Preparation for new Qualifications

In Summer 2017, students will sit examinations for the newly reformed GCSEs in Mathematics, English Language and English Literature for the first time.  In summer of 2018, most of the other subjects will be examined under the reformed assessment criteria with the exceptions of GCSE Film Studies, Business Studies and GCSE DT.  From Summer 2019, all subjects will follow the newly reformed examinations.

The reformed GCSEs are much more challenging than their predecessors:

  • Coursework has disappeared for most subjects and is to be replaced by 100% examinations with the exception of Art, Dance, Drama and PE which still retain a part of the assessment which is for practical skills.
  • Examinations are going to be longer and the nature of the content has changed dramatically. For example, in English Literature, students will no longer be able to take an anthology into the exam to help them.  Instead they will be expected to remember key pieces of text from up to 15 poems, passages from three texts, one Shakespearean, a 19th Century novel and a modern text.
  • All subjects have been made more demanding in a bid to raise standards.

Our response:

  • In-depth planning and identification of the key skills our students need in order to be successful
  • Implementation of one curriculum spanning a five year key stage (replacing KS3 and KS4) designed to prepare students for what will be a rigorous set of examinations at the end of Year 11
  • Communication to students regarding the new grading system and target grades. 
  • Greater focus on the training of staff to deliver not just a knowledge and skills based curriculum, but also in how to best support students to meet the changing demands of the examinations.