Frequently Asked Questions

BGE - S1-S3


School Closures and Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Broad General Education

Frequently Asked Questions


I am an S1 pupil, will I still be able to ‘swap out’ my Chromebook?

We made good progress with this prior to the school closure. If you missed this opportunity then we will arrange for this to happen as soon as it is safe to do so. Please keep an eye out on twitter for updates.

Do I need to complete the work being set on google classroom?

Yes, it is really important that you continue your learning during this period of closure. It will be important for your well-being that you maintain a routine. To support this, your class teachers will be posting regular work on google classroom. You might want to consider following your school timetable to support this. However, do not worry if you are unwell or you are spending time caring for others and are unable to complete it all. Also, if you need help or don’t understand something, you should contact your teacher directly through your google classroom. More support for Google Classroom can be found on the school website http://stmodans.co.uk/?page_id=655 .


Will I get my S1 Report?

S1 Tracking report will not be issued given the current school closure. It remains to be seen if S1 full reports can be issued but this appears to be unlikely as it stands.


I have picked my subjects for next year. Do I need to continue to work on subjects that I will no longer be studying?

Yes, it is important that you continue with all the subjects in your Broad General Education. Our curriculum has been designed to meet all the requirements and entitlements of a Curriculum for Excellence and it will help to ensure that you have a breadth of knowledge going forward. Also, we are unable to confirm subject choices at this stage and you therefore do not know what you will be studying next year.


I am in S2 or S3 and I have not made my subject choices for next year. What do I need to do?

You can find a copy of the Option forms here:

S2 into S3:

https://sites.google.com/a/stirlingschools.net/stmodansoptions/s2-personalisation-and-choice

S3 into S4:

https://sites.google.com/a/stirlingschools.net/stmodansoptions/s3-choices


You can complete your form by printing it, completing it and then emailing a scanned version or photograph to the school. If you are unable to print the form then please just email your choices in.


I’ve left things in my school locker, will I be able to collect them?

No, at the moment the school is closed to all pupils. We will update you as soon as the situation changes. Keep an eye out on Twitter for updates!

I am supposed to be going on the Paris Trip, is this still going ahead?

Foreign Office and Government advice has stated that all foreign trips should be cancelled. However, as yet there is no guidance regarding the timescale for this advice. As this trip is planned to take place at the end of May, we are currently awaiting instruction from Stirling Council regarding next steps. Our Senior Education team is working closely with Stirling Council insurance department and we will update you all as soon as we can.


I normally have a meeting in school with a key teacher and my parent/carer to discuss my progress. Will this meeting take place this term or next?

All the meetings that would normally take place will be postponed and rescheduled for when everything is back to normal.


If I feel I need to speak to someone about everything that is going on, where can I get support?

We’ve put information about websites to access with free phone lines and text services on the school website:

http://stmodans.co.uk/?page_id=953

You can also email the PSD Team on the following email account and someone will get back to you: pupilsupportstmodans@stirling.gov.uk

For Parents/carers:

Stirling Council has set up a dedicated telephone advice line and email enquiry service for those seeking advice about children and young people’s support needs, learning and well being during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

You can contact the advice line by either:

  • Telephone - 01786 404040 (Monday-Friday from 10am-12.30pm and from 1.30pm-4pm)

This link will take you to all of the current ways to get support from Stirling Council:

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/learning-education/coronavirus-education-updates/coronavirus-education-advice-form/




Senior Phase - S4-S6


School Closures and Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Senior Phase

Frequently Asked Questions


Please note that this document will be updated frequently to reflect updates provided by SQA and others. Come back again if you require further information.

As you are aware, this years’ exam diet will not now go ahead. We understand that this is an uncertain time for young people in the Senior Phase and their Parent/Carers. Firstly, please try not to panic. We will be doing everything possible to ensure no young person is disadvantaged.

Presently, we do not have all the required information to give definitive answers to your many questions. However, this is what we know for the moment and we will update this document as more information becomes available from SQA, UCAS, Colleges and Universities.


Will my academic achievements be recognised?

Yes, your achievements this session will be recognised. The SQA will ask the school to provide an estimated grade for each of your courses based on your achievements in coursework and assessments. This estimate must be based on the evidence that we have on your progress. This includes coursework and assessments conducted throughout the year and not just your prelim results. The SQA will also look at a variety of data including prior attainment where appropriate to establish your final grade and will issue your grade and your exam certificate no later than Tuesday 4th August 2020.


What if I did not complete a mandatory assignment, practical exam or portfolio?

