6th January 2021

RE: January Lockdown

Dear Parents/Carers,

It is with much regret and sadness that I find myself writing again with further updates and changes so soon after my last letter on New Year’s Eve. A lot has happened in the past few days and every time I write, it seems to be out-of-date before I can press send, such is the fast-changing pace of the situation. As find ourselves in another National Lockdown, I know you will share my concerns about our children and how their education will be affected. I write to offer you as much reassurance as I can that we will continue to do our utmost to support your child and your family as always.

Key Information

  • In accordance with government guidance, Bodmin College will remain closed to all students, except vulnerable students and children of key workers, until further notice.
  • The remote learning for all students as outlined in my letter on 31st December 2020 has now been extended until further notice.
  • Students expecting to do examinations this January have been written to separately. We are awaiting government guidance regarding the summer exams.

Remote Learning Update

The current provision was designed to be a short-term arrangement, so with that please note the following amendments to the MSTeams Live Tutorials. This week’s timings will continue until further notice for all year groups except Year 7 and 10 whose new times are outlined below.

MSTeams Live Tutorials
5th -8th January 2021 STAYS SAME   11th January ONWARDS
 Year Group Live Tutor Session    Year Group Live Tutor Session
7 09:30 – 10:00   7 11:00 – 11:30      NEW Time
8 10:00 – 10:30   8 10:00 – 10:30
9 10:30 – 11:00   9 10:30 – 11:00
10 11:00 – 11:30   10 09:30 – 10:00      NEW Time
11 11:30 – 12:00   11 11:30 – 12:00
12 12:00 – 12:30   12 12:00 – 12:30
13 12:30 – 1:00   13 12:30 – 1:00

The Satchel:One (previously ShowMyHomework) provision will continue as it has this week, with a range of personalised resources to meet every individual need.

We appreciate that not everyone has access to the technology or space required to participate in multiple live sessions so our remote learning is designed to be flexible yet meeting the needs of every student through a personalised but accessible approach. We appreciate your feedback and also ask that if you are experiencing difficulties with online learning that you please complete a short survey so that we can improve access for all students. Please click here.

Remote Learning Support

All students have been shown how to access their learning during last term. In addition, our website contains lots of useful documents, step-by-step guides and videos that will help you and your child make the most of their learning. Click here to find out more: Covid-19 – Useful Information – Bodmin College

Pastoral Support

For those needing additional pastoral support, we have a special email helpline monitored by our pastoral support staff: studentsupport@bodmincollege.co.uk

For families in need of additional help, the following link contains a directory of services available to support you https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/covidresilience

Finally, our reception desk is open so if you have visited our website and still require help accessing support, please give us a call or use the contact us section of the website.

Your feedback is important to us in helping to improve our provision. Whilst we may not be able to respond to every email individually, we will do our best to address any questions and concerns through our weekly parent FAQs and keep you updated through regular parent bulletins.

We understand the many challenges and pressures faced by children and families during lockdown and endeavour to offer all the support we can at this difficult time.

Kindest regards

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams