colleges the extra time they need to fully consider any decisions and offer, and ensures fairness in admissions is maintained:

Original dateUCAS Undergraduate deadlineNew date
5 May 2020The deadline for applicants to reply to any offers received by 31 March 2020.19 May 2020
6 May 2020The deadline for universities and colleges to make decisions and reply to applications received by 15 January 2020.20 May 2020


These reply dates are based on when we get the last decision in from your unis or colleges. Please check Track to see your personal deadline.

Coronavirus update from UCAS;

Due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government has asked universities to stop making unconditional offers or amending existing offers for two weeks. This is because they’re worried, you’ll feel pressured to accept these offers over others you might be better suited to.

Our advice to students who have received an unconditional offer is always to consider whether this is the right provider and course for you, before you make any decision.  

To give the universities and you more time to make decisions, the 6 May deadline which was for unis to give you a decision if you sent your application by 15 January has now been extended for two weeks. If you’re affected by this extension, we’ll email you your new decision deadline once it’s set. View the latest coronavirus updates.

To support you, we will be giving all students more time to make decisions on their offers:
If you receive your last decision on or before 4 June 2020, your reply date is 18 June 2020 (except if you're using Extra to find a place)
If you receive your last decision on or before 13 July 2020, your reply date is 20 July 2020 (including Extra choices).

HE Support in College:

Cleo Morgan, our Higher Education Administrator is available for advice and guidance. She can be contacted, via email at: cleomorgan@bexhillcollege.ac.uk 

Guidance for Parents and Carers on Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing:

In addition to the website links previously provided, we have been asked to highlight this additional link, neurolove, which aims to support young people’s mental health. It is a platform providing a friendly ear and human support for young people to help them to keep virtually social and safe online
https://neurolove.org/

Other useful links

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-youngpeoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-youngpeoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Free webinar for parents

The College works with Elevate who are keen to support our students during this time with Coronavirus and College closures. A useful focus the team have identified, from talking to different schools and colleges, is helping parents adopt an optimistic approach to helping their son or daughter work and study independently at home.

As a result, Elevate are hosting a free webinar only for Elevate client schools and Colleges for our parents on Tuesday 12th May.

It is a 60-minute webinar that will delve into practical strategies to show parents how to improve their child’s time management, study skills and boost motivation while studying independently at home. We will also share best practices on how parents and teachers at our 3000 client schools are improving their students’ metacognitive skills.

If you are interested, please use registration link below.

Details of the event are as follows:

Title: How to help your child study effectively without becoming the enemy
Date: Tuesday 12th May 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cost: Free
Sign up link: https://www.elevatecoaching.info/webinar-uk-1/

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online. In line with the updates on teaching and learning below, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students since the College closed for face to face lessons with regard to their remote learning.

All students should continue to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

It is important students regularly check email and also look at the weekly tutorial slides as these will contain useful information including the following over the coming weeks:

  • Results day processes for second year students including results day UCAS support
  • Leavers form which will be needed as part of the deposit return process
  • Returned information for first year students and single year students who are returning to college in September

Many of these processes will be different this year due to Covid-19. Many will be remote and it is important students follow the guidance issues to gain the support needed.

With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

Coursework deadline

As previously outlined, for any students completing coursework or other work for courses where grades are submitted this year, the deadline for this is 15th May 2020 to allow time for marking and to allow staff to meet the deadline for submission of centre assessed grades to the exam boards. Please make sure your son or daughter liaises with their teaching staff to ensure they meet this deadline.

Centre Assessed Grades

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students about the process for the Centre Assessed Grades. These are the grades which the College will submit for each student for their courses. These will be provided for the majority of our courses and will need to be finalised by staff before half term to meet the expected window to upload the data.

Ofqual has yet to fully confirm the full details on Centre Assessed Grades, however, it is clear that the teachers and managers within Colleges are not allowed to reveal Centre Assessed Grades or the process behind the award of these grades to any student or parent/guardian. To do so places that
teacher or manager at risk of accusations of malpractice and could negatively impact on the grades of all students and the ability of the College to award results/deliver examinations in the future.

We would appreciate your support by you not emailing or contacting staff requesting information about grades or the grading process. Teacher and managers will follow the guidelines, when they are finalised as set out by Ofqual and will ensure that the grades we submit do not disadvantage our
students in anyway against students from other educational institutions. Staff have been asked not to respond to communication concerning these two issues.

Exams

Results Days

As previously reported, it has been confirmed that Results Days for 2020 will remain as originally published. These are:

  • A/AS Level & other level 3 results day – Thursday 13th August 2020
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020

Please put these dates in your diary. The College will issue details on how results will be issued, support available on those days and re-interview for return to College in September where needed later this term. This will be via student emails, tutorial slides and the parent update.

A/AS Level Exams and GCSE Exams –this information has been provided previously and has not been changed.

Remote teaching for A level and GCSE Courses from 20th April 2020

A levels and GCSE courses – Remote teaching will continue where the content of the courses has not been completed. This is intended to ensure students have covered everything needed to support them with progression and to provide an opportunity for students to keep occupied during lockdown. Any teaching from this point forward will not impact grading so students can choose if they wish to participate. Information for each subject will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Some subjects who have completed their content want to continue offering contact with students for the students’ well-being and wish to offer an opportunity to participate in activity during the week. Again, participation is entirely up to the student and details will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Similar provision will also be made for our vulnerable students via the Study Centre.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A level study next year when exams will be back to normal.

In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well in next year’s A level exams.

Vocational Courses

On Thursday 9th April. Ofqual released information on the grading of vocational courses. For year 2, level 2 and level 1 courses, this means that any teaching from this point forward will not impact grading. Students should therefore be completing any assignment work set to date and all work should be completed by 15th May for assessment purposes.

