Linda McAulay-Griffiths, Head of Education at East Ayrshire Council, has written to parents and pupils this morning with an overview of expectations around June for all establishments and the current planning for re-opening to pupils in August.
The letters have been added to the News section of the school app, but can also be accessed at the links below:
EAC Letter to parents and carers June 2020
EAC Letter to pupils June 2020
Please take the time to read these letters and encourage your child to read the pupil letter. Further guidance will follow from school level over the coming days and weeks.
I hope you all remain safe and well,
The weekly curriculum planners for each year group can be accessed at the links below for week beginning 25th May.
S1 25 MAY 2020
S2 25 MAY 2020
S5/6 25 May 2020
Please note that pupils will have until Friday 5th June to complete the work set out below. This will allow us to make the timetable changeover on our system next week for pupils in each year group to move into their new year group for next session. Mr Hardie has been working tirelessly on pupil options and the new timetable over the last few months and has put together an options video for parents and pupils to outline the process.
If you have not heard from Mr Hardie over the last couple of weeks, the likelihood is that you have all of your original options. We will be making arrangements over the course of next week (week beginning June 1st) to e-mail individual new timetables to pupils which confirm their options and will begin setting work for these new classes for week beginning June 8th. We would appreciate if you would take the time to watch Mr Hardie’s video and get in touch with him at email@example.com if you have any queries.
Have a good week
S1 25 MAY 2020
S2 25 MAY 2020
SP Learning grid 25th May
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Please click the relevant link below to access the home learning grid for each year group for this week.
For Senior Phase (S5/6) pupils, please pay particular attention to the note at the top of the grid from Mr Johnston and complete the tasks set by the Pupil Support department this week. These are essential to us ensuring we offer you the best support possible, regardless of your intention to stay on at school or not.
S5/6 18 May 2020
S2 18 MAY 2020
S1 18 May 2020
I hope you all had a relaxing holiday weekend and that our families remain safe and well. Below, you can access this week’s online learning tasks for all year groups by clicking the appropriate link. Please keep your eyes peeled this week for transition messages and videos for our current Primary Seven pupils. We will share these via Twitter and the school app and are very excited to connect with Stewarton Academy’s next cohort of pupils and their parents.
As always, if you need anything, please get in touch with your child’s Pupil Support teacher. I will also answer the questions that have come in via the parent council this week to the best of my ability and will share these via the app with all parents and pupils.
S1 11 MAY 2020
S2 11 MAY 2020
S3 11 May 2020
S5/6 11 May 2020
Have a good week and take care.
Please click on the relevant link below to download the weekly curriculum planners for week beginning 4th May.
S5-6 4 May 2020 (updated)
S1 4 MAY 2020
S2 4 MAY TEAMS 2020 (updated)
N.B. Friday 8th May is the May Day local holiday. Teachers will not be online to support learning on this date and pupils are not expected to complete school work. Happy holiday when it comes around!
Please click the link below to access the weekly curriculum planners for all year groups:
S1 – S1 27 APRIL 2020
S2 – S2 27 APRIL 2020
S5-6 27 April 2020
You can also access a basic guide to Microsoft Teams here and access Mr Miller’s video update for all pupils, parents and the outgoing S6 from Friday 24th April here.
Have a great week.
Please click on the appropriate year group link below to find collated instructions for the work pupils should seek to complete between the 20th April and the 27th April.
(Note: This grids have been updated with Maths and Science work)
S5-6 20 April 2020 (This work is for CURRENT S4 & S5 pupils based on next year’s options choices)
You will most likely have seen the letter from Linda McAulay Griffiths to all parents via the app this afternoon. This came in the wake of the First Minister announcing a national position that no senior pupils should be attending school next week to complete SQA coursework.
I am relieved by this news as it guarantees that health and safety is paramount and also creates equality of provision across the country. The SQA were consulted on this decision and are expected to give further guidance to schools in the coming days that will help us ensure that every single young person achieves the qualifications their hard work has merited. Could I please urge patience from pupils and parents on this front? As soon as we have the news, I will share it with you and outline our next steps. Once again, please do your best to reassure your child that we will do everything in our power to ensure they are not disadvantaged.
In the meantime, please note the following information and actions that will support us as a staff over the coming days:
- Staff will continue to support learning at home and directing senior phase pupils to continue with portfolio and coursework that can be completed at home.
- We do not expect you to become teachers or to recreate the school day. Learning is important, but it comes in many different formats and is secondary to health and wellbeing at the moment. Do your best to enjoy time together as a family and do not let the work set become a source of contention…it is not worth it!
- The school will operate on a vastly reduced skeleton staff on Monday to limit the potential for transmission of the virus while providing care for children of keyworkers as outlined in previous communications from the Head of Education.
- To our pupils directly – please observe the government’s guidance on social distancing and, wherever possible, stay at home; you have such a crucial role to play in limiting the spread of the virus.
- Our capacity to receive and respond to parental communication will be limited over the course of the week but we will endeavour to do the best we can with the resources we have.
- I will continue to update you on a regular basis as the situation develops over the coming days. It has evolved at rapid pace over the last week and there is little to suggest that we will not have to continue being flexible and nimble in our planning moving forward.
Finally, thank you again for the many messages of support that continue to come in by phone and e-mail. They reflect my own pride and admiration for the way pupils, staff and parents have dealt with this unprecedented situation.
Be safe and well,
There seems to be a bit of confusion at national and local level about access to school next week for Senior Phase pupils requiring to complete SQA coursework, portfolio work or practical assessments.
Our current position is:
- Principal Teachers are working with staff to identify pupils that have SQA work to complete, which work can be completed at home, which pupils will require access to the building to complete work and, finally, which pupils require additional support.
- Where this work can be completed at home without pupils being disadvantaged, that will be the preferred option – health and safety remains paramount and we must limit gatherings of significant numbers of pupils.
- Where pupils require to be in school due to resources or course requirements, we will contact them and families directly to arrange when this will happen next week. This will allow us to plan for social distancing measures, health and safety requirements and ensure that we have the correct staff on hand to support pupils.
- Where pupils require and are entitled to additional support for assessments and/or coursework, we will factor this in to ensure that these entitlements are met and will communicate this with individual families and pupils.
I am aware that this is a slight shift on my communication last night that school will be open as normal for senior pupils to complete work and am now in a position to clarify what this will look like.
Whilst it remains the case that we will be open next week for Senior Phase pupils requiring access to complete SQA coursework, portfolio work and assessments, we are going to co-ordinate this from school level and make contact with pupils and families as and when we require them to be at school over the course of next week and the following week. Where work can be completed from home, departments will guide pupils through the platforms shared with you yesterday. Please do not send your child or young person to school next week if we have not directly contacted them/you. Depute Head Teachers are currently clarifying this with pupils that are present and I would appreciate if you could share the message with Senior Phase pupils currently at home.
Once again, I can re-assure you that no pupil will be disadvantaged throughout this process. We had a brilliant meeting with Mr Johnston and Principal Teachers to co-ordinate our plans for SQA Processes this morning and I have every confidence that pupils will come through this with the qualifications their work and endeavour merits.
I know you will be anxious about this. Please just keep following our guidance and having confidence in our processes whilst reassuring your child and keeping them focused on controlling what they can control. I have received a high volume of communication over the last couple of days and appreciate all the kind words about the staff and the school. We are very much pulling through this together.
I trust that this gives you clarity on our current position. As in previous days, I will keep you updated and communicate any changes to guidance as we proceed.