To all Students, Parents, Carers,
You may be aware that the Government guidance on the reopening of schools this week included the provision for Year 12 students to begin to return, where possible, to education settings from June 1st.
This guidance is intended to support young people who are in the middle of two year programmes with potential exams and large assessments at the end of next year.
We will continue to prioritise the safety of all students and staff at Dv8 at all times. Before any decision is made to resume physical delivery in the centres in Brighton and Bexhill, we must first be sure that this can be done safely, meeting all key criteria set out by the government to re-open education and work settings settings and that the risks to students’ and staff health can be effectively managed.
We are working closely with the Local Authorities in Brighton and Hove and East Sussex as well as our Advisory Board, to assess the position and we will not be making any decision on a date to re-start face to face learning at the Dv8 centres until we can assure the safety of all concerned. We will need to take into account the spaces in the centres themselves, travel arrangements of students, as well as the current academic and pastoral needs of our students.
As there will be just three weeks of term remaining after June 1st, we will need to think carefully about the potential benefits to learners, against the potential risks we will be asking staff and students to take to come into the centres at this time. Following a survey in March of parents and young people in vulnerable groups, it was clear that the overwhelming preference was for students to continue to learn remotely. We would like to know your views on any potential return to face to face learning in the centres and if you are the parent or carer of a young person in a vulnerable group, we will be emailing you with a short survey to complete next week.
For the moment we will be continuing to offer our provision on-line, as we have been doing successfully since the lockdown began in March. There has been so much excellent work undertaken in this time and it is a credit to the students and teaching teams that many students are now successfully coming to near the end of their course and entering their final assessments for their qualifications.
We thank you for your understanding and support during this very difficult time for everyone and we hope that all students and families are keeping safe and well. We will continue to keep you updated if there is any change to our current plans for delivery.
The Dv8 Team