Ofqual has today confirmed the changes that will be made to GCSEs in England for teaching from September 2012.
English Baccalaureate – for any student who secures good GCSE or iGCSE passes in English, mathematics, the sciences, a modern or ancient foreign language and a humanity.
This combination of GCSEs at grades A*-C will entitle the student to a certificate recording their achievement. At the moment only around 15 per cent of students secure this basic suite of academic qualifications and fewer than four per cent of students eligible for free school meals do so. So to encourage the take-up of this combination of subjects, special recognition in performance tables will be given to those schools which are helping their pupils to attain this breadth of study.
Link to White paper EBacc pages here
The Humanities subjects included are:
GCSE in History
GCSE in Ancient History
GCSE in Geography
Cambridge International Certificate in History
Cambridge International Certificate in Geography
CIE legacy iGCSE in History
CIE legacy iGCSE in Geography
Changes to the reporting of results and attainment tables are also available – click here
The status of our subjects appears to be rising again – AT LAST!!
Those of you who have attended the Wiltshire subject conferences recently will be aware that at Abbeyfield School, we have been working on redesigning the KS3 Humanities curriculum to intergrate Geography, History and Philosophy & Ethics (RE) more successfully.
An article has just been published in the Association of School and College Leaders magazine outlining the work we have done and the impact this has had on teaching and learning.
You can read the article by clicking on the link below.
The full KS3 Abbeyfield Humanities Wheel and the ELPs mentioned in the article can be found on our Abbeyfield Humanities site by clicking on the link at the top of this page
Congratulations to the Geography Department at Wyvern College for achieving the Secondary Geography Quality Mark from the GA.
Well done to Ticki Stickley at Wyvern College. The first in Wiltshire I believe!
For more information about the SGQM click on the link