3 AIMSIntroduce Oriel’s Year 9 Options Process and our philosophy regarding students choices at 14.Explain the different types of Qualifications available to students at Oriel in Y10 and 11BTECGCSEGive you advice on how to help students make the right choices for themThe next month is a very important, at times scary and also very exciting time for our Year 9 students as they pick their options subjects.It is the first time in our Year 9 students education that they have had the chance to choose some of the subjects that they wish to study.The options they pick will affect how they spend their time at school for the next two years and may also influence what course or job they decide to do after Year 11.The aim of this session this evening is to introduce and explain Oriel’s Year 9 options process in advance of next Thursday’s Year 9 options Evening.We will also explain the difference between the different types of qualification on offer for students to choose and will also give you some advice and ideas on how to help students make the right options choices for them.
4 Qualifications should: Qualifications should:Reflect our changing worldPrepare our students to be successful in societyEngage students in learningPrepare students for study at college or university, or for work.Education should not be a ‘one size fits all’ systemWe should recognise:Different needs of our studentsDifferent learning stylesDifferent aspirations and goalsTo begin with I would like to show you a video which illustrates why making the right options decisions for students is crucial and how education needs to prepare our students for their place in a very fast changing world.VIDEO CLIPI think you will agree from some of the statistics in the video that It is increasingly important that the qualifications on offer to our students reflect the changes in societyEducation should not be a ‘one size fits all system’We should recognise the different needs of our studentsRecognise different learning stylesRecognise different aspirationsRecognise the different learning pathways which students will takeThere should be choice and flexibility
5 CORE – All students will study: English Language and Literature MathsEnglish Language and LiteratureScienceREPEPDC / CitizenshipWith regards to Oriel’s options system.There are a number of subjects that are not optional.This is not a decision made by Oriel but by the current National Curriculum5
6 OptionsStudents must then choose subjects to fill the optional parts of the timetableThere are three option spaces to fill.1Students must then choose 4 courses to fill the optional parts of their timetableWe operate a completely free options system. i.e. there are no pre-set option blocks limiting choice.The success of this process is ensured by the very high quality advice and guidance our students are given to make sure that from a wide and free choice students select the best courses for them.23
7 Ensuring ProgressionAn increasing importance has been placed on the following facilitating subjects:GEOGRAPHY SPANISHHISTORY FRENCHCOMPUTER SCIENCE GERMANUniversity entrance information highlightsthese subjects as facilitating subjects at A Level for top degree entry
8 Ensuring ProgressionTo ensure that students are not being disadvantaged by not opting for a broad range of subjects including a facilitating subject.Option 1 of the three options must be one of these subjectsGEOGRAPHY SPANISHHISTORY FRENCHCOMPUTER SCIENCE GERMAN
9 OPTION 1 You must pick one of the subjects below: GCSEs: French, Spanish, German,ComputingHistory, Geography
10 OPTIONS 2 and 3 BTECs GCSEs: Sport Media, Drama, Music, PE, Dance Health and Social CareMusic TechnologyGCSEs:Media, Drama, Music, PE, DanceFine Art, Textile Art, 3D DesignFrench, Spanish, German,Business Studies, ICT, ComputingHistory, Geography, Sociology, Citizenship, RECatering, Graphic Products, Systems and Control, Textiles Technology, Product Design,We encourage students to select a broad and balanced curriculum both in the subject areas they choose but also in the type of qualification.10
11 Choice and Flexibility At Oriel we offer two different types of qualification for students to choose to study in Years 10 and 11.These qualifications can be mixed and they are flexible.BTECGCSEAt Oriel we offer two different types of qualification for students to choose to study in Years 10 and 11.These qualifications can be mixed and they are flexible..
12 All Year 9 students have received yesterday the Oriel ‘It’s your choice’ guide This give lots of information about the courses on offer which students can pick from.We would now like to focus on explaining the differences between the types of qualifications on offer.
