From 2015 Rt. Hon. Michael Gove M.P. (Secretary of State for Education) has announced that new style
GCSEs will come into effect. These will be examined, for the first time, in 2017. The new GCSEs will be
linear examinations, which means they will only be tested by examinations at the end of year 11 and
contain no modules that can be retaken throughout Key Stage 4. The GCSEs will count towards the English
Baccalaureate measure which will remain the golden standard
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for all pupils to attain alongside other
school progress measures
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that takes into consideration other ‘high value’ qualifications.
At GTS we will ensure that all pupils will continue to study courses that are most appropriate to their
learning needs and will develop a curriculum to meet the needs of the new GCSEs and other changes in
national education policy, but most importantly our pupils.
CURRICULUM SUBJCT ALLOWNCES: KS4
ENRICHMENT AND INTERVENTION
Every pupil at GTS has 1 period of Enrichment and Intervention a week and completes 3, 12 week courses a
year of enrichment. This gives pupils unique opportunities within north Devon to participate in a range of
activities ranging from; STEM Awards (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Young
Enterprise Scheme, horticulture with RHS Rosemoor, community art projects at the Plough and Torrington
Boxing Club, Red Cross babysitting course, Red Cross first Aid and Sports Academies and leadership
awards, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and a range of languages including Latin, Russian, Italian and oriental
studies.
The majority of the enrichment activities are certified through national award schemes that will enhance
not only all our pupils C.V.’s but most importantly gives our pupils an opportunity to excel and express
their skills and abilities beyond what the curriculum allows whether they progress to following an
apprenticeship or an Oxbridge Degree.
Pupils in year 10 & 11 will also be eligible for intervention in 12 weeks blocks, if they have been identified
as not making expected progress in their GCSEs in English or Mathematics.
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The ‘golden standard’ comprising of GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, Geography or History and a Modern Foreign Language
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The ‘best 8’ measure will be the predominate progress measure which will comprise of the average score achieved from the pupils best 8
GCSEs in English and Maths, 3 other Ebacc subjects
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and 3 other ‘high value’ qualifications which could also be Ebacc subjects.
Subject
Number of lessons per fortnight
10
11
English
7
6
Maths
6
6
Science
10
9
Option 1
6
5
Option 2
6
5
Option 3
6
5
Option 4
5
3
R’s (Roles Relationships & Responsibilities)
1
1
Physical Education
4
4
Maths and English Intervention (if required)
2
6
Enrichment & Intervention
2
2