Tuesday 24th March
Following the decision not to go ahead with this summer’s exams, the government announced more details on Friday afternoon of how grades will be awarded this summer.
We still do not have the clarity to answer many of the questions you will have about how grades will be calculated, but we wanted to share what information we do know at this time and what this means for the students.
- Regulators 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.
- 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 be asked to 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 soon.
- 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.
- Regulators and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising the approach, to ensure that it’s 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.
- These grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years.
- We’ll also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students aren’t disadvantaged.
- Students will be able to appeal their grades if they don’t believe the right process has been followed.
- There will also be an option to sit exams early in the next academic year for any students who wish to – and students can also choose to sit exams in summer 2021.
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Wednesday 18th March
Update - Guided Home Learning from Monday 23rd March.
As this week has progressed, we have seen pupil and staff absence levels increasing, due to the current government measures in place, and we anticipate this will continue to rise. After careful consideration and, in consultation with the GDST, we have decided that we will make a transition from school teaching to guided home learning from Monday 23rd March, in order to provide consistency of provision for all pupils. Please find the full information here.
Tuesday 17th March
At this unprecedented time, the health and safety of our pupils, staff and wider school community is at the forefront of our planning and actions.
Advice from the government changed on Monday 16th March 2020 and people are now being advised to stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature/fever or a new and persistent cough.
We ask that parents/carers adhere to this advice and do not send children into school if anyone in the household displays these symptoms. We are monitoring children throughout the day if they display any of these symptoms, we will contact you to ask you to collect your child from school.
The current government advice to schools is to remain open and at present, we are able to adhere to this guidance. We are continuing to promote good hygiene in school, encouraging hand-washing and have maintained supplies of hand sanitiser throughout all the school buildings. In addition, we are now actively reducing contact activities during the school day until the end of term. This includes cancelling assemblies, sports fixtures, trips and visits from external groups or organisations.
We have reviewed the school calendar and in order to reduce social interaction we have made the decision to cancel all school events, including Parents’ Evenings. Please see the table below, which outlines the events that are now cancelled (at this stage we have reviewed events up to and including the week commencing 20th April 2020). We will continue to offer after-school provision e.g. Homework Club/Tea Time Club for those who rely on it.
Please be reassured that the school is committed to providing continuity of education to its students and we have robust plans in place for remote learning in the event of an extended school closure. Please see our Remote Learning Policy which outlines, in section 3, how the school will provide teaching and learning during a closure.
At this stage, there is no information about how the GCSE and A-Level examinations will be affected.
I would like to thank our whole school community for displaying positivity, kindness and courage during these uncertain times. We continue to keep abreast of guidance and are meeting daily to review the developing situation and will keep parents updated regularly with information.
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