Year 8 Options: Parents (Open Evening)Why you’ll love North-Year 8 Options With new, more rigorous GCSEs, with more content , needing more revision and more targeted skill development New for 2015: Year 8s will choose their options at Middle School by the end of June. • • • More focussed Year 9 Same opportunities as 11-18 schools Your daughter/son will start Year 9 ready for 3 years studying only the subjects they need and enjoy. Information opportunities explaining the process from November. WHY? New more rigorous GCSEs More revision, more content, more targeted skill development In line with other 11-18 schools Makes Year 9 more focussed-optimise strengths WHY? Emphasis on the “currency” of GCSEs-a broad curriculum. Not expecting them to know what they want to do. How will they choose? Routes booklets home-March 4 Guided Pathways Evening- March 8 Subject Taster Day (at North) -March 23 4 Routes- setting students on the right path (as we know one path doesn’t suit all) More subject tasters from mid-May. Individual guidance meetings (with parents if you wish) Discussions with HoD at MS who will liaise with HoD at North Teacher advice at MSs Which subjects do you enjoy and are you good at? Class teachers-advice on whether more practical or analytical. Are they working towards Age Related Expectations? (If so they should reach a grade 5) Class teacher will have overview. We, at North, will inform about new subjects. Each child will study English Language/English Literature Maths (maybe leading to Further) Science (double or separate) 4 options (generally) And will do PE They will have half a term to switch when they get to us. All sorted by October half term. How will I know which GCSEs my child should take? What do they enjoy and what are they good at? Don’t pick because of teacher, siblings or friends Don’t worry about not know what they want “to do” They’ll get a booklet outlining the key elements of all GCSEs/courses on 4 March in time for Guided Pathways Evening on 8th. The 4 Routes Russell Route -40% most able. Will have to do a language (French or Spanish) AND a humanity (history or geography). NB Staffing and Spanish warning Open Route -Next 45%. Will have to do at least one from French, history or geography Gateway Route-Next 13% 2% Very particular needs (all %s approximate) • Certain subjects only in certain routes e.g. Psychology only in Route 4 • Routes flexible and SEN aware Expected option subjects French, Spanish, history, geography, psychology, sociology, art, music, preapprenticeship in engineering, Resistant Materials, BTEC IT, PE theory, food, separate sciences, BTEC Health and Social Care, BTEC business, film studies, Religion and Society, drama, media studies, textiles, and computer science. (No Dance but could be done extra curricularly) Why? So that every child…Can achieve what they’re capable of.