We do not have the specific detail of how grades will be awarded as yet but are aware that, as we have previously said, this will be a teacher assessed grade as with A/AS levels and GCSEs. However, the key difference is that these courses have a significant amount of coursework which will impact on the award of grades as students will have completed a proportion of this to date. Therefore, students should continue to completing assignments as required by staff. These courses, such as the First Diplomas, Extended Diplomas, Subsidiary Diplomas and the Certificates are heavily coursework based. We are therefore anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades completed to date at the very least and therefore, all students should be completing coursework as set.

Remote teaching may continue where the content of the courses has not been completed.

This is intended to ensure students have covered everything needed to support them with progression and to provide an opportunity for students to keep occupied during lockdown. 

In addition, some subjects who have completed their content want to continue offering contact with students for the students’ well-being and wish to offer an opportunity to participate in activity during the week. Again, participation is entirely up to the student and details will be on the subject MOODLE page.

Similar provision will also be made for our vulnerable students via the Study Centre.

Competency based vocational courses

Some of the vocational students are on competency based courses or courses which give them a license to practice when they achieve their qualifications. These are:

  • Personal training
  • Sports massage
  • Catering
  • Hairdressing and barbering
  • Early Years
  • Arts award where work experience is mandatory

For these courses, there may be a requirement to complete all theory and practical elements which have not been completed to date. In some cases, online teaching will continue until June as would be the case if the College were open to enable students to achieve this. For others, students should
complete all theory elements by 15th May. Please refer to your subject tutors for guidance on your particular course.

We are aware that the Awarding Bodies and Ofqual will issue further guidance on competency courses and we will confirm any further requirements students have to undertake as part of these courses when we are made aware.

Year 1 vocational courses

Remote teaching continues for these courses with online lessons continuing at the usual scheduled timetabled times. Please ensure you follow the guidance of your teachers.

Students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for study next year when assessment processes and exams will be back to normal. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well next year.

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday 

Thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

Karen Hucker
Principal

 

Previous information which you may have missed


Information from the Local Authority for Post 16 students

The Local Authority has provided the following information and links for post 16 students which you are your son or daughter may find useful.

https://youthworksupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid-19-Young-people-final1.pdf

County have also provided a link to ideas on home learning which may also be of interest - https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/media/6124/careers-home-learning-escc-march-27th.pdf


Information from the DfE

The DfE have highlighted that it will be especially important for parents and carers to be aware of what their son or daughter is being asked to do online. Throughout this period, your son or daughter will be interacting with their teachers and personal tutor online. They may also be supported by a TA. If you are at all concerned, you should contact the College via email.

The DfE have also highlighted that some parents and carers may choose to supplement the school or college online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. The DfE have asked that should parent choose to do this, they need to ensure they are completing safeguarding checks. Please ensure that any support you may choose to engage for your son or daughter is via a reputable organisation/individual who
can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.

The DfE has highlighted the following support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:

  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online 
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online 
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carer

Coronavirus Update 30th April 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.

The College site is closed to students, however, reception continues to be manned every day so if anyone needs to contact a staff member and cannot do so by email, reception are available to pick up calls.

There is currently a mix of lesson based activity for students depending on the year they are in and the Government directive. As we have always highlighted, it is important students engage in these until their courses are officially ‘finished’ and the process of grades being awarded concluded. Information on this for all courses is given below. This is happening in different ways for different courses so it is important you read the information for the different courses your son or daughter studies.

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we have put arrangements in place for remote working for students until the College is able to reopen again for face to face lessons.

Ongoing updates

From this point forward, we will update once a week on Thursdays. We will increase the frequency in future if it seems needed and we will always provide additional updates if there is a significant announcement which requires one.

The Thursday update will be posted by 6.30pm. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that day’s Government announcements but we will do so, as soon as we reasonably can.

Exams Updates

Results Days

It has been confirmed today that Results Days for 2020 will remain as originally published. These are:

  • A/AS Level & other level 3 results day – Thursday 13th August 2020
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020

The College will issue details on how results will be issued, support available on those days and re-interview for return to College in September where needed later this term. 

A/AS Level Exams and GCSE Exams – this information was provided before Easter and has not been changed.

Remote teaching for A Level and GCSE Courses from 20th April 2020

A Levels and GCSE courses – Remote teaching will continue where the content of the courses has not been completed. This is intended to ensure students have covered everything needed to support them with progression and to provide an opportunity for students to keep occupied during lockdown. Any teaching from this point forward will not impact grading so students can choose if they wish to participate. Information for each subject will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Some subjects who have completed their content want to continue offering contact with students for the students’ well-being and wish to offer an opportunity to participate in activity during the week. Again, participation is entirely up to the student and details will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Similar provision will also be made for our vulnerable students via the Study Centre.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A Level study next year when exams will be back to normal. In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of
performing well in next year’s A level exams.

Vocational Courses - this has been updated

On Thursday 9th April. Ofqual released information on the grading of vocational courses. For year 2, level 2 and level 1 courses, this means that any teaching from this point forward will lot impact grading. Students should therefore be completing any assignment work set to date and all work should be completed by 15th May for assessment purposes.

We do not have the specific detail of how grades will be awarded as yet but are aware that, as we have previously said, this will be a teacher assessed grade as with A/AS levels and GCSEs. However, the key difference is that these courses have a significant amount of coursework which will impact on the award of grades as students will have completed a proportion of this to date. Therefore, students should continue to completing assignments as required by staff. These courses, such as the First Diplomas, Extended Diplomas, Subsidiary Diplomas and the Certificates are heavily coursework based. We are therefore anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades completed to date at the very least and therefore, all students should be completing coursework as set. 

Remote teaching may continue where the content of the courses has not been completed. This is intended to ensure students have covered everything needed to support them with progression and to provide an opportunity for students to keep occupied during lockdown. In addition, some subjects who have completed their content want to continue offering contact with students for the students’ well-being and wish to offer an opportunity to
participate in activity during the week. Again, participation is entirely up to the student and details will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Similar provision will also be made for our vulnerable students via the Study Centre.

