As I am sure you are aware the government announced on Monday night that all schools and colleges should move to online learning from Tuesday January 5th until the February half term at the earliest.

Dv8 already had plans in place for an online provision for the start of term and will now continue this approach for the duration of the lockdown.

Each curriculum area and tutor will contact their students/parents/carers to confirm the specific arrangements for the next two weeks and the expectations and support for students moving forward.

Dv8 has learnt a huge amount from the previous lockdowns and we are confident that we can provide the best possible support for all students. However, we are aware that some programmes are much easier to deliver online than others.

On site learning & use of College IT facilities

If students are unable to access IT either at home or via one of our campuses, then please do inform us and we can see whether the college is able to provide equipment on a loaned basis.

Our campuses will remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable students.

In addition, any student may come onto our college campus sites to access IT and their online learning, if they do not have IT equipment at home or feel safer attending college to complete their studies.

We do ask that all students book to attend college, so that we can ensure that they are working in Covid-19 safe environments. 

Please contact the following people to discuss attending college:

 

Summer Exams and Assessments

The government announced that GCSEs and other exams that were due to take place in the summer will be cancelled.

However, we currently do not know how students’ grades will be determined. Until this is clearer, all students should continue to participate fully in their online learning. It is likely that there may be other forms of assessment set and teacher assessed grades may also include factors such attendance and session participation.

 

Health, Wellbeing and Support

The health and well-being of our students is of prime importance to us. We are working to develop a series of online enrichment and engagement activities over the next few weeks and will share information on this soon. However, if you or your young person requires additional support or information then please do not hesitate to contact us:

 

Free School Meals and access to bursary for support with accessing college

We understand that circumstances sometimes change and a bit of extra support can help with purchasing resources to enable remote learning. Please have a look at the guidance document and application form in the link below. If you have any further questions please get in touch with Kerri (Brighton) or Shani (Bexhill) (contact details are above).

 

Student and parent/carer communications

We will be providing regular updates for parents and students alike during this lockdown period.

 

This is a challenging start to 2021 for all of us, but we are confident that by working together we can get through this period successfully. If you have any suggestions or ideas about how we can improve or develop, or general enquiries then please do not hesitate to get in touch via the email address below:

 

Best wishes

Jim Sharpe

Principal

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