Exam results, summer activities and returning to schools and nurseries in September
Exam results 2020
Students receive their A-level results on Thursday 13 August and GCSEs the following Thursday (20 August).
Students should contact their school if they require support or they are unhappy with their results.
More information and support:
- National exam results helpline
- Advice and support - Camden Careers and Connexions service
- Camden Apprenticeships
- Camden Sixth Forms and Colleges
- Mental health and wellbeing - sign up for free, safe and confidential support
- Advice and support for parents - how to support your child on exam results day
- Statement about A-levels from Cllr Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families - 12/8/20
Camden Summer Programme 2020
The school holidays may look and feel a bit different this year - but there's still lots to keep children, young people and families in Camden entertained, as well as advice and support on offer.
Primary schools and nurseries
Following Government guidance about a phased return of more pupils to schools from Monday 1 June onwards, schools and nurseries have been more fully reopening. There is some general information for parents about this here:
- Children returning to school - health information for parents (leaflet)
- Advice for parents about sending children back to primary schools and nurseries - DfE leaflet, July 2020
- Watch: short film about schools and nurseries reopening (2 minutes, 25 secs)
- Camden early years and children's centre services
Secondary schools and colleges
Two year groups in mainstream secondary schools and colleges have been prioritised by the Government. This is because they are preparing for key examinations next year. They are most at risk of falling behind due to time out of school or college.
From 15 June 2020, secondary schools and colleges have been able to offer some face-to-face contact with Year 10 and Year 12 pupils. These are 16 to 19 year-old students who are in the first year of a two-year study programme.
This will supplement their remote education. However, this should still be their main form of education during this term according to the Government's guidance.
Your child's school or college should have been in touch with you directly if they are offering more face-to-face contact for their students in these year groups.
Return to school in September
The Government has announced that all pupils are to return to schools in September and the Council is continuing to work alongside Camden Learning, and local trade unions, to support local schools with their preparations to safely welcome back all pupils at the beginning of the new academic year.
Free school meals
We are working to ensure that no one in the borough goes hungry as a result of COVID-19. This includes children entitled to free school meals. The Government has said children eligible for free school meals will be offered meals or vouchers as an alternative.
Alongside that plan, the Council will offer a food parcel scheme for those entitled to free school meals. Parents and carers can collect the food parcels once a fortnight. Arrangements are being shared with schools directly about how they can be collected.
Children attending school, whether vulnerable or the children of key workers, are currently being given food on site. This is whether they are entitled to free school meals or not.
Support and advice for children and young people
- Poster / flyer aimed at children and young people (PDF)
- Guidance for young people (PDF)
- Online activities and support on Camden Rise website
Childline has created a new web page with information for children and young people about coronavirus. The page includes information about:
- what coronavirus is
- where children and young people can find help if they are worried
- coping if they are staying at home
- what to do if they are feeling unwell
Young people can visit these 'Keep calm, stay connected, be safe' web pages.
Children and young people's mental health charity, Young Minds, has also produced this blog. What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus
Support for families – Early Help check-in service
Our Camden Family Early Help team is offering a ‘family check-in' service whilst schools are closed. This is to give extra help to children and families who may be more vulnerable during this time. Our teams will make sure families have access to essentials, such as food, medicine and supplies. They will also connect you to those who can help, if needed.
To request an Early Help family check-in, please fill in this online form.
Family health and wellbeing
Taking care of our health, and the health of our families, is particularly important at this challenging time. We may need to be creative in order to get our daily exercise, eat well and maintain emotional health and wellbeing.
It’s important to stay connected through phone, post or online. You should seek help if you’re feeling anxious or are struggling to cope. The Government advice is to stay at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Make sure you’re still getting regular exercise though. This could be through online or indoor activities, or going outside for one form of exercise a day. Try to eat healthily and be mindful of snacking. Remember, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables count towards your five-a-day. A healthy diet will help your mood and energy.
The Camden Health and Wellbeing Team is offering telephone and online advice sessions:
- ‘Starting Solids’ - support for parents/carers in introducing solid foods from 6 months
- ‘Starting Solids: Next Steps’ - support for parents/carers who have started their baby on solid foods but need some support
- ‘Families for Life, Early Years’ - healthy lifestyle sessions for families with children under five. These can be booked online here
- ‘Families for Life, Primary’ – healthy lifestyle sessions for families with children aged five to 11 years old. These can be booked by ringing or emailing the team below.
If you would like more support, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7974 6736.
Here are some helpful websites for keeping the whole family healthy:
The Brandon Centre has also produced this really useful guide for families. It is packed with advice and resources to help parents in Camden during the COVID-19 crisis:
Children with special educational needs and disabilities
We’ve put together information here for those with special educational needs and disabilities. We hope this will be helpful for these families, children, young people and those working with them.
Camden youth centres
Camden youth centres have been closed in line with Government guidance but are due to reopen during the school summer holiday - and a programme of activities, run by Council youth centres, local sports clubs and voluntary youth and play projects, will be published before the end of term on the Camden Rise website.
In the meantime, we have contacted young people who use our services. We have let them know how to access support and advice from their youth workers and Connexions personal advisers. These people can be still be contacted to provide information and guidance.
A Camden youth service helpline, 020 7974 6200, is also available for young people aged 13 to 19. This runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 5pm. It offers advice on a wide range of services including:
- Careers and Connexions
- general advice and support from youth workers
- the youth offending service
- drugs or alcohol advice from the FWD substance misuse service
A range of virtual youth activities is also now on offer through our youth centres and local voluntary youth projects. Find out more about virtual youth activities here
Camden Summer University
After-school and holiday play schemes
Play providers, linked to local primary schools, have been closed in line with Government guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
These providers are now preparing to welcome children on site when the summer holidays begin.
Most providers are planning to open from 27 July to 21 August, though places are limited and children with disabilities, those in need and children of critical workers are being given priority.
The play provision in Camden is run by community and voluntary organisations. They are funded by the Council to provide after-school clubs and holiday play schemes for children aged four to 12.
This provision includes specialist services for vulnerable children, young people and their families with varying needs.
Children’s social care
Formal children’s safeguarding meetings are all now being done via Skype / virtually, where meetings can go ahead. Children at risk of harm will still be visited at home where concerns mean a visit is considered necessary.
Please check the Camden Children’s Safeguarding Partnership website for information.
Department for Education helpline
Contact the Department for Education coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Local contact email address for public health advice
If you can't get the answer to your question through the helpline above, email your enquiry.