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Latest updates about urgent news items

Please check this feed urgently for the latest about school action/plans due to the Covid-19 situation.

2nd April

Critical Key workers & Easter: If you are a critical worker and wish for your child to attend the academy over the Easter holiday please could you complete the questionnaire using this link https://forms.gle/mKLDE1aXPrVWHSwBA 

There is a new emotional support service (Action for Children) for children and families living in Staffsordshire: https://www.staffordshire-ewb.actionforchildren.org.uk/staffordshireemotionalhealthandwellbeingservice/informationforchildrenyoungpeopleandfamilies

1st April

Guidance for teenagers and on looking after yourself. See below for some new guidance about Covid-19 for teenagers and a guide to looking after yourself.

A reminder of our other social media sites:

31st March

Latest YouTube video for 31/3/20 - thanks to Mr Burns, Mrs Tunstall and the Art Faculty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P7iYhrUHpI Remember to subscribe to our channel. 

30th March

Dove Closed - we will close Dove Campus for the rest of this week due to low student numbers, but Trent Campus will remain open for all students that had been coming in already.  Y7/8 students will now be based on Trent Campus too, no change for Y9-11 students. 

Latest YouTube videos are up on our official channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg5qRelWSYDu28bjH0nynRA 

Oxford University weblinks: A list of subject based resources from Oxford University Department of Education for parents and teachers - http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/recommended-resources-for-teachers-and-parents-home-schooling-during-covid-19/ 

26th March

Free School Meal scams - The Academy has been made aware of a scam that is being targeted at those in receipt of free school meals. 

Some Schools have already reported that parents and carers of children in receipt of free school meals are being targeted by fraudsters. Fraudsters are targeting families, emailing parents and carers with messages such as ‘ If your child is entitled to free school meals send your bank details to the school and they will help with funding while the school is closed’.

The email contains links for the parents to follow if they want to receive this funding– these links are fake. Neither the Department For Education nor the academy will ask you for this sort of information via text, e-mail or phone call.

25th March

Advice for students about mental health and coronavirus: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/ 

CEOP (child online exploitation protection) part of the National Crime Agency are offering free online safety packs for primary and secondary age children on their parents/carers site. Here parents can download fun and age appropriate activities they can do with their child to help keep them safe online whilst they are not at school.There will be new ones put on the site every fortnight.

Please follow this link: http://ow.ly/GxOv50yVAev

24th March

- Expectations for students and parents/carers added to website here: https://www.deferrers.com/expectations 

Updated exams advice:

Dear Parents

We understand that this is a worrying time around the grades that will be awarded for the courses your child has undertaken for the last 2 years. This is what we currently know, however, this could be subject to change at any point:

  • Teachers will be asked for a judgement about the grade that they believe each student would have received if exams had gone ahead. 

  • Exam boards will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible.

  • Teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on PPEs and non-exam assessments.

  • Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

  • The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.

  • In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years.

  • Students will be able to appeal their grades if they don’t believe the right process has been followed.

  • There will also be an option to sit exams as soon as is reasonably possible after schools open again for any students who wish to.

  • Exam boards are not awarding students their predicted grades. Exam boards will develop a fair and robust process that takes into account a broad range of evidence.

  • Exam boards will provide advice on coursework that has been started but not finished to schools as soon as possible. Therefore, students should complete all coursework.

  • Universities UK has assured us that the majority of universities will show the utmost flexibility to ensure that students who take the exam option are able to begin their course with a delayed start time.

What you should do:

  • Encourage your child to complete all coursework to the best of their ability so the non-exam assessment sent to the exam boards reflects their ability to meet the deadlines set by staff and exam boards

  • In case they may need to sit the exams when schools reopen because they are disappointed with the grade awarded, you should:

    • Encourage students to continue to complete work set by their teachers to complete the course

    • Encourage students  to continue to revise for their exams

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23rd March

- Letter from the Principal, Mrs Hardy, regarding ongoing arrangements to support key workers. View letter below.

Key Worker Information

In order to comply with the Government’s guidance with regard to shutting schools and providing places for key worker children, it is necessary for us to collect and manage data about these children and their parents/carers in a different way.

Our standard GDPR policy applies, and information found on our privacy notices relating to staff, parents and of course pupils will apply in all cases.

We will use the information that relates to key workers in order to ensure that those children who are entitled to a place at school whilst schools are officially closed are correctly processed, managed and safeguarded.

The Data Controller continues to take its obligations to data processing seriously and will ensure that appropriate safeguards and measures are in place.

20th March

- Letter from Trust CEO Ian McNeilly about key workers and Academy support after today. Click to view or see below.

- Letter from Principal Mrs Hardy about academy campus arangements next week. Click here or see below.

- Catch22 have compiled 2 fact sheets containing the telephone numbers and websites of several support services that children and parents can access over the next few weeks/months whilst isolated.

19th March - Letter from Trust CEO Ian McNeilly about school closures in light of government announcements.

Online/Home learning - Year 7 and Year 8  Support & Guidance staff are collating and sending out class codes for students to use with either Showbie (most subjects) or Google Classroom (ICT and PE) - most students should already have them. Maths will continue to set work using Hegarty Maths.

Students in Year 9 - Year 13 have their iPads and are already part of classes for different subjects and curriculum areas, so they will be set work as normal.

18th March - Dove Campus will be closed from tomorrow, Y7 and Y8 students should therefore not attend the Academy (please see letter below). Students attending Trent and Sixth Form Campuses should attend the Academy as normal at this time.

17th March - Update letter from Trust CEO Ian McNeilly. Please see below.