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Y10 & Y12 REMOTE LEARNING

This is guidance for year 10 and year 12 students who are working remotely either because they have self-isolated or the academy has been temporarily closed as a result of the Corona Virus pandemic.

To ensure our students are as disadvantaged as little as possible by this disruption we have activated our remote learning policy. The details of which can be found below.

Remote Learning FOR YEAR 10 and YEAR 12

Looking for information for year 11 and year 13 students? click this link.

Appropriate learning activities are being set for all year 10 and year 12 students on a weekly basis. The tasks set mirror as closely as possible the learning that would otherwise be delivered in the classroom.

Students working remotely will be expected to spend as much time on their studies as they would when following their normal timetable.

Learning guides and resources for the week are made available by 9am every Monday.

Learning guides will be delivered using a standardised template and will be shared in a google drive folder entitled ‘BOA Remote Education Files’.

This folder has been shared with students via their BOA VLE accounts but can also be accessed via the following link:

www.boa-online.co.uk/remote-learning

The shared ‘BOA Remote Education Files’ google drive does not require a log-in to view resources and instructions. This means parents and students are able to access it from anywhere on any device as long as you have internet access.

Please note that students will need to use their BOA VLE account to email teachers and upload evidence of their work.

For support accessing the files and/or logging in please contact ITHelp@boa-academy.co.uk.

Email is our primary communication tool. Teachers will respond to student questions and queries either on a case by case basis or in bulk communications.

Teachers will ensure that students receive feedback on their progress in line with departmental and academy marking policy.

The learning guides, resources, and emails may be supplemented in some areas with other digital tools such as Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, Mathswatch, Senica Learning, GCSE Pod and Ezy Education. If your child is instructed to access these but has any technical difficulty, please either contact the subject teacher or ITHelp@boa-academy.co.uk.

Every Monday at 9am we will send a bulk text message and email to students and parents as a reminder to check the google derive for the latest instructions and activities.

 

Update regarding summer 2020 BTEC examinations and assessments (18.05.2020)

What is the BTEC awarding process and how will it affect BOA students?

This week our awarding body (Pearson) confirmed that they intend to calculate and award grades for all the units our students would have completed this year (both external exams and internal assessments). This affects all year groups at BOA and will ensure that our leavers (year 11 & 13) will receive the full qualification they need to progress, and that our first-year students (year 10 & 12) will be able to start their second year of study in September with no disadvantage.

 

To facilitate this, we have been asked to provide our awarding body with three key pieces of information:

  1. Grades for units which have been completed and fully assessed.
  2. Centre assessed grades (predictions) for any units planned this academic year, which have not yet been assessed.
  3. A ranking of all students on the same specification.

Over the past weeks/months we have been preparing for this very scenario and are well under way with both making our judgments and conducting quality assurance.

 

What about the BTEC work students have been doing remotely?

Although students will be awarded grades for all units under this  system (whether completed or not), up until now we have been encouraging our learners to complete unit work where it has already been started. This is because we have wanted to give them a chance to bank as many completed units as possible this year.

 

Yesterday our deadline for submitting judgements to the awarding body was announced. We must submit the required information by 5th of June.

 

As a result, you will find that over the  days leading up to the May half-term break, teachers will begin to ask students to submit anything they are currently working on, whether completed or not. This is so we have time to assess the work and adjust any centre assessment grades (predictions) as appropriate before our deadline.

 

Year 10 and 12 learners. If you are currently working on tasks for a BTEC assignment that was due to be submitted this academic year, then your teachers will in touch before the half-term break to ask you send us anything you are working on (whether finished or not) by a fixed deadline. Rest assured the awarding body have promised to award you a fair unit grade for all the projects you would have completed this year, whether you have quite finished the work or not. However, your remote learning programme will continue! From this point forward, you will notice the BTEC tasks and activities your teachers will be setting will begin to focus on critical skills building and preparation for units scheduled for next year.