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Learning and Childcare Information

Learning and Childcare Information

The Council is continuing to provide essential childcare for the children of key workers and we are now planning for the return of children to schools and nurseries from August as per the Scottish Government’s route map for recovery from Covid-19.

Summer hub arrangements for the children of key workers

We are currently making plans to continue providing childcare for the children of key workers who are currently using our hubs during the summer holidays.

We will require Headteachers, Teachers and Learning Assistants to volunteer their time during this period to enable us to support the staffing of these hubs and will have a limited number of staff available. To allow us to plan for this staff provision we are reviewing all places at our hubs.

The Summer Hubs for the children of key workers will operate for 4 weeks from Monday 6th July until Friday 31 July and they will be open from 9am until 3pm.

Places for the Summer Hubs

In line with Scottish Government advice, the Summer Hub places will be prioritised for families where both parents/carers are category 1 key workers who have no other form of childcare. As directed by the First Minister we must keep the number of children taking up childcare places to an absolute minimum. For safety of all, children should continue to stay at home wherever possible.

Who are category 1 Key Workers?
  • 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.

Please Note: we are unable to provide a key worker place because your partner has been told to return to their job, unless that job also falls into the key worker category.

A letter has been sent out to the parents/carers of children currently using the Hubs. If you would like your child/children to be considered for a Summer Hub place please complete the form contained with in the letter and return it to your current hub no later than Friday 5th June.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions about hub places, please contact education@clacks.gov.uk.

Reporting to Parents - process for Nursery and Primary Schools Session 2019/2020

Normally at this time of year, Teachers and Early Years Educators are busy writing end of term reports.  Given the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in, all educators have had to change and adapt normal practice.  They are currently working hard to provide on-going learning, support and communication with their children and families.

Our main priority at this time is to ensure children and families' health and wellbeing is supported. We will put the following reporting procedure in place for this session only.

Every parent/carer can request an additional 10 to 15 minute phone call with either their child’s class teacher or with a member of the senior management team.   This is optional as some parents and carers may decide that this is not necessary as they are happy with the level of communication already taking place.

For those parents and carers who request an additional call, the purpose of the call will be to speak to you about:

  • How your child is coping with the changes to their routine and life
  • How your he / she is engaging with their learning at home
  • Identify any support you need from your school/nursery

It is important to note that teachers will not be able to answer questions on plans in place for when schools return.  You will be kept fully informed, through this website, on our plans which will be guided by Scottish Government.

The phone calls will begin week beginning 25th May 2020. Your school/nursery will arrange appointments directly with you.

Thank you for your continued support.

Education Maintenance Allowance (16-19 yr olds)

Applications for the EMA open in June. For information on eligibility and online application form, please follow this link to our EMA page.

Term 4 Learning Information for Parents

Our Education team has been working hard to support children, young people, parents, carers and staff to progress learning, stay connected to their communities and maintain good health and wellbeing.

This Supporting Learning during Term 4 document gives some information and advice about learning in term 4 and signposts parents and carers to other sources of support. It will be updated as circumstances change and as plans develop for the return to school from August.

The team 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.

Transitions

Information about children who are due to start Nursery, P1, S1 or are leaving school is available on our Transitions page. Please follow the link given.

Free School Meals

Please refer to our free school meals distribution web page by following the link given.

Free Period Products

Free period products that would normally be available in schools are available for collection at the entrance to the three schools that are being used as Hubs – Alloa, Alva and Lornshill Academies.

SQA Examinations

Updated 3/6/20

The SQA now have more information on their website about the certification model they have developed following the cancellation of the 2020 exam diet.

The new model will be based on three broad principles, whilst adapting to the current challenges:

  • Fairness to all learners;
  • Safe and secure certification of SQA qualifications, while following the latest public health advice; and
  • Maintaining the integrity and credibility of the SQA qualifications system, ensuring that standards are maintained over time, in the interests of learners.

Estimated grades will form the core element of this year's certification and schools submitted estimated grades to the SQA by Friday 29 May.

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 asking those learners to review their profile to make sure their contact details are up to date.

The SQA guidance will be regularly updated on their website.

Online Learning

The Council has been developing a unique virtual learning platform – FLIPClacks 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. 

"Stay Connected with Clackmannanshire Education Service" is currently being developed and updates will be posted at FLIPClacks and on this website.

The Council has in place broader community support arrangements to help families in difficulty as a result of COVID-19.  This includes  welfare, finance and food as a result of COVID-19.

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