Competency based vocational courses

Some of the vocational students are on competency based courses or courses which give them a license to practice when they achieve their qualifications. These are:

  • Personal training
  • Sports massage
  • Catering
  • Hairdressing and barbering
  • Early years
  • Arts award where work experience is mandatory

For these courses, there may be a requirement to complete all theory and practical elements which have not been completed to date. In some cases, online teaching will continue until June as would be the case if the College were open to enable students to achieve this. For others, students should
complete all theory elements by 15th May. Please refer to your subject tutors for guidance on your particular course.

We are aware that the Awarding Bodies and Ofqual will issue further guidance on competency courses and we will confirm any further requirements students have to undertake as part of these courses when we are made aware.

Centre Assessed Grades

Ofqual has yet to fully confirm the full details on Centre Assessed Grades, the grades which the College will submit for each student for their courses. However, it is clear that the teachers and managers within Colleges are not allowed to reveal Centre Assessed Grades or the process behind the award of these grades to any student or parent/guardian. To do so places that teacher or manager at risk of accusations of malpractice and could negatively impact on the grades of all students and the ability of the College to award results/deliver examinations in the future. We would appreciate your support by you not emailing or contacting staff requesting information about grades or the grading process. Teacher and managers will follow the guidelines, when they are finalised as set out by Ofqual and will ensure that the grades we submit do not disadvantage our students in anyway against students from other educational institutions. Staff have been asked not to respond to communication concerning these two issues.

The direct quote from the Ofqual document reads as follows:

To further protect the objectivity and reliability of the centre assessment grades and rank order information, and to give teachers and centres certainty in responding to students and others who might ask for that information, we propose that they should be prohibited from revealing this information other than in the context of a formal request under data protection law, following the release of results. We therefore propose to require exam boards to treat any disclosure by any member of a centre’s staff of centre assessment grades, rank order information, or the professional judgements which underpin them, to anyone not authorised by the Head of Centre, as malpractice or maladministration, unless such disclosure is required by law or takes place only after final results have been issued.

Year 1 vocational courses

Remote teaching continues for these courses with online lessons continuing at the usual scheduled timetabled times. Please ensure you follow the guidance of your teachers. Students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for study next year when assessment processes and exams will be back to normal. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give
them the best change of performing well next year.

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this unprecedented time.

Karen Hucker

Principal

Coronavirus Update 23rd April 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.

The College site is closed to students, however, reception continues to be manned every day so if anyone needs to contact a staff member and cannot do so by email, reception are available to pick up calls.

The College reopens on Monday 20th April when we will resume remote lessons. As we have always highlighted, it is important students engage in these until their courses are officially ‘finished’ and the process of grades being awarded concluded. Information on this for all courses is given below. This is happening in different ways for different courses so it is important you read the information for the different courses your son or daughter studies.

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we have put arrangements in place for remote working for students until the College is able to reopen again for face to face lessons.

Ongoing updates

From this point forward, we will update once a week on Thursdays. We will increase the frequency in future if it seems needed and we will always provide additional updates if there is a significant announcement which requires one.

The Thursday update will be posted by 6.30pm. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that day’s Government announcements but we will do so, as soon as we reasonably can.

Exams Updates

Results Days

It has been confirmed today that Results Days for 2020 will remain as originally published. These are:

  • A/AS Level & other level 3 results day – Thursday 13th August 2020
  • GCSE results day - Thursday 20th August 2020

The College will issue details on how results will be issued, support available on those days and re-interview for return to College in September where needed later this term.

A/AS Level Exams and GCSE Exams – this information was provided before Easter and has not been changed

We have now received the information on the awarding of exam grades for A level, AS level and GCSE qualifications. The staff will be working through the processes required after the Easter break.

Ofqual have released a letter for parents/carers which sets out the process and the detail we are able to provide parents/carers through this process. This link to this is below.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877830/Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading.pdf

Remote teaching for A level and GCSE Courses from 20th April 2020

A Levels and GCSE courses – Remote teaching will continue where the content of the courses has not been completed. This is intended to ensure students have covered everything needed to support them with progression and to provide an opportunity for students to keep occupied during lockdown. Any teaching from this point forward will not impact grading so students can choose if they wish to participate. Information for each subject will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Some subjects who have completed their content want to continue offering contact with students for the students’ well-being and wish to offer an opportunity to participate in activity during the week. Again, participation is entirely up to the student and details will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Similar provision will also be made for our vulnerable students via the Study Centre.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A level study next year when exams will be back to normal. In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well in next year’s A Level exams.

Vocational Courses - this has been updated

On Thursday 9th April, Ofqual released information on the grading of vocational courses which staff will review on their return from the Easter break. This will be a teacher assessed grade as with A/AS levels and GCSEs. However, the key difference is that these courses have a significant amount of coursework which will impact on the award of grades as students will have completed a proportion of this to date. The update lacked detail on exactly how the grades will be awarded and therefore, for the time being, students should continue to engage in online learning activities and completing assignments as required by staff. These courses, such as the First Diplomas, Extended Diplomas, Subsidiary Diplomas and the Certificates are heavily coursework based. We are therefore anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades completed to date at the very least and therefore, all students should be completing coursework as set.

Once we have an update on this, we will confirm how we will be dealing with those courses for grading and going forward.

The College reopens on Monday 20th April when we will resume remote lessons all vocational students on level 1, 2 and 3 courses. As we have always highlighted, it is important students engage in these until their courses are officially ‘finished’ and the process of grades being awarded concluded.

Previous information which you may have missed

Information from the Local Authority for Post 16 students

The Local Authority has provided the following information and links for post 16 students which you are your son or daughter may find useful -

https://youthworksupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid-19-Young-people-final1.pdf

County have also provided a link to ideas on home learning which may also be of interest -

https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/media/6124/careers-home-learning-escc-march-27th.pdf

Information from the DfE

The DfE have highlighted that it will be especially important for parents and carers to be aware of what their son or daughter is being asked to do online. Throughout this period, your son or daughter will be interacting with their teachers and personal tutor online. They may also be supported by a TA. If you are at all concerned, you should contact the College via email.

