Day 4 of Learning @ Home

Dear all,

I hope that you continue to be well as we make our way towards the end of the week.

Yesterday we opened as a Hub School for the children of Key Worker staff. This will continue today with this service being extended to students from other schools from Friday. As you would imagine, our staff have risen to this challenge and are very keen to provide all the support they can. I am hugely proud of the work that they are doing.

Tuesday also saw us facing a new communication from SQA regarding coursework. Again, staff and students have rallied to ensure that we have the best examples of work to support our estimates for students in these very challenging circumstances.

I was really pleased to see the addition of Quick Guides in the Learning @ Home: Guidance for Parents and Carers. Hopefully you will find these useful.

We are also currently adding to our Support for Everyone Learning @ Home button on the website. We are particularly pleased to be adding more resources and support for families for whom English is not their first language.

And we continue to think about feedback and celebrating success, with various ideas in the pipeline regarding how we can share some of the amazing work our young people have been doing, with your support of course. Watch this space!

Do take care, stay connected online, and most importantly, stay safe.

Ms Kinnear

SQA COURSEWORK

Dear Parent/Carer

You may have read the statement issued yesterday by SQA in regard to coursework: ‘this year‘, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses, ‘schools are not required to submit learner coursework for marking‘.

However, we definitely want and need this work to be completed, and for the following reasons:

  • this work will be used as part of the suite of evidence for teachers to draw on as they consider estimated grades
  • all completed coursework (together with any/all evidence of assessment) can provide concrete evidence should Exceptional Circumstances procedures need to be invoked later in the year
  • we want our young folks to experience the feeling of completion, of a job well done, a kind of closure on their studies
Of course, some Nat 5 coursework has already been submitted, and this will be marked/processed by SQA.   Nat 5 coursework not yet submitted needs completed and submitted for the same reasons as outlined above for H and AH courses.

Please encourage your young person to keep in communication with their teachers about this, to ask any questions, and to keep working hard!

Thank you –

Angela Bell
Depute Headteacher

Welcome to Day 3 of Learning @ Home

Dear all,

Welcome to Day 3 of Learning @ Home. We are really grateful to those of you who have been providing feedback as it will help us to improve on what we are doing.

One theme is around submitting work and feedback. If your child is in S3-6 they will be submitting work online and liaising with their teachers in this way. However, if they are in S1 and S2 we are not quite there yet. We would ask you to be patient and ask your child to save or keep their work just now – hard copies, pen drive, One Drive or Office365. After Easter we plan to have a system that all staff and students can use to effectively submit their work digitally where appropriate.

We love to hear from you regarding our Learning @ Home so please do use the feedback survey here or follow us on twitter.

You will be please to know that I was a little more successful with Learning @ Home myself today, although I would have to report that our mornings are better than our afternoons!

Do take care, stay connected online, and most importantly, stay healthy.

Ms Kinnear