Claremont High School Academy

Planned changes to the Curriculum

 Updated October 2016

 

What are the changes to GCSEs?

Guidance from Ofqual explains that the following key changes to GCSEs are being made:

  • Revised subject content
  • A 9 to 1 grading scale replacing the previous A* to G system
  • Assessment will be mainly by exam at the end of the course
  • Less tiering (where different exams are taken by students of different abilities)

Maths and English were reformed for first teaching from September 2015. First results will be issued in summer 2017 and will be graded with a number from 9 to 1.

Subjects reformed for first teaching from September 2016 include art and design, French, German, PE, computer science, science, biology, chemistry, physics, history and geography. First results for these subjects will be issued in summer 2018.

 

What are the changes to AS and A-levels?

Ofqual has set out the following key changes to AS and A-levels:

  • Assessment will be mainly by exam at the end of the course
  • AS-levels are being phased out at Claremont
  • AS and A-levels are decoupled. This means AS results will no longer count towards an A-level.
  • Consequently, many schools, including Claremont, are phasing out using AS levels
  • Saved time in year 12 is now directed towards the A-levels.
  • Revised subject content
  • Subjects reformed for first teaching from September 2015.
  • First A-level results will be issued in summer 2017.

 

Changes to level 3 Btec subjects

All level 3 Btec courses continue to be mainly internal assessment, however, from September 2016 each course will have selected units assessed through external tasks, performances or written exams.

 

Alongside A levels, BTECs are the most widely recognised qualification for admission to higher education (HE) - around one in four of all students starting HE courses in England in 2015 had achieved a BTEC National qualification.

At Claremont, these changes are applicable to courses started in September 2016 in Btec Applied Science, Btec Business and Btec ICT.

 

Curriculum National Changes 

Year 7

New National Curriculum

New GCSE’s 2021

Internal Baseline testing.

Claremont Bands A-E  used for tracking progress

 

Year 8

New National Curriculum

New GCSE’s 2020

Claremont Bands A-E used for tracking progress

 

Year 9

Foundation subjects GCSE

New GCSE Specifications in full range of subjects in 2019

Flight Path assessment using GCSE grades 9 to 1

 

Year 10

New GCSE Specifications in nearly all subject on 9 to 1 scale in 2018

Flight Path assessment using GCSE grades 9 to 1

Attainment 8 / Progress 8 performance measures

 

Year 11

New GCSE Specifications in English, English Literature & Mathematics on 9 to 1 scale in 2017

Flight Path assessment using GCSE grades A* - E and 9 to 1

Attainment 8 / Progress 8 performance measures

 

Year 12

New A levels in all subjects apart from accounts, maths & further maths.

Two year A level program of study - internally assessed during year 12 and externally assessed in summer 2018.

New level 3 Btec specifications in Business, Applied Science and ICT.

Year 13

New A levels in range of subjects

Assessed in summer papers 2016