Spring Newsletter 2015 - page 4

This is currently the most up to date
information that we have. The DFE are
making regular announcements which
may result in changes to the timeline
or changes to the assessment, and
content, of the new GCSEs. We will be
giving updates on the curriculum
reforms in the newsletter and posting
changes on the website.
Curriculum Change Guidance for Parents /
Carers and Pupils
As part of the coalition Government’s education reforms, GCSE
courses will start to change from September 2015. In the first
year, only English and Maths GCSEs will be changing. In
subsequent years, more subjects will be reformed.
New GCSEs from 2015 / 16. This will affect the current
Year 9 and all following years.
The main principles of the reform are as follows:
‘New’ GCSEs will follow a linear structure – all exams will be
taken in the summer of Year 11. Resits will not be available
(apart from during November, for students in Yr 12 or above).
Coursework will be removed from almost all subjects, including
English, in the first year of reform. Assessment will be
conducted by external examiners as much as possible. (Some
subjects in later phases of reform, such as Geography and the
Sciences, will retain a fieldwork or practical element, though
this may be assessed within the terminal exam only.)
‘New’ GCSEs will be graded using numbers rather than letters –
the diagram below shows how this is currently intended to
Tiered examinations (i.e. availability of foundation and higher level) will not generally be available. In the first phase of
reform, tiers have been removed from English, but kept in Maths (where the foundation tier will offer the opportunity for
students to achieve grades 1-4, and the higher tier will access grades 5 –9).
There will also be content changes in many subjects, for example, the requirement that all students study a nineteenth
century novel in English, and other assessment changes such as a greater focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar in the
awarding of marks.
Current intentions for new GCSE grading structure:
We currently believe that the new threshold standard (currently a C grade) will be a grade 5.
Timescale for GCSE reform 2015 - 2019
GTS chess team are South-
West Regional contestants
Four students took part in the regional tournament,
at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. Competing with
21 teams, representing 10 different schools, we
were thrilled that Team B came 5th, beating Torquay
Boys’ Grammar School, and 9th place.
Phase 1
(from Sept 2015)
English and Maths
Phase 2
(from Sept 2016)
Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama,
Geography, History, MFL, Music, PE, Physics, RE, Science
Phase 3
(from Sept 2017)
ICT, DT, All others
1,2,3 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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