School Closure Update Friday 30/03/2020
In line with Government policy our school is open for certain children only from Monday 30th March. This is to enable key worker parents to continue to go to work and assist the COVID-19 response.
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The primary tool the school will be using to continue education off-site is google classroom. Many teachers and students at school have significant experience of using this already.

How will work be organised?
The school has created a series of online learning spaces, called google classrooms (GCs). Each year group and subject has their own GC, for example Year 7 French, Year 9 Maths, Year 10 Geography or Year 11 Media Studies. Each GC will also be allocated one or more specialist teachers – usually your son/daughter’s normal class teacher. There will not be one GC for each school-based class; as each class is taught the same content, it is much simpler to group them online into one space per subject and year group.

How much work will be set?
Each GC will have work equivalent to a fortnight set for all students in the first instance; if students are off for longer, more work will be set. This work will be timed to appear to students at the start of their time away from school, and have a two week deadline set. Attached to the recent letter, in Appendix 1, is a learning timetable that should guide students as to when they should be completing their work; for example, Year 8 students should be accessing and working on their maths tasks from the Y8 Maths Google Classroom on Tuesday morning. This guide is to help parents support students with
their learning; they should only be working on a maximum of two subjects per day.

What kind of work will be set?
The same files that teachers use to teach normally – primarily google slides, documents and sheets –
can be communicated to students so that they can view the instruction files; files that students need to complete are sent as an individual named copy for each student so they can hand their own work in. The GCs have the ability to allocate different tasks to different students so work of an appropriate level can be directed at an individual level.

How can students get help with their work?
Each GC has what is termed a “stream” which is in essence a message board, which is live. Students can ask questions or post comments, to which the teacher can respond in real time. As all students in the GC can see all the comments and posts, they can also get help from other students’ questions and responses.

How will work be marked?
As students send work in via the GC, this work will be fed back on by the teachers using the dedicated feedback tool embedded within google classroom. This can include marks, grades and personal comments, and all this is private to the individual (and any invited guardians – see below). It is also live, appearing immediately as soon as the teacher sends it.

How can students access the work?
Google Classroom can be accessed at classroom.google.com, where students will need to sign in with their school google account and click the plus sign on the top right of the screen, selecting “join class” and entering the appropriate class code from table 1 (at the end of this letter). All students were reminded of their google account details in tutor time recently, but an example username for a year 7 student named Alfred Jones would be S19AJon@carterton.oxon.sch.uk (S followed by 19 (year of joining the college) followed by initial of first name followed by first three letters of surname, all followed by @carterton.oxon.sch.uk. Year 8 prefixes are S18, Year 9 prefixes are S17; Year 11 prefixes are S15. Year 10 usernames are slightly different, in the following format – S16JonesA@carterton.oxon.sch.uk (full surname followed by first initial). Passwords are only known to students; they can be reset by trying the “forgotten password” link on the sign in page, or if this doesn’t work, see the help section below.

What about homework?
As students will be working from home, there will be no normal homework set by teachers for those students who are not in school. There may be homework set on ShowmyHomework for those students who are not at home and for whom school continues as normal. (https://www.satchelone.com/login?subdomain=carterton)

What about students without computer access?
Printed packs of work will be made available for all students who need them, to be picked up from school.

Who can I contact to get help if I need it?
For help with google classroom generally – Mr. Brodhurst, Assistant Head
ebrodhurst@carterton.oxon.sch.uk
For help with the individual work – please ask your son/daughter to post a message on the GC stream

Should you feel that your family needs additional support during these challenging times, please contact the school. All pupils, as is normal practice, can be supported by their Form Tutor, Head of House, and staff in our Student Services Department.

Please use the “contact us” web form, filling in the name of your son/daughter’s tutor or other member of staff at http://www.cartertoncc.oxon.sch.uk/contactus/contact-college-staff/

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We'll be adding all parents to google classrooms this coming week using the email addresses we hold on file; you'll be able to choose the frequency of your email which details the work set, due and overdue for each classroom. Take care & stay well, CCC.

It's amazing to see so much work being completed & so much feedback being returned. We're continually refining our plans in light of advice from the government so stay tuned to this account and Parenthub for more announcements. Thanks also for the multitude of positive emails! 😄

Don't forget we're here to help still - email our Google Classroom helpdesk on ebrodhurst@carterton.oxon.sch.uk for technical queries, put a message on the individual classroom stream for subject help or contact tutors through the "contact us" section of the website....stay well

Thank you to the teachers and staff in schools across the country this morning - you are part of our vital front line in the fight against coronavirus. Help schools to focus on the children who need a place most, and keep your kids at home if you can. #StayHomeSaveLives Retweeted by Carterton CC

Google Classroom firing on all cylinders this morning. Great to see work coming in, students asking questions and staff already providing feedback.

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You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. #StayHomeSaveLives Retweeted by Carterton CC

Our own efforts have been focused on the acute need in children's social care system to keep children's homes open. We will be getting HMI out into schools and councils in the coming days. Thank you again to everyone working in education and care. 4/4 Retweeted by Carterton CC

Parents need to hear the message: keep children at home if at all possible. Support the decisions your child's school are making. They are working to keep everyone safe and slow the spread of COVID-19. 3/4 Retweeted by Carterton CC

School leaders are having to make really difficult decisions. We all want children who can safely stay at home to be there, while teachers look after the most vulnerable and children of key workers. I'm confident heads up and down the country are making the right judgements. 2/4 Retweeted by Carterton CC

Thank you to everyone preparing to go to work tomorrow, in schools, councils, care and childcare settings. You're all doing the country a great service in very trying times. 1/4 Retweeted by Carterton CC

We're welcoming a reduced number of students tomorrow and have been working hard to be ready - full uniform please! For those remote working, you should have your timetables, google classroom codes and work is scheduled for 09:00 tomorrow - we'll be online to assist!

Everybody should watch this and reflect on what they are doing. There is no need to stock up. Supplies are normal. What is causing shortages is people panic-buying & hoarding. Please shop normally for everyone's sake. Then there will not be a problem #coronavirus #COVID19 twitter.com/BBCBreakfast/s… Retweeted by Carterton CC

Exams have been cancelled in May and June in light of the #coronavirus pandemic. Exam regulator @ofqual and other exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades based on teacher assessments, coursework and mock results. Read more: gov.uk/government/new… Retweeted by Carterton CC

Please can all parents check parenthub for the details of how we'll be continuing education until Easter; we wish all our students, staff and their families the very best over the coming weeks and rest assured we are here for you in this difficult time.

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  1. A values-led curriculum, supported by high standards of teaching, will provide students with the academic, creative and technical knowledge and skills to support their ambitions.
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