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Year 8 Options Pathways: Information, Advice and Guidance

Dear Parent/Carer,

Year 8 Options Pathways:  Information, Advice and Guidance

During the last academic year we announced our move to a three year GCSE model with students at Mangotsfield beginning their GCSE experience at the start of Year 9.

To support Year 8 students and their parents/carers in making the important decisions about pathways and options we have devised a robust programme of information, advice and guidance. Please see the table below for more information.

Date Activity Students will . . .
September -February PSHE  Options Pathways lessons
  • Take part in group activities and simulations to get them thinking in a more focussed way about options.
Monday 2nd  October 2017 Options Pathways Assembly #1
  • Gain an overview of the Pathways process
  • Be told what support is available
  • Understand why we have moved to a three year Key Stage 4
Term1

All Year 8 students complete the ‘Options and Careers Baseline Activity’ 

  • Have the opportunity to share their initial thoughts as a peer group. (This will be revisited at the end of the process).
January 2018 Y8 Options Pathways focus in lessons
  • Receive a taster of the Key Stage 4 experience during a Year 8 lesson
  • Receive answers to specific questions and FAQs
Thursday 25th January 2018 Y8 Pathways Evening
  • Have an in-depth explanation of the pathways structure and process with their parents/carers
  • Guidance on how to complete the options form
  • Be able to speak to subject teachers with their parents/carers
Monday 29th January 2018 Options Assembly #2
  • Acquire information about the Year 8 Choices Day
  • Understand how to make the most of the Parents’ Evening appointment
Monday 5th February 2018 Year 8 Choices Day
  • Experience tasters of ‘new’ subjects on offer at KS3
  • Engage with employers/people from the world of work
  • Have the opportunity to speak to Year 9 and Sixth Form Students
Thursday 8th  February 2018 Y8 Parents' Subject Evening
  • Be able to discuss current performance, predicted outcomes and options.
Monday 26th February 2018 Chase and Pomphrey Y8 one-to-one consultations. This is a meeting for Student, Parent(s) and Mentor. Parents/Carers choose one of the two available dates. This is also the options form submission deadline.
  • Have their completed options form checked and resolve any final issues.
Thursday 1st March 2018 Rodway and Siston Y8 one-to-one Consultations. This is a meeting for Student, Parent(s) and Mentor. Parents/Carers choose one of the two available dates. This is also the options form submission deadline.
  • Have their completed options form checked and resolve any final issues.

In January 2018 you will receive a copy of your child’s progress report.  This report will contain, along with other vital information:

1. Target: Your child’s target levels are based on their level attained at the end of Key Stage 2 and are set as end of Year 8 targets. They are challenging and aspirational targets to encourage students to achieve their very best.

2. Predicted Year 8 outcome: Students are given a professional prediction which represents the outcome they would most likely achieve at the end of Year 8 should they continue to work at their current rate.

It is important to note that some GCSE subjects have minimum entry requirements. Please see the table below for the details.

Subject Entry Requirement
GCSE Psychology Students who wish to study Psychology need to be ‘Working at Year 8 +’ or above in English, Maths and Science or demonstrate the potential to work at this level.
GCSE Triple Science Students who wish to study Triple Science will need to be ‘Working at Year 8 +’ or above in Science.

It is hoped that by providing the minimum entry requirements at this stage students will be encouraged to work as hard as possible to achieve the levels that will allow entry to these specific courses.

Please note that, although there are entry requirements, we do make decisions on a case-by-case basis in order to take into account any extenuating circumstances.

Yours faithfully

Mr D Planter

Deputy Headteacher