Please do not panic. The SQA released a statement on 24/03/20:

“This means that for this year, schools and colleges are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

We have taken this difficult decision to be as fair as possible to all Higher and Advanced Higher candidates, whilst taking on board the current public health advice, the many varied coursework requirements across different subjects, and how these are managed in schools and colleges across the country.

I appreciate that some learners may have already completed their coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher courses. This work can still be used as part of the suite of evidence for teachers and lecturers to draw on as they consider estimated grades.

We have received coursework for a range of National 5 subjects and have contacted National 5 coursework markers to confirm marking arrangements. All National 5 coursework, due to be uplifted in April and May, will not be submitted for marking.

We will provide further details on the estimation of grades, that we will need from teachers and lecturers to inform certification, and fuller details of our approach to certification, as soon as possible.

This is an unprecedented situation for us all, and circumstances are rapidly changing. With every change in circumstances, we continue to consider how best to recognise learner achievement in as fair a way as possible.

Please be assured that everyone here at SQA is fully committed to working with you to deliver for Scotland’s young people. Thank you for your patience and continued co-operation.”

So, the position at the moment looks like:


National 5

All N5 mandatory assignments/portfolios already submitted to the SQA will be marked externally by the SQA and used towards your final grade. These subjects are:

  • Biology

  • Business Management

  • Chemistry

  • Computing

  • English

  • French

  • Geography

  • Graphic Communication

  • History

  • Modern Studies

  • Physics

  • RMPS

  • Spanish


All subjects with a later April/May deadline will no longer be marked by the SQA. These subjects are:

  • Art and Design (Expressive and Design)

  • Design and Manufacture

  • Music

  • Physical Education

We are awaiting further information from SQA about submission of marks for internally assessed components in:

  • Design and Manufacture

  • French

  • Spanish

  • Practical Woodworking

  • Practical Cookery

  • Physical Education

Practical Cookery assessments which had been organised by the Home Economics departments will not take place.


Higher/lAdvanced Higher

All assignments/portfolios and dissertations will no longer be submitted to the SQA for marking. However, we might be able to use this as further evidence to inform your course estimates.

Practical Assessments in subjects like Music Higher and Advanced Higher will not now take place.

We will update you as soon as we have more information. In the meantime you should continue to complete any tasks set by your teachers in google classroom.

More information on Google Classroom can be found on our school website. stmodans.co.uk/?page_id=6558#


Why should I continue to complete online tasks set by my teacher when I know that the school cannot submit this work to SQA for marking?

The SQA have yet to inform the school how they intend to grade performance in subjects. Whilst we await further guidance from the SQA it is important that all pupils in the Senior Phase continue working hard on unfinished coursework and tasks set by class teachers.

Doing so is important for, at least two reasons…

  1. This may provide teachers with additional evidence to support estimates, although at this stage there is no guarantee that the SQA will permit the use of evidence gathered in this way.

  2. It ensures that all pupils fully complete the necessary coursework to progress to the next level in that subject. This includes our S6 pupils preparing for colleges, universities, apprenticeships etc. Taking your foot off the pedal for, what could be, a lengthy period of time is not good for the brain and will make academic study in any subject more challenging when it finally resumes!

The fact is this – If you do not continue to work hard online, yet are fit enough to do so, then your teacher will have less evidence to work with and you risk being ill-prepared for continuing with academic study next session.

If well enough to do so, please ensure you complete all tasks provided by class teachers and do so in the timescales set for you.

We recognise, of course the importance of ensuring that young people who are unwell are not disadvantaged and we will work with SQA to ensure this is not the case.

Can I find out what my final grade will be before the 4th August?

No. The SQA will make this decision based upon any coursework which has been submitted and marked by the SQA, the estimate submitted by the school, and any other relevant information for that subject. Estimates provided by the school will form only one part of the process. Please do not contact teachers directly about your estimated grades.

What about my UCAS application?

UCAS have been asked by the government to pause all offers for a period of two weeks. They will extend the deadline for replying to offers. You should keep checking www.ucas.com for updates.

Will my estimated grade be the same as my UCAS predicted grades?

No, your predicted grades were provided at a very early point in your course and based on your teachers’ judgement in November. Your estimated grades will be based on much more robust knowledge of your progress in your courses and might differ from grades provided at the time of your UCAS application.

Can I still apply for courses at Forth Valley College e.g. full-time, school partnership courses and Foundation Apprenticeships?

