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Parents and pupils should feel able to ask informed questions about the courses offered by a school, and the school should be able to explain how it is responding to curricular changes and the rationale for the combination of courses it offers.

  • GCSEs

    GCSEs and IGCSEs in a changing curricular landscape

    This is an exciting stage of education because it is when most pupils have their first opportunity to begin selecting some subject options and determining their own academic programme. As it also leads to formal qualifications in the shape of (I)GCSEs, an understanding of what schools offer currently and how that is likely to be affected by ongoing changes to...

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  • Sixth-form programmes

    Sixth-form programmes – the choice

    A levels remain the default route through sixth form. Recent government reforms have seen coursework largely stripped out so that now most marks are awarded in examinations during May and June of Year 13. Schools expect students to take three or four A-level subjects. The AS qualification that has existed for the last 20 years as a modular exam taken...

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