The DfE have also highlighted that some parents and carers may choose to supplement the school or college online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. The DfE have asked that should parent choose to do this, they need to ensure they are completing safeguarding checks. Please ensure that any support you may choose to engage for your son or daughter is via a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.

The DfE has highlighted the following support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:

  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carer

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online.

Subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students since the College closed for face to face lessons with regard to their remote learning.

All students should continue to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning.
Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.
Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

UCAS Update for 2020 Applicants:

In case you did not see this in the Friday update, we have received this information from UCAS -

May’s UCAS undergraduate decision and reply deadlines have been changed to give students and their chosen universities and colleges the extra time they need to fully consider any decisions and offer, and ensures fairness in admissions is maintained:

Original dateUCAS Undergraduate deadlineNew date
5 May 2020The deadline for applicants to reply to any offers received by 31 March 2020.19 May 2020
6 May 2020The deadline for universities and colleges to make decisions and reply to applications received by 15 January 2020.20 May 2020

Cleo Morgan, our Higher Education Administrator is available for advice and guidance. She can be contacted at: cleomorgan@bexhillcollege.ac.uk

Guidance for Parents and Carers on Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Karen Hucker

Principal

Coronavirus Update 16th April 2020

News about Next Update for Students and Parents/Carers


The next update for Students and Parents/Carers regarding the Coronavirus sitatuion will be after the Easter Holidays.

Thank you for your understanding.

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. As we have said, we are issuing an interim update as the information regarding grading A, AS and GCSE exams has been received. 

Exams Updates

A/AS Level Exams and GCSE Exams

Following yesterday’s update, we have now received the information on the awarding of exam grades for A level, AS level and GCSE qualifications. The staff will be working through the processes required after the Easter break.

Ofqual have released a letter for parents/carers which sets out the process and the detail we are able to provide parents/carers through this process. This link to this is below.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877830/Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading.pdf

Remote teaching for A level and GCSE Courses from 20th April 2020

A levels and GCSE courses – Remote teaching will continue where the content of the courses has not been completed. This is intended to ensure students have covered everything needed to support them with progression and to provide an opportunity for students to keep occupied during lockdown. Any teaching from this point forward will not impact grading so students can choose if they wish to participate. Information for each subject will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Some subjects who have completed their content want to continue offering contact with students for the students’ well-being and wish to offer an opportunity to participate in activity during the week. Again, participation is entirely up to the student and details will be on the subject MOODLE page after the Easter break.

Similar provision will also be made for our vulnerable students via the Study Centre.

Remote teaching for AS courses

Remote teaching will continue as students need to complete all of their specifications to have the knowledge needed for A level study next year when exams will be back to normal.

In normal circumstances, AS teaching would move to second year teaching after exams, so continuing teaching will take this into account. Students will need to engage in online learning to be able to progress to year 2 successfully and to give them the best change of performing well in next year’s A level exams.

Vocational Courses

There has not been any confirmation yet regarding the grading of vocational courses and therefore, for the time being, students should continue to engage in online learning activities and completing assignments as required by staff. These courses, such as the First Diplomas, Extended Diplomas, Subsidiary Diplomas and the Certificates are heavily coursework based. We are therefore anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades so all students should be completing coursework as set.

Once we have an update on this, we will confirm how we will be dealing with those courses for grading and going forward.

The College closes today for students for the Easter break and reopens on Monday 20th April when we will resume remote lessons all vocational students on level 1, 2 and 3 courses. As we have always highlighted, it is important students engage in these until their courses are officially ‘finished’ and the process of grades being awarded concluded.

Previous information which you may have missed

Services on site

The College site is now closed to students. The site is closed completely until Tuesday 14th April however, reception continues to be manned every day so if anyone needs to contact a staff member and cannot do so by email, Reception are available to pick up calls.

The online learning process will continue to operate as outlined below however, lessons will not take place during the planned Easter holidays break ie from Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April inclusive. Online learning will restart on Monday 20th April 2020.

As per the Government requirements, we will continue to support our students on EHCPs, looked After Children and those classed as vulnerable through daily emails as we have done since remote learning started. Students may be supported by different staff over the holiday period to allow all staff to have a holiday. Specific details will be circulated to those individual students.

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online. Over the past week, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students with regard to their remote learning. We continue to ask all our students to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use


With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

UCAS Update for 2020 Applicants:

In case you did not see this in the Friday update, we have received this information from UCAS:

May’s UCAS undergraduate decision and reply deadlines have been changed to give students and their chosen universities and colleges the extra time they need to fully consider any decisions and offer, and ensures fairness in admissions is maintained:

 

Original dateUCAS Undergraduate deadlineNew date
5 May 2020The deadline for applicants to reply to any offers received by 31 March 2020.19 May 2020
6 May 2020The deadline for universities and colleges to make decisions and reply to applications received by 15 January 2020.20 May 2020


Cleo Morgan, our Higher Education Administrator is available for advice and guidance. She can be contacted at: cleomorgan@bexhillcollege.ac.uk

Guidance for Parents and Carerson Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-youngpeoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-youngpeoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Karen Hucker
Principal

Coronavirus Update 3rd April 2020

Letter to Parents/Carers from Sussex Police


Coronavirus Update from Sussex Police

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.

Updates

Apologies for the late publication of this update. We were hoping for information on exams by now but this has been delayed until tomorrow and therefore we are unlikely not be able to update on that until after the Easter break once staff have had time to review it.

The College closes today for students for the Easter break and reopens on Monday 20th April when we will resume remote lessons. As we have always highlighted, it is important students engage in these until their courses are officially ‘finished’ and the process of grades being awarded concluded.

