The Changing Educational Landscape at Key Stage 4

The Changing Educational Landscape at Key Stage 4

The Changing Educational Landscape at Key Stage 4 and the GCSE Options Process A brief presentation to Year 9 parents/carers and students 11th January 2018 1 Changes at GCSE

A staggered introduction of new GCSEs over the last 3 yearsIn September 2017 all new specifications will be in operation New grading system for all these GCSEs 9-1 instead of A*- G Removal of early entry opportunities no sitting examinations early or more than once More challenging content A level drop down Removal of Controlled Assessments for non practical subjects and a reduction in their % value of the overall grade The written examination elements are worth different percentages A return to Linear (end of course) examinations for all subjects 2

Increased Rigour Increase in the grade boundaries over the last few years in many subjects to raise the bar set to continue A significant written examination element in all courses - in many courses 100% exam. Increased focus on SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) focus on extended writing and literacy More content and knowledge - A level drop down 3 Increaed Rigour

4 New GCSE grading: a good pass is seen as a grade 5 or above top end of a current C grade/bottom of a current B grade Old GCSE

grading: a good pass was seen as a grade C or above 5 English GCSE All students will study both English Language and English Literature. Spoken Language component separate to the English Language qualification. Recorded and sampled

100% examination with no tiers of entry. Greater emphasis on creative writing and grammar use. More focus on traditional English literature more challenging choices. All texts in the Language examination are unseen. 6 English GCSE Literature (Exam board - Edexcel): Paper 1: A Shakespearean play - Macbeth and a post-1914 British play or novel -The Woman in Black. Paper 2: A 19th-century novel Jekyll and Hyde - and a poetry

collection spanning 18th to 20th century poetry from the Pearson Poetry Anthology (the Time and Place cluster) Language: (Exam board-AQA): Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Section A: Reading - Analysis of one literature fiction extract. Section B: Writing - One piece of descriptive or narrative writing Paper 2: Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives Section A: Reading - Comparison of one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text. Section B: Writing - Writing to present a viewpoint. 7

Tips for home study - English 1. Read a wide variety of texts (all genres are useful) Keep a vocabulary wall of new or interesting words. 2. If a family member can read the set texts this really helps discussion at home and at school! 3. Complete all homework set to a high ability - a lot of revision happens through homework. 4. Journalling or story writing is an invaluable practise to boost extended writing skills - there are always competitions to enter online! (e.g www.youngwriters.co.uk) 8

Mathematics GCSE There will still be tiers of entry but the foundation tier will contain a significant amount of content that was previously only in the higher tier more challenge The higher tier will contain contain some content from Advanced Level however all topics are explored in greater depth Formulae and equations that were previously provided to students at the start of examinations will need to be learned as none are given No change in lessons and your son has already started

working on GCSE topics and content, they will still follow stages 9 Mathematics GCSE The GCSE exam is split into three equally weighted papers (this means that generally all topics are examined): Paper 1 - Non Calculator Paper 2 - Calculator Paper 3 - Calculator Assessment

Foundation Objective AO1 50% AO2 25% AO3 25% Higher 40% 30% 30%

AO1 - The use of standard techniques AO2 - Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically AO3 - Solve problems in maths and other contexts 6 key topics are covered Number, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, statistic and ratio and proportion 10 Things to help AQA Maths 8300 Continued use of MathsWatch and Corbett Maths for revision Practise of exam style questions

Use of textbook and revision cards (these will on ParentPay soon) 11 English Baccalaureate award Awarded only to students who have studied all 6 of the following: * English Language (Literature) * Mathematics * 2 Science subjects (includes Computer Science) * 1 Modern Foreign Language French, German or Spanish

* 1 Humanity subject History or Geography Not compulsory but viewed well by many universities and encouraged for those students who we feel would be able to manage the rigour of a language and a humanities subject. 12 Science GCSE Separate Sciences (Triple) for students targeting a GCSE grade 6+ or above at GCSE provides 3 separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics Double Award science Science Trilogy provides 2 separate GCSEs covering combined aspects of Biology, Chemistry and

