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Title: Year 9 options 2015-2017

Year 9 options 2015-2017
Aims of the meeting
  • To update you with changes to the examination
    system from 2017
  • To explain the structure of the Key Stage 4 (yrs
    10 11) curriculum for 2015-2017
  • To outline the options process
  • To support you in helping your child make
    informed decisions.

Changes to the delivery and assessment of Key
Stage 4 courses
  • English Language, English Literature and
    Mathematics to be examined under the new
    regulations from September 2015
  • Each of these three subjects will have a new
    syllabus to teach from
  • All other subjects will be examined under
    existing GCSE regulations
  • All subjects (other than Double Award Science)
    will have terminal (end of year 11) examinations.
    All modular examinations have gone.

  • English language will provide all students with a
    robust foundation of reading and good written
    English, and with the language and literary
    skills which are required for further study and
    work. It will ensure that students can read
    fluently and write effectively, and will have 20
    of the marks awarded for accurate spelling,
    punctuation and grammar.

  • English Literature will encourage students to
    read, write and think critically. It will involve
    students studying a range of intellectually
    challenging and substantial whole texts in detail
    including Shakespeare, 19th-century novels,
    Romantic poetry and other high-quality fiction
    and drama. The new GCSE will also ensure that all
    students are examined on some unseen texts,
    encouraging students to read widely and rewarding
    those that can demonstrate the breadth of their

  • Mathematics will demand deeper and broader
    mathematical understanding. It will provide all
    students with greater coverage of key areas such
    as ratio, proportion and rates of change and
    require them to apply their knowledge and
    reasoning to provide clear mathematical
    arguments. It will provide greater challenge for
    the most able students by thoroughly testing
    their understanding of the mathematical knowledge
    needed for higher level study and careers in
    mathematics, the sciences and computing.

  • Mathematics will have still have Higher and
    Foundation tiers of examination entry. English
    Language and Literature will have one paper that
    all students will sit.
  • Examination results in these subjects will be
    graded 9-1 (9 being the highest) U fail
  • All other GCSE subjects will still be graded A-G
    or U
  • Bottom of new grade 4 bottom of current grade C
  • New Grade 7 current grade A baseline
  • First cohort of students will be graded on a
    one-off basis to match the proportions of each
    grade achieved in the summer examinations in 2016
    in English and Mathematics.

Why Options?
  • To allow students some choice over the subjects
    they will study in years 10 11
  • To allow you and your child to reflect on their
    own preferred learning style and match this to
    the option subjects on offer
  • To take account of examination changes and
    creating the best pathway for students over the
    next two years
  • To take account of future aspirations of students
    beyond year 11 and towards future employment

Subjects that all students will study during
years 10 to 11
  • English 7 lessons a fortnight
  • Mathematics 6 lessons a fortnight
  • Science 9 lessons for Double, 12 lessons a
    fortnight for Triple
  • Core Physical Education 4 lessons a fortnight
  • ICT 2 periods a fortnight. OCR Cambridge
    National qualification
  • RE 2 periods a fortnight. Short Course RE
  • PSHCE Through Citizenship days during years 10
    11 (5 in total)

What is a Pathway?
English Language Literature, Mathematics,
Science Core PE, ICT, RE, PSHCE plus 4 other
Pathway 1 Pathway 2 Pathway 3 Pathway 4
German ASDAN Business Studies History
French Resistant Materials Textiles Spanish
Catering Product Design Drama Geography
3D Art BTEC PE Music Media Studies
  • GCSE examined subjects
  • Other accredited subjects (not GCSEs) e.g. BTEC
  • Non Performance Tables approved subjects e.g. RE
    Short course
  • The English Baccalaureate Ebacc
  • English Language Literature,
  • Mathematics, Science (2), 1 Humanity
  • 1 Modern Foreign Language
  • 43 of Year 11 in 2014 took the equivalent of an
    EBACC, with 21 achieving it. (Nationally 24)

  • The English Baccalaureate Ebacc
  • English Lang Lit, Mathematics, Science (2), 1
    Humanity , 1 Modern Foreign Language
  • 43 of Year 11 in 2014 took the equivalent of an
  • 21 achieved the Ebacc requirements of at least
    a C grade in all qualifying subjects
  • Nationally the figure was 24

  • Attainment 8 measure From 2016 (Y10 now)
  • Mathematics
  • English Language or literature (highest score)
  • The 3 highest scoring results from science,
    computer science, history and geography and
  • 3 highest scores in any three other subjects,
    including English language or literature if not
    included above, other GCSEs or any other
    approved high value academic or vocational

What should you consider about when helping your
child with their option choices?
  • Those subjects that they are doing well in and
  • A broad balance to the subjects that they choose
  • Any specific recommendations of subject
    combinations to take , if your son or daughter
    has a future career in mind
  • Whether they like being creative, reflective or
  • What type of learning style best suits them
  • Advice from teachers, tutors, other parents, the
  • Any experience gained from older siblings that
    have gone through the same process

Key points about your options form
  • You make 4 choices in preference order. The first
    being the one that you really want to study
  • You then choose two alternative subjects that
    you wouldnt mind studying if any of your top 4
    is not available
  • Some subjects may become unavailable next year
    depending on the numbers of you that choose them
  • We usually manage to give 85 of all students at
    least 3 of their top 4 choices

1st Choice
2nd Choice
3rd Choice
4th Choice

Alternative choice 1
Alternative choice 2

Your son or daughter will be given their
individual option choice forms by their tutors
during the week beginning Monday 26th January.
Science courses from September 2015
  • Triple science, Double Science, Cambridge
  • Differing levels of challenge
  • The performance of students in standard topic
    tests, over the course of year 9 up to the end of
    term 5, will be assessed and therefore their
    working at level calculated
  • Mrs Brown (Head of Science) using this data
    alongside advice from their Y9 science teacher,
    will write to you in term 5, recommending which
    of the science courses on offer, your son or
    daughter should consider
  • You will have the opportunity to discuss this
    with her.

Key dates
All in the options booklet
  • Tuesday 20th January
  • Option Booklets issued
  • Wednesday 21st January 7-8 pm in the Auditorium
  • Parent information meeting
  • Week beginning Monday 26th January
  • Curriculum Information week
  • Week beginning Monday 26th January
  • Option Forms issued
  • Wednesday 25th February
  • Parent/Subject Teacher meeting
  • Monday 2nd March
  • Return deadline for Yellow option choice
    forms to tutors

  • Are there any questions?

email contact information for subject leaders is
in the options booklet.
Thank you all for attending this evening