Senior Phase Course Choice - Balerno Community High School

Senior Phase Course Choice - Balerno Community High School

Senior Phase Course Choice Parent Presentation 25th January 2018 Aims: To explain the types of qualifications your son or daughter will be undertaking To introduce you to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework To explain the Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service

To explain the Post Results Service Whats different from S4? Where you can take courses: Majority of pupils will complete their exams at Balerno but you can also study at another school or college The types of courses on offer:

New courses such as Skills for Work Early Education and Childcare S5/6 SQA Qualifications Almost all pupils will be at presented at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher New Higher format for 2018-19: No units Changes to length of the exam in May

Amendments to the assignments/folio/performance elements Advanced Highers remain the same for 2018-19, changes for 2019-20 Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) What is SCQF? A framework to recognise lifelong learning. Can help you to understand and compare a range of qualifications.

Covers achievements from school, youth clubs, college, university and the workplace. Shows that qualifications have the same worth wherever they have been achieved. Why do I need to know about the SCQF? This information will appear on your sons or daughters SQA certificate The certificate will refer to SCQF levels

The certificate will recognise your sons or daughters SCQF credits 1 credit = 10 hours of study, so the 240 hours of learning for a Higher is 24 credits. Recognises wider achievement Helps employers understand different types of qualifications Helps universities/colleges identify the level your

child has studies at in a particular subject. Recognising wider achievement Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service Takes place before results are published Applies only if we believe a candidate has suffered as a result of an exceptional circumstance (bereavement, serious illness, etc.) School informs SQA immediately Alternative

evidence (e.g. coursework, classwork, assessments) is submitted to SQA SQA will consider evidence (and results of other pupils) in determining whether to change/award grade Post Results Service Available after results are issued Specific criteria on whether request is submitted Requires reasonable evidence that SQA has made a mistake Two types of request can be made: Clerical Check Marking Review of the Script Mark/grade can go UP OR DOWN

Please find further information on SQA qualifications and SCQF on the school website. The information can be found in the Parents/Carers tab under SQA and Exam information. Aims: To share the basics of the coursing and timetabling process To share the key dates for your child To give you the opportunity to ask questions

To help us to work together to get the best possible course portfolios for all students The Process Evaluation of what currently exists Careful study of current options Proposed curriculum and course choice created and discussed

Course choice issued to pupils Responses analysed to work out: Number of classes required in each subject Any classes that are not viable Classes that need to be added or provided in different columns Any other issues raised by pupils and parents

Levels of Study National 4 achieved = progression into National 5 National 5 achieved = progression into Higher Higher achieved = progression into Advanced Higher But

Evidence suggests success most likely at the next level if an A or B achieved Please encourage your child to listen to teacher recommendations they are based on knowledge of the courses and your childs skills Key message (or a plea from us to you!) The columns you receive home are not final they are the next step in the consultation process. Please reassure your child not to panic. You will be asked to note any issues/concerns regarding what your child wants to do that the columns dont currently allowplease

do this! Every concern is looked at and discussed we want your child to get the best possible outcome too We will share solutions with you/your child and we will contact you if there is no possible solution Please do not get upset with us until then Please do contact us and come in to chat it through we are always willing to communicate and explain

Key Dates for S4 - 5: W/C 29th January: Course choice booklets available on the school website and choice forms distributed to pupils 2th February: S4 reports issued; reports will include recommended levels of study for S5 W/C 19th February: 1:1 meetings with PSLs. Completed forms should be handed in at this meeting.

23rd February: All S4 coursing complete W/C 17th April: Final decisions made on courses and parents/pupils informed of changes 14th May: New timetable starts Key Dates for S5 - 6: W/C 29th January: Course choice booklets available on the school website and choice forms distributed to pupils

27th February: Parent consultation meetings with recommendations for S6 where appropriate W/C 5th March: 1:1 meetings with PSLs. Completed forms should be handed in at this meeting. 9th March: All S5 coursing complete W/C 17th April: Final decisions made on courses and parents/pupils informed of changes

14th May: New timetable starts QUESTIONS ?

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