To ask parents of year 9 children
OneDayIWillBeOrganised · 08/07/2017 09:42
How many GCSEs your child is going to be studying. My DD is currently studying 9 which the school want to reduce to 7 next year. This is being done across the whole year group. Is this typical or is the school limiting my DD opportunity to pass more?
Janeismymiddlename · 08/07/2017 09:48
Have a look,at the Progresss 8 'thing' we are now measured on. I suspect someone thinks it will help their whole school score. Is the school RI? Or are they due Ofsted soon?
TeenAndTween · 08/07/2017 09:52
I don't think 7 is usually enough (if this is a standard things s he whole school), as best 8 can often be considered for university etc can't it?
On the other hand, probably better to take and pass 7 than take 9 and only pass 5. My DD dropped a subject after mocks in y11 as it was clear she wasn't going to pass it, and the extra time available then helped her scrape a pass in her English Lang.
OneDayIWillBeOrganised · 08/07/2017 10:03
X post. Started typing then got distracted feeding the cat. The communicaction from the school is shocking. Looking at your responses I'm hoping they'll tell me she's doing two English and three Science which would make it more acceptable.
OneInEight · 08/07/2017 10:10
Too few which we are pretty livid about as we were promised when ds1 started at his specialist school that he would be given full academic opportunities. I think at the moment it is down to six but I expect it will decrease again. We are cross as he is academically able despite his SEN.
Etymology23 · 08/07/2017 10:19
So will she be doing 2 science, 1 maths, 2 English and then 2 of her choice?
I did 3 science, 1 maths, 2 English and then another 5, plus short course RS and an additional maths qualification but obviously that was a while ago now! My brother, who did them more recently, has done 3 science, 2x mathsy ones, 2 English and another 4, plus 1/2 an RS one.
7 seems very minimal!
speedyhedgehog · 08/07/2017 10:33
Dd (year 10) academically selective school is doing 10. Majority of the school is doing 9 but she is in the maths set that 'qualified' to do extra/ further maths. So they have to take English language and English lit, and maths then have 6 choices which must include 1 science and 1 modern foreign language. 1 humanity is strongly suggested. Dd wanted all 3 sciences plus 2 languages which meant only 1 more choice. In the end she is taking the 2 English, 3 sciences, French, History, DT, and 2 maths. Have to say it is a lot, seems a LOT more content than when I did o'levels - a long time ago 😂 it is difficult when they have interest and the ability to do a lot of different subjects but the workload really has been plenty. The school feels that 9 good results are sufficient so that is what they are aiming for.
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