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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:05 pm 
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More teaching time for core subjects.
Each lesson to be one hour long (two hours for double lessons?)
GCSE courses to start at the beginning of Y9, with subject options decided in Y8.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:45 pm 
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Gosh! Any idea what prompted these changes? Have they changed any of the boards they are using?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:51 pm 
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The options booklet for GCSEs in 2018 hasn't been published yet, so I don't know whether they have changed any of the boards or specifications. I have emailed the head of Y8 to ask if the increased teaching time for core subjects will mean a reduction in the number of non-core subjects taken.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:52 pm 
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Choosing in Year 8 is too early imho. It's bad enough at 14 to restrict choices ...


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:53 pm 
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DS2 has worked out that each day will have twenty minutes more teaching time than there is at the moment, so perhaps the number of subjects won't be affected.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:10 pm 
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It is worrying my DS. It must be coming from the new head even though he hasn't started yet as it takes effect from Sep 2015.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:21 am 
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I have had a reply to my email. The number of subjects taken at GCSE will not be changing.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:30 am 
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Heard from a reliable source that it was MP's idea and the last thing he set in motion before he left. So nothing to do with IC.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:24 am 
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Well that seems like a really sensible idea:

With GCSE's changing between now and 2018 and not finalised
A new Head starting in September
And a general election in May
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:24 pm 
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The GCSE options booklet for those taking exams in 2017 (with details of boards & specifications) has been published on the school website. Presumably we'll get more info about the 2018 GCSEs at the information evening.


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