TCSoA - Curriculum Info Evening - 5th March 2014: Nationals & Highers

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Published on March 6, 2014

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Presentation deliver on 5th March 2014 to parents of S2, S4 & S5 pupils of The Community School of Auchterarder. We explain some of the most prevalent features of The new Nation Qualifications.

PARENTS’ CURRICULUM INFORMATION EVENING S2-S5 The Community School of Auchterarder Wednesday 5th March 2014

TONIGHT’S AGENDA • What are the arrangements for Personalisation & Choice? • What is the new Nationals structure? • What’s the progression route from Nationals to Highers? • What kind of work will they be expected to produce? The Community School of Auchterarder Wednesday 5th March 2014

TONIGHT’S AGENDA • What happens if my child fails an exam? • What do colleges & Universities know about the new structure? • What are the new Highers • Why are some subjects studying towards existing Highers? • What are the arrangements for study leave? The Community School of Auchterarder Wednesday 5th March 2014

What are the arrangements for Personalisation & Choice? S2 • Choice forms out to pupils at the beginning of March • Guidance interviews • Maths & English fixed, choose five from other columns • All pupils to choose from each curricular area • Seven subjects presented by end of S4 - PKC directive • Broad General Education into S3, then more focussed by subject • Course choices evening on Thursday 20th March in LRC

What are the arrangements for Personalisation & Choice? S4/5 • Choice forms out to pupils at the beginning of March • Guidance interviews • Choose five from across columns • Cannot choose two from same column • Levels available are dependent on demand • Some AH subjects taught out with column structure • Course choices evening on Thursday 20th March in LRC

A change to next year’s S6 • Full timetable • Accountable & trackable throughout the week • Options out with certificated study • supporting younger classes • supporting primary school • volunteering • structured study classes • A more focused, business-like S6 • Absolute expectation of course completion • Anything less, maybe better in college?

What is the structure of new Nationals? Advanced Higher Advanced Higher Higher Higher Credit National 5 General National 4 Foundation National 3

What is the structure of new Nationals? Advanced Higher Higher National 5 National 4 National 3 A must-read for parents: Nationals in a nut shell Click here

What are the progression routes? S6 Advanced Higher Higher National 5 S5 Higher National 5 National 4 S4 National 5 National 4 National 3 • Pending availability (demand) • Other routes can be considered

What kind of work will be expected? • • • • • Currently, a lot Folio work Project work Examples of class work Examinations

What happens if my child fails an exam? • National 4: • internally assessed, then moderated • National 5: • Narrow miss: awarded a National 5 award at D • Larger miss: possibility of National 4 pass, but only after August certificate time. Details here

What about the appeals process? • All changed this year • No back-up for ‘under-performing’ • New: Exceptional Circumstances Consideration • New: Post-Results Service • Full details here

What do employers, colleges & universities know? • Responsibility of SQA • Representatives all involved since 2002 • Colleges & universities fully prepared • Employers - info here • Universities - info here See www.dundee.ac.uk/cfe for University take on CfE • Very worthwhile SQA document here

What about the new Highers? • Highers are changing • Some substantially, others hardly at all • Next session - both new & existing are running Why would we want to do the existing one? • • • • • Support material coming from SQA This year working on Nat 4/5 Small school means less staff to do development Robust discussions have taken place For those subjects, it’s in the best interests of pupils

What about the new Highers? At TCSoA: New Higher Existing Higher Maths French English German History Geography Modern Studies Computing Art & Design Chemistry Music Biology Drama Physical Education Business Management Administration Physics Craft & Design Tech Human Biology

What about study leave? • Current S5/6 • Full study leave • Current S4 • Four (or more) exams? Full study leave • Less than four exams? Two days off before exam and day of exam S4 pupils in school during May will be involved in alternative learning provision.

What have we covered? • Arrangements for Personalisation & Choice? • New Nationals structure? • Progression route from Nationals to Highers? • The work they will be expected to produce? • What happens if children fail exams • Colleges & Universities • New Highers • What subjects are studying towards existing Highers • Study leave

PARENTS’ CURRICULUM INFORMATION EVENING S2-S5 The Community School of Auchterarder Wednesday 5th March 2014

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