2 Ms Pennington – Assistant Head WelcomeMs Lally – PrincipalMs Pennington – Assistant Head
3 Aims of this eveningTo 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.
4 National UpdateSince the last inspection there has been many changes to the curriculum. It is the most significant Exam reform since 1986 when GCSEs were first introduced:Scale and pace of the changes pose real challenges for schoolsHas implications regarding the way in which we structure the Y10 and 11 curriculumGives us opportunities to change what we do to ensure we best prepare our students for their futures in a changing society.Your involvement in these changes is crucial to us so that we can all support our students
5 What changes have already taken place Introduction of the suite of Ebacc qualificationsA raise in the participation ageEnglish and Maths need to be retaken until passed (at present grade C or above) up to the age of 18Changes to assessment - examsNew Science course
6 English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) ‘to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to study a broad core of subjects, ensuring that doors are not closed to them in terms of future progression. For example, pupils hoping to go to university’ Dfes 2014 To be able to say that you have achieved the necessary level for the Ebacc you must achieve a minimum of a grade C (or equivalent) in the following - English, Maths, Science, MFL, History or Geography
7 Raising the participation age In England, a student must stay in some form of education or training until the end of the academic year they turn 17.This does not mean staying on at school. It can be:Full time education, e.g. 6th form or F.E. collegeAn apprenticeshipFull time employment (over 20 hours) combined with part time education or training.
9 Assessment - ExamsAll exams to be taken at the end of the course – NO MODULAR EXAMS and no chance of resists.Exams to become more difficult and rigorousMarks for SPAG – Spelling, Punctuation & GrammarChanges to Controlled Assessment – reduction in the amount ofnon-exam assessmentIncreased control placed on how controlled assessment takes placeRemoval of some vocational qualificationsChanges to the grading system.
10 Assessment - Science New Science course introduced last year: More challenging content, all exams at the end of the courseCore & Additional – 2 GCSEs – 6 exams in total (3 x Core,3 x Additional)Currently trialling sitting 3 exams end of year 10 (Core) with the remaining 3 at the end of year 11 (Additional)Biology, Chemistry & Physics – 3 GCSEs – 9 exams at the end of the course and again currently trialling sitting 3 exams end of year 10 with the remaining 6 at the end of year 11
11 Changes for Sept 2015 English Language English Literature Mathematics Your child will be the first year group who will study the new GCSE courses in :English LanguageEnglish LiteratureMathematicsStudents will take these exams in summer 2017
12 What is Different? Graded from 9 to 1 9 being the highest Grade 9, 8 & 7 equivalent to A*/AGrade at the moment looking at being required for A LevelGrade higher grade pass (high C or low B)
13 All other GCSE subjects will be graded A*- G For our current Year 9, English Language, English Literature and Mathematics will be graded using the new system (results in August 2017)All other GCSE subjects will be graded A*- G( mixed grades on result sheet )
14 More difficult and much larger volume of content GCSE MathsEnsures:Students possess the numerical skills required to progress to employmentThat the most able students are stretched and prepared thoroughly for the study of A level mathematicsA greater emphasis on problem solvingMore difficult and much larger volume of content
15 GCSE EnglishStudents studying the new GCSE in English Language will be expected to read ‘a wide range of texts’There will be greater emphasis on accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.No Controlled Assessment100% ExaminationAll students take both GCSE English Language andGCSE English Literature
16 Government measure called: Progress & Attainment 8 The Government, Further Education Providers & Employers are now looking for more than the minimum 5 A*-C with English and MathsIt is important to get the best grades possible in at least 8 subjectsGovernment measure called: Progress & Attainment 8
17 Broad Balanced Curriculum Taking all of this into consideration we want our students NOT to be disadvantaged. They need to study a BROAD AND BALANCED CURRICULUM. Therefore, we aim to provide a curriculum which provides students with the opportunities to meet the challenges of life in our fast changing world. Using data and teachers’ knowledge of your child they have been placed in a PATHWAY, which we feel is appropriate for their ability and they will then be guided towards a combination of subjects.
18 Thinking Ahead 70% of jobs existing in 2024 have not yet been invented Your child could still be working in careers in 2067People working today could have chosen options in February 1962The world has changed a lot since 1962…. and change is happening faster than ever before.We want our students to have the best opportunities, to be aspirational and be ready to take their place in society on an equal footing with their peers.
19 Mr Atherton KS4 Leader of Pupil Progress (Pathways Lead)
21 Core Subjects Religious Education Maths English Language and LiteratureScience (Biology, Chemistry & Physics or Core Science and Additional Science)Physical EducationCitizenship/Computing/IAG
22 Pathway 1 Choices GCSE French Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Choose 1 subject GCSE HistoryGCSE ArtGCSE CateringGCSE Health & Social CareGCSE D & T : Product DesignGCSE ICTGCSE LawGCSE MusicGCSE P. E / BTEC SportGCSE GeographyGCSE Business StudiesGCSE DramaGCSE Graphic CommunicationsGCSE D & T : TextilesGCSE D & T : Resistant MaterialsPathway 1Choices
23 HUMANITIES/MFL CHOICE POOL 1POOL 2POOL 3HUMANITIES/MFL CHOICEChoice of 1 subjectChoose 1 subject fromthe list belowGCSE GeographyGCSE ArtGCSE Business StudiesGCSE CateringGCSE DramaGCSE Health & Social CareGCSE HistoryGCSE D&T : Resistant MaterialsGCSE ICTBTEC Creative MediaGCSE D&T : TextilesGCSE LawGCSE Graphic CommunicationsGCSE MusicGCSE FrenchGCSE PE / BTEC SportGCSE D&T : Product DesignPathway 2ChoicesPathway 2Choices
24 Alternative Qualification POOL 1POOL 2POOL 3Alternative QualificationChoice of 1 subjectChoose 1 subject fromthe list belowBTEC Business AdministrationGCSE ArtGCSE DramaGCSE CateringConstructing the Built EnvironmentGCSE D&T : Resistant MaterialsGCSE Health & Social CareGCSE D&T : TextilesBTEC Creative MediaService & Maintenance EngineeringGCSE Graphic CommunicationsGCSE MusicGCSE PE / BTEC SportHair & BeautyGCSE D&T : Product DesignPathway 3ChoicesPathway 3ChoicesPathway 2Choices
25 What NOW? Make use of SUBJECT MARKET PLACE Look at RECENT REPORT Attend PARENTS’ EVENINGAsk Questions
27 Timeline for Pathways Process 5th February Y9 Pathways Evening23rd February 2015 – Completed Forms due in to school23rd Feb-5th March – Student interviews with SLT5th March 2015 – Y9 Parents’ Evening