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28/02/2013 at 09:21
We had the first of 2 meetings with the school last night about K's GCSE options. Loads to take in and she has weekly meeting with tutors and teachers for the next couple of weeks to discuss her choices. It's such an exciting time for her and thankfully she's pretty set on what she wants to do. Lots of work ahead though!
One thing I'm unsure of is the EBaccalaureate - is that for students in foundation classes? She doesn't want to take the Ebac, she wants GCSEs but it did throw us a bit.
28/02/2013 at 09:44
I thought they were getting rid of the Ebac now? AFAIK it was supposed to replace GCSEs but the government changed its mind. My school isn't doing them at all.
28/02/2013 at 09:48
That's what I thought, I think they changed their mind again.
28/02/2013 at 10:16
What is she planning on doing?
28/02/2013 at 10:34
She's thinking History, French, Business Studies, Drama, Design Textiles as options and a 4th option would be either Spanish or Dance (they need to give an additional incase they are over subscribed), then the core subjects are English, Maths, Science, ICT, RE, PE.
28/02/2013 at 17:53
The ebac isn't going to be an actual qualification that students can achieve anymore, but schools will still be judged on the % of students who 'get it' along with the usual A*-C % they are judged on. Is K being fast tracked with her GCSE's Belle?
28/02/2013 at 19:30
Eh you've confused me even more. The school said its ebac or gcse's. No idea on fast tracking yet depends on what she gets i spose
28/02/2013 at 20:57
Sorry Belle, didn't mean to confuse you.
There are two different things - the EBac and the EBC.
The EBac (English Baccalaureate) recognises the success of pupils who attain GCSEs at grades A*-C across a core of academic subjects - English, mathematics, history or geography, two sciences and a language. Students don't get a certificate for this but schools are judged on the % of students who get the EBac. This came in a couple of years ago and hasn't changed.
The EBC (English Baccalaureate Certificates), is different from the existing EBac, but was kind of supposed to extend and complement the EBac. The EBC's were going to replace GCSE's and were to be introduced in English and maths, then science and modern foreign languages, then history and geography. Other subjects were still to be GCSE's with the possibility of changing these at a later date. Teaching for the new certificates in English, maths and science should have begun in 2015, with the first EBCs due to be sat in 2017. So current Year 7 pupils in secondary schools would have been the first cohort affected. The other EBac subjects – modern languages, history and geography – were to get EBCs later. However after consultation the Goverment decided not to go ahead with EBC's and stick to GCSE's.
For more information about EBac have a look at this website. (don't know how to link so you'd have to copy and paste - sorry)
I asked if K was fast tracking as GCSE's are usually chosen in yr9 not yr8, but there is a growing trend for schools to fast track really clever students and get them to take their GCSE's a year early.
Hope that makes sence!
28/02/2013 at 20:58
oohh the linky thing worked. :)
01/03/2013 at 09:14
Thanks Raincloud, she wont be doing the Ebac we decided last night. She goes to an Academy and I think it's standard these days for them to do the choices in year 8 so they can do some exams in year 10 isn't it?
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