Coronavirus: Schools

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School Closures

The Welsh Government has announced that all schools in Wales will be closed by Friday 20th March.

Education Minister, Kirsty William's said:

Children will be off for four weeks but I have to be clear with parents, I am not anticipating we will be able to get schools back to normal at the end of the Easter break [or] for a considerable period of time.

Schools from Monday will take on a new role, providing places for the children of 'key workers' (e.g. health and caseworkers, emergency service officers, supermarket delivery drivers, prison officers) so that they can keep doing their jobs. For a full list of key workers, click here. Schools will also be providing places for children registered as vulnerable.

I have written to the Welsh Education Minister to see what measures the Welsh Government have put in place to minimise the disruption on children and parents due to school closures.

I am pleased to see that the Welsh Government has since introduced a number of measures to minimise the effect of school closures on parents and children, view the letter here.

Education Letter Williams

 

Free School Meals

Wrexham Country Borough Council are working hard to provide free school meals for children who aren't in school at the moment. 

If your children are entitled to free school meals, you can collect ‘grab and go’ packed lunches on normal school days from one of the following sites.

  • Caia Park Estates office
  • Plas Madoc Estates office
  • Broughton Estates office
  • Gwersyllt Estates office
  • Rhos Estates office (Stiwt)
  • Memo Hall Wrexham
  • Plas Pentwyn Coedpoeth
  • Llay Resource Centre
  • Overton Library (Cocoa Rooms)
  • Ysgol Y Waen Chirk

The packed lunch must be collected between 11.30am and 1pm by a parent or carer.

You’ll need to give staff the name of your child / children and the school they attend, and you’ll only be able to collect a packed lunch for your own child / children. For further information, click here.

Childcare Advice

Children should not be left with older grandparents or older relatives who may be particularly vulnerable to Coronavirus.

It is important at this stage that everyone continues to follow the up-to-date guidance - isolation for the whole household if anyone shows symptoms, working from home where possible, and social distancing if you do have to go out, and regular hand washing. But now we need to apply further downward pressure on the rising numbers of Coronavirus cases, and closing schools is a part of that.

Schools from Monday, 23rd March will take on a new role, providing places for the children of 'key workers'. For a full list of key workers in Wales, click here.

Exams

Summer exams will not go ahead, with GCSE (year 11) and A-level (year 13) students to be graded on the work they have already completed.

Kirsty William's said:

We recognise there are no easy choices but we have agreed that the best way forward is not to proceed with summer exam series.

Learners due to sit their GCSEs and A-levels this summer will be awarded a fair grade to recognise their work, drawing on the range of information that is available.

Commenting on the announcement today (March 18) that GCSE and A-Level examinations will not take place this Summer, Shadow Education Minister Suzy Davies said:

 

In light of the earlier announcement about the closure of schools from Friday, this was inevitable.

My concern is, as ever, for the students who would have been sitting exams, and it will be absolutely essential that the outcome of discussions about the possible effect on university entry requirements will become clear.

I raised the question in the Assembly today in view of the anxiety expressed by pupils and teachers across Wales.

We will now need to be assured as to the detail of how grades will be decided. For example, those who were hoping to raise their overall score by excelling in practical assessments which are no longer taking place, will want to know that those skills are recognised in their final grade.

 

For further information click here.

Home Schooling

Shadow Minister for Education, Suzy Davies, has stressed the importance of continuing education, for those at home.

She said:

It might seem as if the Easter break has come early, but it hasn’t. This is an extraordinary situation, and certainly not a holiday, and it’s vital that all parents and guardians do what they can to keep our young leaners learning.

Parents guide and support their children when, for example, doing homework, but for the time being, they must take on the role of full-time educator, too.

 Our schools have done a great job in supplying pupils with learning resources, and I am heartened to see that the BBC will be supporting children in the coming weeks with an increase in its Wales-specific ‘Bitesize’ output, and will be including more broadcast educational content.

Keep the weekends as weekends and the school holidays as a break, but otherwise its best if your youngsters keep to as much of a school day timetable as possible.

Tips on home schooling: 

  • Try and keep your children's schedule as similar to the school day timetable as possible
    • Serve lunch at the same time as it would be in school and encourage your child to use that break to catch up with a friend using FaceTime etc to provide some social engagement with their friends. 
    • Try finding different quiet places they can work throughout the day, perhaps morning study time is at the kitchen table, the afternoon might be in their bedroom
    • Try to make sure they are reading every day, accessing programmes such as My Maths and Scholastic to keep the basics from falling behind

Learning resources:

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize 

BBC Teach:

Scholastichttps://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

All-in-one Homeschool: https://allinonehomeschool.com/

Virtual Museums: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Dualingo: https://www.duolingo.com/

The Artful Parent: https://artfulparent.com/

STEM: 

Premier League: https://plprimarystars.com/

S4C - Ysgol Cyw: http://www.s4c.cymru/cy/ysgol-cy

Mewn ymateb i’r penderfyniad i gau ysgolion Cymru yn sgil pryderon am COVID-19, mae S4C wedi lansio Ysgol Cyw sef pecyn o raglenni addysgiadol i blant ifanc.

Following the closure of schools across Wales due to the concerns about COVID-19, S4C has launched Ysgol Cyw, a package of educational programmes for young children

For information on what support is available for school leavers click here.

Drawing Competition

Competition to create a poster encouraging people to wash their hands. 

Submit your entries to sarahathertondrawingcomp@gmail.com by Sunday, 5th April 2020.  

Drawing Competiton

For information on higher education, visit: https://www.sarahatherton.org.uk/coronavirus-higher-education

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