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Parent Bulletin: 25.02.2021

25th February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Summer Exam Assessment

Today, Ofqual has finally confirmed that teacher assessment will form the basis of awarding grades to students at the end of Years 11 and 13. We welcome this decision which was our recommendation to the consultation earlier this year; I hope it will relieve some of the anxiety felt by our students. I’ve copied the relevant section from today’s DfE bulletin for you at the end of this message and have written separately to our Year 11 students and parents.

Remote Learning Survey Analysis  

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey just before half-term, and for the highly positive and constructive responses which you gave. Please click here for Ms Gildea’s survey analysis.

Our Jazz Band is Rocking! 

A real high point of my week has been listening to our jazz band perform a piece called Metamorphosis. This was written for them by Mr Mulholland who then compiled each individual’s recording of their part into this great performance: you can access it via your child’s school log-in:

Updated Guidance for Keeping Children Safe Online from the DfE:  They write:

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. The measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), although essential, have disrupted people’s day-to-day lives. As a result of these necessary measures, almost all of us are likely to be spending more time online, including children. This guidance contains resources for parents and carers to help keep their children safe online.

And finally  - Battle: Cambourne – DAY 18 standings from Ms Curtis 

HEADLINE NEWS: The Cambourne Exiles have taken the lead!!!

1st place: Cambourne Exiles –2106 miles

2nd place: Great Cambourne – 2103 miles

3rd place: Lower Cambourne – 1643 miles

4th place: - Upper Cambourne – 1219 miles

If you need some inspiration, do check out our PE twitter page: @CamVC_PE for lots of motivational videos and information on the benefits of physical activity and walking.

The link to log your miles can be found here: Battle: Cambourne


Have good evenings everyone, and take good care of yourselves.

Claire Coates

Department for Education: Teacher assessed grades for students

Fairness and flexibility are at the heart of the government’s plans to ensure young people get to their next stage of education or training.

The Education Secretary announced today that students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught. No algorithms will be used.

Teachers will submit grades to exam boards by Friday 18 June. This allows as much teaching time as possible before teachers make their assessments.

Results days for GCSE, A level and some vocational qualifications will take place in the week beginning 9 August – moved forward from the week beginning 23 August. These earlier dates provide additional time for appeals to be completed, so students reliant on those outcomes to achieve their university offer have the best chance of accessing a place.

To support teachers in making their judgements, exam boards will provide detailed guidance before the end of the spring term.

The Secretary of State for education has sent a letter to Ofqual’s Chief Regulator about how GCSE, AS, A level and vocational and technical qualifications should be awarded in 2021.

In January, a two-week consultation took place to seek views on how best to provide alternative arrangements to this year’s exams. A joint consultation was held at the same time on how to award vocational, technical and other general qualifications.

The consultation outcomes have been published today. The publications outline the decisions taken to support students and teachers following the consultation:

·       awarding qualifications in summer 2021

·       alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021

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