Key Stage 4 Options Parents’ Information Evening 9th January 2014 • The core curriculum • What are the Options? • Key things to consider • Support and guidance • Key dates • Can you change your mind? • Vocational learning Core Curriculum 30 hours per fortnight: Lessons per fortnight Subject Mathematics 8 30 hours per fortnight 10 English Science 11 RE 1.5 PSHE 1.5 PE 4 Sciences • (Core) Double Science • Two GCSEs • A combination of the three science disciplines • Sound preparation for A level Sciences • (Optional) Triple Science • Three separate Science GCSEs • Chosen in an option column • For those with a strong leaning to Science Options • 20 hours per fortnight • 4 five hour blocks • Options are not guaranteed to run • College courses take up two blocks Block A Block B Block C Block D GCSE Geography GCSE French GCSE Triple Science GCSE 3D Studies Core Skills GCSE ELBS 1st Dip in Construction The most important things to consider • Allow progression to the post-16 courses or work • Have balance to keep future choices open • Allow most success • Will be enjoyable - learning and assessment Raising Participation Age Current Year 9 students must continue in Education or training requiring for two years beyond Year 11. This could mean: • full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider • full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training (280 hours) • an apprenticeship Additionally, students without GCSE English or Maths will have to continue study in that area Raising Participation Age Newent Community School Sixth Form is changing to allow more of our learners to continue their education where they are best known and supported: • Retaining our excellent AS and A2 provision through a CHALLENGE Pathway • Introducing a more flexible ADVANCED pathway with AS and A2 equivalent qualifications • Exploring ways of providing pathways for almost all our learners by September 2016 Support and Guidance: Booklets Targeted to ensure: • • • • More suitable advice + course offer Transparency Great overlap in content Flexibility – ultimately decisions are made at an individual level Support and Guidance: Signing off choices “Traditional, Academic Subjects” • From: History, Geography, French, German, Computing, Triple Science Art subjects • From Fine Art, Graphics, 3D studies Support and Guidance: Who to turn to for advice • Tutors and House staff • Mr Cheeseman (Progress Leader) • Mrs Lawrance and the Careers team • www.cascaid.co.uk “Kudos” and “Careerscape” – register with licence code “tipstime31” • Range of useful links on school website Support and Guidance: Individual Interviews • A one to one interview for parents and students • Appointment time will be circulated tonight • Between 4 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th January • If there is a problem contact Mrs Lawrance: • [email protected] • 01531 828915 Support and Guidance: Year 9 Parents Evening • A chance to talk to subject teachers about: • Nature and Content of Courses • Course suitability • Try to target appointments to subjects of interest • Thursday 30th January Support and Guidance: Careers Fair • Representatives of: • School departments • Post 16 colleges • Universities • Employers • Thursday 13th February – 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Key Dates Summary Date Event 14th to 16th January Individual interviews Thursday 30th January Subject Parents’ Evening Thursday 13th February Careers and Post 16 Fair Wednesday 26th February Deadline for submission of options forms Can you change your minds? It depends: • Reasons for change • Suitability for new course • Class size • Timing Vocational Learning • Hands on, practical learning • Whole learning days • Predominantly assessment by portfolio • Very high success rates If you have time….