Some thoughts on today’s schools announcements for the @stmonicas community.
1. We CAN’T wait to see school full again. It’s only a building when none of the pupils are in it. Most importantly we are looking forward to some type of normal. #excited #letslearn
2. There is a real challenge around onsite testing. Please can parents be patient as we plan how best to manage this. We may well need a phased return - the testing isn’t as easy to facilitate as @BorisJohnson suggests. It’s the most challenge part of returning.
3. New guidance experts pupils to wear face coverings in lessons. We will look to follow the guidance as closely as possible. As ever we can’t do things everyone likes, but things that are in the interests of everyone. We just have to get on with it.
4. We still need clarity on how we will award GCSE grades- Year 11, we will give you as many opportunities as possible to demonstrate evidence for your grades. When you come back , keep going. You have been amazing so far! 👍
5. Year 10 pupils - we need you not worry about what you’ve missed. All that matters is what we do together, and what we do next. We will be with you every step of the way. And you will be fine! 💪
6. Year 9 pupils - it’s a big half term. We’ll start talking about your options over the next few weeks - and you we hope have a clear run at years 10 and 11. Make the time count. 🤞
7. Year 8 pupils - we’ll be sharing of with you information about the confirmation programme, and we need you to keep focus on each and every lesson. The work you do now matters...🙏
8. Year 7 - think of March 8th as a second chance to make a first impression. Don’t forget we are looking at you to continue our drive for greatness. One of you will be the Prime Minister!!!
9. To our parents , please give us a few days to plan what return looks like. It is likely we will be offering some webinars next week to review expectations for return. We are on it - please keep trusting us - and finally, thank you for your support. #onthebus

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22 Jan
We’ve had a few Parents feeling worried about their child’s progress over recent days. This isn’t easy to resolve right now, but here are some things that I hope will ease your minds...
1. We get it - it is so hard at home to keep pupils going, especially when they feel fed up of the situation. School leaders understand that as lockdown goes on it gets harder and harder for everyone.
2. Just do the best you can. Over time anything you can do to help your child will help us. We are so grateful to you for sticking with it. When there are days when it’s hard at it’s ok (teachers have hard days too!👊)
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Some thoughts on proposals for @Ofstednews to inspect remote lessons.
1. I imagine this is really about compliance. Schools have been given guidance as to time/expectation/delivery models. I see why the regulator needs to do this - it’s is public money. BUT...
2. Remote (whatever that means) is new. And it is iterative. Imagine judging a first time father when he changes his first nappy. It’s the same with staff who are learning how to re-teach their subject in a totally new medium. All someone could really do is advise..
3. There are so many contextual delivery models and there is no accepted ‘best ways’. As such judging is almost impossible. Who is to say that a hybrid model is better than fully live? As a Headteacher i wouldn’t a fireplace salesman.
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16 Jan
Grade Awarding 2021 - a thread.
1. For pupils and parents; it sounds daft but there isn’t much you can control right now. Teacher will play the main role in awarding grades, and there may well be some time or formal exam for subjects. But we don’t know exactly what yet.
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3. To our pupils? Have faith that the work you are doing will pay off. Please don’t lose heart right now. We love you lots and we all want you to excel. We are always here for you.
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Today we completed our first onsite testing walkthrough. Here are some thoughts..
1. Planning is vital. We looked at a number of phases- planning , training, communication and walkthrough. Rather than rush we have tried to plan so it works effectively.
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3. We have made sure that all people in the core testing team have completed all the training (sounds obvious), but this helped in the walkthrough as we could all spot errors etc. One of the leads led a full team online briefing yesterday, and training completion was mandatory.
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Some observations on the week;
1. School leaders nationally have done an incredible job. The logistics of moving to instant remote learning is mind-boggling. The profession as a whole should be proud. And people are welcome to express some appreciation.
2. Teachers need time and space to deliver raised stakes remote learning. Systems/delivery will evolve over the next few weeks. I’m so proud to lead my teachers. Tech may let us down at points though. If someone’s internet goes down at home (as has happened) don’t ‘report us’ 😩
3. Support staff in all schools need as much recognition as teachers. These people in my context deal with attendance, well-being, handing out laptops and testing. Never think a school is just full of teachers - support staff are gold dust. We couldn’t function without them.
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For the parents and pupils of @stmonicas - a thread.
1. Parents please do not worry about what will happen over the next week. We have already put in place measures for Thursday and Friday. I will share further information in the coming days when we have processed new guidance.
2. Year 11 pupils - we are not yet clear what the next steps will be for you. You know that we will as ever to everything we can for you. We love you all very much and are so proud of you. You need to keep working as we will still need to do assessments when you are back in.
3. Year 10 pupils - you need to keep committing to your studies - we are proud of you too!! Every lesson we offer you needs to be embraced so you can achieve aswell as you can.
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