PRIOR TO HALF-TERM 12 th FebAssembly in Hall / option books handed out 15 th FebY9 Data available AFTER HALF TERM 25 th FebParents’ meeting to explain options process (7.30pm) 6 th – 12th MarIndividual student/parent appointments with member of curriculum team 14 th MarDeadline for option choices 2 nd JuneNew timetable starts Timetable of Events
How is the curriculum structured? Most students will take 10 qualifications (GCSE/BTEC/OCR) Compulsory subjects – 6 GCSEs Option Subjects – 4 GCSEs/BTECs/OCRs GCSE courses comprise one or two of the following: exam (taken at the end of the course) coursework controlled assessment BTEC/OCR courses: cover broad vocational areas are mainly coursework based (continuous assessment) contain one exam or externally assessed module taken during the course
6 Compulsory Subjects (all GCSE) English Language English Literature Maths Biology Chemistry Physics Some students may take will take a double science course (instead of 3 separate sciences) Compulsory subjects which don’t lead to qualifications PSHE + PE
Early Entry: English Language GCSE English Language will be studied/assessed in Year 10, with students completing controlled assessments during these two years and taking their GCSE exams at the end of the year (June 2015) English Literature will be studied in Year 11 with students completing controlled assessments and taking exams at the end of the year (June 2016)
OPTIONS – 4 CHOICES (GCSEs or BTEC/OCR courses) Students should think about: their strengths & interests their future plans how they will be assessed: exams coursework controlled assessment
Structure of the Curriculum Core/Compulsory English4 hours Maths3½ hours Biology2 hours Chemistry2 hours Physics2 hours PSHE1 hour PE2 hours Options Option 12 hours Option 22 hours Option 32 hours Option 42 hours During block weeks students may spend more time on option subjects & less time on core subjects in year 10
Key Issues for 2014-16 1. The English Baccalaureate E-Bacc - (English Baccalaureate) “Awarded” to students achieving A*-C grades in English Language, Maths, two sciences (from Biology, chemistry, physics or computing), a language (modern or ancient), and either Geography OR History 39% of students got E-Bacc in 2013 Entry to our 6 th form is NOT dependent on students achieving the E-Bacc Our advice is that students should choose subjects which they will enjoy and which they believe will give them the greatest chance of success
Key Issues for 2014-16 2. Measuring achievement Current system Lots of indicators used in school performance tables 5 A*-C (inc Eng Lang/Maths) generally recognised for progression Average Points Score at GCSE used by QEHS sixth form (and others) for entry onto some sixth form courses New System (from 2016 i.e. this year group) Attainment 8 – average grade achieved in “best 8 subjects” Best 8 subjects must include: English Language & maths 3 E-Bacc subjects (sciences, computing, geography, history, languages) 3 other subjects (English Lit and all the options offered at QEHS) Sixth form entry requirements (locally/nationally) still unclear
2. Measuring Achievement (continued) How will schools be judged? Attainment 8 – average grade achieved in “best 8 subjects” by all students in year 11 Best 8 subjects must include: English Language & maths 3 E-Bacc subjects (sciences, computing, geography, history, languages) 3 other subjects (English Lit and all the options offered at QEHS) Achievement 8 – performance against target for the 8 best subjects % of students achieving A*-C in English Language AND maths % of students achieving the E-Bacc
Key Issues for 2014-16 3. Other issues? How much harder existing GCSEs will be? How entry requirements for sixth form (here and elsewhere) may change in the coming years – our view is that the “Attainment 8” measure is likely to be the most important Other changes to be announced by the DfE GCSE target grades - what are FFT targets and how do we use them during the guidance interviews?
English, maths, biology, chemistry and physics PE and PSHE Compulsory subjects
You need to think about: Your strengths & interests Your future plans How you will be assessed: Exams Coursework Controlled assessment OPTIONS – 4 CHOICES (GCSEs or BTEC/OCR courses)
Core subjects provide evidence of literacy, numeracy, science Options are an opportunity to demonstrate where you excel Follow your convictions Don’t take a subject because you feel you should Making your choices
Five boxes to complete – PE compulsory Effectively making 4 option choices Focus on your strengths Not doing so will impact on your progression Making your choices
English language and Maths basis for getting into 6 th form If you can get one of those then you can get into 6 th form if you choose the right subjects Not choosing correctly will impact on progression Consider Progression
Student 1 English LangC English LitD MathsE BiologyD ChemistryD PhysicsC Art & DesignA Food TechA HistoryE FrenchD Case Studies Student 2 English LangC English LitC MathsA BiologyB ChemistryB PhysicsB EngineeringA ITDist GeographyB PEA Student 3 English LangA English LitA MathsC BiologyC ChemistryC PhysicsD HistoryA SpanishB DramaA Religious StA
Art and Design Graphic Communication Textile 60% Portfolio 40% Externally set task Will only count once in Attainment 8 measure Art – which one?
Business Studies Exam 75% Controlled Assessment25% Media Studies Controlled assessment60% Exam40% Business and Media
BTEC Performing Arts GCSE Dance GCSE Drama GCSE Music May take more than one but Dance and Drama count once in Attainment 8 measure Expressive Arts
Dance GCSE – solo and group performances and choreography 20% written exam Drama GCSE Internal and externally assessed performances. Evaluation of a play + 40% exam (performance) Music GCSE Composition, performance and 40% exam BTEC performing arts (musical theatre – music, dance and drama) Expressive Arts (continued)
Think method of assessment Controlled Assessment PE60% Coursework Sport75% Re-sit of exam component possible But also consider both PE or Sport?
Think method of assessment Controlled Assessment Computing60% Coursework IT75% Re-sit of exam component possible Computing is a technical course and an aptitude in maths is very important. Many of the lessons in Computing will be theory- based. IT is more practical IT or Computing?
Coursework BTEC Health and Social Care 75% Re-sit of exam component possible Controlled assessment GCSE Child development 60% Health Studies
Controlled assessment (40-45 hours) Electronic Products60% Engineering60% Graphic Products60% Resistant Materials60% But, again, you could consider two Technology (Design) – which one?
Controlled assessment Catering60% Food Technology60% Explore the difference in the courses. Consider the methods of assessment Could consider both Technology – Food and Catering
Think Strengths Interests Assessment Progression Choose what you enjoy and are likely to do best in! Talk to your teachers! Conclusion
Read the brochure carefully Students to discuss with parents Look at Y9 data/report on e-portal Read the assessment section on the options pages carefully Think about whether you want: Breadth – 4 different subjects Some specialisation – 2 or 3 similar subjects Mainly exams or more controlled assessments/coursework Students should look at the option form prior to their interview and make some provisional choices What now?
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