January 2021

End of the week recap and updates

Please see the article below for updates and recaps of information which you may find useful, including:

• Parent views sought for exam consultation 

• News about the EYRC Winter Grant Scheme 

• A round up of the week's news from WHS 

• Online safety advice 

• Data Allowance Scheme 

Exam Consultation

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and the Department for Education have this week launched their consultation on how GCSEs, A-levels and Vocational qualifications should be awarded this summer. As part of this consultation process, they are are seeking the views of students, parents/carers, teachers and anyone else with an interest.

The proposals, and an opportunity to respond to them, can be accessed by clicking the relevant links below.

GCSE, AS and A-level grades  Vocational and Technical grades

Please note, the consultation process closes on Friday, 29th January

In case you missed it... 

A round up of news and information released this week. 


Winter Grant Scheme


East Riding Council have re-opened their Winter Grant Scheme for eligible families to receive additional support through the Winter months. The deadline for applications is 31/01/21.


Click here to read further information about the scheme and how to apply 



Lockdown Challenge


In an effort to combat the increased amount of screen-time that has inevitably arisen due to Remote Learning, Withernsea High School’s PE team have set their sights on inspiring students to stay active offline, as well as on.


Click here to view the Week 1 results table and to find out more about the challenge 



Students praised for seamless transition to Remote Learning


The move to whole school Remote Learning was something that has been rigorously prepared for over recent weeks and months. The combined efforts of staff, students, parents and carers has meant that this transition has been a smooth one. 


Students praised for seamless transition to Remote Learning 




Online Safety

Humberside Police have reached out to local schools to raise awareness with parents/carers about a website that is of concern to them. 

Omegle.com allows anonymous profiles to share text, images and videos with other users under the tag line ‘talk to strangers’. 

This clearly raises alarm bells and the police have asked if parents/carers can be made aware to safeguard their children from using this site. 

Now, more than ever, is a time to be extra vigilant and ensure that our students are kept safe online. The links below offer help, advice and guidance for keeping young people safe throughout this increased period of internet usage. 

Think u know - www.thinkuknow.co.uk

‘Think u know’ is an education programme which protects children both online and offline. Explore their website for
advice about staying safe when using a phone, tablet or computer.

Get Safe Online - www.getsafeonline.org

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information on online safety. It provides practical advice on how to protect your computer/mobile devices and yourself against fraud, identity theft and many other problems encountered online.

UK Safer Internet Centre - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk

The UK Safer Internet Centre hosts online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.


Mobile Data Allowances: Are you eligible for support? 

The application deadline for the Department for Education (DfE) data allowance scheme has once again been extended. 

This scheme offers increased mobile data allowances for students who: 

• don’t have access to a fixed broadband connection

• cannot afford the additional data needed to access educational resources or social care services

• have access to a mobile device that uses a participating network

• are facing disruption to their face-to-face education, or have been advised not to attend school. 

Participating mobile networks are: EE, Sky MobileSmartyTesco MobileThreeVirgin Mobile and O2.