Physics Studying Double Award science will not prevent students from studying science at Advanced level (Level 3) or going on to read Science at university, providing they achieve the entry requirements for further study. 13 Choosing your option subjects Coombe options aim: broad and balanced Consider what you enjoy important part of your thinking Sixth form plans for studying at Coombe how will this

influence or link to study at Key Stage 5? Independent, informed choices not teacher/friend/difficulty driven Assessment procedures most practical subjects have Controlled Assessment elements other subjects do not 14 Subject Portfolio 1 Core subjects: English Language and Literature Mathematics Science Trilogy (2 sciences) or 3 separate Sciences

Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) Humanity (History or Geography) Core P.E./Games SMSC Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education 15 Subject Portfolio 2 Range of GCSEs available Art & Design Business Studies Computer Science Design & Technology Drama

Food, Nutrition and preparation French Geography German History Media Studies Music Physical Education Religious Studies Spanish 16

Alternatives to GCSE courses Level 2 VCERT Equivalent to GCSE courses - same level of difficulty Food and Cookery BTEC Media Studies More practical elements - less % weighting towards written examination (25%) 17 Completing your choices You will receive an email asking you to follow the link to www.sims-options.co.uk

Log in with any of the IDs below Your Pathway will look something like below 18 Important dates for your diary.. Date Thursday 11th January 2018 19.00 - 20.00 Friday 12th January 2018 Event Year 9 Options evening

Year 9 IAG day Options Booklet 2018-2020 available Monday 15th January 2018 onwards Opportunities Assemblies for new subjects - Media Studies, Business Studies; etc Wednesday 24th January 2018 16:00 - 19:00 Year 9 parent and carer (progress) evening Friday February 2nd 2018 Options form return deadline Friday March 23rd 2018 Monday June 11th Thursday June 14th 2018

Wednesday July 18th 2018 Academic Mentoring Day Year 9 summer examinations Full year 9 report issued Beyond Key Stage 4 Mr Smith : Head of Coombe Sixth Form (Clarence Avenue Site) 20

How do GCSEs contribute to students future plans? Grades significant GCSE grades as a predictor of degree performance. English Language and Maths Particular course in mind? Importance of good study habits independent learners, good literacy. What are the options Post 16? In education, employment or training until 18. Apprenticeships BTEC qualifications

A Level qualifications Changes to qualifications Level 3 BTECs and A Levels both two year courses BTECs based on units, mostly assessed throughout the course, with one exam. A Levels now linear with all exams at the end of two years. Increased complexity in both types of qualification 23 GCSE choices and Sixth Form choices

What does your son enjoy doing? What might he want to study in the sixth form? Where possible, it is best to have studied a Level 3 subject at Level 2 (GCSE). Coombe Sixth Form Level 3 courses c. 400 students in the Sixth Form, 300 doing A levels and around 100 doing BTECs. From Sept 2017, it will be possible for students to combine some A Level and BTEC qualifications Results in 2017 were excellent: BTEC results: 87% A*-A, 97% A*-B

A-level results: 23% A*-A, 51% A*-B Overall: 35% A*-A, 60% A*-B Progression from our sixth form Academic support to ensure success Aspire programmes IAG support Most common route is university Increasing number of Level 4 Apprenticeships 26

Entry criteria Minimum entry requirement to Coombe Sixth Form, Five GCSEs* at Grade 9 to 4, with Grade 4 in English and Maths. A Levels Subject specific criteria, likely to be grade 6 and above in the subject chosen at A Level BTEC 5 GCSEs (including one equivalency) graded 4 and above Further questions? Mrs Velissarides based at CBS

Mr Smith based at CGS Ms Barns (Strategic Lead for Coombe Sixth Form) Based at CBS on Tuesday mornings The Pastoral Team Mr Rogers - Deputy Head teacher Mr Melligan- Assistant Head teacher (KS4) Mrs Newman- Assistant Headteacher/ SENCO

Miss Gore- Head of Year 9 Tutors 29 The Tutor Team Mr Taylor Mrs Merrett Ms Mendraszek Ms Billett

Mr Gibbs 30 IAG for students Individual careers sessions where needed Cascaid website: Your son already has a login for Launchpad Kudos Mr Hughes: Information, Advice and Guidance at CBS 31

www.coombeboysschool.org www.coombesixthform.org 32

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