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we have put arrangements in place for remote working for students until the College is able to reopen again for face to face lessons.

Over the Easter period, we will update once a week on Thursdays. We will revert to twice a week after the Easter break if it seems needed or there is a significant announcement which necessitates an additional update.

This will be updated by 6.30pm on those days. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that day’s Government announcements but we will do so, as soon as we reasonably can.

Information from the Local Authority for Post 16 students

The Local Authority has provided the following information and links for post 16 students which you are your son or daughter may find useful.

https://youthworksupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid-19-Young-people-final1.pdf 

County have also provided a link to ideas on home learning which may also be of interest.

https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/media/6124/careers-home-learning-escc-march-27th.pdf 

Information from the DfE

The DfE have highlighted that it will be especially important for parents and carers to be aware of what their son or daughter is being asked to do online. Throughout this period, your son or daughter will be interacting with their teachers and personal tutor online. They may also be supported by a TA. If you are at all concerned, you should contact the College via email.

The DfE have also highlighted that some parents and carers may choose to supplement the school or college online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. The DfE have asked that should parent choose to do this, they need to ensure they are completing safeguarding checks. Please ensure that any support you may choose to engage for your son or daughter is via a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.

The DfE has highlighted the following support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:

  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carer

Exams and Grades

We are expecting guidance from Ofqual on how exam grades will be awarded tomorrow. We appreciate students and parents will be anxious about how this will work. We do know it will include teacher assessment and therefore it is important that all students continue to engage in this.

For courses which are coursework based, such as the Extended Diplomas, Subsidiary Diplomas and the Certificates, we are anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades so all students should be completing coursework as set.

Services on site

The College site is now closed to students. The site is closed completely until Tuesday 14th April however, reception continues to be manned every day so if anyone needs to contact a staff member and cannot do so by email, Reception are available to pick up calls.

The online learning process will continue to operate as outlined below however, lessons will not take place during the planned Easter holidays break ie from Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April inclusive. Online learning will restart on Monday 20th April 2020.

As per the Government requirements, we will continue to support our students on EHCPs, looked After Children and those classed as vulnerable through daily emails as we have done since remote learning started. Students may be supported by different staff over the holiday period to allow all staff to have a holiday. Specific details will be circulated to those individual students.

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online. Over the past week, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students with regard to their remote learning.

We continue to ask all our students to ensure they check the following on a daily basis until the Easter break and then restart this on Monday 20th April:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning. Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

UCAS Update for 2020 Applicants:

In case you did not see this in the Friday update, we have received this information from UCAS:

May’s UCAS undergraduate decision and reply deadlines have been changed to give students and their chosen universities and colleges the extra time they need to fully consider any decisions and offer, and ensures fairness in admissions is maintained:

Original dateUCAS Undergraduate deadlineNew date
5 May 2020The deadline for applicants to reply to any offers received by 31 March 2020.19 May 2020
6 May 2020The deadline for universities and colleges to make decisions and reply to applications received by 15 January 2020.20 May 2020


Cleo Morgan, our Higher Education Administrator is available for advice and guidance. She can be contacted at: cleomorgan@bexhillcollege.ac.uk

Guidance for Parents and Carers on Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-youngpeoples-
mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-youngpeoples-
mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Karen Hucker

Principal

Coronavirus Update 2nd April 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.

Updates

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we have put arrangements in place for remote working for students until the College is able to reopen again for face to face lessons. We are now updating the website on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time or if there is a significant announcement which necessitates an additional update. This will be updated by 6.30pm on those days. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that day’s Government announcements but we will do so, as soon as we reasonably can.

Information from the Local Authority for Post 16 students

The Local Authority has provided the following information and links for post 16 students which you are your son or daughter may find useful.

https://youthworksupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid-19-Young-people-final1.pdf

County have also provided a link to ideas on home learning which may also be of interest.

https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/media/6124/careers-home-learning-escc-march-27th.pdf

Information from the DfE

The DFE provide daily updates to schools and Colleges and recommended yesterday's bulletin be brought to parents attention in terms of keeping students safe whilst online. 

The DfE have highlighted that it will be especially important for parents and carers to be aware of what their son or daughter is being asked to do online. Throughout this period, your son or daughter will be interacting with their teachers and personal tutor online. They may also be supported by a TA. If you are at all concerned, you should contact the College via email.

The DfE have also highlighted that some parents and carers may choose to supplement the school or college online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. The DfE have asked that should parent choose to do this, they need to ensure they are completing safeguarding checks. Please ensure that any support you may choose to engage for your son or daughter is via a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.

The DfE has highlighted the following support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:

  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carer

Exams and Grades

We are expecting guidance from Ofqual on how exam grades will be awarded this week. We appreciate students and parents will be anxious about how this will work. We do know it will include teacher assessment and therefore it is important that all students continue to engage in this.

For courses which are coursework based, such as the Extended Diplomas, Subsidiary Diplomas and the Certificates, we are anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades so all students should be completing coursework as set.

Services on site

The College site is now closed to students. Reception continues to be manned every day so if anyone needs to contact a staff member and cannot do so by email, Reception are available to pick up calls.

The online learning process will continue to operate as outlined below however, lessons will not take place during the planned Easter  holidays break i.e. from Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April inclusive. Online learning will restart on Monday 20th April 2020.

As per the Government requirements, we will continue to support our students on EHCPs, looked After Children and those classed as vulnerable through daily emails as we have done since remote learning started. Students may be supported by different staff over the holiday period to allow all staff to have a holiday. Specific details will be circulated to those individual students.

Online Learning:

Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they are providing online. Over the past week, subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students with regard to their remote learning. We continue to ask all our students to ensure they check the following on a daily basis until the Easter break and then restart this on Monday 20th April:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

With the current remote working situation, if students require any technical support, they can email: itsupport@bexhillcollege.ac.uk and the staff working remotely will endeavour to resolve any IT queries students may have in relation to their college account or accessing any of the services the college offers.

