Posted on: March 24th 2020

Key Worker School - Day 2 Update

Information     Day 2    24 03 2020

 

Day 2 Key Worker School

  • Students that are here are 2m apart and we take every precaution that we can to minimise any kind of contact.
  • The Government have asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
  • Reception phone lines will not be open every day (staffing issues) but the voice mails will be checked regularly, as will the school emails.

Free School Meals

  • Will be replaced by vouchers week commencing 30/3/20.  We will send those that claim free school meals the details of this scheme and how to access the vouchers.

On line learning

  • It would be really useful if students when they are online learning are in a routine similar to the school day.  This is so that when we do get back to school it is not a complete shock to the system!
  • In the morning Joe Wicks runs on line fitness on YouTube just put in PE with Joe.  He will take you through some exercises that can be done at home.

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9

  • Staff have issued all students with appropriate differentiated resources electronically on SAM Learning, Seneca and GCSEPod.  These can be completed electronically on any internet connected device, PlayStation, X-box, laptop, IPad or mobile phones.  The BBC are scheduling a set of academic TV episodes.
  •  Staff will continue to set new work during the time the school is closed.

 

 

Students in Year 10

 

  • Individual teachers have issued their own classes with work appropriate for them, based on the current scheme of work.  This work will be set on SAM learning, Seneca or GCSE pod
  • Teachers are also delivering to their classes 2 hours of on line lessons every morning, students log in and join the class.  They were given the instructions for this before the school closed.  This is also on line.  Tomorrow is the turn of Maths and History or Geography!

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

9:30 – 10:30

English

Science

Maths

Science

Computer Science OR Dance OR Health & Social Care

10:45 – 11:45

IT or \ Rel St.

Sport  OR Spanish

History / Geography

Maths

English

11:45 onwards

Students are to use this time to complete learning resources on either:
SAM learning, Seneca, GCSE Pod or any workbooks they have taken home.

Students in Year 11

Individual teachers have issued their classes with work appropriate for them, based on the current scheme of work.  This work will be set on SAM learning, Seneca or GCSEPod (Guides to access all of these systems is on our website under the Student section named “Home Learning Environment). In addition to this, please make sure that your coursework is up-to-date so we have the evidence to support the grades that we will issue you with.

 

Year 11 examinations

Please find below the Government information that has been published about the examinations in the summer (2020)   As soon as we know what the final approach to the grades will be we will let you know:

  • This year’s summer exam series, including A levels, GCSEs and other qualifications, and all primary assessments, have been cancelled as we fight to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.

This means ensuring GCSE students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in. There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.

To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July. In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years. We will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students do not face a systematic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Cancelling exams is something no Education Secretary would ever want to do, however these are extraordinary times and this measure is a vital but unprecedented step in the country’s efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.

My priority now is to ensure no young person faces a barrier when it comes to moving onto the next stage of their lives – whether that’s further or higher education, an apprenticeship or a job.

I have asked exam boards to work closely with the teachers who know their pupils best to ensure their hard work and dedication is rewarded and fairly recognised.

We recognise that some students may nevertheless feel disappointed that they haven’t been able to sit their exams. If they do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.

There is a very wide range of different vocational and technical qualifications as well as other academic qualifications for which students were expecting to sit exams this summer. These are offered by a large number of awarding organisations, and have differing assessment approaches – in many cases students will already have completed modules or non-exam assessment which could provide evidence to award a grade. We are encouraging these organisations to show the maximum possible flexibility and pragmatism to ensure students are not disadvantaged. Ofqual is working urgently with the sector to explore options and we will work with them to provide more details shortly.

Vladimir Lenin said: “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.”

I think that this has been one of those weeks!

 

Stay Safe

 

All the staff at Bridgemary School

 

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