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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:56 pm 
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St Michael's have decided to drop the number of GCSE subjects taken from 11 to 10 this September. I know that Latymer already only study10 subjects, and a friend at Highgate Wood School told me that they study for 9 there. The decision was made after a record number of current Y11 students dropped a subject to focus on their best/most important ones, but also out of concern that 11 was putting too much stress on students to do well in the more challenging new exams.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:09 pm 
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My DD’s school - Kendrick in Reading - sits 11. A very small number of students is allowed to drop to 10 after consultations.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:23 pm 
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Used to be 11, now I think with new specs it has dropped to 10, with the option to do 9. Universities interested in top 8. No point in any more than 9 or 10 imho.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:34 pm 
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11 here; but some are allowed to do 10. Believe same at Tiffin Girls.

With new 9 to 1 specs, seems that 9 should be the norm.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:50 pm 
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tiffinboys wrote:
11 here; but some are allowed to do 10. Believe same at Tiffin Girls.

With new 9 to 1 specs, seems that 9 should be the norm.


Blooming **** , I agree for once with TB.

Well said :o you're not a bad old bird really but you try hard to be one :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:02 pm 
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Between 9 and 11 depending on whether the kids study double or triple science and if they take Further Maths.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:05 pm 
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Hera wrote:
Between 9 and 11 depending on whether the kids study double or triple science and if they take Further Maths.

May I just say it is pointless taking FM at gcse unless your child wants to do a STEM subject at uni, better to concentrate revision time on the others.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:05 pm 
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I do not recommend Further Maths GCSE .... focus on maths and the rest.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:09 pm 
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Further Maths is not a choice. If you are in certain sets you do it. Also Further Maths GCSE is required if you want to take Further Maths at A Level. The only exception is if you join the sixth form from another school where it is not offered and then you have to provide evidence that you are a suitable candidate!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:11 pm 
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At DAO it's currently 11 (10 if doing double science).
From the current year 9 it will be 10 (9).
I know some local comprehensives that are continuing with 11 even including those doing double science. This seems an awful lot to me (and possibly counter-productive).


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