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning. 

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

UCAS Update for 2020 Applicants:

We have just received this information from UCAS:

May’s UCAS undergraduate decision and reply deadlines have been changed to give students and their chosen universities and colleges the extra time they need to fully consider any decisions and offer, and ensures fairness in admissions is maintained:

Original dateUCAS Undergraduate deadlineNew date
5 May 2020The deadline for applicants to reply to any offers received by 31 March 2020.19 May 2020
6 May 2020The deadline for universities and colleges to make decisions and reply to applications received by 15 January 2020.20 May 2020

Cleo Morgan, our Higher Education Administrator is available for advice and guidance. She can be contacted at: cleomorgan@bexhillcollege.ac.uk

Safeguarding:

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should report it to the Safeguarding Team using this email address: safeguardingteam@bexhillcollege.ac.uk. This email is monitored everyday between 8.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Karen Hucker

Principal

Coronavirus Update 31st March 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.

Updates

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we have put arrangements in place for remote working for students until the College is able to reopen again for face to face lessons.

From today, we will update the website on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice or there is a significant announcement which necessitates an additional update. This will be updated by 6.30pm on those days. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that day’s Government announcements but we will do so, as appropriate, the following day or as soon as we reasonably can.

Exams and Grades

We were expecting guidance from Ofqual on how exam grades will be awarded this week. However, we understand this will come next week now. We appreciate students and parents will be anxious about how this will work. We do know it will include teacher assessment and therefore it is important that all students continue to engage in this.

For courses which are coursework based, such as the Extended Diplomas, Subsidiary Diplomas and the Certificates, we are anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades so all students should be completing coursework as set.

Services on site

The College site is now closed to students. The online learning process will operate as outlined below. Information for our Looked After students and students on EHCPs has also been circulated to those individual students.

Online Learning:

Since it became evident that the action to combat the Coronavirus might call for changes to everyday activities, our curriculum departments and technical teams have been working on preparing for whole College remote learning. Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they provide online.

Subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students with regard to the systems and expectations for remote learning which will differ from course to course depending on the nature of the subject and available resources. We continue to ask all our students to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their online learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available online at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need information on financial or student welfare matters.

UCAS Update for 2020 Applicants:

We have just received this information from UCAS:

May’s UCAS undergraduate decision and reply deadlines have been changed to give students and their chosen universities and colleges the extra time they need to fully consider any decisions and offer, and ensures fairness in admissions is maintained:

Original dateUCAS Undergraduate deadlineNew date
5 May 2020The deadline for applicants to reply to any offers received by 31 March 2020.19 May 2020
6 May 2020The deadline for universities and colleges to make decisions and reply to applications received by 15 January 2020.20 May 2020

 

Cleo Morgan, our Higher Education Administrator is available for advice and guidance. She can be contacted at: cleomorgan@bexhillcollege.ac.uk

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Karen Hucker

Principal

Coronavirus Update 27th March 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.

Updates

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we are putting arrangements in place for remote working that promote social distancing as advised by Government.

We will continue to update the website on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the time being with any new information we have. This will be updated by 6.30pm on those days. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that day’s Government announcements but we will do so, as appropriate, the following day or as soon as we reasonably can.

Following announcements about the closure of schools and colleges until further notice and the decision not to run exams this year, we are still waiting for information about what exactly this means. We understand students will get a grade for the qualifications they are studying based on teacher assessment but we do not know the detail of how that will be operated as yet. Therefore, the staff are continuing to provide remote learning. All students should continue to complete this, as the staff will use this as part of any teacher based assessment which we believe the exam boards will ask for this as part of their processes for awarding the qualifications.

For courses which are coursework based, such as the Extended Diplomas, Subsidiaries and the Certificates, we are anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades so all student should be completing coursework as set.

We understand that Colleges will be provided with more details on how to do this from Ofqual by the end of this week. We will then update parents and students.

Services on site

The College site is now closed to students. The online learning process will operate as outlined below. Information for our students on EHCPs has also been circulated to those individual students.

Online Learning:

Since it became evident that the action to combat the Coronavirus might call for changes to everyday activities, our curriculum departments and technical teams have been working on preparing for whole college remote learning. Staff continue to work hard to develop and refine the content they provide online.

Subject staff will have been in regular communication with their students with regard to the systems and expectations for remote learning which will differ from course to course depending on the nature of the subject and available resources.
We continue to ask all our students to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which their courses use

Online TA support has been allocated to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their on-line learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff are following the usual timetabled periods and will be available on-line at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need to information on financial or student welfare matters.

Reports

Parents will be aware that we were due to issue reports just before the Easter break. We are postponing issuing these until we fully understand how the grading for those courses with end of year exams/grades will be decided. We will provide further information in due course.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Karen Hucker
Principal

Coronavirus Update 25th March 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.

Updates

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we are putting arrangements in place for remote working that promote social distancing as advised by Government.

We will continue to update the website on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the time being with any new information we have. This will be updated by 6.30pm on those days. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that days Government announcements but we will do so, as appropriate, the following day or as soon as we reasonably can.

Following announcements about the closure of schools and colleges until further notice from today and the decision not to run exams this year, we are still waiting for information about what exactly this means. We understand students will get some sort of qualification but we do not know the detail or how that will be decided. Therefore, the staff are continuing to provide the remote learning as we notified we would do yesterday. All students should continue to complete this, as the staff will use this as part of any teacher based assessment if the exam boards ask for this as part of their processes for awarding the qualifications.

For courses which are coursework based, such as the Extended Diplomas, Subsidiaries and the Certificates, we are anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades so all student should be completing coursework as set.

Essentially, we do not know what information may be required from staff in relation to this so students need to continue to complete work so assessment of performance by staff can be made as needed. We hope we will be able to provide further clarification over the next week.

