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Parents and Carers Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to our Scotland Learns: Parents and Carers Newsletter. You can see the latest edition of this newsletter here.

In this issue there are:
 

  • great new learning activities on Literacy and Numeracy,
  • tips for staying safe online,
  • advice on supporting your child's social and emotional needs,
  • new Gaelic learning activities and
  • there is also a creativity challenge to invent your own National Holiday. 
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This newsletter is specifically for parents and carers. The activities do not require lots of materials and the tasks are designed to encourage children’s creativity and independence.

You can see previous editions of this newsletter on our Scotland Learns website.

 

We are very much focused on supporting practitioners, learners, parents and carers during the unchartered period of learning at home. 

For Scotland's learners, with Scotland's educators

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Parent Club

We have been asked by the Scottish Government to share the Parent Club advice on easing restrictions.  It also contains a useful Q&A which will be updated as more information becomes available. 
 

Cost of the School Day Survey

The Child Poverty Action Group have issued two survey's to help The Cost of the School Day project hear from parents and children about life since schools closed.
 
Lots of support has been put in place around things like learning at home and help with costs. They want to hear about what families think is working well and what they think could be improved, particularly if they’re facing any money worries. Information from Dundee parents/carers and pupils will be shared with Dundee Children's & Families Service.
 
There are two surveys, one for parents and carers, and one for children and young people.
Parents/carers should complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3Q92L8K
 
Children/young people should complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3J9BBGW

New - Scotland Learns: Parents and Carers Newsletter

 
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May 2020

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As a subscriber to our News for Parents and Carers and/or our Children and Families e-bulletin, we wanted to let you know that we will not be sending out the usual bulletin for the time being. However, we are pleased to let you know that we are sending a weekly newsletter, specifically for parents and carers, which will support learning at home. You can see the first copy of thisnewsletter here but you will need to sign up to receive this directly to your mailbox on a weekly basis.

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What you need to do now

  • Have a look at the first issue of the Scotland Learns: Parents and Carers Newsletter to see learning activities for Literacy and Numeracy, support on wellbeing and a focus on the theme of food. You will also find hints and tips, advice for engaging young people with autism in their learning and a creativity challenge.
     
  • Go to our Sign Up page, complete your details and tick the Scotland Learns- Parents and Carers Newsletter option.  Don't forget to click subscribe at the bottom.  Doing this will ensure you receive a weekly email directly to your mailbox to let you know when a new newsletter is available.

We are very much focused on supporting practitioners, learners, parents and carers during the unchartered period of learning at home. This newsletter is specifically for parents and carers and provides hints and tips for helping children learn from home, learning activities, as well as puzzles and challenges for children and young people. The activities do not require lots of materials and the tasks are designed to encourage children’s creativity and independence

For Scotland's learners, with Scotland's educators

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Transition Booklet 2020

Our new P7/S1 Transition Booklet is available here.

Letter for Parents and Carers - New Learning Path for Pupils

Dear Parent/Carer

I hope this finds you all well and adjusting to the extraordinary situation we all find ourselves in.  I would like to thank you for your patience and support as we work through this new situation and undertake the steep learning curve that is Microsoft Teams.  My staff are working tirelessly to come to terms with digital learning and I am sure you will agree that they have done an amazing job in a very short period of time. 

It is our intention to move our young people forward in their learning journey on to a new virtual  timetable – without the timetable.  S1 classes will have the same teachers in almost all cases, they will continue to build on their S1 learning as they move in to S2.

S2/3/4/5 – the young people will follow the subjects they have selected for session 2020/2021.  Staff will allocate young people into new Teams online. 

These changes will begin from Monday 4th May, 2020, with staff establishing new Teams as we move through the week.  Your continued support and patience will be greatly appreciated as we undertake this task.

If your young person cannot access online learning and has finished all of the work in their current learning pack please contact us by calling 01382 307060 or by e mail st-johns@dundeecity.gov.uk.

If you have any difficulties please do not hesitate to contact us.


Stay safe.

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs F McLagan
Head Teacher

School Contact

Our phones are now redirected to our Balgarthno CSC Hub 01382 307060
 

The phone lines are open  between 8.00am and 4pm.

Emails remain monitored by office staff Monday to Friday between 8.15am and 4pm

st-johns@dundeecity.gov.uk

Free School Meals Arranagements

Dundee City Council is confirming its arrangements for free school meals while pupils remain at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

A direct weekly payment of £11.25 per child will be made into the accounts of

families who qualify, where the council holds bank details.

 

If the council does not hold a family’s bank details and they are eligible, they may receive a text message asking them to contact the council.

 

However, if people haven’t received a text message and they think their child may be eligible, please contact the council at schoolmeals@dundeecity.gov.uk or call 01382 433458.

 

A total of 6,892 children will be covered by the Dundee scheme, which begins next

week.

