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Changes for 2010 Improving Life Chances through Education. May 2009. Objectives of the day. Give an overview of core GCSEs for 2010. Share curriculum initiatives and differences made around: Achievement & Attainment Widening participation Progression. Progression: The other 50% ?.

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Changes for 2010Improving Life Chances through Education

May 2009

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Objectives of the day

Give an overview of core GCSEs for 2010.

Share curriculum initiatives and differences made around:

  • Achievement & Attainment

  • Widening participation

  • Progression

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Progression: The other 50%?

If at first you don’t succeed . . . . . you don’t succeed!

Source: DfES Corporate Strategy 2004; Main study aim of 16 year olds by year 11 attainment

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GCSE - 2008?

  • A* to C rose from 63.3% to 65.7%, a rise of 2.4% achieving 5 or more GCSE equivalent.

  • A* to C inc maths & English rose from 46% to 47.2% but less than half achieved target. (Government looking for 53% by 2011.)

  • Girls still ahead 52.3% compared to boys 43.2%.

  • Improved results in both English (up 0.7 % to 62.9%), and mathematics (up 1.1% to 56.3% )

Core subjects account for 47.4% of all entries.

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Where are we now: OFSTED

  • Almost two thirds of state schools were judged good or outstanding (an improvement on 2006/7), but 9% were inadequate.

  • No change on last year.

  • The achievement gap between pupils on free school meals and those who were not had stayed the same for 3 years.

    ‘The provision that really makes a difference is ambitious. It does not believe that anyone’s past or present circumstances should define their future.’

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Government initiatives

  • National Challenge

  • School Report Cards

  • Gaining Ground- improving progress in coasting secondary schools

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What’s new for 2010?

  • GCSE English new specifications

  • GCSE mathematics new specifications

  • GCSE ICT new specifications

  • BTEC award in mathematical applications goes live

  • Pilot GCSE ‘Linked Pair’ mathematics

  • Functional skills: stand alone qualifications

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National Manager: Claire Graham

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English: OFSTED Findings

  • English is one of the best taught subjects.

  • Standards continue to rise but still below target.

    • Tackling underachievement: Gender gap

    • Limited emphasis on S&L

    • Use of ICT

      English Review 2000-2005, OFSTED

  • Pupils did not understand enough about what they needed to do to improve and how they would achieve their targets.

  • Effective assessment for learning contributed to pupils outstanding achievement and transformed their learning.

    Assessment for learning: the impact of National Strategy support

    OFSTED 2008

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Successful Edexcel English GCSE Pilot

  • Full range of centres

  • Improved motivation, achievement and progression


  • Unitised, bite-size chunks within a modular structure

  • Engaging content,

  • Choice of unitsto maximise achievement

  • Varied modes of assessment

    Commended by our pilot centres

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35% to 56%

English A* - C rate was 35% (2007)

Increased to 56% (2008)

“The pilot played a crucial role in engaging and motivating learners ”.

“It is no coincidence that our best ever English results contributed to our best ever 'gold standard' results from 39% to 55% - and our highest ever sixth form/College staying on rates”.

Phillip May, Head Teacher: Costessey High School

Observations on the Edexcel GCSE Pilot – Sept 2005 – Feb 2009

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English 2010

  • A third English GCSE!

    • English

    • English Language

    • English Literature

  • Functional English

  • Visit our new English website:

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    Overview of ESOL

    • Improving English for speakers of other languages; raising attainment across all subjects.

    • Flexible assessment.

    • Separate Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

    • Fits within and across the Key Stages.

    • Accessible for learners and recognised progression for EAL learners rewarding achievement.

    • Straightforward to teach and assess:

      • No portfolio work

      • Support online and from EV

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    Overview of ESOL

    • Entry Level 1

    • Entry Level 2

    • Entry Level 3

    • Level 1

    • Level 2

    • Comparison with GCSE

    • ESOL SfL Level 2 gains 138 performance points

    • Equivalent to 3 GCSEs at grade B

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    National Manager: Maria Hoather

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    Mathematics: understanding the score

    • “Too often pupils are expected to remember methods, rules and facts without grasping the underpinning concepts, making connections with earlier learning and other topics”

    • “The essential ingredients of effective mathematics teaching are subject knowledge and understanding of the ways in which pupils learn mathematics”

    • “Pupils wanted to do well in mathematics. They knew it was important but were rarely excited by it. Were generally not confident when faced with unusual or new problems.”

      Quotes from OFSTED ‘Understanding the score’ report 2008

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    Mathematics headlines

    • Summer 09: first cohort of 2 tier entry w/o coursework

    • New GCSE Statistics for 09

    • Removal of SATs at KS3 enabling greater flexibility of curriculum time

    • Increase in uptake of GCE mathematics

    • Functional Skills - mathematics

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    Edexcel GCSE mathematics

    Market Leader:Over 2/3 of schools and colleges in the UK. High success rates.


    Choice and Accessibility of Assessment

    Accessibility of question papers

    Quality Support

    New MCQ paper choice to assess onscreen unique to Edexcel GCSE

    Mathematics Modular to help enhance achievement and motivation.

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    59% - 85%

    Gumley House School, Hounslow, Pietro Tozzi, Head of Mathematics,

    Expressing the benefits of choosing our Modular course:

    “Over the past few years our Maths Department has become the flagship department for our school. The reason why is our improvement from 59% A* - C to 85% A* - C since switching over to the Edexcel Modular GCSE. This transition was not easy, but was made possible due to ongoing support.

    I certainly feel that I am at the cutting edge of all changes in Mathematical education and am totally supported. The Past Paper service has helped me and my colleagues enormously to prepare our students with confidence. When I speak in meetings about the level of support we get in Mathematics, other schools are envious!”

