Parent Teacher Interviews
As you are aware, the process for these interviews began with the rollout of information about booking interviews for Thursday 26 March and Wednesday 1 April. In light of health recommendations around the gathering of people, we have applied a flexible approach to how we deliver and communicate this important juncture in each student’s learning journey.
The Leadership team has considered the importance of communicating to parents the progress of their students’ learning over the term and it has been decided to report on this through our regular OneSchool reporting process.
At this point in time we plan to email progress reports to the community on the final Thursday of Term 1 (Thursday 2 April). Parents are encouraged to access the usual opportunities to contact teachers or Heads of Department via phone or email. Likewise, teaching staff have been briefed to make contact with parents prior to the distribution of reporting if they have concerns relating to student progress.
End of term assessment is underway in most subjects. Heads of Department and teachers will communicate directly with students about assessment requirements as the majority of these assessments are formative and are designed to provide direct feedback to the individual student for future learning, which reflects our ‘Assessment for Learning’ approach. A number of summative IB assessments will continue to be implemented in class time as per current student Assessment Planners.
I can reassure the school community that no student will be advantaged or disadvantaged by undertaking assessment now, or at a later agreed date. This differentiated model enables an inclusive approach to meet the individual needs of students. For example, some learners have prepared for, and are ready to complete, summative assessment tasks; it is important for them to have this opportunity. Likewise, it is just as important for those students who may not be ready due to our current circumstances, to complete assessment at a later stage through a differentiated medium.
As a staff, we continue to follow school operational processes and procedures, and will communicate any authorised changes to these, as they occur.
As a school committed to nurturing our students as individual learners we continue to prioritise their learning needs and wellbeing.