Services on site from today

The College site is now closed to students. The online learning process will operate as outlined below.

Information for our students on EHCPs has also been circulated to those individual students.

Student Wellbeing

We have already provided a lot of advice for students on the Coronavirus and how to keep physically and mentally well during tutor periods. Students can find this information on student portal. This is a link to information provided this week which students and parents may find useful.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

Online Learning:

Since it became evident that the action to combat the Coronavirus might call for changes to everyday activities, our curriculum departments and technical teams have been working on preparing for whole college remote learning. This is not a quick process and staff are working hard to continue to develop and refine the content they provide online. Subject staff will have communicated directly with students with regard to the systems and expectations of remote learning which will differ from course to course depending on the nature of the subject and available resources.

We continue to ask all our students to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

  • Student Email
  • College Website
  • MOODLE
  • Any other communication media which your courses use

We have already allocated online TA support to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their on-line learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff will endeavour to follow the usual timetable periods and will be available on-line at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Online Student Services support remains available for students who need to information on financial or student welfare matters.

Reports

Parents will be aware that we were due to issue reports just before the Easter break. We are postponing issuing these until we fully understand how the grading for those courses with end of year exams/grades will be decided. We will provide further information in due course.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Karen Hucker

Principal

Coronavirus Update - 23rd March 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


This is our latest update for students and parents/carers. It contains some information we have provided previously – where this has not changed along with new information where we have this.

Following announcements about the closure of schools and colleges until further notice from Monday and the decision not to run exams this year, we are still waiting for information about what exactly this means. We understand students will get some sort of qualification but we do not know the detail or how that will be decided. Therefore, the staff are continuing to provide the remote learning as we notified we would do yesterday. All students should continue to complete this, as the staff will use this as part of any teacher based assessment if the exam boards ask for this as part of their processes for awarding the qualifications. For courses which are coursework based, such as the Extended Diplomas, Subsidiaries and the Certificates, we are anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades so all student should be completing coursework as set. Essentially, we do not know what information may be required from staff in relation to this so students need to continue to complete work so assessment of performance by staff can be made as needed. We hope we will be able to provide further clarification over the next week.

Services on site from today

On Friday 20th March, the College site is closed to students who do not fall under the guidance for keyworker children and vulnerable students. The online learning process will operate as outlined below. A letter outlining the supervision we will provide for students who are the sons/daughters of key workers, should this be needed by parents/carers, was posted on the website under ‘Information for Parents’ earlier this afternoon. Please read this if you believe you fall into this category and respond as needed. Information for our students on EHCPs has also been circulated to those individual students.

Student Wellbeing

We have already provided a lot of advice for students on the Coronavirus and how to keep physically and mentally well during tutor periods. Students can find this information on student portal. This is a link to information provided this week which students and parents may find useful. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

Online Learning:

Since it became evident that the action to combat the Coronavirus might call for changes to everyday activities, our curriculum departments and technical teams have been working on preparing for whole college remote learning. This is not a quick process and staff are working hard to continue to develop and refine the content they provide online. Subject staff will have communicated directly with students with regard to the systems and expectations of remote learning which will differ from course to course depending on the nature of the subject and available resources. We continue to ask all our students to ensure they check the following on a daily basis: o Student Email o College Website o MOODLE o Any other communication media which your courses use We have already allocated online TA support to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their on-line learning. Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff will endeavour to follow the usual timetable periods and will be available on-line at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements. Online Student Services support remains available for students who need to information on financial or student welfare matters.

Reports

Parents will be aware that we were due to issue reports just before the Easter break. We are postponing issuing these until we fully understand how the grading for those courses with end of year exams/grades will be decided. We will provide further information in due course.

Exams:

All exams are cancelled following the Government’s announcement regarding exams.

Students who receive a College Bursary

For students eligible for a bursary whist studying, a separate update regarding how this service will continue during this period has been emailed to you. Please contact student services if you have not received this.

Updates

Throughout this difficult period, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we are putting arrangements in place for remote working that promote social distancing as advised by Government. We will continue to update the website on a daily basis with any new information we have. This will be updated by 6.30pm each day. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that days Government announcements but we will do so, as appropriate, the following day or as soon as we reasonably can. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Karen Hucker Principal

Corona Virus Update 20th March 2020

Letter to Parents/Carers who are Key Workers


Click the button below to download Karen Hucker's Letter to Parents/Carers who are Key Workers dated 20-03-20

Letter to Parents/Carers who are Key Workers 20-3-20

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


Following yesterday’s announcements about the closure of schools and colleges until further notice from Monday and the decision not to run exams this year, we are still waiting for information about what exactly this means. We understand students will get some sort of qualification but we do not know the detail or how that will be decided. Therefore, the staff are continuing to provide the remote learning as we notified we would do yesterday. All students should continue to complete this, as the staff will use this as part of any teacher based assessment if the exam boards ask for this as part of their processes for awarding the qualifications.

For courses which are coursework based, such as the Extended Diplomas, Subsidiaries and the Certificates, we are anticipating that grading will be based on coursework grades so all student should be completing coursework as set.

Essentially, we do not know what information may be required form staff in relation to this so students need to continue to complete work so assessment of performance by staff can be made as needed.

Services on site from today

On Friday 20th March, the College site is closed to students. The online learning process will operate as outlined below. We are waiting for further guidance around the yesterday’s announcement regarding vulnerable groups but the College has already started online support for these students today. We do not envisage formal learning activity taking place on site.

Parents of these students will be contacted by the study centre to outline the onsite support available.

Online Learning:

Since it became evident that the action to combat the Coronavirus might call for changes to everyday activities, our curriculum departments and technical teams have been working on preparing for whole college remote learning. This is not a quick process and staff will need to continue to develop and refine the content they provide online. Please bear with them for the next couple of working days while they finalise resources. Subject staff will communicate directly with students with regard to the systems and expectations of remote learning which will differ from course to course depending on the nature of the subject and available resources.

