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Last Updated:- 06:15 Monday 30th March
06:30 Monday 30th March
We are rapidly working up plans to implement the arrangements the Secretary of State for Education has set out for exams this summer and, with exam boards and teaching bodies, are making considerable progress.
Students understandably want reassurance, and teachers urgently need to know what to do, and when. We expect to publish detailed information about the process and timetable which will apply this summer next week. This will include the steps we would like teachers to follow and more detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence they will have available when submitting their assessment grades. We are talking to teaching representatives to make sure that what we are planning is manageable and appropriate, so that students, parents, carers and teachers can have confidence in the approach.
We will outline by Easter the process we will follow to make sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as our proposals for appeals. We will also say more as soon as possible about the arrangements for additional exams in the new academic year.
We want to reassure students waiting for news that we are doing everything we can t
11:30 Tuesday 24th March
At this stage it is difficult to say what will happen over the coming weeks as events are changing on a daily basis, although it looks more and more likely every day that we are in for the long haul. Once it becomes clearer as to the length of the school closure and possible reopening we will notify parents as promptly as possible. When we resume we will have to assess the time available in order to provide meaningful education following the closure - this would include the timing of any examinations and assessments, which for the moment are postponed. The work we are currently providing is aimed at keeping the students engaged and learning so that their return to school will be as smooth as possible.
We hope that you and your families continue to remain safe.
Mr Brown & Mrs Jenner
13:15 Tuesday 24th March
If your son becomes unwell during his time at home, there is no requirement for parents to contact school and inform us. Boys are not expected to continue working while they are unwell and please reassure them about this. They should only resume their work once they are well enough to do so and catch up with the work that has been set as they would usually do if they returned to school. Boys should contact their relevant teacher by email to explain if they have missed a deadline for a piece of work due to illness.
17:30 Thursday 19th March
Following yesterday’s decision by HM Government to close all schools at the end of this week we have been planning future arrangements here at Bishop’s. The following important changes should be noted:
Can I make a couple of points about exams for those parents of boys in Years 11 and 13. My understanding is that exams have not been ‘cancelled’, as has been reported in the media. What is far more likely is that the exams will have to be rescheduled and possibly changed in format to adapt them to the new circumstances. I await definitive guidance from the exams regulator, and in the meantime I regard the speculation that is in the various forms of mainstream and social media as wholly unhelpful and counter-productive. What seems certain is that (a) there will be some form of definitive, regulated assessment for both GCSE and A level so that neither year group is disadvantaged and (b) all of the students are in the same boat, so whatever is done will be fair for everyone and will not imperil youngsters’ life and career chances in the future. I hope that is of some reassurance for you, and like you, I await further developments with interest…
*the terms ‘key worker’ and also ‘vulnerable child’ have yet to be officially determined. We will follow HM Government guidance, so could you please confirm your role as a key worker when you email to alert us to your son’s attendance.
09:30 Friday 19th March
The Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision has been published by the Government and can be found here.
For all enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
08:30 Monday 23rd March
The Government statement regarding school closures can be found here.
08:00 Monday 23rd March
The Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on the cancellation of the Summer 2020 GCSE, AS & A Level public exams can be found here.
The government recognises the huge importance of the role you have played in maintaining the education, training and social care of our children and young people during this challenging time. I recognise that you will have the same anxieties as the rest of the country about your health and that of your families. On behalf of the Prime Minister and the entire government, I thank you all for all of your work so far, and your continued support. I am deeply grateful for the civic spirit and dedication of everyone working in education, and I will continue to provide my full support throughout this crisis.
It is clear that education and children’s social care settings are increasingly finding it difficult to continue as normal, as illness and self-isolation impacts on staffing levels and pupil attendance. To provide parents, student and staff with the certainty they need we are announcing that schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.
A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office tomorrow.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.
Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.
We are expecting early years providers and sixth form and further education colleges to do the same. We are working with Her Majesty’s Treasury on the financial support required. We are also asking that independent schools and boarding schools follow the same approach.
Where possible, we would encourage settings to stay open for this purpose throughout the Easter holidays.
Many universities and other higher education institutions are already taking necessary steps to keep their staff and students safe and where possible keep providing education. We are confident vice-chancellors are making the right decisions and the Department for Education continues to support them in doing so.
Update on assessments and examinations
We can confirm that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year.
We will work with the sector and Ofqual to ensure children get the qualifications they need.
My Department is working closely with local authorities, representatives of early years, schools and head teachers, regional school commissioners and bodies such as Ofsted and Ofqual about how to deliver this change as effectively as possible.
And we will do whatever is necessary to support local authorities, settings, schools and teachers through the weeks and months ahead.
