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On Tuesday 30th March six Sporting Ambassadors were ready to deliver the Easter boxes and flowers that had been collated by them for the local residents in Palmers Close, Barton.

Thanks must go to the local businesses of Morrisons and the Co-op who donated boxes, easter eggs and a large number of flowers to go into the packages.

A number of items were suggested to go in the box from various Teams meetings held for the Young ambassadors during the recent lockdown. Letters, a wordwheel, an NHS  rainbow picture, the winner of the 500 word competition and an exercise plan were just a few of the things put into the envelopes. One of the favourite things to go out to the residents were the "Happy Stones" with the number of the bungalows. The Young Ambassadors painted these over a number of weeks and were a nice addition to the Easter boxes. Ms Smith and Mr Irvine from the Technology Department baked some wonderful Easter cakes along with many other things for people to enjoy. The spare flowers were given to other residents in Barton. 

There are a number of people who help make this event run smoothly and our thanks to all who helped in any way.

Congratulations to the Young Sporting Ambassadors who delivered the items with expertise and chatted to the residents who were eagerly awaiting the delivery of their Easter boxes.  The whole event showed a true spirit of kindness, one of the core values of John Taylor.

Mrs Berry.

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Julie Berry
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j.berry@jths.co.uk

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SEND Spring Termly Reports will be sent out on the 30th of April.

 

Mrs Turrell 

Leader of Inclusive Education (including SENDCo) 

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The following students have been awarded a Hot Chocolate with the Head this week for their fantastic efforts.  Congratulations!

Millie 7A

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Thank you to one of our previous recipients for this great picture of them enjoying their well earned treat!
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A polite reminder that all requests for Leave of Absence of any kind should be addressed for the attention of Mrs L Keeling, Attendance Officer. 

l.keeling@jths.co.uk 

We would ask that all requests for Leave of Absence are sent in prior to the date of the leave required, this includes requests such as religious festivals. 

Thank you for your support with this. 

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During weekends and school holidays, if you have a Safeguarding concern about a child or young person please use the contact information below.

 

Staffordshire

First Response (Monday- Friday 8am-5pm) 0800 1313 126

Emergency Out of Hours (Evenings and Weekends) 0345 604 2886

 

Police

Non-Emergency- 101

Emergency- 999

 

Derbyshire

Child Protection Referrals 01629 533190

 

Further information relating to Safeguarding, signposting and support can be found on the JTHS website https://jths.co.uk/safeguarding

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Following the Easter holidays, the PE department will be offering extra-curricular sports clubs to students in KS3 and KS4. These will largely take place after school and will be subject to reduced numbers in order to safely comply with current Covid guidance. The exception will be Y11 who will have their activities on a Friday lunchtime.

We will run a ‘sign-up’ system via form tutors who have been sent both the timetable and the process for this. In order to give a wide range of students an ongoing opportunity to attend, this will happen on a week-by-week basis. The after school clubs will take place from 3.40pm – 4.30pm and only students who have signed up will be able to attend; they will be asked to wear their PE kit to school on those days as they do on the days that they have PE. A full timetable to start as soon as we return after Easter can be found on the following link:

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Emotional Wellbeing Support Sessions

Your Emotional Support Services (YESS) are offering the following on a ‘first come first served’ basis.  Please contact YESS directly as per the posters below.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 20-minute 1-1 drop in support sessions

Thursday: 60-minute group sessions

YESS is also accessible on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and have a YouTube channel that young people can subscribe to.

Mrs Turrell

Leader of Inclusive Education (including SENDCo)

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Next week will see Year 9 do an all encompassing, general ability Maths test. It will take place in their last lesson of the term, either Wednesday 31st March 2021 or Thursday 1st April 2021, depending on their usual timetable. The test will consist of questions relating to topics taught during the academic year, but no revision list will be provided. They can consult their Maths books to see the work they have done in order to practice further, and all students have been emailed links to Mymaths and Century.tech from which they can revise. If you have any questions, please contact your childs regular Maths teacher.

Tony Eagles - JTHS
a.eagles@jths.co.uk

Year 9
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Despite being in lockdown we still managed to celebrate World Book Day on 4th March with some MAT wide competitions.  Our KS3 students were given some time during each of their lessons on the day to participate in a number of activities to mark World Book Day and the importance of reading.

