Important announcement for Christ the King Sixth Forms
Ofqual latest 14 January
The awarding body Ofqual are currently undertaking a consultation to ascertain what information teachers will use to award grades. We will write to all students and parents/carers to let them know the outcome of the consultation as soon as it is know. In the meanwhile, students should continue to complete all classwork, homework and assessments to the best of their ability.
BTEC Latest Exams update 6 January
Given the announcement tonight that no student will be penalised based on the decision to sit the exam in January or not and the confirmation that GCSE and A Level outcomes will be based on teacher related grades this summer, we have made the decision to cancel the remaining BTEC external examinations in the January series.
Whilst I apologise that our position has taken a while to develop, I am sure that you appreciate that clear guidance to schools and colleges has not been forthcoming. We have been keen to make sure that no students will be penalised by being unable to sit these exams, and we have now heard directly from Pearson, the exam board, that this is the case. At present we are awaiting further guidance as to how the grades for these exams will be determined, and whether BTEC exams will be sat in the summer but we keep you informed as this information becomes available.
I hope this alleviates the anxiety that many families have had to endure over the last 24 hours. As a sixth form, we have tried to balance the safety of students and staff against the directive that these are public examinations and so should continue. We are also very mindful of all the hard work students and staff have put in to prepare for these assessments, and that this news will come as a disappointment to many. Please be assured that the sixth form will continue to support your learning and progression throughout this period and our focus will quickly move to internally assessed units.
Covid-19 Update: Monday 5 January
Following the Government announcement at 8pm on Monday 4 January that schools and colleges should close for face to face learning, Christ the King Sixth Forms will be moving to remote learning until February half term.
During this period of national lockdown, Christ the King Sixth Forms will remain open to students who:
- Are the child of a critical worker
- Have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)
- Have a social worker or those that are looked after
- Those that do not have access to a computer or internet at home
If you wish to contact us regarding studying onsite, this, please contact your son or daughter’s Assistant Principal for Wellbeing.
We await further detail regarding the A Level examinations this summer. I am aware of the shock and disappointment this news will bring to our upper sixth A Level students but please remember that their hard work will still be recognised in their final grade and in this new situation it is imperative that they continue to attend all their lessons remotely and undertake all the work given by their teacher including submitting all assessments. The upcoming FSAs will continue as planned at home and it is essential that students demonstrate their understanding and progress to date. The FSAs are an important milestone within the year, and this remains the case.
For more information, please see Ofqual message here A message from Simon Lebus, Chief Regulator, on exams in 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Free School meals
During these difficult times we will continue to pay Frees School Money directly to students bank accounts. This will be paid every two weeks at rate of £2.41 / day. The first payment will cover this week and will be in bank accounts shortly. The next payment will cover two weeks and will be paid early next week. If your son/daughter is onsite please encourage them to bring a packed lunch.
Home Learning and attendance
All students have been set up on home learning via MS Teams and have been shown how to access this. It is vital that all students continue to engage with their learning online at this time. Students should continue to follow their normal taught lessons, which will all take place remotely via MS Teams.
If your son or daughter is experiencing any problems regarding IT they should contact email@example.com and they will help resolve any issues that they may have. If they are having difficulty in accessing the resources from teachers they should email the Assistant Principal for Wellbeing .