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JANUARY 2014 Calderglen High School S4/S5 OPTIONS INFORMATION Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future.

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1 JANUARY 2014 Calderglen High School S4/S5 OPTIONS INFORMATION Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

2 S4…….Where are we now? Michael Brady/Jacquie Bradley-Heeps S4 DHTs Our Formal Exam Experience diet is well underway The objective is to give pupils a realistic experience of exam procedures The results of these will inform the Parental Reports – due out early March Parents evening 5 th March – enable discussion with teachers about pupils’ progress

3 S4……What next? Presentation levels – National 4/5 will be finalised This will include: Pupils, Parents, Pupil Support Final exam in May for National 5 pupils No formal exam for National 4 pupils Findings …… All of this information will inform provisional option choices – this process will begin March 11 th.

4 S4 PSHE/CAREERS Pupils will work alongside PSHE teachers in preparation for the Options process - as in previous years. This time, pupils will move from 7 to 5 subjects Specific curricular information will be provided by class teachers to inform Options This will determine the route each individual pupil takes

5 S4 CAREERS SUPPORT Unlike previous years, pupils now have transitional choices to make: Speak to Pupil Support Manager Maureen McMullen, Skills Development Scotland Information on school website Maureen - appointment Dialogue to ensure choices are appropriate and young people take the correct path for them

6 Leaving School POST-COMPULSORY EDUCATION: Pupils whose birthdays fall between: 1st March 1996 – 30 th September 1996 Are eligible to leave school in June 2014 Pupils whose birthdays fall between: 1 st October 1996 – 28 th February 1997 Are eligible to leave school Christmas S5 Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

7 Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Website for advice for parents to help support your child.www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk Helpline (local call rate) Skills Development Scotland in Schools and CS Centres Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

8 Happy to help….. If you have any questions about S4, please contact us: Michael Brady: Jacquie Bradley-Heeps:

9 Options Programme Timeline Monitoring reportearly November Options information28 th January In school examsend31 st January Full report4 th March Consultation evening5 th March Prov. options interviews 10 th – 21 st March SQA exams29 th April Prov. S5 Timetableearly June SQA resultsearly August Options finalisedmid August Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

10 New Qualifications REPLACING National 3 Access 3 and Foundation National 4 Intermediate 1 and General National 5 Intermediate 2 and Credit Higher (CfE) Higher (Trad) Advanced Higher(CfE) Advanced Higher (Trad) Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

11 It’s All About Progression Building on prior knowledge and skills gained is vital to pupil progression. --- AND SO --- Narrowing of subjects from 8 in S3 to 7 in S4 to 5 in S5. Picking ‘new’ subjects in S5 is discouraged, although in some cases, a related subject may be acceptable. --- BUT --- Constraints of exam results, career aspirations, class sizes, class viability may have an impact on this. Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

12 Progression and your child At the end of S4, your son/daughter will have 7 qualifications at Nat 3, Nat 4 or Nat Ideally, they should choose 5 of those subjects to progress in S5. Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

13 New Progression Routes Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future Attained in S4Progression in S5 National 3National 4 National 5 OR Nat 4 in related subject National 5HigherOR Nat 5 in related subject HigherAdvanced HigherOR Higher in related subject

14 S4 Results Really Matter Will a pupil scraping a ‘C’ pass at Nat 5 in S4 find Higher in S5 too challenging? I don’t know! Pupils in that position will be advised on their most appropriate S5 course by subject specialists. S4 exam results will really matter! Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

15 Options Process Provisional Option Form issued 4 th March. Options booklet available on website 4 th March. Family discussion taking heed of Reports advice and Consultation Evening conversations. Choose 1 subject in each of Columns A to E. Choice ratified/moderated at Options interview. Provisional timetable begins in June. SQA results in early August. Provisional choice confirmed/amended in light of SQA results/career aspirations/class viability/class size. Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

16 S5 Workload 5 subjects = 15 units all internally assessed + 5 Prelim exams + 5 SQA external exams Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

17 Warning for the Future - Obstacles to Progress Insufficient hours dedicated to home study Irregular attendance (90%) / lack of punctuality Reluctance to attend supported study Misjudging the jump from S4 Part time work Time spent on X-Box/Facebook Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

18 Supporting Learners School supported study at lunchtimes or after school. Subjects and levels to suit pupil needs. School website with subject details and revision. S6 study buddies in Library. Resources on shared area & Scholar. Subject specific study packs. Study Advice evening in September. Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

19 EMA This year’s information for example A weekly payment of £30 Born between 1 st March 1992 and 28 th February 1996 Household income is below £20,351 for 1 dependent or £22,403 with 2 or more dependents Form from school office - post to address on form! Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future

20 Thanks Thank you for attending this evening. Thank you for listening. I hope you have found this evening informative. Working Together to Inspire Learning and Shape the Future


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