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Continuity of learning in the event of school closure

14 March

Continuity of learning in the event of school closure

13/03/20

While there is no plan to close the school, we do have plans in place to continue learning using online tools.  Most classes make use of these during the normal course of the year and should be familiar with them.  

Your child has been asked to ensure they know

  • Their Glow password (any teacher can supply this or change it ) 
  • How to store work on their One Drive (we will issue instructions) 
  • How to access and use TEAMS on Office 365 ( accessed via Glow ) 
  • How to use Show my Homework 

In the event of a closure, staff will be on- line and will direct pupils to the work on TEAMS. This has the facility to support a dialogue so that questions can be answered, work can be marked and returned.  

If your child does not have access to a device or the internet at home, please contact the Pupil Support Team or email the school office  and we will make paper copies available or make other arrangements. 

SQA year groups 

If you child is in S4-6, preparations for the SQA will go ahead as scheduled as per the communication from SQA on 12/3/20 (also attached) If this changes, we will be in communication with yourselves and your children.

I have asked staff to compile a range of evidence in the way we usually would to support any child who is ill on the day of the exam. 

I have urged the pupils to focus on preparation for the SQA diet starting on the 27 April and not to speculate around possible changes. 

Statement from SQA 

SQA Statement on the Coronavirus and impact on the National Qualifications 2020 Examinations Timetable - Thursday 12 March 2020

We know that learners, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of the Coronavirus on the National Qualifications 2020 Examinations Timetable. The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is continuing to monitor the situation, in close contact with the Scottish Government and other regulators and awarding bodies across the UK.   

At present there is no change to the published National Qualifications examination timetable. Our advice therefore is to continue to prepare as normal. All current deadlines for coursework and other assessments remain in place and the exam timetable is currently scheduled to run from 27 April until 4 June 2020.

Schools and colleges should be gathering any alternative evidence on candidate performance as they would do in the normal way, and as per our guidance every year, to support any consideration of exceptional circumstances. This evidence should inform estimated grades, again as it should every year.

We fully recognise that this is an evolving situation and, as you would expect, we are working through a range of scenarios. Our overriding priority, drawing on the latest guidance, is to deliver a safe and secure examination timetable with minimal disruption, which is fair to learners.

Markers and invigilators play a critical role in the delivery of our qualifications. We are reviewing our marking and invigilation processes and will issue further communication to schools and colleges shortly.    

We are also strongly encouraging all candidates to sign up to MySQA, SQA's online and text service, as a direct way to receive their results.

We will continue to review the latest evidence and will communicate further updates as necessary.

Link to SQA statement 

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