COVID-19 Update - Friday 27 March 2020
Friday 27 March 2020 – School Closure update
THE SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED
Our first week of school closure is nearly done and although it may feel strange we all know that by closing the school and following the government’s guidelines of staying at home unless it’s absolutely necessary, we can remain safe and get through this terrible pandemic together. By staying at home, working together as a community, we will defeat this virus and hopefully do so quickly.
The school continues to provide a childcare service to those parents and carers who are key workers and those students who are most vulnerable students. That said, our message remains clear, those children who are able to remain at home, must stay at home.
Please feel free to contact school in order to request advice from the safeguarding lead on-call during the school’s operational hours if any parents, carers or children are in need of additional support, including foodbank vouchers. Our telephone number is (01782) 783281.
Free School Meal Vouchers
We are working hard to provide families of those children eligible for free school meals, supermarket food vouchers – however, there is understandably a national backlog, currently. Today, we are contacting all families to ascertain up to date email addresses in order for us to send out e-vouchers – please bear with us during this process. If you have any concerns at all in relation to free school meals then please email us on: email@example.com.
Continuing to study
It is important that pupils continue to have a school work routine and not see this unexpected break in their education as an extended holiday. Here are a few tips to help guide pupils into effective home study habits:
- Try and stick to the same daily routine for doing school work - for example always in the morning.
- Put your school uniform on during your work time. Sounds strange but it will help to click the brain into a mindset of ‘I’m at school and need to focus on my work'. We know that there can be lots of distractions at home and spending all day in pyjamas will quickly turn you into a ‘couch potato’.
- If you are communicating with your peers to support you in completing work set remember to apply 'classroom language' expectations - write and speak as you would do in a classroom situation.
- If you need to email your teachers for help and guidance do so only using your school email address. Email your teachers in a formal manner. Your teachers continue to be available to support you in any way they can.
Accessing student work online
All students should be using their Office365 account and have received an email with a link to their own work folder from which to access all subjects. If your child is struggling to access their Office 365 account or specific subject material there are two avenues of support:
- Help in accessing the Office365 account is available here: https://thekings.staffs.sch.uk/online-learning/.
- For technical issues, parents and carers are asked to email their request to our IT team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take time to click on the following links to have a look at guidance documents for working safely online at home:
GCSE Results 2020: Update
The government have issued preliminary guidance on how this year’s GCSE grades will be awarded and we wanted to share this with you as soon as possible. Clearly there is still a huge amount of detail to be ironed out and there remains more questions than answers. However, the key points are pretty much as we expected and once again we must emphasise it means that students be awarded the grades and qualifications they deserve and they be able to move onto the next stage of their lives. The headline points from the Department for Education document are:
- GCSE and A level students will be awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in.
- The exam boards will be asking teachers to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if the exams had gone ahead.
- To produce this teachers will take in a range of evidence and guidance on this will be provided to schools at a later date.
- The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant statistical data to produce a calculated grade for each student. Again, more information on this 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.
- The distribution of grades will follow a similar pattern to previous years, meaning that this year’s students do not face a systemic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances.
- If students do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis.
- If they do not feel the calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest opportunity, once schools are open again.
We will of course keep you up dated when we have any further information.
Year 11 PETXi Opportunity
Just before we closed year 11 students, who were still in school, did a piece of preparatory work with PETXI - an external provider. If you were one of those year 11s there is an opportunity to engage in some remote learning to gain level 2 qualifications related to employability. Brief details of those courses are listed below. At this stage, if you are interested, then email email@example.com heading your email subject PETXI.
- The qualification provides learners with the knowledge and understanding in customer service for learners who deal, or intend to deal, with customers on a daily basis as part of their job role.
- The qualification is applicable to a variety of work environments and covers topics such as delivery of effective customer service and supporting the customer service environment.
Qualification overview and objective
- The objective of this qualification is to prepare learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding.
- It is aimed at those working or preparing to work in adult social care and aims to introduce knowledge only around areas relating to adult social care, including:
- equality, diversity and inclusion;
- personal development;
- role of the social care worker;
- handling information;
- health and safety;
- duty of care; and
- person centred approaches.
In an effort to keep a sense of a learning community we would like to throw out a number of challenges over the period of time the school is closed. We invite all students, parents and carers to take part. For this first week we have three of them.
Around school we have displayed the mostly commonly misspelt words from different subject areas. The following anagrams are from four of the Science words. Can you discover what the words are?
reciptal sistom apleebrame sunclue
Around the school, above doorways, we have had on display the 21 key times table facts that are essential in underpinning good mental arithmetic skills (click on this link to access these). Now is the perfect time to master these facts – with both speed and accuracy.
This challenge is called ‘setting the clock’ – you’ll need to check out the Facebook post from the Head of School to see what you have to do….
Moving exactly 4 matchsticks can you set the clock so that it reads 18 minutes past 6?
We hope as many students, parents and carers as possible take up these challenges. We would love to hear and see you success stories. We’ve set up a dedicated email address so you can do just that - firstname.lastname@example.org. We will share some of your replies at our next Friday update.
Please continue to follow government advice on staying at home in order to protect the NHS and other frontline services.
“Be still. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14