Our creative element involved making a book character from a toilet/kitchen towel roll, keeping the roll in it's orginal shape, of course.  We received lots of fantastic entries from Year 7 to Year 10.  Our winners were:

Eva 7H with her Harry Potter characters

Shauna 8S with Fawkes the Phoenix from Harry Potter

Isabelle 9R with the Three Little Pigs

Max 10S with Harry Potter and Emma 10Y with her Superman characters

Entries for all the competitions, including John Taylor High School, can be seen at:

https://jtmatlovesreading.co.uk/

Mrs Collier - John Taylor High School
Phone: 01283247800
j.collier@jths.co.uk

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Request for Term Time Holiday

The JTMAT and the school are incredibly mindful and appreciative of the incredible work and dedication of so many groups of workers during the COVID pandemic. We are empathetic to the challenges presented to many families during these times and the potential impact on individual well-being.  Unfortunately, this does not mean that we are able to authorise leave of absence for holidays during term time.  The Department for Education has been very clear in its guidance that as from 8th March 2021:-

The usual rules on school attendance apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school (where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age)
  • the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct’

‘What parents need to know about early years’ providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19’ 24th February 2021 reiterates that parents ‘should plan holidays within school and college holidays as usual and avoid seeking permission to take your children out of school or college during term time.

Therefore, it remains that, holidays will not be authorised during term time, will be recorded as unauthorised and maybe subject to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice.

 

We would like to emphasise that it is the ethos of the JTMAT and the school to work with our pupils and their families in a supportive manner.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you wish to discuss this matter further.

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Absence from School Due to Parental/Carer COVID Concerns (including pupils currently outside the UK)

Parents and carers are reassured that the health, safety and well-being of pupils, families and staff is always a priority for the JTMAT and our school.  JTMAT and our school continue to work diligently within, and often above, the Government guidelines to implement stringent health and safety procedures. We believe in working in a collaborative and supportive manner with families to ensure excellent school attendance by all pupils.

We are mindful of the concerns and challenges families may face at this present time and parents and carers are urged to contact school if they have ongoing concerns or challenges.

Parents and carers are reminded that all pupils should have returned to school on 8th March 2021, and as from 1st April 2021 this will also include pupils who were deemed ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ and were shielding, unless further medical evidence has been obtained.

On 22nd February 2021 the Government made clear that all pupils should return to school on 8th March 2021, giving a period of two weeks for parents, carers and schools to make arrangements for the return of all pupils. 

 

The Government was also very clear in regards to how safe it was for pupils to return and the importance of doing so on pupils’ education and their emotional well-being.

 

These points are outlined in Gavin Williamson’s (secretary of State for Education) - open letter to parents https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/02/23/an-open-letter-from-education-secretary-gavin-williamson-to-parents-carers-and-guardians/

 

From 8th March 2021

The usual rules on school attendance applied, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school (where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age)
  • the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct’

 

Pupils who did not return to school on 8th March 2021, other than for authorised reasons, were and continue to be, recorded as unauthorised absence. Where a pupil is absent from school due to ‘parental concerns’ regarding COVID these absences are classed as unauthorised. Where families have decided to remain outside the UK these absences are recorded as unauthorised, unless following Government safe travel guidelines.

Parents and carers are reminded of the following

Extended periods of unauthorised absence may result in:-

  • Involvement of School Attendance Manager
  • Involvement of JTMAT Attendance Intervention Manager
  • Attendance Review meeting with JTMAT Attendance Intervention Manager or School Attendance Manager to develop a ‘Parenting Contract’ to facilitate a pupil’s return to school.
  • Issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (fine) or statutory (legal) action
  • A safeguarding referral being made to Staffordshire Safeguarding Children’s Boar
  • A pupil being reported to the Local Authority as ‘missing in education’
  • After 10 days of unauthorised absence a pupil being removed from the school register, meaning they no longer have a place at the school

 

Parents and carers are also informed of the following:-

  • School will no longer provide remote learning to pupils not in school (unless they are absent for authorised reasons)
  • Schools are within their rights to ask parents and carers to provide professional evidence where medical reasons for not returning to school are given
  • Schools may ask for evidence of planned return travel to the UK – such as flight confirmation
  • School Leaders or Attendance Intervention Managers will carry out safeguarding and well-being checks on pupils who are not attending school, this may include home visits, telephone calls or virtual meetings, with pupils themselves

 

Pupils should not attend school if

    • They themselves has/had COVID symptoms or have tested positive for COVID
    • A member of household has COVID symptoms or have tested positive for COVID
    • A person in close contact with pupil has COVID symptoms
    • The pupil is required to self-isolate due to travel outside the UK (check Government list for updates)
    • They are following the Government’s safe travel guidance or are isolating upon return to the UK
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Stage 1 – Review of completed assessments and curriculum coverage

All departments review their completed assessments and curriculum coverage to ensure that they have covered and assessed a large enough amount of the course to support the creation of a valid teacher assessed grade. This includes assessments completed in both years of the course as well as those remaining to be completed.

 

Stage 2 – Review of current grades

All departments review their current grade calculations in Go4Schools to ensure they include an appropriate range of evidence as reviewed during stage 1. It does not include every single assessment but is in line with the Ofqual guidance as shown below:

 

Students should only be assessed on what they have been taught.