Yes. As you will be aware the college, like your school, is currently closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Forth Valley College staff are continuing to work remotely and will continue to process all applications. Applications must be completed as soon as possible. Mrs Pert has created a google classroom to offer support and answer any questions that you may have. The code is: xb3wui4

If you have already applied to a course then you should have received an email from the college with details of what will happen next.

The college team will not be carrying out face-to-face interviews but will instead be selecting you for the courses based on a number of things. This may include:

  • Telephone interview: FVC team will arrange a telephone interview for you with the selected member of staff. You will receive the date and time for this call by e-mail as you would for a face-to-face interview.

  • You will receive a task which you should complete and return to the email address provided and by the completion date. It is possible that you may also be contacted for a telephone interview.

  • You may be offered a place depending on your current qualifications and with confirmation from your school that the course is a suitable choice for you.

  • FVC may use a combination of all of the above.

It is imperative that you are available for your telephone interview and that you return any task set by the completion date as this is also an important part of your selection for a college course.

Will I still get my Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) when the school is closed?

EMA payments will continue. It is assumed that you are accessing learning online via Google Classroom or other appropriate online platform.

I am in S4, will my work placement still be going ahead?

Don’t yet know. Our work experience arrangements may need to be cancelled if schools remain closed and/or employers are unable to accommodate placements. We are monitoring the situation and will provide you with an update as soon as we are sure.

I am leaving this year and I need support with what to do next. How can I still get help with this?

We remain committed to supporting our leavers into a positive destination and will do all we can to continue to offer our support during these uncertain times.

Developing the Young Workforce

Miss Kettles and Mrs Palmer will continue to post job opportunities for school leavers and those looking for part-time work on their google classroom. They are also available through this platform to support with C.V. Writing, Covering Letters, Job applications and interview advice. You can join this class using the following code: 5vszeqg. The Fast Group will continue to be supported in the usual way.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland cannot deliver career services face to face, but they are still there to help. You can contact your school Careers Adviser, Julia Mitchell for career information, advice and guidance at julia.mitchell@sds.co.uk, or visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk

PSD Team

The PSD Team is also available to support you with any concerns or worries that you may have and they will be happy to signpost you to the most relevant source of support. You can contact Mr Curran, Mrs Sinclair, Mrs McGeehan, Mr Paoli, Mrs Hagan and Mrs Farrugia by emailing: pupilsupportstmodans@stirling.gov.uk

S4/5 Options - have picked my subjects for next year. Do I need to continue to work on subjects that I will no longer be studying?

Yes, it is important that you continue with all the subjects you are currently studying as we are unable to confirm subject choices at this stage and you therefore do not know what you will be studying next year. We plan to move to a new timetable on Monday 18th May, this date may be brought forward slightly in light of the current situation

I am in S4 or S5 and I have not made my subject choices for next year. What do I need to do?

You can find a copy of the Option forms here:

https://sites.google.com/a/stirlingschools.net/stmodansoptions/Senior-options

You can complete your form by printing it, completing it and then emailing a scanned version or photograph to the school. If you are unable to print the form then please just email your choices in.

Do I still need to complete a Leavers Form?

Yes, this provides us with very important information that allows us to move forward with our planning for next year and allow us to continue to offer support, if required, after you have left us. We are working on an electronic version of our leavers’ form which you will be able to complete at home and allow us to maintain our records.

I have additional support needs and would normally have a TAC meeting in school to support my transition post-school. Will this still take place?

At this time, no meetings will take place. The professionals involved will continue to work ‘behind the scenes’ to support your transition and when things are back to normal a further meeting will be called. In the meantime, if you or your parent/carer, have any questions you can email your key teacher through:

pupilsupportstmodans@stirling.gov.uk or stmodanshsautism@stirling.gov.uk

I am supposed to be going on the London Trip, will this still be going ahead?

Government advice has stated that all residential trips should be cancelled. However, as yet there is no guidance regarding the timescale for this advice. As this trip is planned to take place in June, we are currently awaiting instruction from Stirling Council regarding next steps. Our Senior Education team is working closely with Stirling Council insurance department and we will update you all as soon as we can.



For Parents/carers:

Stirling Council has set up a dedicated telephone advice line and email enquiry service for those seeking advice about children and young people’s support needs, learning and well being during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

You can contact the advice line by either:

  • Telephone - 01786 404040 (Monday-Friday from 10am-12.30pm and from 1.30pm-4pm)

This link will take you to all of the current ways to get support from Stirling Council:

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/learning-education/coronavirus-education-updates/coronavirus-education-advice-form/


What if I have more questions?

Please email any questions to the school and we will do our very best to answer them.