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    What’s changing for 2010?

    • GCSE Mathematics will be tiered and include functional mathematics content requirements at levels 1 and 2

      for regular updates go to our website at:

    • ‘Linked Pair’ GCSE Mathematics pilot

    • BTEC award in mathematical applications goes live

    • Functional Mathematics will also be introduced as a stand-alone qualification

    • Change to key stage 4 programme of study

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    Ofsted Feedback

    “higher-attaining students were insufficiently challenged”

    “Most students who choose not to pursue an ICT qualification at KS4 did not receive their statutory entitlement to the National Curriculum for ICT”

    ICT in primary and secondary schools: Ofsted’s findings 2005/08, March 09

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    GCSE ICT10

    • Up-to-date and engaging content

    • Simple modular structure

    • Single and double award

    • Assessed by a mixture of controlled sssessment and examination

    • Single tier

    • Suitable for students of all abilities

    • Supported by ResultsPlus

    • Easy to teach, assess and manage

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    GCSE ICT 10 Structure




    External Assessment

    1 x GCSE


    Controlled Assessment


    External Assessment



    Controlled Assessment

    2 x GCSE


    External Assessment


    Controlled Assessment

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    A student who studies this GCSE….

    • will be ‘ICT savvy’

    • won’t necessarily be en route to a career in IT

    • will have good, transferable ICT skills

    • is just as likely to be a girl as a boy!

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    Need something different for some of your learners?

    • DiDA suite

    • IT Diploma

    • BTEC in IT

    • Functional Skills ICT

    • ITQ

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    Edexcel GCSE Support

    Dedicated linesRegional Offices

    Stay alert




    GCSE Specification& Accessible Assessment

    Ask Edexcel


    Ask the Expert


    Ask edexcel

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    Functional Skills

    Business Manager: Helen Georgiou

    National Manager: Cheryl Woods

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    What are Functional Skills?

    Required component of Diploma

    3 year pilot, available from Entry 1 to Level 2

    Embedded teaching and learning at Key Stage 3

    Compulsory at KeyStage 4 from 2010

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    Key Government initiative

    Set of standards that all learners will have to achieve

    Stand-alone qualifications

    Teaching and learning should be embedded in all pathways: i.e. Diplomas, GCSEs, FLT, BTECs, Apprenticeships

    What are Functional Skills?

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    Functional SkillsAchievement & Attainment Tables

    Level 1

    Each qualification is worth 12.5 points

    Equivalent to short course GCSE

    Level 2

    Each qualification is worth 23 points

    Equivalent to short course GCSE

    Entry 1 = 5 points

    Entry 2 = 6 points

    Entry 3 = 7 points

    Entry Level

    What does this mean?

    • Increases school attainment

    • Level 2 worth ½ GCSE grade B

    • Each Functional Skill is equivalent to half a GCSE at Level 1/ Level 2

    • Achievement at all three FS worth 1.5 GCSEs

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    Preparing for Functional Skills with ALAN

    Many schools have been using our ALAN and ALAN Onscreen with outstanding success.

    ALAN is available at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2, and can be taken by learners at any age

    Centres currently offering ALAN as an integrated part of the GCSEs in maths and English are already helping their staff to develop the teaching techniques they need to deliver FS

    “ALAN is the ideal preparation for Functional Skills.”

    Jane Tyers, King Edward VI School, Suffolk

    “ALAN free on-line practice tests are fantastic as a resource and assessment tool.”

    Ben Creasy, former DH, Henry Mellish School, Nottingham

    “ALAN motivates the disaffected students as well as the gifted and

    talented.” Secondary school Wolverhampton

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    Why do centres choose Edexcel?

    • Most centre felt our specifications were comprehensive and well structured

    • Our styles of assessment suited their learners and our tests are easy to administer

    • Our range of resources meet their needs

    • Your students are already benefiting from our related Skills for Life qualifications - ALAN

    • Recommendation from other centres

    • Training events rated ‘excellent’

    • Support rated ‘comprehensive’ and newsletter ‘helpful’

      Most centres stated they are currently teaching Functional Skills “As stand-alone qualifications”.

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    Support for Functional Skills

    Portfolio of materials and resources for guidance and support including:

    Curriculum modelling as stand alone and with other subjects

    Practice assessment materials & teacher guidance

    Online teaching and learning resources/textbooks

    Examples, content exemplification and case studies

    Dedicated Support team contactable by phone or email

    Free induction training and non-pilot briefings

    Email alerts

    Ask the expert and FAQs

    Termly newsletter and email updates

    Free web based analysis - Results Plus

    Edexcel Dedicated Pilots Team

    Edexcel Dedicated non-pilot support

    Edexcel Telephone Support: FS Line - 0844 576 0028

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    WorkSkills: Key Features

    A suite of over 30 stand alone bite size units of 10 GLH. The units are currently available at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2

    • Build your own BTEC:

    • Learners can choose as many or as few units as they wish to build qualifications of different sizes at different levels.

    • Making WorkSkills fit into learners needs and existing timetables and existing programmes: E.G. PSHE, Work Experience, Enterprise, Careers, GCSEs, GCEs, Diplomas, BTECs, NVQs, Functional Skills etc

    • Within and across all Key Stages and post 19.

    • Combined they can create:

    • BTEC Award, 3 credits = .25 GCSE equivalent

    • BTEC Certificate , 13 credits = 1 GCSE equiv.

    • BTEC Diploma, 37 credits = 4 GCSEs equiv.

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    Next Steps:

    • Complete Curriculum Support Request form.

    • Information Packs

    • Subject specific Information Packs

    • Case studies and sharing of good practice.

    • Launch Events for HoDs

    • Contact with dedicated Curriculum Development Managers

    • Ongoing information, support and guidance