Parents and Carers….we find ourselves in strange and unfamiliar times. The last several months have been extremely challenging as our world has been turned upside down.
In school we are working hard to adjust and adapt to the ever changing circumstances we encounter and we will be striving to ensure that our pupils, as usual, receive the best quality education possible.
As we near the start of our new school year many of us may have experienced and may still be having feelings of isolation, anxiety, and uneasiness about the future.
This guide provides you will some key advice in dealing with the challenges we face. Find a copy available at the following link
What just happened? A guide to coping with Covid.
This is the latest Family support Newsletter – It has some great advice to help you at the moment. If you are in Year 12 and Sixth Form there is information about free courses that are being offered by Prince’s Trust – They are really worth a look.
Pupils and Parents
Find attached a list of resources which are really useful for your emotional well being. This resource, produced by Action for Children could be really useful during this difficult time.
Action for Children – Recommended Apps for Emotional Well-being
All schools have now been informed of the process by which CCEA will award GCSE and A Level grades this summer. Below is a summary of the key points from the documentation received, along with links to detailed guidance for your information.
The Senior Leadership Team, the exams and assessment team, the pastoral staff, Heads of Department and subject teachers will now embark on the process of working through this guidance, and the guidance from OFQUAL, in order to produce the centre assessment grades and rank orders required by the exam boards. The school has the information required to complete this process. Please note that we cannot share the centre assessment grade or the rank order with parents, pupils or anyone outside of the centre other than the relevant exam board.
We appreciate that this is a very challenging time for exam candidates and for their parents. Please be assured that our aim is to secure an outcome that is a fair and accurate reflection of the academic ability of all of our pupils.
I hope that you and your family are all keeping well.
A summary of the key points:
- Schools will submit a centre assessment grade for each student. This will be a holistic professional judgement, based on existing records and available evidence, to produce a grade that each student is most likely to have achieved if they had sat their exams and internally assessed components.
- Schools will also be asked to rank pupils within each grade in each subject.
- The school cannot share the centre assessment grade or the rank order with pupils, parents or any other individual outside of the centre.
- CCEA will determine the final grade to be awarded.
- AS grades will be awarded in the summer but will not count towards the final A-Level grade. Final examinations taken in May and June 2021 will determine a pupil’s overall A-Level result.
- Pupils currently in L6 can also choose to sit AS examinations in summer 2021 alongside their A-Level examinations, either to improve their AS grade or to count towards their A level grade.
- For pupils in Year 11 currently taking GCSE modules, no grades will be awarded, however, they may be able sit exams in those modules in the autumn of 2020 or spring of 2021.
- Results will be issued in August as usual (13th August AS and A Level, 20th August GCSE).
- A robust appeals process will be put in place.
- Students who feel that their grades from this summer do not reflect their ability will be able to sit examinations at the next available opportunity. If they choose to do this, the higher grade will stand.
Please follow these links to the CCEA website which offers more detailed information:
- Message to Students and Families:
We are certainly living in a different time, a strange unfamiliar time.
Coronavirus is affecting all of our lives, and lots of changes are going to have to be made to help us cope. We know we’re all in this together.
During this time we have an activity here you might find interesting as a way of recording this historic time we are living through. Click the link
2020 Covid-19 time capsule sheets
The Education Authority have put together a resource to support our pupils during our period of independent learning.
It allows our pupils to set targets for themselves during their time at home.
My Strengths Toolkit v2
Our school counsellors are still there for you! Not being in school has been a big change for everyone. Our school counselling services is still operating. If you need someone to speak to please get in touch with them. For pupils who have been seeing our counsellors, someone will be in touch with you shortly.
Please read the information sheets. Remember, it’s good to talk!
parents information sheet
Family Works Letter to Parents
Parents – We have developed a timetable for our pupils in the Learning Support Centre for the coming weeks and months. Just something to help support our pupils with some routine.
You can view or download the timetable here: Learning Support Centre Timetable
If you feel you need to talk to someone for advice or guidance on any issue please remember there are a number of phonelines you can contact for support.
Telephone and Web Support for Young People
Please see linked letter below in light of Minister Weir’s latest advice on school’s approach to the Coronavirus issue.
Principal Letter 20_03_2020