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COVID19 - Trust Updates

 Please note that the Trust is receiving daily updates from the Department for Education (DfE) about the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This information will be shared with all students, parents/carers and staff as we receive it.
 

 

30 March 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week One of School Closure
6 April 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Two of School Closure
11 April 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Three of School Closure
20 April 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Four of School Closure
27 April 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Five of School Closure
4 May 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Six of School Closure
11 May 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Seven of School Closure
18 May 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Eight of School Closure
25 May 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Nine of School Closure
1 June 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Ten of School Closure
8 June 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Eleven of School Closure
15 June 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Twelve of School Closure
22 June 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Thirteen of School Closure
29 June 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Fourteen of School Closure
6 July 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Fifteen of School Closure
13 July 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Sixteen of School Closure
20 July 2020: Please Click Here to Read our Trust Update from Week Seventeen of School Closure


ARRANGEMENTS FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS

From Monday 20th April 2020 the Trust will be moving to the Government FSM e-voucher scheme. The e-vouchers can be redeemed for food in many of the local supermarket stores. Every pupil eligible will be automatically registered for the service. You do not need to contact the Academy in order to activate this service.

E-voucher codes will be distributed by the Trust to the eligible families using their registered e-mail address. These will be e-mailed to eligible families every Monday. If the school does not have a current e-mail address for a family, the appropriate gift cards will be posted on Monday (allow 3 days for delivery). Please contact your local school immediately if your email address requires updating.

The E-vouchers can be redeemed against several supermarkets including: Asda / Tesco/ Sainsbury’s / Morrisons

Parents and carers simply need to present their e-voucher on a smartphone/tablet upon payment, or print out the e-voucher and present this at the till in-store. Some e-vouchers can be redeemed online.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH EXAM RESULTS THIS SUMMER?

Since the Secretary of State announced that the 2020 exam series in England would be cancelled to help fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Ofqual has developed a process which will fairly recognise students’ work and make sure that they get their grades in time to progress. Ofqual has today set out how GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded this summer and published further guidance for education staff, students, parents and carers.

For this summer’s awards, schools and colleges are being asked to provide centre assessment grades for their students. These should be objective and carefully considered judgements of the grades schools and colleges believe their students would have been most likely to achieve if they had sat their exams and should take into account the full range of available evidence.

Guidance from Ofqual on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020 can be found here:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcses-as-and-a-level-awarding-summer-2020 

Ofqual has published a message to students to reassure them that they, and exam boards, will do everything they can to make sure that, as far as possible, grades are fair and that students are not disadvantaged because of this unprecedented situation.

A message for all GCSE, AS and A level students this summer

3 April 2020

I understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for you, since the announcement that exams have been cancelled this summer, and that you are urgently waiting for news. I wanted to let you know what we are doing to provide you with grades. Our over-riding aim in this is to be fair to students this summer and to make sure you are not disadvantaged in your progress to sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, training or work because of these unprecedented conditions.

How will grades be calculated?

Your school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your subjects, based on what they know about your work and achievements:

  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
  • within each subject, the order of students at your school or college, by performance, for each grade. This information will be used to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges.

Your school or college will consider a range of things like your classwork and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

This information will allow us, with exam boards, to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your school or college sends to the exam board.

Do I need to complete any new work for my school/college to submit a grade?

Your school or college is not required to set additional mock exams or homework for your centre assessment grade, and you won’t be disadvantaged if you were not set, or were unable to complete, any work given out after schools were closed.

Can I see the grades my school/college submits for me?

No, this information will be confidential. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your school or college, to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of students; they will not be allowed to share this with you.

When will I get my results?

We’re working hard to get results out as soon as is possible – results won’t be delayed after the dates they were expected in August, and ideally they will be issued a little earlier, so you can have the certainty you need.

Can I take my exams another time?

We are working with exam boards to offer additional exams in the autumn term as soon as it is possible to do so. We’ll let you know about these in the coming weeks.

Please be reassured that the grades you get this summer will look exactly the same as in previous years, and they will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers, to help you move forward in your lives as planned.

Sally Collier

Chief Regulator, Ofqual

HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF INFECTION

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including Coronavirus:

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water. 

  • Washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
     - Watch this short NHS film for guidance
     - Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing 
     
  • Pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
     - before leaving home
    - on arrival at school
    - after using the toilet
    - after breaks and sporting activities
    - before food preparation
    - before eating any food, including snacks
    - before leaving school
     
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • People who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

STUDENT WELLBEING - SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES

Maltby Learning Trust understands this is an unsettling time for all members of our community but that parents/carers may be additionally worried about their child's mental health and emotional wellbeing.

If you are very concerned about your child's mental health and emotional wellbeing we would always advocate that you consult with your child's GP and that you access A&E services if you feel emergency help is needed. However, Maltby Learning Trust is continuing to provide mental health and emotional wellbeing support during this time. 

Rotherham MAST will be offering mental health and emotional wellbeing telephone support during the coming weeks while schools are closed to the majority of students. As ethically trained Counsellors, the Rotherham MAST Mental Health Specialists have been mindful of guidelines issued by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in respect of knowledge of psychological and operational processes relevant to telephone interventions. 

To receive an initial telephone call to discuss your concerns further, please email your child's academy stating MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING SUPPORT in the subject line.

Please see the full document here. 

Please visit www.maltbylearningtrust.com/mast for more information about our MAST service. 

KEEPING IN TOUCH

It is important to remember that we are all part of the same community and that we find any way we can to stay connected to each other.

We will aim to send out regular communications responding to frequent questions we have received, informing you of any  developments that we are made aware of and sharing important updates with you. However; the best way you can stay up to date and in touch with us is by following our Twitter Account @maltbylearning. On Twitter we post regular updates and share  important information as it is received. 

We would like for Twitter to become a forum through which you can share updates with us about how your children are spending their time during the school closure period, celebrating any amazing work they  complete, or posting hints, tips and tricks they may have for getting through the coming weeks at home.
 
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU TAG US IN ANY POSTS (@MALTBYLEARNING) OR USE #MLTCOMMUNITY IN YOUR POST.