31st March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
As this term comes to an end I am very much looking forward to seeing all young people back in school after the Easter holiday. This has been a particularly challenging time for everyone in our community and I really hope that the full return to school is the first step of many as we recover from this ongoing pandemic.
The summer term will proceed as per the timetable that ran from August until December. On the first day back, all pupils should attend their KAT class for the first period. At this time pupils will be given updated timetables as we have had some staffing changes and we have removed Key Adult Time for the rest of the term. All pupils will be given updated health and safety guidance with a clear focus on infection control. This is for everyone’s safety and I would like to thank you for the continued support.
In the first week back, we will publish an updated calendar detailing tracking report dates, parental consultation evenings and transition events for the summer term. The timetable will change on Monday 14 June 2021, this is two weeks later than usual because of the Alternative Certification Model that we will be using to ensure our Senior Phase learners get the qualifications that they deserve.
Senior Phase Pupils and the Alternative Certification Model
Our learners SQA qualifications will be awarded based on assessment evidence collected in the summer term. Teacher judgement will play no part in the process. In organising our approach to these assessments, we have had to balance the wellbeing of our learners and the evidence requirements set out by SQA in each subject. Where possible assessments will be carried out during the normal school day. Supports for young people with additional support needs will of course, be made available and processes will be shared well in advance of assessments taking place. We hope to have individual assessment information along with any additional arrangements early in the first week back. At this point we are able to share the dates of each subject assessment and information on the weighting of each assessment (how much it contributes to the overall grade).
We have attempted to maximise teaching and learning time but also leave enough time for marking and quality assurance procedures. This may result in some young people having to complete several assessments in a relatively short space of time, if you have any concerns about the particular assessment load on your child on any given day you should in the first instance contact your child’s guidance teacher.
Assessment Dates by Subject and Level
You’ll find a link to download the Assessment Calendar here.
School College Partnership
We are awaiting confirmation of assessment information from Edinburgh College for all School College Partnership courses; this will be shared with relevant pupils and parents as soon as it becomes available.