The messages below are archived communications from BHASVIC pre-Easter 2020. For the latest news and FAQs please visit our COVID-19 page

BHASVIC and Coronavirus: 03/04/2020 - 7.30pm

Final grade awarding this summer

Ofqual - the government exam regulator, has published today how GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2020

This information also covers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) but we still await information about Applied General Qualifications (BTECs, etc).

For your ease, we copy here the contents of the letter Ofqual's Chief regulator, Sally Collier, has written to all students.

A message for all GCSE, AS and A level students this summer

3 April 2020

I understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for you, since the announcement that exams have been cancelled this summer, and that you are urgently waiting for news. I wanted to let you know what we are doing to provide you with grades. Our over-riding aim in this is to be fair to students this summer and to make sure you are not disadvantaged in your progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions.

How will grades be calculated?

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:

    • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
    • within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

This information will allow us, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your school or college sends to the exam board.

Do I need to complete any new work for my school/college to submit a grade?

Your school or college is not required to set additional mock exams or homework for your centre assessment grade, and you won’t be disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work given out after schools were closed.

Can I see the grades my school/college submits for me?

No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your school or college, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.

I am a private candidate – what does this mean for me?

If you are a private candidate (for example, home-schooled, following distance-learning programmes or studying independently) the centre you are entering with should include you where the head teacher or principal is confident that they and their staff have seen sufficient evidence of your achievement to make an objective judgement. We are urgently exploring whether there are alternative options for those students who do not have an existing relationship with a centre and who need results this summer to progress. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be possible for all private candidates, some of whom may instead need to take exams in the autumn to get their grades.

We appreciate that this is a matter of real concern to private candidates and will provide an update as soon as possible. We have asked organisations that represent universities and FE colleges to consider the steps that providers could take when making admissions decisions this summer for any private candidates who do not receive a grade. They have told us that they believe that institutions will consider a range of other evidence and information for these students to allow them to progress wherever possible.

When will I get my results?

We’re working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they will be issued a little earlier, so you can have the certainty you need.

Can I take my exams another time?

We are working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in the coming weeks.

The information we have published covers GCSEs, AS and A levels, plus Extended Project Qualifications and Additional Extension Awards in maths. You can find out more about which qualifications and students are included, and the current arrangements for those which are not, in our detailed guidance; along with answers to other questions that you and your parents or carers might have. We will keep updating our guidance as new information becomes available, including to share details about vocational and technical qualifications as soon as we can, so please keep an eye on our website.

Please be reassured that the grades you get this summer will look exactly the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, to help you move forward in your lives as planned.

With every best wish,

Sally Collier

Chief Regulator, Ofqual

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02/04/2020 - 6.30pm

It has been more than two weeks since we moved to remote learning and as we approach the Easter holidays I wanted to be able to address students directly via this video message. In my message I thank students for their resilience in moving to a completely different way of learning and there are different messages within it for both first and second year students. I mention increases in altruistic behaviour during this crisis and for those (age 18 or over) interested in volunteering, this link takes you to the NHS site. We have offered our buildings and equipment to the council and NHS should they need them.

Will Baldwin, Principal

**IMPORTANT - Summer Term 2020 for A1 students

Please see a new BHASVIC webpage which provides details of adjusted arrangements for the summer term for our first year students.

Term dates

Remember that this Friday marks the start of what would be the Easter holidays and many college staff -including all teaching staff- will be having a two-week holiday. Term starts again on Monday 20th April which is when remote learning will re-start for our first year students. Some email addresses (including our Safeguarding inbox) will continue to be monitored over the holiday period. The Easter break marks a natural end for many second year courses – individual course teams will be communicating precise course end dates – but we will need to remain in contact with second years to ensure they understand the grade awarding process and leaver’s process. Please help ensure they keep checking-in for updates both here and from tutors.

