Headteacher's Blog

Update - 5 February 2021

February 5th 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

It is great to hear that the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine is moving ahead so successfully. This means that the possibility that children may be able to return to school from 8 March is looking more likely. We still have not heard how this will happen, whether it will be certain year groups first, or on a rota. However we need to begin to make plans to allow this to happen safely as the virus is still widespread. If the Government still intends to press on with mass testing in schools we will need help to make it possible. If you, or your family, are interested in volunteering to help us perform these tests in school we would be delighted to hear from you. At all times you would be under the close guidance of a member of our staff as this is key to our safeguarding responsibility. At present this would just be an expression of interest as we await further guidance. Please email us on enquiries@falmouthschool.net with your name and contact details, or use the Google form at this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePm9uNxKkW2Q_ODO3_JNKUaU6OF8_-tPc42NEvabdPVv2L_w/viewform?usp=pp_url

Staff are currently submitting grades and comments for reports depending on which year they are in. If your child is in an exam year the grades on these reports will not necessarily be their final grades reported as ‘Centre-Assessed grades’ in the summer. The grades now show how your child is doing up to this point. They need to keep working to maintain and improve their grades all the time through the rest of the term. Information about reports is on the school website at http://upload.reactcdn.co.uk/falmouth/uploads/asset_file/Reporting_Guidance_v2021.pdf

Due to the lockdown we will be reporting attitudes to learning grades for Engagement as well as Mindset and Behaviour. The Engagement grade is to indicate how well your child has engaged with the remote learning for that subject. Mindset assesses how determined they are in their work as before and Behaviour grade is to let you know of their behaviour in school before we went into lockdown during the subject lessons. We hope this is useful, despite the lockdown we have tried to make these reports useful for you and they will be sent home in

When students return we will not be running a review period as we did in September. Many students have really worked hard and they do not need a review period, however teachers will assess students and decide where there are any gaps in their learning and adjust their teaching over the rest of the year accordingly.

Reading remains vitally important for all of our students. All students in every year should be regular readers. Reading well will help students access every area of the curriculum at school and is a lifelong requirement, as well as offering a route to imaginative and creative experiences through literature. It is a great source of pleasure and escape.  What other activity allows you to be on a deserted island one day and at Hogwarts the next!  Please encourage your child to read every day, lockdown or not!

Last week I mentioned that we would be investigating your views about turning on students’ camera feeds to tutor drop-ins.  There are further checks we need to make but we expect to send out more information to you in the next week about how this is progressing.

Best wishes

Alex George

Interim Headteacher

 

 

Posted @ 14:23 on 5th Feb 2021 Back