Keep up to date with information here and by reading our April Newsletter. Plus, please read this information if you are a critical worker.
If you are a critical worker or the parent/carer of a student who is a Looked After Child or currently working with a social worker, please take two minutes to read this communication.
Furthermore, just a reminder to regularly look at our website for school updates including our Friday term-time Newsletter under the What’s On tab.
The government guidelines below, for the children of critical workers, requiring school provision was updated on 14 April 2020.
How are critical workers defined?
Children with a parent or carer who is listed as a critical worker should be considered for a school place, so long as their job cannot be done from home. Many parents working in these sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
We will monitor closely the experience of schools in identifying critical workers and their capacity to respond to the needs of critical workers. Government is working with representatives of school leaders to ensure they have the clarity they need in identifying critical workers. We will publish updates to guidance should it prove necessary to provide further points of clarification over the identification of critical workers.
We can confirm that:
- researchers are included if their work is critical to the COVID-19 response
- pharmacists are included in the list of health and social care staff that are essential to the COVID-19 response
- staff who work for the embassies of other countries, and who are essential to the COVID-19 response, are included in the definition of local and national government
- parliamentarians and essential parliamentary staff are also included in this list.
We are currently looking at the need to partially open following the Easter break. We understand that your situation will be changing day to day but it would be helpful if you could email Mrs Hamnett by 7pm on Thursday 16 April, if you think you may need school provision from Monday 20 April.
Key Worker Parents, Free School Meals and students needing additional support
Information from Ofqual (updated 26 March)
We are rapidly working up plans to implement the arrangements the Secretary of State for Education has set out for exams this summer and, with exam boards and teaching bodies, are making considerable progress.
Students understandably want reassurance, and teachers urgently need to know what to do, and when. We expect to publish detailed information about the process and timetable which will apply this summer next week. This will include the steps we would like teachers to follow and more detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence they will have available when submitting their assessment grades. We are talking to teaching representatives to make sure that what we are planning is manageable and appropriate, so that students, parents, carers and teachers can have confidence in the approach.
We will outline by Easter the process we will follow to make sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as our proposals for appeals. We will also say more as soon as possible about the arrangements for additional exams in the new academic year.
We want to reassure students waiting for news that we are doing everything we can to make sure they are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances.
Managing communications regarding awarding of grades
Further to our recent communications about the cancellation of exams and the uncertainty surrounding the awarding of grades, we would like to make a couple of important requests to allow us to better manage this complex and fast-changing situation.
Firstly, we will update you as soon as we have substantive information to share. However, we will only do that when the information provides clarity and certainty, or when the update adds reassurance. What we will not do is to speculate on what might happen. That serves no purpose in this charged situation. So please do not email us to ask for thoughts or comments on something that has been read or shared online.
Secondly, there will be a time when it is right for us to seek any additional information about extenuating circumstances that we do not already have, in order to submit that to the exam board. Please wait for us to request that information. We need to control the process and don’t want to risk losing information amidst the high volume of emails and documents that we are inevitably dealing with right now. When we are ready to receive further information about extenuating circumstances, we will request it.
We know this is an unsettling and challenging time, and we want to do all we can to reassure our students and to protect their interests. We appreciate your support and understanding.
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