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Urgent Update – 03/04/2020

Posted: 3 April 2020

Dear parents and carers

I understand how unsettling the past weeks have been for you, since the announcement that exams have been cancelled this summer, and that you are urgently waiting for news. The exams regulator, Ofqual has this morning published some further clarification on how this year’s examination results will be calculated. We have sent to all Y11 and Y13 parents the letter that has been written by Ofqual explaining the details.

This letter explains how grades will be calculated. Tavistock College will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each subject where a grade was expected. This information will be based on what teachers know about each student’s work and achievements. This information will be:

• The grade teachers believe students were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned. Teachers will consider a range of things like classwork and homework; results in assignments and any mock exams; any non-exam assessment or coursework completed; and each student’s general progress during the course.

• The order of students at the school by performance, for each grade, for each subject. This information will be used to standardise judgements, allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across all schools and colleges in England. The final grade students get could be different from the ones we send to the exam boards due to this standardisation process.

Students and parents will not be allowed to see the grade that has been submitted to the exam boards as Ofqual have instructed us that this is confidential. Please do not send requests or ask teachers to tell you the grades they will be sending to the exam boards or where they have placed your child in the order of students: they will not be allowed to share this with you.

Final results are expected in August, although this date has yet to be published. Students and parents that are dissatisfied with the grades when they are release can ask for an alternative examination date to sit an examination. This could be in the Autumn term 2020 or the summer term 2021.

There is a link below that will take you to the detailed document published today by Ofqual should you have further questions, or want to read guidance in more detail.

Thank you for your patience in this matter, and for all your support

Sarah Jones


Please be aware of scammers

Posted: 2 April 2020
Please be aware that a number of parents across the country have been targeted by unscrupulousness scammers.
They are focusing on the parents of children who are eligible for Free School Meals.  Any correspondence about Free School Meals will come from Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, so please do not reply or respond to any approaches made to you asking for bank details etc.

Easter holiday opening

Posted: 2 April 2020
Whilst the school is technically closed, we will remain open for the children of key workers next week. This will be between 0840 and 1500. We are aware that some key workers will be be asked to change and alter shifts, but I would ask that if you intend to send your children to us for supervision you let us know BEFORE 0800 on Monday 30th March because I need to organise staff to come in in their holiday. You can do this by sending an email to office@tavistockcollege.org
A free school meal delivery will be made on Friday 3rd April to the locations that have been shared.
Please note that the site will be closed to everyone on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Thank you for all of your support