We ask all our students to ensure they check the following on a daily basis: o Student Email o College Website o MOODLE o Any other communication media which your courses use

We will have already allocated online TA support to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their on-line learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff will endeavour to follow the usual timetable periods and will be available on-line at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

On-line Student Services support remains available for students who need to information on financial or student welfare matters.

Exams:

All exams are cancelled. Therefore, the on-demand exams we said we would run in Wednesdays update prior to the Easter break have been cancelled following yesterdays announcement from the Government regarding exams.

Students who receive a College Bursary

For students eligible for a bursary whist studying, a separate update regarding how this service will continue during this period has been emailed to you. Please contact student services if you have not received this.

Student Wellbeing

We have already provided a lot of advice for students on the Coronavirus and how to keep physically and mentally well during tutor periods. Students can find this information on student portal. This is a link to information provided this week which students and parents may find useful.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Updates

It is important to reiterate that the college is not closing. We remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we are putting arrangements in place for remote working that promote social distancing as advised by Government.

We will continue to update the website on a daily basis with any new information we have. This will be updated by 6.30pm each day. Please be aware that we may not be able to fully respond to that days Government announcements but we will do so, as appropriate, the following day or as soon as we reasonably can.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Karen Hucker Principal

Corona Virus Update 19th March 2020

Coronavirus Update for Students and Parents/Carers


Bexhill College has decided to suspend face to face lessons and is moving to remote learning for students from Thursday 19th March 2020 until the Easter holidays (when the situation will be reviewed).

The College has made this decision to enable us to facilitate government guidance on social distancing and self-isolation. In recent days, staff and student absence has increased due to social distancing and self-isolation guidelines, in addition to the usual illness levels in an organisation such as the College. It has become clear that some of our curriculum areas will be unable to deliver a high quality of education to all students with high levels of staff absence. The balance of risk dictates that it is unsustainable to continue to deliver lessons as normal and it is clear from contact with other colleges and school leaders that many educational providers in all stages of education are facing these decisions. Some post 16 providers have already moved to remote learning.

As a post-16 provider, our statutory duties are different to schools, and parents who need to work will still be able to do so while we adopt remote learning. The health and safety of our community is of paramount importance and this decision reflects that.

Services on site today and tomorrow

The College will operate as usual today (Wednesday 18th March). We will be open tomorrow (Thursday 19th March) for students who need to come and pick materials/resources up to help facilitate their own remote working and who are unable to do so today. However, please note:

  • Formal learning activity will not be taking place on site, unless otherwise communicated by individual teachers.
  • Limited catering facilities will be available – shop only.
  • Limited LRC facilities will be available, to allow students to collect or return books.
  • Students should follow the social isolation guidelines and not congregate in large groups for social discussions. Students can use the LRC or the refectory to work with their peers to share resources and notes, agree remote group learning and collate group work, if organised by the teacher.
  • Student Services support will be available for students who need to discuss financial or student welfare matters prior to remote learning.

Online Learning:

Since it became evident that the action to combat the Coronavirus might call for changes to everyday activities, our curriculum departments and technical teams have been working on preparing for whole college remote learning. This is not a quick process and staff will need to continue to develop and refine the content they provide online. Please bear with them for the next couple of working days while they finalise resources. Subject staff will communicate directly with students with regard to the systems and expectations of remote learning which will differ from course to course depending on the nature of the subject and available resources.

We ask all our students to ensure they check the following on a daily basis:

o Student Email o College Website o MOODLE o Any other communication media which your courses use

We will be allocating on-line TA support to those students who receive additional support already for their studies, to help facilitate their on-line learning.

Unless ill or unable to be available for other reasons, staff will endeavour to follow the usual timetable periods and will be available on-line at usual lesson and tutorial times to respond to student queries. If staff are unable to respond during these times, students will be informed about alternative arrangements.

Exams:

On line exams that are already planned before Easter will be run. For this and next week, these are:

Date

Course

Exam

Time

Friday 20 March

Level 2 Sport

Anatomy and Physiology

1.30pm

Tuesday 24th March

Level 2 Hairdressing Level 2 Barbering

Paper 2

11.00am

Friday 27th March

Level 2 Hairdressing Level 2 Barbering Level 3 Hairdressing

Paper 1 resit Paper 1 resit Paper 2

11.00am

Friday 27th March

Level 2 ICT

Online world

1.30pm

Friday 27th March

Food Safety

Food Safety

1.30pm

Students are free to decide if they wish to attend but are making this service available. All these exams are ‘on demand’ and we anticipate they will be available at a later date should students not wish to attend. Students who do attend will be spread out as per social distancing guidelines. All exams will be held in Theatre block and student should report to the theatre reception. Students should have this information on their student portal.

We will provide information for exams scheduled the week of 30th March in the 6.30pm College daily update on Tuesday 24th March.

All practical exams will be suspended until further notice. We appreciate students and parents will be concerned about exam preparation, particularly for those students who are in their final year of courses. We will continue to provide updates as and when we get them, particularly around external exams and assessments.

Students who receive a College Bursary

For students eligible for a bursary whist studying, a separate update regarding how this service will continue during this period will be emailed to you.

Student Wellbeing

We have already provided a lot of advice for students on the Coronavirus and how to keep physically and mentally well during tutor periods. Students can find this information on student portal. This is a link to information provided this week which students and parents may find useful.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Updates

It is important to reiterate at this point that the college is not closing. We remain committed to providing a high-quality education service for our students. These are unprecedented times with exceptional challenges, which are impacting on our ability to provide our normal services. As such, we are putting arrangements in place for remote working that promote social distancing as advised by Government.

We will update the website on a daily basis with any new information we have. This will be updated by 6.30pm each day.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Karen Hucker Principal

Corona Virus Update 18th March 2020

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