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Year 11 letter from Qualifications Wales

Category : Events

Dear Learner,
A message for all Summer 2020 GCSE, AS, A level and Skills Challenge Certificate learners.
I appreciate the announcement to cancel exams this summer will have been unsettling for you as learners, and that you are urgently waiting for news. To keep you informed, I wanted to let you know what we are doing to provide you with grades that you can use to progress to sixth form, college, university, training or work.
Our aim is to treat you as fairly as possible this summer.
How will grades be calculated?
Most GCSEs, AS and A Levels that learners in Wales have been entered for will be awarded by WJEC. The Skills Challenge Certificate is only awarded by WJEC. If you are entered for a GCSE, AS or A Level offered by a different exam boards, the same principles will apply.
Your schools, colleges and other exam centres will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of your qualifications, based on what they know about your work and performance:

  • the grade they believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned
  • the order of learners, by performance, within those grades.

Your centre will consider a range of evidence like your class and homework; your results in assignments and any mock exams; any non exam assessment you might have done; and your general progress during your course.

This information will allow WJEC and other exam boards to gather and compare grades across centres. Together, we want to make sure that results are fair and that, as far as possible, learners are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their centres are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade you get could be different from the one your centre sends to WJEC or other exam boards.

What do I need to do?
Nothing.

The data  that will be provided is confidential and cannot be shared with you as learners, your parents or carers. Please don’t ask your teachers, or anyone else at your centre, to tell you the grades they will be sending to exam boards or where they have placed you in the order of learners. This is to help ensure the information submitted by schools and colleges is as fair as possible.

When will I get my results?
We’re working hard to make sure you get results as soon as possible – and no later than the published date of  20 August (GCSE). We will confirm dates as soon as we can.


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How to use our school’s Google Classroom

Category : Events

Follow these steps so your child can continue to complete learning activities, hand them in, and get feedback from teachers while they can’t come into school.

Smartphones and tablets: download the free Google Classroom app

Android devices iOS devices (iPhones, iPods, and iPads)
  Open the Play Store app

Search for ‘Google Classroom’

Tap ‘Google Classroom’

Tap ‘Install’

  Open the App Store app

Search for ‘Google Classroom’

Tap ‘Google Classroom’

Tap ‘Get’

 

Once the app has downloaded, open it and log in to your child’s G Suite for Education account.

  • Tap the ‘+’ icon (in the top-right corner), then ‘Join class’
  • Enter the class code that your child’s teacher has sent to you, then tap ‘Join

 

Computers and laptops: log in to Google Classroom

  • Go to classroom.google.com
  • Log in with your child’s G Suite for Education account (their 2S account)
  • Click the ‘+’ icon (in the top-right corner), then ‘Join class’
  • Enter the class code that your child’s teacher has sent to you, then click ‘Join’
  • All codes are available here

If you can’t remember your child’s log-in details, contact vle@clywedog.org

 

How to get and hand in work (computers and laptops)

  • Go to Google Classroom
  • Click ‘Classwork’
  • Click on an assignment, then ‘View assignment’
  • On the right-hand side of the page, click ‘Add or create’. Depending on the type of work the teacher has set:
  • You can take photos of your child’s completed work, upload them to your computer and then upload the photos in Google Classroom – click ‘File’, then ‘Select files from your device’, then ‘Upload’
  • Or, your child can type up their answers in a Google Doc – click ‘Docs’ to load a new Google Doc
  • Once your child has finished their work, click ‘Hand in’, then ‘Hand in’ again to confirm

If you’ve made a mistake, you can click ‘Unsubmit’ to return the work to you, then follow steps 4 and 5 to resubmit work.

 

How to hand in work (mobile devices – Android or iOS)

  • Open the Google Classroom app
  • Tap on your child’s class, then ‘Classwork’ (at the bottom)
  • Tap on an assignment, then the arrow at the bottom
  • Tap ‘Add attachment’. Depending on the type of work the teacher has set:
  • You can take photos of your child’s completed work, upload them to your computer and then upload the photos in Google Classroom – click ‘File’, then tap the file on your device
  • Or, your child can type up their answers in a Google Doc – tap ‘New Doc’ to load a new Google Doc
  • Once your child has finished their work, tap ‘Hand in’, then ‘Hand in’ again to confirm

If you’ve made a mistake, you can click ‘Unsubmit’ to return the work to you, then follow steps 4 and 5 to resubmit work.

Once work has been marked, your child will be told by email

You can also find all their returned work by following the steps below.

On a computer or laptop

  • Go to Google Classroom, then click ‘Classwork’
  • Click ‘View your work’
  • Click ‘Returned with grade’ on the left-hand side

On a mobile device (Android or iOS)

  • Open the Google Classroom app
  • Tap on your child’s class, then ‘Classwork’

Once you’ve found the assignment, click or tap on any attached files to see the teacher’s feedback.


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Coronavirus; supporting child wellbeing

Category : Events

Wellbeing tips for schools from Wrexham Educational Psychology Service:

  • Give some time to talk and process what is happening, with children and as a group too. But also make sure that Coronavirus is not the only thing being talked about. Some people may wish to talk a lot about this, and others may not.
  • Consider asking about what children have heard about the virus and the situation so that you can correct possible misconceptions and reassure them.
  • Remember to keep things positive and give children hope. For example, tell children that now many people are working to make this better and that even though it is serious, everyone is doing their best to help people.
  • Remember that people react differently to significant events. Some people – children and staff – may feel worried, some excited, some nothing much at all. Reassure children that this is all normal and okay.
  • Keep to daily school routines as much as possible. Well-known routines in everyday life provide security and stability. Routine during unrest can be therapeutic, and changes particularly unsettling for some. If there are changes to routine, consider which children may need some extra help with this.
  • Identify colleagues whose wellbeing may be more at risk. For example, there may be people who have experienced anxiety in the past.
  • Stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information. Avoid being too immersed in media coverage. Be mindful of the amount of things you are reading and watching, including social media – as this may add to worry and anxiety. Consider a few updates every day from trusted sources.
  • As an adult you may be concerned yourself. Take care of yourself and make sure you have breaks, time to relax, and ask for help from others if you need.

Some useful links:

NHS advice:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Talking to children about Coronavirus

Advice on talking to children about Coronavirus, by British Psychological Society:

https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-highlights-importance-talking-children-about-coronavirus

How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by Childmind:

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

A child-friendly video explaining Coronavirus: https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

Child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus for Primary age students:

https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf

Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults, by WHO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOV1aBVYKGA&feature=youtu.be

Supporting Children/Adolescents Wellbeing

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

Your wellbeing

Coronavirus and your wellbeing, by Mind UK:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

5 ways to wellbeing, by Mindkit:

https://www.mindkit.org.uk/5-ways-to-wellbeing/

Note: as the situation and sources of information are developing, the above tips and links may be updated.


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