Weekly Update 29/01/2021

Use of Satchel One

Based on some of the feedback we have received from pupils, staff and parents, we have been working with our staff and Pupil Parliament to develop a more consistent use of Satchel One during remote learning. The beauty of Satchel One is that parents/carers, as well as pupils receive notifications and updates, allowing them to support their young person. Satchel one essentially serves as a check list for pupils, parents/carers and staff of tasks and activities to be completed.

This week 91% of our pupils were active on Satchel One and 61% of our parents. We would encourage all pupils and parents/carers to access their Satchel One account regularly. If you are having any difficulty, please contact the school office.


SQA: National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Qualifications 2021

As we continue to deliver the SQA qualifications, learning and teaching and maximising the time during this current period of remote learning remain key priorities for Kelso High School.  National and local guidance, including latest support and advice for schools from the Scottish Qualification Authority and the Scottish Government continue to inform the content that is being delivered and the work that is set.

Current Timelines

Remote learning will continue nationally at least until mid-February

The date for submission of young people’s provisional grades to SQA by schools is now 18th June 2021.

Ministers will next update Parliament about lockdown measures and the reopening of schools on 2nd February 2021.

We will continue to monitor updates to national advice and guidance and will keep you informed as the situation changes

SQA want to hear from parents! They are setting up panels so they can get ‘quick pictures’ of what parents think about important issues. For this to work effectively, they need to get as many people to sign up as they possibly can. If you are a parent/carer of and S4-6 pupil and would like to be involved, please use the following link: https://bit.ly/2V3KNAV

SQA also released an update for parents and carers on the 27th January. The update can be found here:



During this week I have had the pleasure of holding Assemblies for S1-S4, approx. 40 young people each morning have joined me.  This time will be used to share whole school updates and an opportunity for our young people to ask any questions.

These assemblies will continue to be held on a weekly basis from 8.50am-9am, Tuesday-Friday.

Parent Feedback

Thank you to those parents who completed our request for feedback last week.  We had six responses and the following tips/strategies for home learning that had worked for them as a parent was shared:

  • “letting the kids work at their own pace”
  • “set the alarm to get up at the normal school time.  Mid-morning treat of hot chocolate!”
  • “allowing free time in the school day to get outside.  Made big difference to concentration levels and attitude”
  • “almost impossible to suggest leaving mobile in another room during school times, but use of app as Forest could help promote focus”

The opportunity to provide us with feedback will continue on a weekly basis, please use the link below to complete a very short survey: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=oyzTzM4Wj0KVQTctawUZKXuQxDT50FtMqQOPzg1J-uBUMVFHMDZFNTFKMjZSUlJKNDBROVRNVkE5VC4u

Update from Pupil Parliament

Summary of student wellbeing in the second week of 2021 remote learning.

What’s going well?

This week’s average figure on how people were feeling was a 3.4 out of 5.

20% of people last week were having internet/iPad issues, this week those numbers went down to 11%.

“The iPads have worked better last week.”

19% said nothing needs to be improved about home learning.

“I think home learning is working well so there is nothing that I think could be improved.”

Tips for improving your home learning will be posted everyday next week!

Education Maintenance Allowance

APPLY NOW – You can claim EMA if:

  • Your Household income for the tax year ended 5 April 2020 is less than:
    £24,421 – if there is 1 child in education, or
    £26,884 – if there are 2 or more children in education.
  • You have lived in the United Kingdom for 3 years prior to the EMA qualifying date and are resident in Scotland on that date.  Other residency rules also apply. 
  • You live in the Scottish Borders Authority and attend
    • Secondary School
    • Home Educated
    • Non advance course at a College in a neighbouring authority that is not in Scotland and does not attract any other form of public or employer bursary.
    • Activity Agreement
  • You attend school or a non-advance course at college or are Home Educated for a minimum of 21 guided learning hours per week (or 100% of your agreed timetabled hours including study periods as stated on your Learning Agreement)  For Activity Agreements you must participate  fully  in  your  agreed  activity  each  week.

If you are 16 years old between 1 October 2020 and 28 February 2021, you may eligible from 4 January 2021. Deadline for Applications 28 February 2021.

If you were 16 years old or over before 30 September 2020, you can still apply and receive payments from the date of application. Deadline for applications 31 March 2021.

You can complete your application by accessing scotborders.citizenspace.com and selecting the Featured Consultation Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) School Year 2020-2021.  Please note a new application must be completed every academic year.

If you have any questions regarding EMA you can contact the HQ Operations Team on 01835 825108 or HQOperations@scotborders.gov.uk.  Please include your name in all communications to us.

Parent Council Update

Webinar 6: Parenting Teens Workshop Part 2 (for parents) – 12noon – 1pm, Thursday 11th February 2021

This webinar is the second in the series of four which will help you understand how to support adolescents to manage difficult emotions and how the parental role changes to support this. The webinar will be led by Alicia Drummond, one of the UK’s leading adolescent therapists and founder of Teen Tips. Places are limited, so will be offered on a first come first served basis. Please register your place here.

Micro Tyco At Home Challenge 2021

Please see document below with all the information for this year’s Micro Tyco challenge. The deadline is 11th February 2021.

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