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Dear Parents and Carers,

I thought you would appreciate an update as this new term is starting to unfold. I also hope you have managed to find time to see our staff video through the above link.

Like all schools across the country, Islwyn High has moved to a ‘remote working’ model – this is something that is unfolding as time goes on, and something that is being developed as lessons are being learned.

The primary means of communication between staff and pupils is ‘Google Classroom’. This is a flexible on-line resource, where teachers ‘admit’ children to their classroom, and provide appropriate learning activities for them. Pupils can respond, and send back replies to their teachers. This can be responded to, and then comments made.

We can run a report to determine who has accessed ‘Google Classroom’, and who has engaged with teachers. We will be using this information to check where we are up to.

Year 10 are at a particularly crucial time in their education, so they are being prioritised first. We will be contacting you over the next week or so, if we have a concern that your child is not completing the work that is being provided.

A really important part of our role is making sure that children are safe and well at this time. We know how potentially detrimental it may be for children to be isolated from their friends, and even their school, at this time. You will continue to be contacted by the form tutor of your child – or a member of the broader pastoral team. We will send you further information on this issue, to provide more advice and guidance in how you can support your child.

In addition to classroom learning, staff are continuing to set more broad activities, for example, Mrs Crane has set cooking challenges and Year 9 have an opportunity to win £200 through their Welsh Baccalaureate activities.

Charities and organisations like the BBC are providing opportunities with their learning activities. PLEASE remember that working on-line is only one way of learning! Have a look at GoWild@Home to share how much nature is waking up around the country. It may spark some creative writing, or exploration in the garden!

I know how hard this has been on everyone. We do not want to make life more difficult. We want to continue to work with you so that, together, we can get through these unprecedented times.

With warm wishes to you all

Dr Heather Duncan

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