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« Reply #60 on: March 20, 2020, 02:28:41 PM »
Perhaps they've had in drummed into them that they are very important and they have been studying hard to do well in them.

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« Reply #61 on: March 20, 2020, 02:30:33 PM »
I only teach A Levels. Lots of my upper sixth today were distraught. We worked really hard together to improve their writing, their conceptual understanding and their confidence. They wanted to show that they'd improved and, for many of them, outperform their predicted grades.

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« Reply #62 on: March 20, 2020, 02:32:09 PM »
No exams. Hmm. This could be an interesting summer, seeing as I work at an exam board.

Oooh me too! International schools mostly though :(

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« Reply #63 on: March 20, 2020, 02:40:48 PM »
My wife is a teacher but has to commute to the school where she works. It is rumoured (although highly unlikely IMO) that Northern Rail are going to introduce Sunday timetable throughout the week which would mean the earliest she can get in to school will be 10. The head has just told her that she'll have to stay behind to make up the time she misses.

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« Reply #64 on: March 20, 2020, 03:09:37 PM »
Does anyone else have a child with special needs that they now have to homeschool, as well as holding down a full-time job? At least I can work from home (until the business folds at least), and my wife can do the same.

Our lad is 9 and an only child, and what's going on is well beyond his grasp. He can't focus on anything for more than a couple of minutes without support, so keeping him occupied, happy - and not feeling utterly isolated - is going to be an enormous challenge. We're drawing up a plan over the weekend but christ knows how we can balance this with working.

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« Reply #65 on: March 20, 2020, 03:18:55 PM »
Imagine how pissed off you'd be if you'd thought you were going to be off until September to then learn that your parent is a "key worker" and that you'll have to go in whilst all your mates are arsing around.........

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« Reply #66 on: March 20, 2020, 03:30:37 PM »
At least you'd get to socialise at the school. Kids at home aren't supposed to meet up with with their mates.

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« Reply #67 on: March 20, 2020, 03:44:16 PM »
Does anyone else have a child with special needs that they now have to homeschool, as well as holding down a full-time job? At least I can work from home (until the business folds at least), and my wife can do the same.

What's his normal education Crab? Is his place of education not open for him from Monday?

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« Reply #68 on: March 20, 2020, 03:49:35 PM »
Wife now told she has to go in and teach the key workers kids. So now our kids are key worker kids so have to go to school- fucking miles away of course. Apparently it’s a clusterfuck (east Dunbartonshire)

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« Reply #69 on: March 20, 2020, 03:54:16 PM »
What's his normal education Crab? Is his place of education not open for him from Monday?

He goes to a Special School about 30 minutes away. Next week it's only open to children of NHS frontline staff, then kids of other key workers the week after. They've said they hope to open some more capacity potentially after the Easter holidays, at maybe a day or two a week for more children. Who knows if even that'll be possible though.

Life's difficult enough for parents of SEND kids (and the kids themselves of course) as it is, even with family support and what limited social care you can access. Remove all that and it's going to be very tough. But there are plenty of people facing worse crises. If me or my wife get ill things'll get very interesting though, that's for sure.
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« Reply #70 on: March 20, 2020, 04:40:16 PM »
Wife now told she has to go in and teach the key workers kids. So now our kids are key worker kids so have to go to school- fucking miles away of course. Apparently it’s a clusterfuck (east Dunbartonshire)

On radio 5 this morning but they were advising that key workers kids should be kept out of school unless there is no alternative to them having to go in. No idea how that fits with your family or if that applies up north or even if it was correct.

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« Reply #71 on: March 20, 2020, 04:43:06 PM »
Are schools going to be teaching or simply providing child care? 

Making macaroni pictures and baking pizzas, I saw the headmaster panic buying pasta and flour.

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« Reply #72 on: March 20, 2020, 05:21:20 PM »
So the list of key workers is everyone, then. Schools closed, except they’re open. School staff whose partner is also a key worker (that’ll be lots) have the choice of doubling their exposure by sending their kids to their school and working in theirs, or have to bring them into work with them.

Selfish parents are already champing at the bit to get their kids into school for the free childcare, without a thought for the health risk they’re exposing them to.
But the advice is very clear, if they can stay home they must. Schools finding parents falsifying their jobs should report to DfE (to police, if you ask me).

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« Reply #73 on: March 20, 2020, 06:23:49 PM »
On radio 5 this morning but they were advising that key workers kids should be kept out of school unless there is no alternative to them having to go in. No idea how that fits with your family or if that applies up north or even if it was correct.

The Scottish list of keyworkers is massive, be easier to list those not on it. Everyone’s taken it as a green light to send their kids back to school

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« Reply #74 on: March 24, 2020, 08:27:19 AM »
Day 1 was incredibly hard apparently- the main issue being the middle class parents constantly asking what to do next with their kids, and being unable to understand it wasn’t a virtual child sitting service. Had to deal with some heartbreaking messages from the less well off kids asking for food.

Country is fucked

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« Reply #75 on: March 24, 2020, 09:14:28 AM »
Cant we send them all up chimneys/down coal mines?

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« Reply #76 on: March 24, 2020, 09:25:11 AM »
Day 1 was incredibly hard apparently- the main issue being the middle class parents constantly asking what to do next with their kids, and being unable to understand it wasn’t a virtual child sitting service. Had to deal with some heartbreaking messages from the less well off kids asking for food.

Country is fucked

My wife's school had 8 staff in and 2 children.

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« Reply #77 on: March 24, 2020, 09:29:39 AM »
Cant we send them all up chimneys/down coal mines?

It's what Dibnah would have wanted.

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