Update | Closure and Exams

Posted on: 8th January 2021

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Further to the announcement this week, you will know that the Academy is closed from 5th January 2021 until Monday 22nd February 2021.

Our provision for vulnerable students and the children of critical workers will remain. These students will be split into year group classes and will participate in the remote lessons using a provided device. Students are asked to bring headphones in if they have any so they can participate in lessons privately. Students are expected to wear uniform unless otherwise advised.

We are awaiting guidance for families who receive free school meals and we will be writing directly to these families as soon as possible.

Exam information

There was a statement from the Secretary of State for Education on Wednesday where Gavin Williamson confirmed that A level and GCSE exams this summer are cancelled, we are writing to reassure you that our teams have been planning for these eventualities.

We have taken the decision to cancel BTEC examinations. Given the expectations placed upon students to travel on public transport, we felt that this was the best, and safest, option. We expect BTEC exams to follow a similar assessment to GCSE and A level exams.

An evidence based system for replacement grades which could include tests, homework, mock exams and teachers’ observations will likely be used to award grades this summer. It is therefore very important that students continue with their studies and work hard and work at pace. For many, curriculum study isn’t finished and will continue for the remainder of the academic year, as planned, with planned assessments to take place.

Attendance is still expected to be 100% which means attending live lessons for now and then face-to-face when we return to school. It is likely that failure to attend lessons or a drop off in effort or quality of work will have a negative impact on grades. Conversely, attending lessons, doing well in tests, completing work and making an effort will have a positive impact.

We are still receiving guidance and more detailed information will be sent out in due course. We wanted to reassure you that we are doing all we can to make sure that students are not disadvantaged in any way and that we’ll work with them to ensure they are able to succeed in their GCSEs and A levels.

We are going to encourage all students, including those at home and those on site, to follow our Live Learning timetable which can be found on the academy website. All students will move to our remote learning system which they have used before. All remote lessons will take place via Microsoft Teams, students will get an invite from their teacher to their Academy email address. We plan to have three live lessons running each day at 0900, 1100 and 1400 hours. These plans are already in place and this system is now being used. Our live learning guidance can be found here: http://bit.ly/3nlCigj

Help with remote learning

We are aware of some issues with data and devices at home. Our IT team is working flat out, including throughout the evenings, to meet the demand. We ask that you are patient and if you have enquired about a device, we will get to you.

If students have issues accessing the remote learning please contact us on [email protected] with the title ‘remote learning’ for support. This also includes queries regarding the increased data scheme.

I’m sure that you will appreciate that we do not have advance warning of these announcements and therefore there are always things to plan and change. We will write shortly with further detail.

Please stay at home and continue to follow guidance. Take care of yourselves and each other. These are difficult times but together we can get through this. We are here for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any concerns or questions by calling the Academy, emailing [email protected] or Messaging us.

Thank you.

Craig Cooling
Principal
Ormiston NEWA Academy

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