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UPDATE FROM PRINCIPAL – 3rd APRIL
As promised earlier in the week, Ofqual (the organisation which regulates qualifications, tests and examinations in England) has just released the official information on how GCSE and A Level qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.
In a ‘letter to students’ which was published earlier today, the process is clearly explained. Mr. Walklate has provided a link to this letter in his Blog, together with further information about how we are planning to process 6th Form applications.
Please be aware that Mr. Walklate and I do not have access to any other information, other than what has been published. We will continue to inform you as and when we learn more.
With regards to our ongoing work in the community, I would also like to inform you that we have made contact with the Burntwood Be A Friend group, who are going to include EDA when they formulate their plans to meet the needs of the local community.
You can find out more about Burntwood Be A Friend by clicking here
At the end of another strange and challenging week, I hope that all students, parents and staff continue to do everything that is required to stay safe and well.
UPDATE FROM PRINCIPAL – 2nd APRIL
Following on from yesterday’s update, I would like to inform you of the following ideas that we are pursuing, as we look to serve the community at this difficult time:
- Earlier today, I got the message out to all members of the police force in the Lichfield and Burntwood district, that they will be able to use Erasmus Darwin Academy as a ‘refreshments stop’ when they are out and about in the community. This facility will be available between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. Although we cannot promise the quality of Costa or Cafe Nero (!) police officers will be able to grab a takeaway hot or cold drink and will be able to use our toilet facilities.
- I also spoke to one of our Science Technicians earlier, who will be coming into school tomorrow to gather suitable items of personal protective equipment that we will be able to offer to any local hospitals that would like to make use of them. Although we have not been officially approached, we have been unofficially informed that certain hospitals would be extremely grateful recipients of any suitable PPE equipment that we could offer.
- I have also managed to make links with the Birmingham Helping Hands support network. This is a scheme which is being run by Birmingham University medical students for NHS workers who need any kind of practical support in their daily lives at the moment. As I write this, the scheme has over 1000 volunteers to call upon and the number is rising every day. Even though this scheme was not intended to extend as far as this area, I have spoken to the founder and she has agreed to include workers who reside in the areas of Burntwood, Lichfield, Cannock Chase and Walsall. Please click here to find more about how you can request help from this scheme.
There are other ideas that we are exploring as we seek to serve the community and I’ll inform you when there are further concrete developments to report.
Finally, there is still no official news on GCSE and A Level Grade calculations or any indication of when schools could reasonably expect to re-open…
Take care everyone.
UPDATE FROM PRINCIPAL – April 1st
Today, the ASCL union (which has been advising the government about educational matters at this time) released an update which included the following information:
“Later this week, in England and Wales, we expect announcements on assessment arrangements for GCSEs and A levels. This will be a time to demonstrate ethical leadership, trust in robustly-moderated teacher assessment, and faith in the statistical work that will be undertaken by awarding organisations and the exams regulator. It will be a day to explain, inform and reassure students, parents and the wider community”
I really hope that we do receive reassuring news for our Year 11 and year 13 students later this week. I also hope that our students in Years 7,8,9,10 and 12 are managing to access and complete plenty of meaningful work at home. At this point, I would like to remind parents that details about student work, tutor-time activities and assemblies (together with other important information about keeping safe and well) can be found in Mr.Walklate’s blog, which he updates regularly.
Finally, I would like to thank those parents and staff who have suggested some great ideas about how we can serve our community at this difficult time. I will be actively exploring these ideas and in the coming days and weeks, I will keep you posted about any ideas that we are able to implement without compromising the safety or wellbeing of our students and staff.