Teachers can use a range of evidence to make a judgement of the grade they are performing at. 

Teachers can use evidence to determine grades from across the duration of the student’s course to include:

  • student work produced in response to assessment materials provided by the exam board, including groups of questions, past papers or similar materials such as practice or sample papers
  • non-exam assessment (NEA) work (often referred to as coursework), even if this has not been fully completed
  • student work produced in centre-devised tasks that reflect the specification, that follow the same format as exam board materials and have been marked in a way that reflects exam board mark schemes - this can include:

substantial class or homework (including those that took place during remote learning)

internal tests taken by pupils

mock exams taken over the course of study

  • records of a student’s capability and performance over the course of study in performance-based subjects such as music, drama and PE
  • records of each student’s progress and performance over the course of study

 

Stage 3 – Subject teacher TAG

Subject teachers use their professional judgement and experience, alongside objective assessment data to create an initial TAG.

This grade should be a fair representation of student performance and teachers will use evidence from throughout the course to support its creation.

No single piece of evidence will be used in isolation as the grade should represent a suitable coverage of the curriculum covered.

A grade cannot be given unless there is clear and objective evidence that it could be achieved when the full range of evidence has been reviewed.

 

When determining the grade, teachers should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential.

 

Stage 4 – Internal subject level TAG quality assurance

All subject level TAG will be collated to allow Curriculum Area Leaders and Lead Teachers to review the whole subject cohort on two levels:

  1. Review of all individual student grades to ensure they are a fair reflection of the assessment data and summary grades as explained in stage 1 & 2
  2. Review of whole subject summary data to ensure the overall progress and attainment data is broadly in line with the historic performance of that subject

 

Stage 5 – Whole school quality assurance

On completion of stage 4, the senior leadership team will review all data to complete further analysis to ensure that the overall whole school and subject level summary data is broadly in line with historic data. This is in line with the standardisation process that we would expect to be carried out by exam boards before grades are issued. This stage will include further checking of individual student grades and whole cohort data for all subjects.

 

As part of their overall quality assurance, centres should consider the grades for this year’s cohort compared to cohorts from previous years when exams have taken place.

This historical data can provide a useful guide to the expected profile of results and enables centres to check that they have not been overly harsh or lenient in their assessment

 

Each centre is required to put in place an internal quality assurance process, including internal standardisation of marking and grading judgements, which will be checked by exam boards.

 

Stage 6 – Final subject level quality assurance

Following whole school QA, any queries raised will be noted and all relevant subjects will be asked to discuss. This ensures that any potential anomalies are followed up and all subject teachers/heads of subject are able to have further discussion to ensure they are satisfied that grades are fair, accurate and appropriate.

At this stage, individual subject teachers will be given the opportunity to review all of their final TAG alongside both existing assessment data and any further assessments which may have been completed whilst teaching is continuing.

Subject teachers will be asked to sign off their grades as accurate and this must be counter-signed by their Curriculum Area Leader. Any changes must first be communicated and agreed by the CAL.

The CAL will complete a final check of all subject level data before signing it off in order to move to stage 7.

 

Stage 7 – Final whole school level quality assurance

Whole school and subject level summary data will undergo final checking before being confirmed by the Head of Centre with reference to the Ofqual declaration.

Following this final check, all data will be submitted to the John Taylor MAT for checking at their level. This is to confirm that all TAG data is suitable and can be signed off by the Head of Centre with reference to the afore-mentioned Ofqual declaration before being submitted to relevant exam boards.

 

 

 

 

 

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We are now in a position to update you further on our arrangements for the exam-board assessments taking place after Easter. These assessments should not be viewed as alternatives to final exams or an additional trial exam. They will be planned by subjects as an additional piece of assessment evidence which will focus on a selected range of topic areas which have been covered during the course. As previously explained, Ofqual have provided a number of points within their guidance which has led to us deciding that completing these assessments will be advantageous to students and to how our process is viewed when facing external quality assurance.

 

The points below are a reminder of these factors:

  • The Ofqual guidance includes ‘student work produced in response to assessment materials provided by the exam board’ as the first example of acceptable evidence and we feel it is important to use these.
  • It also states that ‘more recent evidence is more likely to be representative of student performance’ and we believe it is important to complete these assessments at the end of the course.
  • Finally, the guidance states that grades ‘should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential’. Completing exam board material, at the end of the course, should give all students the best opportunity to show us the standard at which they are performing at now as stated above.

Students should view these assessments as an opportunity to show themselves in their best light.

 

Assessment timings / arrangements

The assessments will take place from 4th – 21st May. This 3-week period will allow us to organise them in a suitable manner within the Covid-linked restrictions we currently face.

Assessments will be planned into a formal timetable across these 3 weeks which will be published after Easter.

 

Year 11 will attend school as usual for this period.

Assessments will all last 75 minutes and each subject will have one paper.

When students are not completing assessments, they will attend regular timetabled lessons but will be allowed to complete independent revision.

Assessments will be completed in classrooms using desk dividers to increase privacy.

Assessments will be supervised by our regular invigilation team working as closely to JCQ exam regulations as possible

These arrangements are designed to maximise the validity and fairness of the process.

 

Year 13 will be able to attend school just for their assessments. They will be allowed to stay at home to complete independent revision during those times when they do not have an assessment. This is in line with the current arrangements for when they do not have lessons.

Students studying vocational courses, i.e. BTEC, will be in lessons as usual. It is vital that these students finish their internally assessed units in order for staff to create a fair and accurate grade.

BTEC Applied Science and ICT feel that their students need to complete an assessment to support their evidence. This is not required in other BTEC subjects.

If BTEC students also study A level subjects, they should communicate directly with their BTEC teachers regarding the lessons they may miss for preparation and the assessment.

Assessments will last between 90 and 120 minutes and as such will take place during an AM and PM session rather than regular lesson times.

Assessments will be completed in classrooms using desk dividers to increase privacy if required.

Assessments will be supervised by our regular invigilation team working as closely to JCQ exam regulations as possible

These arrangements are designed to maximise the validity and fairness of the process.

 

Assessment content

Each assessment will contain questions using a specified range of content.

This is designed to allow students to focus their preparation on these topics and not on areas which will not be assessed.

Each department has decided on these topic areas and we are in a position to share these with students now to aid their preparation.

Exam boards will not be releasing their assessment materials until on or after 29th March following which final assessments will be planned. These will include a range of different questions types in line with a regular exam.

This is designed to allow access to the full range of grades as specified in the Ofqual guidance.

Exam boards will also release grade descriptors in order to promote consistency between schools across the country. This is another reason why we have chosen to complete these assessments.

 

The ‘Exam-board Assessment’ content documents can be viewed on the links below. Students should ask their subject teachers if they have any queries at this point.

 

GCSE Exam Board Assessments

 

A level Exam Board Assessments

 

Next steps

This half term:

Subject teachers will complete their formal teaching. This may also include summative assessments as their courses usually would do.

Students can start to prepare for the exam board assessments referencing the topic lists provided above. This will also mean they are able to utilise the Easter holidays for this purpose.

 

19th – 30th April

During the first 2 weeks after Easter, students will follow their existing timetable. This will allow them to attend all of the lessons they would have in our current 2-week timetable.

These lessons can be utilised to prepare for the assessments and finish off curriculum teaching where required.

 

4th – 21st May

Students will complete exam-board assessments as explained above.

Subject teachers will complete ‘teacher-assessed grades’ alongside our internal quality assurance process.

Subject teachers, Curriculum Area Leaders and SLT will complete our internal quality assurance process.

Details of this TAG and internal QA process can be seen in the specific article which is also on the link below:

 

JTHS TAG process

 

At this moment in time, we have not finalised the exact timetable of these assessments; this will be published after Easter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During Lockdown 3, we felt that we needed something to continue bringing us together as one community, and to cheer us up when things seemed tough. For that reason we ran three Lockdown challenges. Each one had a different theme that linked to our Vision and Values. All members of our school community were invited to submit photos that showed how they had demonstrated that value. It was a joy to compile and share the photos with everyone, and to see how we had been living our values, even when we were apart.  These presentations are shared below - please enjoy!

Sally-Anne Bonnett
s.bonnett@jths.co.uk

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The following students have been awarded a Hot Chocolate with the Head this week for their fantastic efforts.  Congratulations!

Delta 7O, Molly 8Y

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The attached document provides support for families with accessing Mental Health Services in Staffordshire.

For more information please visit www.staffordshireconnects.info/kb5/staffordshire/directory/advice.page?id=0rWBovMeR5E

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If students have medical appointments in school time it is the parents responsibility to notify us in advance and where possible provide a letter/slip or copy of a message stating when the appointment is.

For Y7-Y11 contact Mrs L Keeling, for Y12/Y13 contact Mrs A Spurrier. 

Y7 - Y11 students must sign out at the data hub in time for their appointment, and parents must collect them from on site. Students will not be permitted to walk off site to meet a parent or carer for an appointment. On returning to school students must immediately sign in at the data hub.

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Please find below a selection of revision resources and advice to assist with Y9's upcoming Science assessments.

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Dear Parent/Carer,

Y8 Parents' Evening will take place online via Schoolcloud on Thursday 6th May 2021.  You will receive full instructions on how to book and attend your appointments during the first week back after the Easter holidays, and booking will open on Wednesday 28th April.

Thank you.

Miss S Bale

Head of Y8.

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