Schools and colleges

Coronavirus Covid-19: Academic Year 2020/2021

Exam results

Coronavirus has meant that most exams in the UK during 2020 have been cancelled with results based instead on teacher assessed grades.

This has been an anxious time for students and their families as everyone has struggled to come to terms with the new situations and changes to people’s lifestyles caused by the virus. Young people have continued to work hard in difficult times and we hope that most students will be delighted with their results. We wish you well in your future educational journey or in the world of work.

If you didn’t get the grades you expected, there are still many opportunities. Talking about feelings with friends is often helpful, as well as speaking to family members or a teacher, as they will understand how you feel and can help look to the future. Remember, nothing is ever insurmountable and positive thought and action will help you move forward. There will be a range of opportunities to consider, so don’t panic, seek advice and take the time to think options through.

Young people who are seriously unhappy with their results, and really think they should have been judged as doing better, should speak to their school or college to ask what they think. There is an option to take an exam when school opens again (like a retake) or sit the exam next year instead. It is possible to make an appeal against a grade, although this doesn’t necessarily mean it will go up.

Helpful advice

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) that regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England recommends ways to stay and act positive during the pandemic.
ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2020/07/29/feeling-worried-about-gcse-or-a-level-results-this-year/

Help and advice can also be found on the UCAS website;
www.ucas.com/undergraduate/results-confirmation-and-clearing/what-clearing

For students wishing to find out more about becoming an apprentice, a variety of opportunities and testimonials can be found at www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

The return to school for all pupils in the autumn term

The government has announced that all pupils, in all year groups will return to full-time education at the beginning of the autumn term. The government has published guidance to support all schools, including mainstream and alternative provision, it applies to primary, secondary, infant, junior, school-based nurseries and boarding schools. Government guidance for the full opening of schools for all children.

Early years and childcare providers

Since the 1 June, early years settings, including childminders, have been able to welcome back children of all ages. Guidance for providers registered with Ofsted and childminders registered with childminder agencies for children of all ages, including nurseries and wraparound childcare, before and after schools clubs and holiday clubs.

If your child can not access their usual early years setting due to closure or lack of capacity, and you require a place, please email eyqualitymanager@bromley.gov.uk. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Further education

The government’s plan is that all FE learners, whether young people or adults will be able to return to further education settings in September and experience a full education. This applies to sixth form colleges, general further education colleges, independent training providers, adult community learning providers and special post-16 institutions. Government guidance applies to adult as well as 16 to 19 learners.

Special schools

Additional information on the return to specialist educational settings for children and young people in Bromley is also available from the Local Offer.

Further guidance for all

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Advice and guidance from the government

Advice for parents and carers - GOV.UK

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

If you have queries or concerns, the Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.

Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline - 0800 046 8687

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday