Year 10 Letter April 2020

April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to first of all thank you for your support in these difficult and unprecedented times. The students have shown themselves to be responsible and conscientious learners and the Year 10 Team couldn’t be more proud of this year group. Well done Year 10.

I would like to take this opportunity to give you an update on the Home Learning plan moving forward into the summer term.

Many of the students have already been engaging with Microsoft Teams and after Easter this will continue. Teachers will still continue to set work daily on GO4Schools to keep continuity and clarity for the students. If any students are not set up on Microsoft Teams, help sheets are available on the school website https://fernup.dorset.sch.uk/information/coronavirus/.  If there are any specific issues with the use of IT and computers please email ITsupport@fernup.dorset.sch.uk.

If you have difficulty with accessing/understanding any of the home learning or you are struggling to support your child with their learning, please do get in contact with us and we will endeavour to support you. We’re here to help and support you – so please just ask.

Academic issues can come to me: clairelock@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

SEND issues should also come to me: clairelock@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Pastoral concerns to: Jackiecheeseman@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

We do try to encourage the students to get in contact with their teachers directly using their school emails or Microsoft Teams posts for subject specific help and advice. If you do not know who to contact, please ask.

On GO4Schools students should only see their 5 lessons for that day and these should be approximately 40 minutes of work, after which the students may stop. We have decided to only show that day’s tasks, so the students do not become overwhelmed. However, the students will still be able to access any past lessons by selecting ‘show all homework’.

If a student were to become ill over this period of time, we do not expect them to keep up with the work they will have missed. However, if they would like to go back over any work set, they are most welcome to do so.

At the moment we do not know the impact of this situation on the 2021 series of GCSE’s. If you have any queries, please feel free to ask, but it is unlikely that I will know the answers at the moment. The exam boards and Ofqual are concentrating on Year 11 and Year 13 so this issue will be discussed at a later date. When we know, we will let the students and yourselves know.

At the moment, we recognise the importance of students having a routine, so over the Easter holidays, we will keep setting a small amount of work for the students, just to help to maintain this routine.  This will be light-touch and a reduced amount.  This will be set in the usual way through G4S and most likely be linked to Microsoft Teams.

Once again, a massive thank you to yourselves and to the students. We are all trying to do our best and we can’t ask any more than that. Can I say a huge thank you to the students who have given us some fantastic feedback on what has worked since school closure and what needs to be improved? This has helped us to develop the systems and hopefully make it easier and less stressful for all concerned. If you or your child has any more feedback, please do not hesitate to get in contact with myself clairelock@ferup.dorset.sch.uk and I will feed this back to our Senior Team.

Yours faithfully,

Claire Lock – Head of Year 10