Grade Awarding

More details promised on Friday, we will spend some time unpicking this over the Easter break and will update from Monday 20th April as to what this means for BHASVIC and our students.

Online safety

One of the many recent updates from the DfE has been around promoting the support that is available to help keep young people safe online. There are further links and guidance on our parent and carer web pages.

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

Future updates

Please continue to check these pages regularly – we will be switching off the newsflash feature but our Coronavirus updates will be accessible via the rolling link at the top of the website. Whilst we encourage you to check this site regularly, significant decisions and information will also be relayed via email.

 

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31/03/20 - 7.30pm

University offers

UCAS have extended the dates for firming offers. The government placed a three week embargo on universities making unconditional offers. Advice to our students is to carefully consider options, consult with your Personal Tutor if you need help and remember that universities will be keen to ensure healthy student numbers. There may be fewer UK students deferring their entry or taking gap years, but there will also be less demand from international students. The coming summer's university student recruitment should not be more competitive than usual and potentially less so. 

Original date

UCAS Undergraduate deadline

New date

5 May 2020

The deadline for applicants to reply if they received decisions from all their choices by 31 March 2020.

19 May 2020

6 May 2020

The deadline for universities and colleges to make decisions and reply to applications received by 15 January 2020.

20 May 2020

BHASVIC Admissions

We have updated our Admissions webpage to reflect current circumstances. Please keep track of all admissions developments there if you are a Year 11 student or their parent/carer.

Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to cancel our Year 10 Taster Day this July - if we are back on site we would need to prioritise giving our current first year students as many lessons as possible and so would not be able to run a Taster Day. Please follow the link for more detail on this.

Next update

We will have another update this Thursday. This will include some information for our current first year students and their parents/carers. We may also, by that point, have details from Ofqual about the awarding of final grades for our courses this summer. Please check back around 7.30pm this coming Thursday.

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27/03/20 - 4.30pm

To all our students - as we await details from Ofqual for the process by which final grades will be awarded to our students, our update today is less factual and more one of well-wishes to everyone. Uncertainty still abounds in every sector and for so many people. This week has felt like it has been three weeks long. Please take care over the weekend and try to stay connected with friends and family.

We should have a detailed update on Tuesday evening next week - please check back then.

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26/03/20 - 7.30pm

Systems

We have a number of routine tasks which we complete with students at this time of year and we are continuing to follow-up on these remotely. It would be helpful if parents and carers could support us in reminding students to stay in contact with personal tutors and complete  their A1-A2 Transfer and Exam Entry check. Although the latter may seem slightly counter-intuitive, students need to confirm their exam entries on Advantage, to ensure we have cross-checked and have an accurate record of the courses for which they expect to receive a final grade. Students need not concern themselves with the exam dates and times (as obviously these aren't now happening as originally scheduled) but they do need to check they are entered for the right subjects and modules, and agree JCQ terms and conditions.

Tutors can support any student who may be confused about the Student Advantage interface if they are struggling with the mechanics of what to do. When we receive further info on how we are being asked to assess and award final grades from Ofqual, we will include another reminder to all students that they must have confirmed the exam entry. If there are any queries about subject entries which arise from this process, please e-mail m.gibbon@bhasvic.ac.uk in the first instance.

Admissions and this September’s Year 11 intake

I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure all our new students and their parents, carers and schools that the college is planning for as minimal disruption to normal processes and timings for admissions as possible.

As soon as we can, we will have an update to the college’s Admissions Page with live information for you and regular updates.

We will be working on contingencies for our Moving On Day, for Year 11 students starting this coming September, if it is not possible for this to occur as planned. Likewise, as soon as we have precise information about the methods and timings for the awarding of GCSE grades, we will factor these into admissions processes and provide reassurance on our website to everyone.

Some Year 11 students have been asking whether you could or should begin to study for your A level courses now that you have completed the syllabus for all your GCSEs and there are no GCSE exams to revise for. I must say this is wonderfully characteristic of prospective students, wishing to keep your mind, knowledge and skills fit and in shape through continued study.

Our advice to prospective students is to not worry about starting A levels early. BHASVIC will be providing summer work at the usual time for you (around May Half Term). Right now our teaching teams are working full-time on ensuring our A2 students complete their syllabus and our A1 students’ learning is optimised in these adverse circumstances. Teaching teams are having to adapt and make a lot of adjustments to lessons and schemes of work right now, to keep momentum and confidence going for our current students. We know you’d want your BHASVIC teachers to have been doing the same if you were in your first year of A levels at this time.

In the meantime and before our summer work becomes available to you, there are some fantastic online learning courses and wider reading opportunities online. If you stick to established and reputable sources, such as exam board reading lists and recommended platforms (all our BHASVIC courses have the link to the exam board specification from the course page on our website) you can take this time as a wonderful opportunity to broaden your skills and interests in all sorts of fascinating topics and areas. If you are unsure whether a course is worth your time, any course which broadens your critical thinking skills will always be advantageous for A level and BTEC Level 3 study.  There are a wide range of providers such as FutureLearn, iTunes U, Coursera, Khan Academy, Alison, Bitesize and the wide range of Universities in the UK and USA, who have lots of different courses that can be studied for free.

I will be writing to all students, parents, carers and schools with a more detailed update imminently about admissions which will arrive via email. Please look out for this over the next few working days.

Will Baldwin

Principal

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25/03/20 - 19.00pm

For the time being, we will continue to provide a daily update to our students, parents and carers here on our website. There may come a point when we move to fewer updates, but we are aware that our website is the most robust medium of communication with all our students, parents and carers.

In the future, we may return to using email updates, as and when they are needed. BHASVIC emails are frequently spammed by email service providers by default (because they are bulk emails sent to large numbers of recipients) so please also check your spam folders.

If we move to less frequent updates, or emails, we’ll let you know here before we do that.

A couple of frequent questions follow that we wanted to re-iterate answers for:

When do courses with qualifications which would have ended this summer actually end at BHASVIC (for example, second year of A levels, second year of BTECs, GCSE retakes, AS levels, EPQs)?

We MUST continue to retain our students in their learning until we know what the plans are for awarding final grades are. We expect information on this from Ofqual by next week at the latest.

Where the syllabus has been completed for certain courses, teachers will be continuing to set extension and consolidation tasks for students. It would be irresponsible of the college to sign students off from learning until we are certain that our students do not need to do anything further to complete their courses.

We thank all our students for continuing to follow the learning activities set by their teachers on each of their courses.

We know all foreign trips are cancelled, but when will we hear about refunds?

This will take time to resolve. Often refunds or insurance claims cannot be made until well after the trip start date has passed, as companies will not be refunded themselves by airlines until that point, and so on.

No trip payments should be being made until further notice. Our trip leads and organisers are providing every update they can to students and parents of trips, so please do look out for emails from them. No new communication does not mean no progress – we are navigating the various companies’ cancellation and refund policies and keeping insurers apprised of this. We are aiming for complete cancellation on everything, and avoiding postponements in every case.

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24/03/20 - 17.30pm

Lockdown

The ‘stay at home’ directive from the Government means that the college site will be completely closed until at least the end of the Easter holidays at the earliest. We have temporarily suspended the onsite offer to vulnerable learners but will continue to support them remotely, with pro-active contact from Guidance Managers and Tutors. This is in line with a number of other colleges who have experienced a very low take up of this provision and the balance of risk dictates it is safer for everyone if we close completely.

Please continue to contact the college via email in the first instance if you need to. All contacts are available on our 'Contact Us web page here.

Teaching and Learning

We recognise that so much is going on for individuals, families and society and that there are different levels of resource at home, illness and complicated circumstances that many families are navigating right now.

