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2 AIMS To provide an overview of the Options process. To consider the place of GCSEs and other qualifications in the larger picture & where Tomlinscote fits in. To clarify the number and type of options qualifications available. To show you how to complete the Options form

3 1. Wednesday 10 th January Year 9 Reports to Parents 2. Wednesday 24 th January Options Evening to Parents 3. Friday 26 th January Options talk to students 8.30am start and the Options ibook is made available. 4. Thursday 1st February - Academic Interviews 5. Tuesday 6th February Careers Day (Incl pm for parents & students) 6. Tuesday 27th February Year 9 Parents Evening 7. Tuesday 27 th February Options Form available online 8. Friday 9th March Options form completed online

4 The curriculum - Be aware of how courses impact post 16. Follow a pathway that provides options Think about a broad and balanced Curriculum Consider the type of qualifications the GCSE s/btec s/level 1 & level 2 Technical Awards will lead to in the future Excellent Careers Information, Advice & Guidance is available

5 GCSE examinations will take place in the Summer term of Year 11 the end of the GCSE course. The only exceptions will be Chinese GCSE, Japanese GCSE & some home language exams. GCSE courses have changed for all subjects now. They are harder! English Language 2 examinations worth 50% each. There is also a non-examined Spoken Language assessment which involves presenting & responding to questions. English Literature 2 examinations worth 40% (Shakespeare & 19 th century Novel) and 60% (modern texts, poetry & unseen poetry). No material can be taken into exams so the emphasis is on learning all quotes. Maths now have 3 examinations. More links to everyday life now, problem solving and an increased emphasis upon written communication.

6 Science Double Award (6 exams) & Triple Award (9 exams). No Controlled assessment now. Core practical skills taught throughout the course and these will now be tested through exam questions. More emphasis upon recalling & applying formulae & a greater emphasis upon maths skills. NO YEAR 10 EXAMS NOW. Languages assessed in 4 skills areas - Speaking, Listening, Writing and Reading No re-sits. The courses are 2 year linear courses. Additional marks will be added for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, SPAG, in English Literature, Geography, History and RS. Mathematics in a number of subjects now.

7 Controlled Assessments look at the Options ibook to see which subjects have controlled assessments still. Dance, Music, Drama, Art = 60%, Computer Science = 20%, Creative Digital Media = 75%, Food Preparation & Nutrition, Design Technology, Information Technologies = 50%, Physical Education = 40% Fashion & Textiles, Visual Communication, Craft (resistant materials)= 100% Government measures; Ebacc. English, Maths, 2 sciences (incl. Computing), History or Geography and a language. Progress 8 How much Value added between KS2 & the end of Year 11? Our result was the highest ever last year at

8 The picture at Tomlinscote % 5A*-C (9-4) which is the highest we have ever achieved Value Added which is the highest we have ever achieved 80% 9-4 In BOTH English & Maths. 57% 9-5 in BOTH English & Maths. 5 = A STRONG PASS 4 = A STANDARD PASS 85.6% 9-4 in Maths. 83.6% 9-4 in English Language. 44% Ebacc achievement

9 4.3% 4.3% 3.1% 25.2% 17.9% 21.5% 85.6% 83.6% 79.9%

10 Level 1 GCSE Grades 3 1 Grades TECHNICAL AWARDS Level 1 Level 2 GCSE Grades 9 4 Grades BTECs Level 2 Pass (GCSE Grade 4), Merit (5/6), Distinction (7/8) CACHE Level 2 Award A*-D Grades (9-3 Grades) TECHNICAL AWARDS Level 2 Pass to Distinction* Level 3 A Levels, BTECs, VRQs (professional qualifications)

11 Pathway 1 Triple Science students have started this course in Year 9. Psychology 1 class students will be invited. It will be 1 of their option choices. Pathway 2 Dual Award Science Programme Pathway 3 Dual Award Science Programme Level 1/2 Vocational courses Work Related Learning Programme. Students will be invited onto one course. It will be one of their option choices. Either Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy (Level 1), Hospitality & Catering(Level 1 or 2) or Construction (Level 1).

12 THE CURRICULUM THE CORE CURRICULUM NUMBER OF PERIODS English (Language & Literature) 4 Mathematics 4 Modern Foreign Languages 3 Science Triple (existing) or Dual Award 6 Physical Education 2 Religious Studies (Full Course) 1 P.S.H.E. & Citizenship themes 1 THE OPTIONAL CURRICULUM Three subjects 9 Overall Total :30 Periods

13 OPTIONAL CURRICULUM STUDENTS NEED TO CHOOSE 3 OPTIONS Art, Craft & Design GCSE Business GCSE Child Development CACHE Level 2 Award Computer Science GCSE Craft (resistant Materials) NCFE Level 2 Creative Digital Media Production BTEC Dance BTEC (Performing Arts) Level 2 Design Technology GCSE Drama GCSE Fashion & Textiles Level 2 Award Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE Geography GCSE History GCSE Information Technologies Level 2 Award Music GCSE Photography GCSE Physical Education GCSE Spanish GCSE Visual Communication (Graphics) Level 2 Award

14 COURSES WHERE WE WILL TARGET STUDENTS Psychology GCSE students can take this option if they have Level 7 projected grades on their Year 9 report in English and Maths. They must take History or Geography as a second option Construction Level 1 BTEC Beauty therapy & Hairdressing Level 1 Award Hospitality & Catering level 1 or Level 2 Award

15 COMBINATIONS Only 1 Technology subject Only take Performing Arts (Dance) or Drama Only take Information technologies or Computer Science Can do History & Geography Psychology - then students must do History or Geography as another option. They must have projected Level 7 grades on their Year 9 report. Can do Art and Photography

16 MR DANIEL HOW TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE OPTIONS FORM

17 Completion of the Options form online. The groups are generated Issues are then managed: 1. Too few students to run a group 2. Too many students in a group 3. Health & Safety to be considered

18 Careers Fair The Academic Interview The Form Tutor/Subject Staff Websites, including UCAS use the LRC Experience of family & friends Students taking the courses

19 Complete your research ibook, assemblies & other sources Discuss possible subject combinations Broad & balanced keep options open for the future. Do not copy friends or base decisions on a specific teacher Choose subjects students really enjoy To consider how the subject supports your possible career plans Begin planning for the next four years You cannot switch courses in June when the KS4 courses start The Options form will be available (live) online after the Year 9 Parents Evening. Friday 9th March 2018

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