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Learning and Childcare Information

Learning and Childcare Information

Following the Government’s announcement regarding the closure of schools and nurseries and the cancellation of SQA examinations, the Council has been working on a range of plans to provide essential support for the children of key workers and our most vulnerable children and families. 

Easter Holiday Provision 

The Clackmannanshire Hub Provision during the Easter Holiday period (6-17 April) will be provided in Alloa Academy. This will enable key workers to continue to go to work. It will be open from 8am to 6pm, including the Public Holidays of Good Friday and Easter Monday. The Lornshill Academy and Alva Academy Hubs will be closed during the Easter break. 

ABC Nursery in Alloa will be open over the same period to provide Early Learning Childcare. Dollar Nursery will remain open over Easter Holidays but will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. 

Support for Key Workers and Vulnerable Children and families

Hubs have been established at Alloa Academy, Alva Academy and Lornshill Academy for the school age children of urgent NHS staff and key workers. Parents will be contacted to advise if they have a place. We are working with partner organisations to deliver this. If you are a critical key worker and live in Clackmannanshire, even if your child (children) do not attend schools in the area, please contact our Education department at education@clacks.gov.uk.

As directed by the First Minister we must keep the number of children taking up childcare places to an absolute minimum.  The higher the number of children in childcare settings, the higher the health risks for us all.   Priority must be given to children of the most critical key workers and the most vulnerable children in our community.  We are currently  prioritising  front level health care staff. If we have places left after this we will consider others, in order of priority.

Please contact us if any of the following applies to you: 

  • You have already applied for a place but have not received a response by Wednesday 1st April then please email education@clacks.gov.uk  with "No response to my request" in the subject box. You should provide your child/ren’s name, age and the name of the school they normally attend.
  • If you applied for a place and were told that you did not meet the criteria but believe that this is not the correct decision, then please email education@clacks.gov.uk with "Please check my request" in the subject box.  You should provide your child/ren's name, age and the name of the school they normally attend.  Please remember we have to prioritise to front line Health Care requirements as priority.
  • If you applied for a place but no longer require this it is crucial that you let us know so that we can allocate the place to another child.  Please email education@clacks.gov.uk with "I no longer require my place" in the subject box.  You should provide your child/ren’s name, age and the name of the school they normally attend Please note that if your child does not attend for an extended period and you have not contacted your  Headteacher to let them know, then the place will be removed and offered to another child.

The initial definition of key workers below is based on Scottish Government guidance. 

  • Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID response, and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.
  • Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers, etc), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
  • Category 3 – All workers (private, public or third sector) without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

Thank you for your continued support whilst we ensure that all places are allocated to key front line health care staff.

Early learning and childcare 

ABC Nursery in Alloa and Dollar Nursery School will provide care for nursery age children of key workers and vulnerable children as identified in Scottish Government guidance.

Parents and carers who have been offered a place have been contacted by our Education department. If you have any queries, please email education@clacks.gov.uk

Free School Meals

Free school meals will be provided for children who have been offered an essential key worker place at one of our Hubs at Alloa Academy, Alva Academy or Lornshill Academy.

We are now delivering Grab Bag lunches from vans to children who do not have a place at one of our Hubs but are in receipt of clothing and footwear grants. Following Government guidleines, we are operating the services outlined below as a temporary solution to ensure that vulnerable children and families who are eligible for free school meals continue to receive our support regarding food provision. Whilst we work on longer term arrangements, we must remind you to adhere to social distancing to stay 2 meters away from people, that people only go outside for this essential food collection and return straight home afterwards. Please also ensure that you wash your hands when you return home. As this arrangement is a temporary measure, please continue to visit this page for the latest updates.

  • Van 1

    Fishcross Primary School - 11:00 to 11:20
    Craigbank Primary School - 11:30 to 11:50
    Deerpark Primary School - 12:00 to 12:20
    Clackmannan Primary School - 12:45 to 13:10

  • Van 2

    Tullibody South Campus - 11:00 to 11:20
    Redwell Primary School 11:30 to 11:50
    Sunnyside Primary School 12:00 to 12:20
     
  • Van 3 

    Alva Primary School 11:00 to 11:20 
    Menstrie Primary School 11:30 to 11:50
    St Serfs Primary School 12:10 to 12:30
    Banchory Primary School 12:45 to 13:10
  • Van 4

    Strathdevon Primary School 11:00 to 11:20
    Tillicoultry Primary School 11:30 to 11:50
    Coalsnaughton Primary School 12:10 to 12:30
    Park Primary School (including St Mungos RC Primary) 12:45 to 13:10

Free Period Products

Free period products that would normally be available in schools will be available at the free school meal drop off locations above,  where families can collect a bag containing a one month supply. They will also be available for collection at the entrance to the  three schools that are being used as Hubs – Alloa, Alva and Lornshill Academies.