We know some students are asking why learning should continue without final exams taking place this summer, but morally I feel it is important that second years finish qualifications by covering all content on the syllabus and can demonstrate mastery of their subject before they receive a grade. This will not involve the sitting of any ‘mock’ exams remotely, but it does come with the expectation that work will continue to be produced to ensure courses finish properly and we have all the evidence we need to help formulate grades. Please be assured that the work being set by departments and teachers is meaningful and appropriate for you to be completing at this time.

For first year students, the fact that they will be sitting exams this time next year should be incentive enough to keep them engaged. There will be some form of progression assessment for each subject to help us determine an individual’s progress this year, and, inevitably any form of teacher assessment or prediction, will include some evaluation of work currently being completed in the final stages of the A1 year. More details will follow on this after Easter, once finalised.

Teachers will be following-up with the minority of students who are not engaging with remote learning and it is important that you keep communicating with us when circumstances dictate that it is difficult to complete work.

University Offers

Like us all, UCAS are currently awaiting guidance themselves. They are contacting offer holders and students engaged with the process, and have extended the decision and reply deadline in May. This still gives students plenty of time and the most useful advice we can give is not to do anything in haste. Students should not panic into accepting offers, even unconditional offers, especially if they are still unsure. There will be more advice and guidance coming out to applicants very soon, and we will keep you abreast of this.

Finally....

I hope you are beginning to find your groove with remote learning – we understand it will take time – and I hope you have found a bit of time to enjoy the sunshine (whilst not leaving home…)

Will Baldwin

BHASVIC Contacts webpage

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23/03/20 - 18.30pm

We have been informed from very reliable sources that the release of procedures for determining student final grades will be the end of this week. As soon as we have information and can work out the details for our students, we will publish details here.

We fully understand the concern that this uncertainty is causing.

A2 students need to keep working on their A level and BTEC courses. There will be opportunities to update college grades which will then become final outcomes and these may well reflect work yet to be completed by students. When the full details of the mechanisms for awarding grades come through we will share these with students and parents. 

DfE Announcement on Final Grades this summer

NEW: Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

How to contact the college

Absence for Students Email: outofcollege@bhasvic.ac.uk

Absence for Students App: Study Bugs

Additional Learning Support: l.lab@bhasvic.ac.uk; l.clements@bhasvic.ac.uk

Student Advantage: cis@bhasvic.ac.uk

BHASVLE Support: cis@bhasvic.ac.uk

Technical Support: ITS@bhasvic.ac.uk or ithelpdesk@bhasvic.ac.uk

Exams Office: exams@bhasvic.ac.uk

Admissions for students: admissions@bhasvic.ac.uk

General enquiries: info@bhasvic.ac.uk

 

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20/03/20 - 17.30pm

Today marks the end of the most difficult week we’ve ever encountered in education. We’ve been so busy dealing with the operational implications of moving to remote learning, preparing for closure, as well as ensuring everyone is updated with momentous decisions and is abreast of new systems, that I haven’t really had time to think of the enormity of it all until last night.

When the operational decision-making slowed down for me, the emotion of it all has crept in. I was reflecting with sadness last night that our second-year students have had their last day at college, without -at that time- even realising it. They won’t have the rites of passage of a leavers day, farewells to teachers and the nervous excitement of results day after navigating a hard but ultimately rewarding set of exams.

However, I do hope that students can still have the satisfaction of working towards completing courses over the next few weeks. If there is a positive to this it is that learning for the sake of learning is what is important, not teaching to a test and measuring it. For our first year students, continuing as ‘normally’ as possible over the next few months to ensure they complete the year and are ready to start the second year is obviously also a key focus for us.

We are expecting further announcements this evening about the mechanisms for awarding grades as a result of the cancellation of exams. I think we have to expect that any system will always be less than perfect, and it will take us some time to process the detail and understand how we implement the recommendations from this fairly and transparently.

We recognise there will be many questions that you will have around this and we will need time to formulate our own understanding of it, like all other providers. So please do not contact the college or teaching staff asking what this means for individuals, because all responses will be a simple holding message at this stage.

A final reminder that the college site is now closed until further notice and the only way to contact the college is via email.

This is going to be a long haul, so stay healthy and safe – and do stay in touch.

Best wishes,

William Baldwin

Principal

 

DfE Announcement on Final Grades this summer

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced 

 

How to contact the college

Absence for Students Email: outofcollege@bhasvic.ac.uk

Absence for Students App: Study Bugs

Additional Learning Support: l.lab@bhasvic.ac.uk; l.clements@bhasvic.ac.uk

Student Advantage: cis@bhasvic.ac.uk

BHASVLE Support: cis@bhasvic.ac.uk

Technical Support: ITS@bhasvic.ac.uk or ithelpdesk@bhasvic.ac.uk

Exams Office: exams@bhasvic.ac.uk

Admissions for students: admissions@bhasvic.ac.uk

General enquiries: info@bhasvic.ac.uk

 

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Update 19/03/20 - 19.30pm

 

College closure

As announced yesterday, the college site will be largely closed from Monday 23rd March until further notice. Next week we will have limited provision for a small number of identified vulnerable learners with a rota of staff to support them. We have communicated details of this directly to them.

Please do take some time to go through the best ways to approach remote learning. James Moncrieff, Deputy Principal has written some advice to help students and parents/carers with study routines here.

Tutors are expected to provide remote tutorials for students following centralised resources and they have also been asked to provide online support for students in terms of checking in with vulnerable students in their tutor groups and messaging through virtual one-to-ones for all who want or need it. Guidance Managers are available to help support this process.

James Barton, Guidance Manager, has today written a fantastic student wellbeing guide available on our website to help students here

 

How to contact the college

BHASVIC’s phone system will be switched to answerphone on Friday evening. We will be asking people to refer to key email addresses to make contact with us. Please see the list provided at the end of this update.

 

Open for vulnerable students

As a post-16 provider the best way we can support the children of key workers is by continuing to provide remote learning specific to the individual courses they will be following. However, in line with the government’s request, we will be providing limited provision for our most vulnerable students (those on EHCPs, or who are in care or have a social worker).

Students in receipt of bursary and free college meals will be receiving money directly into bank accounts during this period.

 

Free College Meals and Bursary

Students in receipt of bursary and free college meals will be receiving money directly into bank accounts during this period. We still have food parcels and isolation essentials available for vulnerable students to pick up from SS tomorrow.

 

Final A level and GCSE exams and BTEC grades

We have not yet had any communication as to the mechanism by which final grades will be devised. We fully understand the concern that this uncertainty is causing.

A2 students need to keep working on their A level and BTEC courses. The working assumption is that there will be opportunities to update college grades which will then become final outcomes and these may well reflect work yet to be completed by students. When the full details of the mechanisms for awarding grades come through we will share these with students and parents.

 

A1 Progression Exams

The Progression exams are postponed.

We would like to provide some form of end of year summative assessment for our A1 students on their core courses, perhaps in the autumn.

We will formulate UCAS predicted grades for our A1 students between July and September – these will be done very effectively by BHASVIC and our students will be supported in their UCAS applications. 

 

University Offers

We are awaiting further information on how Universities will respond and there may not be a whole sector respond, with different universities or even courses behaving differently.

The government has been clear that students will not be disadvantaged by the cancellation of exams, and universities will need students in September, especially given that there are likely to be fewer international students.

We have an excellent reputation as a college - as do our students. We have yet to hear how this will work but please be reassured we will do all we can to support you in the coming months. For now, universities are likely to be overwhelmed with queries and they themselves will be considering the implications of this announcement.

Our advice for now is to confirm your offers as normal (by 5th May, if all your universities have replied) and keep an eye out for news or sudden changes of your status via Track.

 

Student illness and absence reporting

Students should still inform us if they are ill and unable to study using the email outofcollege@bhasvic.ac.uk or via the Study Bugs app. This will help us track any reasons for the non-completion of work.

We have also been asked to provide data to the government regarding levels of absence.

Similarly, please continue to make us aware of significant life events as you would usually.

 

Finally…

Thanks to our parents and students for all your efforts to remain calm, absorb a lot of anxiety, adopt to a completely new way of delivering learning and deal with your own life circumstances.

William Baldwin

Principal

 

How to contact the college:

Absence for Students Email: outofcollege@bhasvic.ac.uk

Absence for Students App: Study Bugs

Student Advantage: cis@bhasvic.ac.uk

BHASVLE Support: j.holgateturner@bhasvic.ac.uk

Technical Support: IT@bhasvic.ac.uk or ithelpdesk@bhasvic.ac.uk

Exams Office: exams@bhasvic.ac.uk

Admissions for students: admissions@bhasvic.ac.uk

General enquiries: info@bhasvic.ac.uk

 

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Update 18/03/20 - 18.30pm

Message from the Principal:

The Prime Minister earlier announced that schools and colleges in England will be closed from Monday 23rd March to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. He also announced that exams will not take place as planned in May and June. This is obviously one of the most significant announcements for the education sector in living memory and it will take some time to process and understand the ramifications of this. Whilst this will be a massive shock to parents and students, my plea is that students remain committed to their studies and learning. I hope studying will provide a sense of normality during this time.

The announcement also included details around the requirement to remain open for vulnerable learners and children of key workers. We will need some time to process the detail of this and will update you when we have a firmer understanding of who this affects and how we will facilitate our responsibilities to these groups.

Advice for remote learning:

Now that we have moved to remote learning, remote teaching and much remote working at BHASVIC, we wanted to provide some guidance to our students, parents and carers about how our students can navigate their studies in these uncertain times and how parents and carers can support them with this.

The Deputy Principal has written some advice for students here.

Parents and carers – although many of our students are highly independent and very well organised, we know that many of our students will find navigating the change to remote learning more challenging. We are also looking at some unknown but significant changes to the structure of exams and the academic year ahead. If you have time and are able, we do think it is supportive to your young person for you to explore the advice given here with them. Our students are absolutely amazing, but some help and guidance with boundaries and structure negotiated with you can be very reassuring, even if they try to keep you at arm’s length. There is never 'one size fits all' for our students’ needs, or one correct approach for all our students, but our advice is – as a rule of thumb, sit down with them and explore ways for them to plan, organise and structure their routines around study and wellbeing activity for the weeks ahead.

Our Assistant Principal, Student Services will be providing some further advice over the coming few days about wellbeing and study - please keep checking this space.

Student Absence:

You do not need to inform the college if you are unable to ‘attend’ remote learning as registers will not be being taken. Please email notice to outofcollege@bhasvic.ac.uk

Free College Meals and Bursary:

Those students in receipt of Free College Meals and Bursary will have their allowance paid directly into their bank account between now and Easter. We have also prepared some food and self-isolation packs which students can access from Student Services Thursday and Friday.

BHASVIC site is closed to students:

However, we have 'safe' spaces open in the Copper Cafe and Main Hall until Friday, and will continue to offer a package of support for our most vulnerable students.

To support social distancing measures, we are moving to phone appointments where possible. However, our Student Services building remains one this week for key welfare support and guidance.

Please note the college's library is now closed until further notice.

Trips:

As you are aware all trips are cancelled until further notice. We will only be reimbursing trip payments once we have received compensation ourselves. Trip leaders will be communicating with you directly as and when there are updates.

William Baldwin

Principal

 

 

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Update 17/03/20 - 17.30pm

 

IMPORTANT:  Moving to remote learning tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March)

BHASVIC will be suspending lessons and moving to remote learning from Wednesday 18th March 2020 until the Easter holidays (when the situation will be reviewed).

Face-to-face delivery of lessons will cease in order that we can facilitate government guidance on social distancing and self-isolation. It has become clear that some of our departments will be unable to function 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 conversations that I have had today with school and college leaders that we are not alone in experiencing this.

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 tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March)

BHASVIC will be open tomorrow (Wednesday) for students who need to come and pick anything up to help facilitate their own remote working. 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.
    • Limited library facilities will be available, to allow students to collect or return books.
    • Some safe spaces for students to catch up with their peers, share resources and notes, agree remote group learning and collate group work will be made available as much as is possible.
    • Limited Student Services and Guidance support will be available for students who need to discuss financial or student welfare matters prior to remote learning.

Online Learning:

Our curriculum departments and technical teams have been working on providing online learning over the last few days and will 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. Departments will communicate directly with students with regard to the systems and expectations of remote learning which will differ from department to department 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:

    • BHASVIC student email
    • BHASVIC Website
    • BHASVLE
    • Any other communication media which your courses use

We have worked with those students with the greatest needs and barriers to online learning, to facilitate their remote learning.

Exams:

All practical exams will be suspended until further notice and we will continue to provide updates as and when we get them, particularly around exams and assessments.

Finally…

It is important to reiterate at this point that the college is not closing. We are instead putting in place arrangements for remote working that promote social distancing as required by government.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

We will be sending a text message at just after 6pm to all our community to draw their attention to this webpage.

Will Baldwin,

Principal

 

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Update 16/03/20 - 17.30pm

We want to keep our entire community up-to-date with this fast-evolving situation. The scenario we are facing is unprecedented and we are aware of the levels of uncertainty everyone is dealing with.

Government Press Conference today - key points

Schools and colleges have been told to remain open!

Self-Isolation

    • If you have symptoms (a new continuous cough or a temperature), stay home for 14 days.
    • If you live with someone who has symptoms - stay home for 14 days.
    • If you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 - stay home for 14 days.
    • If you have symptoms, only call 111 if there is a notable deterioration in your health. Otherwise use the online service, if you need to.

Social Distancing

The college has been asked to remain open, but we appreciate that this contradicts much of the government's new social distancing advice, which is summarised on this BBC News Page.

BHASVIC will therefore operate as normally as we are able (for example, lessons, one-to-ones, canteen, library, etc will remain open and functioning) but we will also review all our activity on a daily basis. 

BHASVIC response to this advice

    • BHASVIC will need to continue to be open whilst the government asks us to do so.
    • Vulnerable Adult Groups - we will be processing implications for our staff and students who are being advised to go into self-isolation for 12 weeks from this coming weekend. At this point in time the NHS website is not up to date with this new guidance, so we will be doing this as soon as we can.
    • We do not have immediate capacity this evening to deal with all the implications of this advice and so we ask individuals to act according to government advice above and on the NHS website, when that becomes available.
    • The college's Senior Management Team will be meeting at 9.00am daily to resolve implications for the college and our community.

Exams

    • BHASVIC is still waiting for information from Ofqual about this summer's exams. They have yet to update their statement.
    • We are aware that practical exams begin next week - please follow government advice about self-isolation first and foremost (the need to self-isolate would be a priority over attending an exam).

 

Trips

    • We will provide an update on trips tomorrow evening - we are meeting with our insurers tomorrow during the day.

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Update 13/03/20 - 10.30am

In this update:

  • Government Advice - Delay Phase
  • Self-isolation
  • Absence and Cover Work
  • Trips
  • Exams and Coursework
  • Student wellbeing support if self-isolating

 

Government advice – moving to ‘delay’ phase

You may be aware that the government has announced a new approach to Covid-19 as we move to the ‘delay’ phase.

The government have repeated their position that schools are not to close at this time and that the timing of any potential mass closure will be kept under review and scheduled to offer maximum impact.  

 

Self-isolation

NHS Advice: Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  •