Welcome Ms Pennington Assistant Head Mrs Carney KS3 Leader of Pupil Progress
Aims of this evening To outline the main changes to qualifications and the curriculum and outline the current government position. To provide you and your child with information to help you to make the best decisions for KS4 and beyond. To understand our PATHWAY PROCESS.
Why are pupils taking their options in Year 8? The Government has made major changes to GCSEs: No controlled assessments-assessed through an exam (with the exception of practical subjects, for example, art, design technology) All exams to be taken at the end of the course – NO MODULAR EXAMS and no chance of resits An increase in the number of exams pupils sit at the end of Y11 Changes to the grading system: Old grade A*,A,B,C etc… have been removed and numbers will now be used 9,8,7,6
Graded from 9 to 1 9 being the highest Grade 9, 8 & 7 equivalent to A*/A Grade 6 at the moment looking at being required for A Level Grade 5 higher grade pass (high C or low B)
Why are pupils taking their options in Year 8? Exams to become more difficult and rigorous Need to be better prepared Three year KS4 will help pupils to study GCSE subjects in more detail Opportunity to study the subjects they are good at and enjoy Increased focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG)
Why are pupils taking their options in Year 8? Government measure called: Progress and Attainment 8 The Government, Further Education Providers and Employers are now looking for more than the minimum 5 A*-C with English and Mathematics
Why are pupils taking their options in Year 8? Introduction of the suite of Ebacc qualifications (English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Geography or History and MFL) English and Maths need to be retaken until passed (at present grade C or above) up to the age of 18
What help will students receive with the choices they have to make?
Explained the process (what, when and why it is happening?) Questionnaire to gauge their opinion and to make initial enquiries about what subjects they are interested in studying Year 8 Assembly (Friday 27 th March 2015)
Which of the following do you think would help you to choose what to do next year?
Pathways: Pupils have been placed on a PATHWAY which will determine which subjects they will be allowed to choose from. This is done using all the tracking information we have on your child. It is done with your child in mind, so that they have the best possible chance of gaining the best qualifications they can.
Core Subjects Religious Education Maths English Language and Literature Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics or Core Science and Additional Science) Physical Education Citizenship/Computing/IAG
Pool 1 Pool 2 Choose 1 subject Pool 3 Choose 1 subject GCSE French GCSE History GCSE Art GCSE Drama GCSE Graphic Communication GCSE Health & Social Care GCSE Law GCSE Music GCSE P. E / BTEC Sport GCSE D & T : Product Design GCSE Art GCSE Geography GCSE Business Studies GCSE Cooking and Nutrition GCSE Computer Science GCSE Health & Social Care GCSE P. E / BTEC Sport GCSE D & T : Product Design Pathway 1 Choices
Pathway 2 Choices POOL 1p POOL 2POOL 3 HUMANITIES/MFL CHOICE Choice of 1 subject Choose 1 subject from the list below Choose 1 subject from the list below GCSE Geography GCSE Art GCSE Business Studies GCSE Drama BTEC Creative Media GCSE Graphic Communication GCSE History GCSE Computing GCSE Health & Social Care GCSE Cooking and NutritionGCSE Law GCSE Health & Social Care GCSE Music GCSE PE / BTEC Sport GCSE D&T : Product Design Pathway 2 Choices
Pathway 3 Choices Pathway 2 Choices POOL 1POOL 2POOL 3 1 offer Choose 1 subject from the list below Choose 1 subject from the list below Learning for Life GCSE Art Btec Creative Media GCSE Drama GCSE Cooking & Nutrition GCSE Graphics Communication GCSE Health and Social care GCSE Health and Social Care GCSE PE / BTEC Sport GCSE Music GCSE D& T : Product Design GCSE PE / BTEC Sport GCSE D&T : Product Design Pathway 3 Choices
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