SQA Examinations

UPDATED 03-04-2020

Following the announcement by the Scottish Governmement that no young person in S4 - S6 that schools are not required to submit learner coursework for marking in Higher and Advanced Higher courses, the SQA have announced further information on their website at https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93777.html

Staff at SQA have been working hard to ensure learners will receive their results no later than Tuesday 4 August. A free appeals service will be available this year, to allow schools and colleges to have a route to question any result.

The SQA also recommends that learners sign-up to MySQA to receive their results by text and/or email. Any learner who has previously signed up to receive their results through MySQA will continue to do so, and the SQA are askig those learners to review their profile to make sure their contact details are up to date.

The SQA guidance below will be regularly updated.

1.b. Which qualifications are covered by this guidance?

This guidance is currently relevant to the following SQA qualifications:

• National 2 to National 5 courses

• Highers

• Advanced Highers

• National Certificates (NC)

• National Progression Awards (NPA)

• Skills for Work courses

• Awards

1.c. Why did SQA take the decision to cancel the exams, and not delay them to later in the summer or open the schools up just for the exams?

This is an unprecedented situation and as the Deputy First Minister outlined in Parliament on 19 March, the exam diet in 2020 cannot go ahead.

The decision was made by The Scottish Government, using the latest medical and scientific advice. 4

2. Estimates Grades

2.a. How will exams be certificated this year?

The SQA is asking teachers and lecturers at schools and colleges across the country to use their professional judgement, and knowledge of your work, to make an estimate of the grade and band. This will be based on learners’ demonstrated and inferred attainment of the required skills, knowledge and understanding for each course at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

This will provide SQA with the information needed to allow us to adjust estimates where necessary, to ensure consistency both across the country, and in comparison with previous years.

The SQA will provide detailed guidance to schools and colleges on how to determine and submit this estimate information after Easter, and by 20 April 2020.

2.b. When and how should schools and colleges supply estimate grades to SQA?

The SQA will provide detailed guidance to schools and colleges on how to determine and submit the required estimate information after Easter, and by 20 April 2020.

We understand that teachers and lecturers will need time to access evidence and have departmental and faculty discussions, in order to provide this information. We are also conscious that this will be more challenging with school and college closures. We are therefore extending the existing deadline for receiving these estimates to 29 May, from the original date of 24 April.

2.c. Do students need to do further work?

There is no requirement for schools and colleges to set additional mock or prelim exams or homework tasks for the purpose of determining a learner estimate. Teachers and lecturers are also not required to mark other work that would have been externally marked by SQA.

2.d. What does this mean for subjects with internally assessed coursework?

National 2, National 3 and National 4 qualifications are made up of units, and an added value unit at National 4, which are internally assessed as pass or fail by the school or college, and externally quality assured by SQA.

Schools and colleges will provide SQA with your unit results based on either existing evidence from assessments that have already been completed, and/or by using their professional judgement of your work through the year.

For National Certificates, National Progression Awards, Skills for Work courses, and Awards, SQA are asking schools, colleges, employers and training providers to provide us with the results of their internal assessment decisions, where some evidence from the course already exists but further progress is not possible, and/or using their professional judgement of your work through the year.

3. Coursework

3.a Why aren’t you marking my coursework?

Coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher courses are submitted later in the year, so as a result of the current public health advice on social distancing, you may not be able to complete it and SQA would not be able to receive it and mark it.

While considering the required arrangements to mark National 5 coursework, that SQA had already received, it became clear that SQA could no longer proceed with the marking of it, in a safe and secure manner, that maintains the integrity of national standards.
The SQA said it had taken the difficult decision to be as fair as possible to all National 5 learners, whilst responding to the latest public health guidance.

4. Results

4.a. When will we receive our results?

National 2 to National 5, Highers, and Advanced Highers, will receive their results no later than Tuesday 04 August, as originally planned.

SQA strongly recommends that learners sign-up to MySQA in order to receive their results by text and/or email. Any learner who has already received their results through MySQA will continue to do so, and SQA recommend that learners review their profile to make sure their contact details are up to date.

A free appeals service will be available, to ensure that schools and colleges continue to have a mechanism to question any result.

4.b. Will young people be able to progress to the next stage of their education or employment with the grades they receive this year?

SQA is in regular discussion with UCAS (the University and College Admission Service), Colleges Scotland, and Universities Scotland, who are fully aware of the situation and will help learners to progress on to the next stage of their education or employment.

SQA are also in close discussion with Skills Development Scotland, to ensure employers and their representatives are kept aware of the decisions being made.

Online Learning 

The Council has been developing a unique virtual learning platform – FLIPClacks which is now “live” and provides learning opportunities for children, young people and families, including school specific areas. The online learning space will include live classroom activities as well as lots of creative resources for you and your children.  

Health and Wellbeing

There are a range of supports available for families, children and young people. The “Parent Hub” on FLIPClacks provides information on services and resources and has links to local organisations that are providing help and guidance. https://flipclacks.org/. "Stay Connected with Clackmannanshire Education Service" is currently being developed and updates will be posted at FLIPClacks and on the Council’s own website.