ISetting Work Remote Learning – Parent Instructions
(Updated – 25th March 2020)
Now that we a couple of days into our new way of working, I thought I would revisit this document and share some thoughts about where we are at. First of all, please let me share the following selection of comments from other parents with you:
‘We really appreciate the regular updates you've been sending through and, as a result, the switch to online work seems to have been remarkably smooth. Four of us are currently working at home in the XXX household, and I could hear a pin drop! Thanks for your hard work, it's very much appreciated.’
‘Absolutely brilliant JTHS. My son in Year 10 is taking it all in his stride. Has plenty to keep him busy and been really productive. Can’t thank the staff enough for all they are doing. My only concern is that the printer is going to run out of ink!!’
‘We have had a full time table which reflects school day, even down to "Tuesdays are the most boring day of the school week
It is vitally important that parents and students and able to access Go4Schools during periods of self-isolation and potentially school closure. If the school is required to close, we will be using this portal to set class work.
The link below will take you to a help guide to support you as a first time user or if you have forgotten your password. Please remember that parents must use the email address that we have stored for you in our system and students must use their school email address.
This resource will also explain how to access all work set during school closure
If you have any questions regarding the use of Go4Schools, in the first instance, please check out the extensive online help section in the main menu. If you still need assistance, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The school will attempt to answer your go4schools problems or queries in a timely fashion
The following document has been created by our IT support team in order to support with any issues you may experience with these resources during the time the school is closed (Updated : Version 1.2):
The links below will take you to a home-learning pack for each year group. These have been created to provide some suitable activities for a selection of subjects during a short period of self-isolation at home. Please notice that there are two for year 11; one general document and one specifically for History.
If the school is required to close at any point, different arrangements will be made and communicated to parents and students.
The following document gives details of a selection of websites which are recommended by our subjects. If they are in the 'All subjects' section then they are relevant to all subjects and/or have been recommended by a range of different subjects.
In the event that school closes, if you have any new safeguarding concerns regarding your child, you should report these directly to the relevant Local Authority safeguarding team. The following information and contact details taken directly from the safeguarding section of our website:
If you have a concern that any student is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive information (intentionally or unintentionally) please contact the police on 101 or children’s services for Staffordshire on 0800 1313 126 or Derbyshire on 01629 532564 or Derby City on 01332 641172.
The website safeguarding can be accessed here:
Dear Parents/Carers and Students,
You will be aware that the government have decided to cancel Year 11 and 13 exams this year. They have produced some guidance on this which can be accessed on the link below. This was shared with you last week.
Some students and parents have contacted the school with concerns about their child’s grades. Whilst we fully understand and share your concerns, we have received no further guidance. Please be assured that as soon as we receive any new information regarding this process, we will pass it on. Until then, please refrain from contacting staff to ask about your child's GCSE results, A Level results, Sixth Form place or University application.
In order to address some of the queries raised, the paragraphs below are from the government guidance. (Please follow the link above in order to access the full version). Schools have not been given anything further at this time.
Will all students receive their predicted grade?
No, we know that simply using predicted grades would not be fair to all students. The calculated grade will take into account teachers’ assessment of the likely grade as well as other factors such as prior attainment, so students’ final grades will not necessarily reflect their predicted grades.
It also explains how mock exam results may be included:
Mock exam results will be one of the pieces of evidence that will be taken into account in this process, alongside other factors. Ofqual will ensure schools are provided with clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly.
It also mentions past performance of the school:
Ofqual will consider carefully how to ensure the process is as fair as possible, which is likely to include considering measures that reflect how much progress a student would have been likely to have made at the school they are attending.
As a school, we will be determined to reflect the message below that is also included in this guidance:
We (the government) will work closely with Ofqual and awarding organisations to ensure candidates are awarded a fair grade that recognises the work they have put in. If a student does not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.
One of the reasons that we have asked students to carry on completing work is to ensure they are fully prepared if they do choose to take an exam. It also consolidates the knowledge they have been taught which may be useful in their future, especially for those subjects they wish to study.
Please be assured that we will attempt to do our best to support the best interests of all of our students. This a truly unprecedented and challenging time for them. As soon as we are able to share any further details, we will do so in a timely manner.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation,
Mr J Blanchenot
Deputy Head of School