Free school meal provision
We will give schools the flexibility to provide meals or vouchers to children eligible for free school meals. Some schools are already doing this, and we will reimburse the costs. As soon as possible, we will put in place a national voucher system.
Thank you once again for everything you are doing at this difficult time.
The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP
Secretary of State for Education
Updated:- 09:30 Friday 20th March
If you are in Yr11 or Yr13, there still seems to be some uncertainty about exactly what will happen regarding your exams this summer. In light of this, it is probably best to keep all of your materials and to do some revision so that you are prepared for any eventuality: it’s better to have done some work and not to need it, than to need it and have done no work.
Whilst the school is closed for you, we will do our best to provide you with resources, exercises and support so that you are able to keep up with your education. Obviously some subjects will be able to do this better than others: English and the Humanities should have few difficulties, but the practical subjects will find it difficult to set work similar to what you’d cover if at school, and Science experiments will also be a bit of a challenge.
You have a part to play in this, too: we will be expecting you to spend sufficient time on the tasks we set (and meet deadlines where necessary) unless you are too ill to do so, or you’re helping others in your family.
It is important to realise that we’ve never been in a situation like this before so we don’t know what will work and where problems might arise. We all need to be flexible – and processes may have to change. If there are difficulties, let us know and we will try to sort things as soon as we can.
Remember also, that we may be ill or be looking after others who are ill – and that, like you, we will probably want to put away our school-work at weekends and during the holidays.
The following should help you understand what we’ve put in place for you. It’s also possible that some teachers may make other arrangements, for example videoing lessons and uploading them to the BWS YouTube Channel, but they will let you know what to do via Insight.
Your teachers will set work on Insight, either lesson-by-lesson or as work to be done over a course of lessons. This means that you will need to check Insight at least once a day.
You might find it easier to complete the work according to your normal daily timetable, but it is really up to you to organise your time as sensibly as possible so that you don’t fall behind. Think about how much time you would normally spend in lessons for each subject each week, add on the time for homework – and that’s what you should be spending on the work we set.
If your teachers set a deadline for you to complete work by, you must make every effort to meet this.
We have now made it possible for you to submit work through Insight for your teachers to review – they will make it clear which tasks require this, as it may not be necessary for every task.
Save your work with a sensible filename (e.g. surname tutorgroup task) and make sure you save it in a format your teachers can view: using a Microsoft Office app (e.g. .xlsx, .docx, .pptx) or Adobe/Photoshop (e.g. .pdf, .psd).
There is a button on each assignment to submit the work (under the heading Evidence). When you click this, you will be able to drag-and-drop files or browse to find the file you want to upload. (NB - the upload bug from Wed/Thur has now been fixed)
Once your teacher has reviewed your work, you will be able to see their feedback under the assignment title. Unfortunately, Insight doesn’t have the facility for teachers to mark work onscreen – but individual teachers may find alternative solutions.
Please be patient if feedback doesn’t readily appear: your teachers will review the work when they can.
All students received an email last week from Mr White telling them about free access to Office 365. This will allow them to install all the usual Office apps on your home computer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint…) – whether it is a Windows PC or a Mac. It also gives them access to Microsoft’s cloud (One Drive) where they can save their school work rather than using the Remote Desktop if you don’t already have cloud storage. Details of how to do this are in his email. It’s important to understand that their school files have not been uploaded to the cloud nor is there any plan for us to do this: this is something you will need to do (if you haven’t already done so), e.g. using Google Drive.
We are also exploring the use of Microsoft Teams (also through Office 365) which offers opportunities for collaborative work. We were planning on developing this for September but in light of school closures we will be doing our best to accelerate this so that we can provide more interactive learning activities. You’ll receive updates on this in due course.
Unfortunately students cannot access your school email via the Office 365 version of Outlook – there simply hasn’t been enough time to set this up.
Although we have increased provision on the Remote Desktop, it’s possible that when many students are using it you may experience sluggish responses. Therefore it would be better to access your school emails via the webmail link on the school website: navigate to the Main School page, click on the Student Portal menu and select Webmail – use your normal school network logon details to proceed.
You can email your teacher if you have any queries about work that has been set – but, again, be patient if you don’t get an immediate reply. It’s also important for you to regularly check your school email as your teacher may have emailed you!
Remote Desktop (Instructions have changed - please read)
The Remote Desktop gives you access to your files saved on the school’s network and to the apps you’ve been using at school, such as Photoshop. As mentioned above, we have managed to increase provision to this so we will be opening access to all years. However, to avoid overloading the system, please do not leave it sitting in the background whilst you are working on something else (unless you need to).
Insight and your school email account can readily be accessed via the school’s website without using the Remote Desktop.
