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A Word from Miss Cook, Head Teacher

22 January 2021

The update by the First Minister sees us continuing with remote learning until Friday 5 February. Nicola Sturgeon has said that this will be reviewed by the Scottish Government on Tuesday 2 February. This is a position that none of us want to be in but appreciate that everyone’s health and safety comes first and foremost and we hope that the news in the near future gives us hope for a return to face:face teaching soon.

Engagement in remote learning seems to be high still and this is not only down to the young people’s motivation to keep their learning going but also due to the work of our staff team in providing a mix of learning through prepared tasks, live lessons, pre-recorded lessons and Google Meets. It is also down to the fantastic support from you as parents/carers in supporting your young people with routines at home and encouraging them to link with their teachers and progress their learning.  Thank you!  I have just sent out a link to all pupils, parents/carers and teaching staff for views on remote learning over the last two weeks and I would really appreciate your feedback on this.  We can use this feedback to know what we are doing well and what aspects we need to improve.

I met with Mr Miller and a group of nineteen young people earlier this week and majority of them were very positive about their experiences so far, the mixture of learning tasks (including Google Meets, live and recorded lessons) and also the feedback they have had from their teachers. 

This week we held assemblies for our S4-S6 pupils and spoke with them about expectations of engagement, flexibility of approach and their mental health and wellbeing. We also said that at present we don’t have any further information from SQA but as soon as we do we will hold another assembly to update them on this, as well as writing home to parents and carers. We highlighted to them that for S4-S6:

  • In the current period of remote learning, formative assessment continues to be used for the purposes of informing teacher judgement of pupil progress through course content and to identify additional support required by pupils in their learning.
  • That our current focus is to provide quality teaching and learning in relation to course content.
  • Assessment through remote learning will not be for the purposes of SQA verification of grades at the moment.

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