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Launceston College Update

Dear Parents and carers,

Thank you for continuing to support your children to learn while College remains closed for many students.

We are pleased that the government released plans last week for a full return to school for all students, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on September 7th. Your child will soon be receiving a copy of their timetable, and if they are moving into Year 10, they will receive further guidance on their options choices soon.  Although College will be fully open, we are working hard to make the necessary adaptations in line with government advice to minimise social mixing, and to make sure that all of the necessary measures are in place to keep everyone safe. Should we face further school closure in the future, we will seek to provide a remote learning structure as close to the normal timetable as possible, and communicate this to you in a timely fashion. Teachers are preparing the ‘return curriculum’ carefully, in order to ensure that students get the opportunities they need to get stuck into a full and rich curriculum.

In the meantime, over the past few weeks, your child will have been invited to attend support sessions and live lessons for a range of their subjects through Google Classroom and econtact book in order to offer greater structure to their home learning if they need it. We hope you have had the chance to see the overview of the sessions available for your child, in the form of extra support sessions which include video learning opportunities.

This has been a period of time which has presented unique challenges for parents and students, and as the end of the summer term approaches, we would like to encourage your child to have a break and an enjoyable and restful holiday when it comes.

We recognise that there are students who would like to continue to study over the holidays. To support this, each subject area has set out its own ‘Where we would like students to be by September’ curriculum plan, which should give you a structure to support learning. There will also be a range of resources, activity suggestions and lessons which will remain available on econtact book and Google Classroom, and the ‘Learning While College is Closed’ section of the website has lots of ideas and links to resources to support independent learning.

If your child is moving into Year 11 or is taking an examined course in Sixth Form, the government and Ofqual have confirmed that a full exam season will take place next year. We are still waiting to hear detail about whether there will be any changes to the timing or content of exams to account for the extended closure of schools nationally. We will let you know as soon as we can.

It has been very rewarding how many students and parents have been able to stay connected to our school community over this period. We would like to make sure that you are aware of any further developments should they arise over the summer. Should there be any major changes to full opening in September, we will contact you to let you know, and we will keep the College website updated with important information. We will contact you before the first day back for students in September to confirm arrangements and let you know about any adaptations in College that are required to meet safety guidance, so you feel ready and prepared. We know that students will feel a range of emotions about returning to school routines, and as we are preparing to support the learning and progress of every student, we are also thinking carefully about how we can support the mental health and wellbeing of every student as we reintegrate.

You may have heard announcements in the media about Government funding for tutoring programmes and investment in supporting schools and students to catch up with learning while schools have been closed. We await further details on these announcements from the Government, and will share them with you as soon as we are able to.

As we return, we are committed to providing the most broad, rich and academically rigorous curriculum possible, as well as providing ongoing opportunities to support the happiness, success and personal development of all of our students. When we return all together in September, we will be redoubling our efforts to provide high-quality learning opportunities which will help students towards the learning and qualifications that they need.

Yours faithfully

Jenn Burn                  Dan Wendon
Principal                    Assistant Principal


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