It also makes good sense to start saving work on your home computer or to the cloud so that if there is an issue with the school’s network you can still carry on.
Department of Education - Latest Updates
This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
New guidance for households with symptoms
Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
The symptoms are:
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:
Useful information and websites:
(Last updated 15:30 Tuesday 17th March)
Dear Parents, Carers and Young People, We are aware that it is a very anxious time and there may be concerns about where to access support in coming weeks with school closures or you needing to self isolate.
As a school nursing service we would like to let you know we are here to support you during this time.
For secondary school age young people:-
For parents of any school age child:-
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There is understandable concern about how GCSE and A Level grades will be awarded this summer. Until we have received instructions from the Government about how they are going to proceed with this, we are not in a position to issue Predicted Grades.
In view of this, please do not email teachers or the school requesting this information or to request Target Grades be adjusted.
All students should have a good idea of how well they are doing from their last report and from recent assessments, anyway. In addition, Yr11 students will know their Target Grades (which are NOT Predicted Grades) from their Prelim Report, and Yr13 students will have similar information from their Mock Exam Summary - both of which are on Insight. Yr13 students should also know what their UCAS Predicted Grades are.
Whatever happens, please try not to be unduly concerned. Remember: BWS is a very high performing school and the vast majority of our students not only achieve fantastic results in public exams, they then go on to even greater things. There's absolutely no reason to suggest that this will be any different for you, despite the current situation.
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Please see "Cancellation of GCSE, AS and A levels in 2020" at the top of this page for the latest information we have regarding Summer 2020 examinations
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|w/c 16th March||Wiltshire Rugby 7's||CANCELLED||All year groups|
|Mon 16th March||Badminton Regional Finals||WITHDRAWN|
|Mon 16th March||Football v Wyvern||CANCELLED|
|Tue 17th March||U15 Indoor Cricket Final||POSTPONED||Year 10|
|Wed 18th March||CSL Primary Tag Festival||CANCELLED||Year 12|
|Thur 19th March||Canford Relays Cross Country||CANCELLED|
|Thur 19th March||Squash v Clayesmore||CANCELLED|
|Fri 20th March||Ten Tors 2020 - Training Expedition||CANCELLED|
|Tue 24th March||U18 Rosslyn Park 7's||CANCELLED|
|Wed 25th March||U16/14 Rosslyn Park 7's||CANCELLED|
|Wed 25th March||Edgerley Relays Cross Country||CANCELLED|
|Tues & Thur||Athletics training at SWGS||CANCELLED until further notice|
(Last updated 15:15 Tuesday 17th March)
Please note that payment for all trips has been temporarily suspended on Wisepay until the status has been confirmed. Payment can still be made for all for other items such as catering.
|Event||Date From||Date To||Current Status|
|ESU Shakespeare Competition||16th March||CANCELLED|
|Salisbury School Book Event, Wyvern||18th March||CANCELLED|
|Jekyll & Hyde, Godolphin School||25th March||CANCELLED|
|Rosslyn Park||24th March||25th March||CANCELLED|
|Cambridge University Trip||25th March||26th March||CANCELLED|
|Rugby Dinner||28th March||CANCELLED|
|Cardiff University Trip||1st April||CANCELLED|
|Iceland||31st March||4th April||CANCELLED|
|Zanzibar (Godolphin Trip)||27th March||7th April||CANCELLED|
|Ski Trip||4th April||11th April||CANCELLED|
|YSC - Macbeth||23rd April||POSTPONED|
|Y8 Survival Nights||27th April||30th April||CANCELLED|
|Oxford University Trip||29th April||CANCELLED|
|Ten Tors||Nov 2019||3rd May||CANCELLED|
|Cologne (MFL)||8th June||12th June||CANCELLED|
|Barcelona (MFL)||8th June||12th June||CANCELLED|
|St Ives (Art)||15th June||18th June||ON (Review pending)|
|French Exchange (MFL)||15th June||19th June||CANCELLED|
|Crickhowell (Y9)||22nd June||24th June||CANCELLED|
|Pencelli||21st June||26th June||ON (Review pending)|
|Studland||13th July||ON (Review pending)|
|SA Rugby Tour||13th July 2021||25th July 2021||ON (Review pending)|
|D of E Bronze|
|Practice Expedition||9th May||10th May||CANCELLED|
|Qualifying Expedition||11th July||12th July||ON (Review pending)|
|D of E Silver|
|Practice Expedition||15th May||17th May||CANCELLED|
|Qualifying Expedition||5th June||7th June||ON (Review pending)|
|D of E Gold|
|Practice Expedition||29th March||1st April||CANCELLED|
|Qualifying Expedition||3rd July||6th July||ON (Review pending)|
(Last updated 16:55 Friday 27th March)