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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING The Options process Miss L Jones - Key Stage 3 Progress Manager Long term perspectives Miss S Bissett- Assistant Head Teacher

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING Government changes overtime • Traditional subjects – will generally stay the same. • Some vocational courses are difficult to predict as to whether they will be accredited or not. • Currently on a journey and we will update parents. • What won’t change is the need for a broad and balanced curriculum.

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING So why make GCSE choices now? Yr 7 Yr 8 Yr 9 Yr 10 Yr 11 GCSE KS3 –Now between Year 7 and Year 8 KS4 – Now between Year 9 and Year 11

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING Why make your choices now? • To give your child a deeper learning over time. • Better preparation for their GCSEs. • More familiar with the necessary GCSE skills. • This means that they will hopefully gain good quality GCSEs.

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5+ A*-C with English & Maths Comparisons

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING OPTIONS TIMELINE – IMPORTANT DATES 11th January to 15th February- PDL tutor activities 13th February – Year 8 Assembly 16th February – Information Evening for Parents Friday 17th February - Full Report and Options E-Booklet will be issued/sent home. Tuesday 21st March - Year 8 GCSE Options Fair in the Sports Hall 5- 7pm. w/c 27th March - One-to-One for students and their tutors (during the school day. Options Form deadline – 5th April

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING YEAR 8 ASSEMBLY - Advice from our current Year 9 students throSupgehaiktto your friends about your decisions, but don’t let them influence you too much.  Use the Options Fair to make an informed decision on the choices you want to pick.  Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers about the different courses.  Don’t leave it until the last minute.  Choose subjects you enjoy. …..so don’t listen to your parents.

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING ALL pupils will be examined in the following subjects: English – English Language and English Literature (2 GCSEs) Maths - Calculator and Non- calculator papers (1 GCSE) Science – Core and Additional Science paper (2GCSEs) OR Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs) This will not be finalised until Yr 9. Non Examined Subjects – Core PE ( Physical Education) and PDL (Personal Developmental Learning) Pupils will then select 4 other subjects

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING How do students make their choices?  Year 8 Assembly Information  Full Report  The E-Booklet  Options timeline  ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ list – pupil advice  Frequently asked questions Received Friday 17th February • The E-Booklet (will be sent via email and will also be available on the school website)

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Choices Booklet

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING Subject Summary……. Geography History French Spanish Latin German Design and Technology Food Preparation and Nutrition Child Development (CNA) Computer Science EDCL or AQA IT Award Media Religious Studies Citizenship PE Dance Sport Studies (CNA) Art and Design Music Music Technology (Diploma) Drama

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING Stage Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Focus Deadline Initial Poll Finalising their choices Completed by 3rd March in Tutor time 6th – 31st March Meeting the Deadline 5th April

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING First phase – initial poll Why? • Successful subject combination • Identify subjects that are hugely popular • Consider staffing • Identify subjects that have insufficient numbers to run • Completed within Tutor time by the 3rd March

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YEAR 8 INFORMATION EVENING Phase two - Finalising their subjects Option Blocks – Select one subject from each block. In Block A you must select one of the following. Block B, C and D will be finalised after the initial poll and when the timetabling has been reviewed. Block A Block B Block C Block D French Spanish Geography History Computer Science

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