 

Included are all children in a nursery which is part of the additional hours pilot scheme and any child in a nursery who would usually receive free school meals

 

Of pupils in P1-3, only those who receive the school clothing grant will qualify. Payments will be made for pupils from P4 to S6 based on free school meals entitlement.

 

Vouchers will be available as a safety net in case bank details for some families cannot be confirmed.

 

The cost for a 14 week period until the end of term on June 26, or earlier if restrictions are ended, would be £1,085,490. This will be paid for partly by the council’s share of the Scottish Government’s Food Fund.

 

Payments will be backdated until March 23, the date from which the council was unable to provide a normal free school meals service.   

 

Council leader John Alexander said: “This payment will be a practical help for families to put food on the table during extremely challenging times.  

 

“We know that free school meals have a positive impact for these pupils and we have developed a scheme which is simple and convenient.

 

“The establishment of Community Support Centres and a food distribution centre show how we are working hard to assist vulnerable people.

 

“Free school meals also have an important role to play, with these payments making a real difference for families across Dundee.”                                          

Free School Meal Arrangements

Dundee City Council is confirming its arrangements for free school meals while pupils remain at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

A direct weekly payment of £11.25 per child will be made into the accounts of

families who qualify, where the council holds bank details.

 

If the council does not hold a family’s bank details and they are eligible, they may receive a text message asking them to contact the council.

 

However, if people haven’t received a text message and they think their child may be eligible, please contact the council at schoolmeals@dundeecity.gov.uk or call 01382 433458.

 

A total of 6,892 children will be covered by the Dundee scheme, which begins next

week.

 

Included are all children in a nursery which is part of the additional hours pilot scheme and any child in a nursery who would usually receive free school meals

 

Of pupils in P1-3, only those who receive the school clothing grant will qualify. Payments will be made for pupils from P4 to S6 based on free school meals entitlement.

 

Vouchers will be available as a safety net in case bank details for some families cannot be confirmed.

 

The cost for a 14 week period until the end of term on June 26, or earlier if restrictions are ended, would be £1,085,490. This will be paid for partly by the council’s share of the Scottish Government’s Food Fund.

 

Payments will be backdated until March 23, the date from which the council was unable to provide a normal free school meals service.  

 

Council leader John Alexander said: “This payment will be a practical help for families to put food on the table during extremely challenging times.  

 

“We know that free school meals have a positive impact for these pupils and we have developed a scheme which is simple and convenient.

 

“The establishment of Community Support Centres and a food distribution centre show how we are working hard to assist vulnerable people.

 

“Free school meals also have an important role to play, with these payments making a real difference for families across Dundee.”                                          

SQA Update 10th April 2020

10 April 2020

 

Dear Parent/Carer

 

SQA UPDATE 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE AND THE CERTIFICATION OF NATIONAL COURSES AND AWARDS 

 

I write to provide you with the latest information from the SQA regarding the certification of National Courses and Awards.   Following a statement by the Chief Examiner on 2 April 2020, the SQA has issued a Guide for Learners, Parents and Carers which I attach. 

 

The key points from the SQA Chief Examiner are:

 

1. Schools have been asked to provide an estimate of the grade and band for all learners entered for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses by 29 May 2020.  
2. The SQA will provide schools with more detailed guidance on how to determine and submit estimate grades by 20 April 2020.  
3. The SQA will not mark any coursework which has already been submitted by schools or remains in schools and will no longer be uplifted for National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher courses.   In addition, schools will not submit marks for coursework which has already been internally assessed.
4. In National 2, National 3 and National 4 Qualifications - schools will assess all units and submit a pass/fail result by 22 May 2020.
5. Schools must retain all assessment evidence in connection with National 2, National 3 and National 4 Qualifications, Free standing Units at SCQF levels 5, 6, 7, National Certificates, National Progression Awards, Skills for Work Courses and SQA Awards until December 2020.

 

Teachers will be taking account of a wide range of assessment evidence, including pupils’ work throughout the year, and not just pupils’ results in earlier Prelim Examinations.  Importantly, teachers/schools will also be considering assessment evidence and attainment data which shows improvement by learners following Prelim Examinations. This is an important point to note which you may wish to discuss with your child.  

 

I know that this is an anxious time for you, as parents, and for our young people, but would ask that you trust us.   We know our young people very well and we will work through all of the advice provided by the SQA to ensure that their achievements are rightly and fairly recognised.  On that note, I would appreciate your help with a very important matter.  Please do not ask any member of staff for your child’s estimate grade.  As stated, we still await more detailed guidance from the SQA on how we determine and submit estimate grades.   As outlined in the statement from the SQA Chief Examiner, the SQA will “adjust estimates where necessary, to ensure consistency both across the country and in comparison to previous years.” 

 

With sincere thanks for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely