- Student Communication
- Work Experience for students thinking of applying for Medicine
- Road Safety Online Resources for Covid 19 Time
- Support for students: Apprenticeships
- Speakers for Schools- Virtual Talks programme for the week commencing 27th April.
- Year 12 A Level Assessment Fortnight 20.4.20 to 01.05.20
- Letters to the Community
- Covid-19: Advice and support
- Wellbeing Support Booklet
- NSPCC Guide for Parents - Copy
- Yr 12 Work Experience Cancelled (6th-10th July)
Students, this week (W/C 27th April) your tutors will be sending you a link to a Student Survey to complete. This will be set on Go4Schools as a 5-10 minute task. It is really important that you complete this survey by 4pm on Thursday 30th April. Please keep checking your school emails regularly as they are being used by tutors, teachers and Heads of Year/Pastoral staff to make contact with you.
Parents, we request that at this time you ensure your child logs on to their school emails, checks Go4Schools and encourage them to reply to staff.
Observe GP, is a free interactive video platform, created by the Royal College of General Practitioners for aspiring medics aged 16+. It provides insights into medicine, in particular general practice, through videos and activities and is launching on 30 April 2020. https://www.rcgp.org.uk/training-exams/discover-general-practice/observe-gp.aspx
At this time, young people interested in studying medicine are facing uncertainty and are unable to attend clinical work experience. If your son/daughter is thinking of applying for medicine, please make sure that they have registered for this programme and that they keep a reflective diary about what they have observed, the questions that they had, and an account of how this will prepare them for the future.
Please click here to view a trailer for the programme.
Road safety education is particularly important for those starting their driving life and the passengers who will be traveling with them. Year 12 & 13 were all able to receive a Road Safety tutorial from Kevin Cox (Road Safety Officer from Staffordshire County Council) earlier in the year. We would normally follow up on the session with further support and advice. As face to face sessions are unable to take place, Kevin has asked me to share with you the following resources. As Year 12s & 13s will have reduced experience of driving due to the current restrictions, I would encourage all students to complete the FirstCar Academy. For parents, there is a valuable resource to support you when you are mentoring new drivers.
- The Honest Truth is a national road safety campaign delivered through collaboration with the emergency services, road safety organisations and driving instructors across the UK. Our mission is to deliver no-nonsense, straight-talking road safety education, hence "The Honest Truth". Access the site here
- FirstCar Academy is a free online course consisting of 14 short video-based modules aimed at making you a smarter driver. Taking around 60 minutes, everyone who completes it will automatically be entered into a monthly prize draw to win £100 worth of Amazon vouchers. Access the site here
- The most important information for mentors of new drivers, all in one place. Mentoring New Drivers provides information for parents, grandparents, siblings, friends or guardians, who want to support a young driver through their time learning to drive. Plus lots of other useful information for those commencing their deriving life. Access the site here
Please be aware that the Honest Truth session can be quite emotional for some students depending on their personal experiences of this topic. Therefore, we would advise parents to access the resources prior to sharing them with students.
National Apprenticeships website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Student Guides to Apprenticeships 2020 https://amazingapprenticeships.com
Lots of apprenticeships are advertised at commercial job sites such as www.indeed.co.uk
Also Check out www.findapprenticeships.co.uk
To check distance from home to a work location via www.careermap.co.uk
The Apprenticeships Guide can be found at http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk
The complete schedule for students is here. Our students will be able to hear from today’s leading figures, such as:
Tuesday 28th April, 10am: Marco Bertozzi, Vice President for Europe, Spotify
Marco will be interviewed by SFS and answer questions submitted by students on topics ranging from creating your CV, getting your foot in the door for work experience or a job, developing your personal brand and practical tips on how to get started with preparing your social channels for career success.
Thursday 30th April, 10am: Penguin Talks in Collaboration with SFS - How to boss your mood
Chloe Brotheridge (Clinical Hypnotherapist and author of The Anxiety Solution) and Sara Milne Rowe (Performance Coach, founder of Coaching Impact and author of The SHED Method)
Chloe and Sara will kick-off the Virtual Penguin Talks series by sharing their expertise and practical tips for managing anxiety and taking control of your mood during these uncertain times. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive a free audiobook download of The Anxiety Solution and The SHED Method.
No logins are required and all attendees can stream the talks without downloading Microsoft Teams.
Links should be opened in a browser that is not Internet Explorer. Students can view by clicking WATCH TALK LIVE HERE and then clicking ‘Watch on web instead’ and sign in anonymously. The speakers will appear at the set times e.g. 10am and 2pm.
After the Easter break, Year 12 A Level students will complete a series of 'closed book', timed assessments for each subject that they are studying. The purpose of these assessments is to provide an opportunity for students to receive feedback on exam technique and to encourage students to revisit content that has been taught earlier in the year. It also provides evidence of key skills for subject staff when writing student references.
Students are not expected to complete any other work during this period. The teachers will set the assessment as per the timetable linked to this article. If a student has more than one exam on one day, a parent can make the decision to delay an exam until the next free day that the student has (Please ask the student to e-mail their teacher if the exam is to be delayed). No student should have more than 4 assessments in a week. When students do not have an assessment, they may revise. Please could parents ensure that the time allocated to the assessment is adhered to, as this prepares students for writing under timed conditions in the A Level exams. If a student has Access Arrangements in place, these should be applied where possible. Students will be able to view the papers on Go4schools and they may choose whether they type their response to e-mail to their teacher or hand write their response and scan/photo in preparation to e-mail. Ideally, a student's completed assessment should be e-mailed within 12 hours of completion. Please remind students to refrain from discussing the content of the assessments with other students, as this will undermine the process.
All BTEC students should carry on with the work that has been set by their class teacher. If a student studies both A Level and BTEC courses, they should e-mail their teacher if they are unable to complete their BTEC work as they are revising for their A Level assessment.
There is a scheme being run in conjunction with the Barton Volunteer Network, asking children to write a letter to a local isolated person to brighten their day. If you would like to take part, it would be great to get some more letters out! Please use the following guidelines.
- Just address to “friend” in the 1st instance.
- consider including a return name and address in case they would like to contact you in return. You should use the school address for this purpose which we have added below
- Post into the labelled box located in the porch of the Catholic Church in Wales Lane.
IMPORTANT—Please post your letter as part of your daily exercise or essential journey and while obeying social distancing and hand hygiene
John Taylor High School,
Barton under Needwood,
Burton Upon Trent.
Please see below for some useful links from DWP contacts, some you may already have seen some of them, but just in case I hope you don’t mind me sharing them with you, particularly the bottom link from Young Minds with advice for Young people about managing their own wellbeing at this time.
Action for Children have shared a Wellbeing Support booklet to help children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Staffordshire Safeguarding Children's Board have shared with us a guide from the NSPCC which includes support with talking to your child about Coronavirus to reliveing stress and supporting mental health.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began last Thursday night.
Ramadan is a very important time in the Islamic calendar, and Muslims all over the world will be preparing to take part.
This year's Ramadan will be a bit different, as the coronavirus outbreak means that many people will not be able to visit friends and family, or their local mosque. We hope that this time brings opportunities for our Islamic community to engage with each other in different ways and we wish you a blessed time of fasting and prayer.
Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled work experience week (6th-10th July). If we have returned to school by then, students will need this time to catch up and focus on their learning. Miss Spurrier will notify all employers of this decision.
It will be important for students’ UCAS applications to have some experience, even if it is of volunteering (safely) for the community during this crisis. For other students who need specific experiences, we would encourage them to pursue ‘virtual’ opportunities that many organisations are offering, as well as arrange a placement over the summer break. However, we advise students against contacting businesses now and wait for a more appropriate time.
It will be very important to demonstrate to Universities and future employers how students have been creative to help support their Personal Statements/CVs etc. For example, you can research the values of the NHS Constitution and think about how you have demonstrated them. If you are applying for a degree course, speak to the universities for some alternative ideas to support your application. Please remember to use the wealth of resources on Unifrog in the Careers library, Know How library and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
Examples of organisations that offer Virtual Work Experience:
Experience of working in a design studio:
Experience the life of a Software Design Engineer at JP Morgan - Virtual Internship: