As you will be aware, the Government have outlined an ambition for secondary school students, who are due to take examinations next year, to return to schools and colleges for a period of time before the end of this academic year if it is safe for them to do so. At this stage it is not clear when this might be; the re-opening will begin with primary-age students in Years R, 1 and 6, with other year groups to follow as conditions allow. This means that it appears likely that the majority of college and secondary school students (except for Years 10 and 12) will not return to their settings until September at the earliest.
With this in mind, we wanted to provide an update from KMPF partners regarding the provision of outreach opportunities for the remainder of the year.
Firstly, we hope that you and your students may have been able to access some of the online provision that has been developed at pace by KMPF partners over the last few weeks. We are continuing to develop content in line with the priorities identified by schools and colleges in the recent KMPF Partnership Survey, noting your preferences for delivery methods, and we will be promoting these through the KMPF e-newsletter and partners’ own communications. Collectively, we will continue to deliver a wide range of online outreach support across all year groups until the end of the academic year, and the KMPF Support Team will be making contact with schools and colleges shortly to find out how we can best support you and your students over the coming weeks.
With the likelihood that students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 11 will not be returning to their settings this academic year, we will unfortunately need to confirm cancellation of any remaining activities that were planned to be delivered in person to these year groups (including residential Summer Schools) before the end of July. We will however continue to support these students through our online offer, and would encourage you to contact the relevant delivery partner if you have any specific questions about planned activities.
Should students in Years 10 and 12 be able to return later in the summer, we recognise that they will be priority groups for schools and colleges and that timetables may be restricted. KMPF partners would however like to work with schools and colleges to offer appropriate support during this time, with the potential for direct delivery of certain activities should wider conditions and social distancing measures allow; this will be a matter for individual delivery partners and schools / colleges to determine as the situation unfolds over the next few weeks.
As always, we thank you for your continued support to the KMPF Partnership and to the young people whom you are all supporting through this difficult period. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like further information, either with the relevant delivery partner or with the KMPF Support Team.