Presentation on theme: "Curriculum for Excellence: S3 and beyond"— Presentation transcript:
1 Curriculum for Excellence: S3 and beyond Ronnie SummersHead TeacherMusselburgh Grammar SchoolSeptember 201227/03/2017
2 Information for parents - review 2010/11 –S1 arrive August 2010, briefing parents Sept 2010, June 2011 for S22011/12S2 commences June 2011; briefing Feb 2012April 2012 SQA documentation for N2- Higher2012/13S3 commences June 2012; briefing Sept 2012Profiles, final year of Broad General Education27/03/2017
3 External information SQA leaflet “Qualifications are Changing” Feb12 Mike Russell letter to S3 parents August 2012Broad General Education leaflet publishedCFE Briefing 3: Profiling and the S3 ProfileExpansion of Parentzone website –27/03/2017
4 Why S3 is important – part 1 Final year of Broad General EducationSummative assessment using CFE Level 3 and 4 outcomes and experiencesNo external examination for National 3 &4 qualific.Thus constant sustained best work is required to achieve potential in S3 and be presented at the correct level in S4 – solid base in S3Portfolios of work and projects often as part of added value units in S427/03/2017
5 Why S3 is important – part 2 National 5 – external assessment (exam!) where you need to have facts at your fingertip and be used to working at pace – solid base in S3Attendance affects attainment (1:3 vs 1:19)Homework done and done well“Opportunity for success and the possibility of failure” – learn from mistakes and why you got it wrongParents’ Meeting Thursday 29th November27/03/2017
6 Assessment in S3Not based on one piece of evidence only, so similar to S1 and S2Evidence – from solo work in class, contribution to group and class work, oral responses and written responses, redrafted workDeveloping, consolidating, secureBreadth, depth and application – 3 dimensional model helpful27/03/2017
8 Changes – new S3 ProfileAll schools to produce this for S3 pupils, but no one model to followCapture achievements in and out of school, not just academic progress:Essentially “strengths”, not “next steps”Preparation for this in PSE – “reflective pupil”Learning conversations with staff, pupil drivenRelease date of S3 profile still to be decidedS3 report at end of year27/03/2017
9 Changes -Currently, Foundation (N3) General (N4) and Credit (N5) tested by external examinationOnly N5 tested by external examinationNo S3 examinations though some departments may hold class tests to gather extra informationWorking on National courses from Easter 2013S4 preliminary examinations for N5 pupils in November(?) 2013,no exam leave for all pupilsRemember you can contact Guidance anytime27/03/2017
10 Progression to qualifications Broad general education S1-3 to Broad certificated general education in S4 Senior PhaseParental advice to us – keep qualifications broad, not narrowSo, all will have an award in English (including Literacy), Mathematics (including Numeracy) and Religious and Moral Education5 Subjects chosen in S3 continue into S4 (enhancement column subject dropped)8 qualifications in S4 to 5 qualifications in S527/03/2017
11 SQA documentation April 2012 SQA website shares all documents openlyGives teachers information about a subject course – course specification, unit details, course details and assessment detailsHelps staff plan the work for S3 knowing what is to follow in S4 and see the type of assessments being used; know the nature of the added value unit and how long the external assessment is27/03/2017
12 Example - National 4 English 4 mandatory Units: Analysis and Evaluation; Creation and Production; Literacy; Added Value Unit – assignment.Developing skills in reading and listening, writing and talkingNo external examination.Course is pass or fail – must pass ALL unitsInternally marked and externally moderated by SQA-trained moderator27/03/2017
13 National 5 English 2 Units plus External Assessment (1 paper) Analysis and Evaluation, Creation and Production – both more demanding than N4 work – leading to 2 pieces for Portfolio.External paper worth 70 marks – questions on an unseen text(30); 2 questions on texts(2x20) which have been studied in class.Graded A-D pass on quality of work.27/03/2017
14 Any general questions?(Happy to talk about individual pupil progress in S3 face to face afterwards)Thank you for coming tonight!
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