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Year 10 Options Letter - Friday 22nd May 2020

Studybugs

We’re pleased to announce that EGA is introducing a new, more efficient and secure system for reporting your child’s absence due to illness, called Studybugs. If you haven’t already, please get the free Studybugs app, or register on the Studybugs website, and use it to tell us whenever your child’s ill and unable to attend school. Get the app or register now (https://studybugs.com/about/parents)

 

Coronavirus Advice and Support

If you have any concerns regarding your child's health you can ring the Coronavirus Helpline: 0800 046 8687.

For information on Coronavirus: 

Click here for NHS Guidance

Reassuring students about the Coronavirus

For our EAL Parents/ Carers / Students

The Bell Foundation has created a short, easy to understand guide for parents of students who use English as an Additional Language. It is available in 12 languages & is free to download: click here.

Click here for a selection of coronavirus advice published in different languages

Click here for coronavirus explained in Somali

Click here for a list of resources for EAL Learners and their families during school closures

Update Regarding GCSEs

24 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,


I want to update you and provide as much clarity as possible regarding the current situation on public examinations. The government have announced that there will be no GCSE examinations taken in the summer and published guidance about this here. Students who were entered for GCSE exams including those students in years 9 and 10 will still be awarded a qualification. Exam boards will be asking teachers to submit the grade that they believe students would have achieved had the exam gone ahead. To help us do this we will consult both assessment and non-assessment indicators as identified by the Government.

Assessment indicators could include performance in mock examinations as well as in-class assessments. It is important to reassure those students whose performance in mock examinations were not as high as they and we would have liked. The most recent mock exams were taken in December allowing plenty of time for students to make substantial amounts of progress. We are aware of this and will take this into account, so students do not need to panic. 

The Government place an emphasis on non-assessment criteria which includes work students have produced outside of exams and any ongoing work set by teachers. Therefore, it is crucial students continue to check Google Classroom and Show My Homework for tasks set and submit these by the given deadline. Teachers will continue to assess the progress being made by students. 

It is important to stress that students will be assigned a grade using a fair and transparent process. Once more information on this process is released families will be updated. Students do not need to contact teachers requesting a certain grade. At present, teachers are focused on delivering the best possible education during the school closure and are not considering the grades to award individual students. 

For clarity, teachers will use the following indicators to assign students grades:

· Assessment results (including mocks and in class assessments)

· Homework (including any homework submitted in the coming weeks)

· Coursework already completed (if students have not completed coursework they will not be penalised)

· Effort put into studying 

· Engagement with home learning resources

Exam boards will use teacher judgements together with other data to award grades by the end of July. The qualifications and grades students receive will be 'indistinguishable' from those in previous years. Where a student is not happy with their grade they will be able to appeal. There will also be an opportunity to sit exams at the start of the next academic year and any improvement in grade will replace the previous one. 

Finally, thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging and uncertain time. Do not hesitate to contact the school if we can assist in any way.


Yours sincerely,   

 

Jo Dibb

Executive Headteacher

 

 

Support Services and Parent Pay

Support Services

We know that there may be times when there is a need for you to access help and support when school is closed. 

Below are some key contact numbers and websites that can be accessed outside of school in the event that you need information, advice or guidance.

Please click here

Parent Pay 

To ensure that parents receive refunds of outstanding balances quickly and to reduce the unnecessary burden on schools, ParentPay is taking the actions detailed in the link below.

Parent Guide

Fraud and Scams Advice

Islington Support

Islington are stepping up their support of families at this difficult time. If you or someone you know needs help with getting food, medicine or practical support as a result of coronavirus, please ring the We Are Islington helpline on 020 7527 8222 or email weareislington@islington.gov.uk
 
More information on this scheme if available on the Islington website (see here).

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