Exam preparation and Ofqual advice
We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.
Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.
It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.
The latest updates from Ofqual
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COFID-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information:
Staying Safe – E-Safety for parents
At Melrose School all our staff are regularly trained in Child Protection, this helps us to teach our students how to keep themselves safer. We work with due diligence to ensure our environment is both safe and secure for our: students, staff, parents and visitors. We believe in fostering positive relationships and a place which is safe, supportive, friendly and a secure learning environment.
Our students are taught e-safety, safe guarding and a host of other life skills to ensure they have a wealth of knowledge on safety and keeping healthy. Our students are the next generation. We believe in keeping them safe, both in and out of school. We use monitoring software called Impero which uses categories such as lists of words or phrases, to capture and identify inappropriate activity by any students. In addition to this we have a number of CCTV cameras on site, helping us to achieve our aim on safeguarding our students, staff, parents and visitors.
Click here to read the Keeping Children Safe in Education document from the Department of Education
Click here to read our E-Safety to Parents letter
At Melrose School we encourage students and staff to follow the SMART rules.
Adults and children will find helpful interactive resources by clicking on the Know it all logo below and then the “Enter Know it all for parents” button.
More helpful information for adults and young people can be found by clicking the logos below: