How will students grades and results be decided this year?
The Government has cancelled all summer exams (GSCSE, A-Levels and other Primary and Secondary assessments). Instead, teachers, schools, Government, exam boards and Ofsted will work together to assign calculated grades to students. Ofsted will develop a process for calculating student grades and exam boards will make sure this process is applied across the UK consistently. Teachers will be asked to provide their assessment of which grades their students would have attained this year.
This process will go through a series of checks and balances to ensure consistency and aims to provide fair grades for all students. The expectation will be that calculated grades will be assigned before the end of July. These grades will have equal weight and value to any other qualification from previous years. Students will have the ability to appeal grade decisions. There is also potential for students to sit exams early in the next academic year, or in the summer of 2021.
For vocational, technical and other skill-based qualifications, the Government is working with different examining bodies to set up a parallel grade calculation processes. When I have information about this, I will share it here.
There is a lot more we need to know about this process, and I will continue to press for more information. We must make sure that awarded grades are fair and reflect the talent of our students in Bristol North West”
How will my children access their free school meals?
Your child’s school will decide how Free School Meals support is provided. Depending on the arrangements that are made, you may have meals sent directly to your household or you may receive vouchers to purchase food from supermarkets and other shops. These vouchers will take into account the fact that individual households will not be bulk purchasing food.
Your school is the best place to check how your child will access their Free School Meals support.
My nursery has closed, what child-care support can I access?
Government advice is for all nurseries to close. If you are a front-line coronavirus worker you will be able to access nursery child-care, and details about this are forthcoming.
If you run a nursery that has closed, the government committed to continue honouring free child-care hours. In addition, the Chancellor has included nurseries in the businesses eligible for a business rate holiday.
How should I talk about the Coronavirus with my children?
Unicef have useful advice for talking about the Coronavirus with young people. Their advice is to give your child plenty of chances to talk about what they know and what they might be worried about by asking them open questions. They also say to be honest, use age-appropriate language and to not be afraid to say ‘I don’t know’.