13 BTECs Michelle Stephens BTEC Coordinator I would first like to introduce Miss Michelle Stephens our BTEC coordinator who is going to talk about BTECs
14 About BTECsA BTEC is a theoretical, practical and work related course.In addition to exams, students complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands
15 BTEC’s now include a1hr exam in addition to coursework The Structure of BTECs75% Coursework25% ExamBTEC’s now include a1hr exam in addition to coursework
16 Which students are suited to BTECs? Students who prefer completing projects/courseworkStudents who feel that they do not like the pressure of a 100% examinable subjectsStudents who enjoy the subject areaStudents who want to follow a mix of qualifications to vary the way they will learn
17 How BTEC is assessed? Work experience Presentations Role Plays Research portfoliosDesigning publicationsPractical assessments such as organising events and working with the local communityExam for 1 unit
18 How are the courses graded? BTEC grades are awarded in the following way:Level 2 Distinction*Level 2 DistinctionLevel 2 MeritLevel 2 PassLevel 1Not A-Es
19 Where can a BTEC qualification lead? Sixth Form- BTEC Nationals (Level 3)Into the workplace – Highly accepted by organisations. It allows an easier transition from School to workApprenticeships
20 But do Universities accept BTECs? BTEC are accepted by all UniversitiesResearch has shown that students who have completed BTEC courses are better prepared for university than those who have undertaken A-Levels. This is due to the skills acquired on the BTEC courses
21 GCSEs Victoria Pooley Subject Leader for Science Now Victoria Pooley Subject leader for Science is going to talk about GCSEs21
22 What is a GCSE?GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education.GCSEs are the main qualification taken by 14 to 16 year oldsYou can take GCSEs in a wide range of academic and work-related subjects.It's highly valued by schools, colleges and employersThe qualification mainly involves studying the theory of a subject, combined with some investigative work.Some subjects also involve practical work e.g. ArtThey are graded from A* to G. Grades D to G are Level 1 qualifications and A* to C are Level 2 qualifications
23 How are GCSEs examined?ExamsControlled Assessment
24 ExamsAll GCSEs are examined by terminal examinations at the end of the course For the majority of courses this will be at the end of year 11 Although rare, there may be a situation where a student takes a GCSE early, in this case the terminal examination may be at the end of year 10
25 An example… ‘triple’ and ‘double’ science Students taking ‘double science’ will cover two discrete GCSE coursesScienceAdditional scienceCore science content and controlled assessment covered during year 10Additional science content and controlled assessment covered during year 11All exams are taken at the end of year 11Results in the award of ‘science’ GCSE at the end of year 11Results in the award of a second GCSE – Additional science, also at the end of year 11
26 An example… ‘triple’ and ‘double’ science Students taking GCSE separate sciences (triple) will take all nine 1hr science examinations (3xBio, 3xChem, 3xPhys) at the end of year 11 Biology/Chemistry/Physics GCSE are 2 year courses with content and controlled assessment spread evenly across year 10 and 11 The end of all three courses is the end of year 11
27 Controlled Assessment Work completed in school under controlled conditionsMore controlled by the exam boards than courseworkTime limits set by the exam boardTeachers can give some feedback but this may affect the marks that can be awardedParents can be involved in the preparation part of some controlled assessment
28 How to Choose…. Nina Thair Director of Learning: Work and Life Skills Nina Thair is now going to give some advice about how to help students make the right choices for them28
29 Your son or daughter should avoid making choices based on: Making Good ChoicesYour son or daughter should avoid making choices based on:Their friends’ choicesTheir current teachersGender stereotypesOne narrow career path29
30 Your son or daughter should: Making Good ChoicesYour son or daughter should:Think about their strengths and weaknessesThink about how they prefer to study and learnFind out how the courses are taught and assessedKeep their choices broad and balancedResearch any career ideas they may haveUse UCAS to check A Level and BTEC requirements fordegree entryUse the internet, speak to Joan on Thursday30
31 What subjects are included in the English Baccalaureate? GCSE A* - C in 5 subjects:MathematicsEnglishScience (2 A*-C)MFLHumanities (History or Geography only)The Russell Group’s ‘Informed Choices’ documenthighlights these subjects as facilitating subjectsat A Level for top degree entryIt’s not a qualification. It is a recognition that students have achieved A*-C in 5 particular subjects considered to be more academic and reflects the Russell Group recommendation.
32 A Broad and Balanced Curriculum The subjects your son or daughter chooses should be a good balance as encouraged by the EBacc but the arts, ICT and technology are very much part of achieving a good balance.It is important their choices allow progression into further and higher education in a range of subjects which they will enjoy and succeed in.
35 Making Good ChoicesFurther help:Speak to teachers, our careers adviser Kerry Mann and of course you!Use the careers websites under ‘Careers and Moving On’ of the curriculum section of the school websiteStudents come along to the Options Evening on 26th March and speak to the teachers about the courses on offer35
36 Next Steps OPTIONS EVENING – Thursday 26TH March Important evening for parents and most importantly studentsDrop in any time between 6pm and 8pmReceive a further pack of guidance information & options formAll Subjects and courses representedInformation to collect and take homeSpeak to teachersSee examples of students workDeadline for Options Forms – Friday April 17th 2014We look forward to seeing you all with your sons/daughters at the options evening on 27th March – this ThursdayIt is always a very busy and exciting evening and an important part of the process of choosing options and we look forward to seeing as many Year 9 students and parents as possible.At that evening you will get the opportunity to collect more information to help make decisions – you will also receive the all important options form – the deadline for the return of these forms is the 19th April and forms should be given to students mentor.
37 You will be asked to pick 5 options and place them in order of preference RESERVE 1RESERVE 2Wherever possible we will try to guarantee you your first three choices
38 Our PhilosophyTo ensure that students are not being disadvantaged by not being offered the broad range of subjectsTo enable students to make an informed choiceTo empower them to achieve; to inspire them to excel