Phoenix School
2015
Key Dates
 Tutors have given out letters for the pupil to take home
 Consultation Day
 Talks in assembly by Subject Leaders: Tues 10th – Fri 13th
March
 Options Booklet: available Monday 13th March
 Year 9 Options Evening: Thursday 19th March
 Information to help with choices
 The options information will be on the school website at:
 www.taw.org.uk/phoenix
 Follow the link from Parents to Year 9 Options
 This Presentation will be on the Academy website
tomorrow
 The Option booklet will also be on the Academy website
tomorrow
Beware of jargon!
 GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education)
 BTEC ( Business and Technology Education Council)
 VCERT ( Vocational Certificate)
 Level 1 = D – G Grades
 Level 2 = A* - C Grades
 Foundation Level = C – G
 Higher Level = A* - C
The National Qualifications Framework
Level 1
Builds on basic level of knowledge,
understanding and skills, and the
ability to apply learning to activities
that relate to everyday situations
All GCSEs grades D – G, basic
key skills, NVQ level 1, basic
BTEC introductory, VCERT
level 1
Level 2
Builds knowledge and or skills in
relation to subject or sector areas;
gaining ability to apply learning to a
varied range of tasks
All GCSEs grades A* - C basic
and key skills, NVQ level 2,
VCERT level 2
Teacher Assessments
 All subjects will be assessed at the end of year 9 and a
National Curriculum Grade will be given
 An Assessment report will be published and sent
home at the end of year 9.
 The Teacher Assessments will be used to inform
options and groupings in English, Maths and Science
classes in year 10.
KS4 Curriculum
Compulsory Core Subjects
 GCSE Subjects:
 English (Language & Literature)
 Maths
 Science (Core & Additional)
 ECDL Course (European Computer Driving License)
 Non GCSE Subjects:
 PSHEE ( Including careers, work experience)
 R.E.
 Core PE
KS4 Curriculum
English Baccalaureate
 GCSE Subjects:
 English (Language & Literature)
 Maths
 Science (Additional & Core)
 History or Geography
 French or German
 Computing Science - recently added
English Baccalaureate
 The following subjects are included in the English
Baccalaureate:
 Mathematics, English, Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry),
Geography, History and Languages.
 These are subjects most likely to be required or preferred for
entry to degree courses and ones that will keep the most
options open
Option Subjects
Art
Business - Enterprise
Computer Science
Drama - Performance Skills
Engineering
Food and Cookery
French
Geography
German
Graphic Design
History
ICT – Interactive Media
Music
Government changes to option
subjects in Key Stage 4
 A focus on GCSEs and a narrower range of high quality
vocational qualifications by limiting the number of GCSE
equivalent subjects such as NVQs; VCERT; BTEC
qualifications that count in excess of the equivalent of 1
GCSE
Information about some option
subjects
 If pupils wish to choose an option with more practical music
elements then they should choose Drama – Performance skills
 Where they can choose
 In Art, Engineering and Physical Education, there will be the
opportunity to do either VCERT or GCSE depending on ability
 Graphic Design is not an Art option, though they will be
elements of it in the course content.
Progress 8
 The Progress 8 measure is designed to encourage schools to
offer a broad and balanced curriculum at KS4, and reward
schools for the teaching of all their pupils.
 The new measure will be based on students’ progress
measured across eight subjects: English; mathematics; three
other English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects (sciences,
computer science, geography, history and languages); and
three further subjects, which can be any other approved, highvalue arts, academic, or vocational qualification
Progress 8
 The Progress 8 score will always be determined by dividing the
points total by 10 (the eight qualifications with English and
mathematics counting double)
 It can be of more benefit to less-able students to strive for
good grades (and hence score more points) in fewer subjects,
with the emphasis on doing well in English and mathematics,
than to take more subjects but achieve lower grades overall.
Progress 8
 http://prezi.com/ckfjsbhjruji/key-stage-4-
performance-tables-in-england-from-2016-a-guidefor-english-teachers/
 Return Option Preference form by Friday 27th March
2015
 We may need to alter the options as a result of low
numbers of pupils opting for particular subjects.
 If numbers are below 15 in an option group, it will be
necessary to look at this issue
GCSE Courses
 Being organised
 Homework
 Attendance/holidays
 Coursework
 Using ICT/Learning Resource Centre
How to choose: We ask Pupils to
consider
 Your strengths
 What you enjoy
 What interests you
 What you are good at
 Read the Option/Careers booklets
 Use information - Careers Jeanette Hill
 Talk to your parents & teachers
 PSE time & assemblies
Choosing the right options
 It is important to think carefully about the choices to be made.
 A pupils second choice is extremely important
 Pupils will not be able to change after the first four weeks of
study
 There are two Pathways: Pathway 1 is for pupils who need
extra help with their English , Maths or both
Option A
Geography
History
Option C
Art – Art and Design
Food and Cookery
French
Drama –
Performance Skills
YOU CAN ONLY
CHOOSE 1
LANGUAGE.
German
Option D
Food and Cookery
ICT - Interactive
Media
Engineering
Studies/Resistant
Materials
ICT - Interactive
Media
PE/Health & Fitness
Graphic Design
Music – Music
Technology
Business –
Enterprise
YOU CAN ONLY
CHOOSE 1
LANGUAGE.
PE/Health & Fitness
2nd Choice
1st Choice
2nd Choice
1st Choice
2nd Choice
1st Choice
PSHEE
ICT (ECDL)
PE
Science
Maths
English Literature
English Language
Pathway 1
Option A
Option B
Option C
Option D
Computing
Science
Computing
Science
Art – Art and
Design
Food and Cookery
Geography
Geography
Food and Cookery
ICT - Interactive
Media
History
History
Drama –
Performance
Skills
Engineering
Studies/Resistant
Materials
French
French
ICT - Interactive
Media
PE/Health &
Fitness
YOU CAN ONLY
CHOOSE 1
LANGUAGE.
German
YOU CAN
ONLY CHOOSE
1 LANGUAGE.
German
Graphic Design
Music – Music
Technology
YOU CAN ONLY
CHOOSE 1
LANGUAGE.
YOU CAN
ONLY CHOOSE
1 LANGUAGE.
PE/Health &
Fitness
Business –
Enterprise
2nd Choice
1st Choice
2nd Choice
1st Choice
2nd Choice
1st Choice
2nd Choice
1st Choice
PSHEE
ICT (ECDL)
PE
Science
Maths
English Literature
English Language
Pathway 2
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