Thank you for your ongoing efforts to support your young people with their remote learning and tutoring. We have received some lovely feedback and I have passed this on to colleagues who in many cases are themselves working in challenging circumstances with their own caring responsibilities.
Following government announcements this week, we now know that the duration of remote learning has lengthened to at least 6 weeks. The DfE have restated their expectations of remote learning and we are keen to achieve the optimum balance between meeting the DfE’s expectations of remote learning (which could change of course!) with providing remote learning and tutoring that will maximise the wellbeing of our pupils, progress and engagement whilst also being sustainable for staff.
Please see HERE the information we share with pupils and staff regarding our expectations during remote lessons.
For the next week we will broadly maintain our remote learning approach which is outlined below:
All pupils and students learn remotely from home (except children of critical workers and vulnerable children who may attend our on-site ‘Winter School’).
Where possible and appropriate, live lessons through Teams and documented on SMHW for all year groups will take place as per the normal timetable, prioritising Y11 and Y13, followed by Y10 and Y12 and then KS3
Tutor time delivered through Teams from 8:30-8:45am to continue each day next week
Please can I remind you that teachers may not deliver for the whole lesson time and pupils may be required to work independently on the tasks set or may receive recorded lessons via Show My Homework to keep our young people engaged and motivated to learn but we will aim to make regular live contact with each class.
We will be doing a pupil, parent and staff survey next week to fully evaluate our remote learning and tutoring provision. Once these surveys have been analysed we will let you know about our approach moving forward.
As you know, the summer GCSE and A level exams have been cancelled and teacher assessment will play a key part in determining the final grades awarded to students. We have communicated with our Year 11 and 13 young people and parents separately and will keep them updated as we receive more information.
The small number of external vocational exams taking place over the next couple of weeks will continue to take place and pupils and students will be strongly advised to complete these although due to the current situation, they have the option to opt out with parental agreement. Again parents and young people have been contacted separately.
Please can I remind you to let us know of any Covid concerns by emailing email@example.com.
Thank you again for all you are doing to support your young people and our wider community.