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We are back in the North Site building from Monday 11th May for our critical worker provision.

Welcome to Helston

 

Dear Parent, Carer and Student

During this difficult and uncertain period I will use this homepage to pass on some key messages. I will also use the news items for more detailed information. Please check the website regularly for updates.

Half Term
We won't be expecting students to sign in or complete work over half term but I have placed a link on the Google classrooms for Year's 7 to 10 to Oak National Academy. They are providing an activities week for students and families #OakActivityClub at https://www.thenational.academy/oak-activity-club. The full programme will be released this weekend.

Latest information released by the Department for Education (21st May)

Help secondary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance and information about the phased opening of schools to wider groups of students are linked below:

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Overview of scientific advice and information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are awaiting further information from the government on the way forward for secondary schools, particularly in relation to their aim for Year 10 and Year 12 to return to College prior to the summer holiday.

 

Update: Sunday 10th May

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation, we would like to clarify that:

  • Helston Community College will continue to provide online learning for the vast majority of students. (Hard copies of work are available on request)

  • Our on-site provision is open to children of critical workers and identified vulnerable children. Here is the link to the critical worker document > link.

  • Places at our on-site provision should be pre-booked. We will text you a link to an online form for this purpose. 

  • If you are a critical worker that hasn’t used this service but now require a place for your child/children, then please contact the College on 01326 572685 and we will arrange for you to receive the booking text.


A document with additional guidance and expectations for online learning has been produced and was be emailed to parents on Monday 4th May. A copy is included as a news item.


There were several key announcements by the DfE on19/04. The links for parents are below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/supporting-your-childrens-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-major-package-to-support-online-learning

The Oak National Academy looks like it may be an excellent platform for home learning - https://www.thenational.academy. The BBC is also broadcasting lessons for KS3 via the Red Button on TV and on iPlayer.


Digital devices for disadvantaged and vulnerable students

Local authorities, trusts and other relevant organisations overseeing schools will be given guidance on how to place online orders for devices for eligible pupils from Friday 24 April. Schools, parents and pupils will not be able to order the devices themselves.

Digital devices for care leavers and children with social workers will be given to local authorities, who will manage distribution to children and young people. Schools may be asked to help manage distribution where appropriate.

Details have now been sent to the DfE and local authority, but we are unsure at this stage how long the process will take.

We have additional information for Free School Meals in the latest news (14/04). 

The DfE has published a list today (07/04) of online educational resources to support home learning. It can be found from this link> online resources.

Public Health England has just released guidance for parents and carers on supporting children's mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak > link.

Support to help keep children safe online

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)

  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)

  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

 

Examination Grading
Information on the grading process for GCSE, AS Level and A level examinations has been released and is located as a separate news item. This was emailed out to parents. This process does not apply to other qualifications such as BTECs, Cambridge Technicals etc. For these qualifications, we have been asked to provide unit grades for internally assessed completed units. In addition to this, examination boards are asking for Centre Assessment Grades, based on the most likely grade that learners would have achieved, for internally assessed units that were due to be completed between 20 March and 31 July and an overall qualification rank order of learners. 

Latest: A level results day 13th August, GCSE results day 20th August. Dates have not changed.

Students in Years 11 and 13 do not need to submit any more work for GCSEs and A levels. 


Please take care of yourselves during this time and operate social distancing procedures. I understand that home learning will be difficult and it will be important to try to establish a routine.

There are some additional home learning resources here that may be of use > link.

If you are struggling to print resources or would like some exercise books, for example, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Best wishes

Wayne Jenkins

 

Mr Jenkins, Head Teacher

Mr Jenkins joined the College in 1997 as a science teacher, specialising in Chemistry and Physics. He joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2007, and was appointed as Head Teacher in April 2018.

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