Curriculum Changes

As you may be aware, there is a significant amount of curriculum reform taking place over the next few years with new GCSE and A level specifications being introduced in all subjects by September 2018. In 2015-16, new A levels were introduced in English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Computer Science, Business, History, Art and Design and Economics. At the same time, new specifications for GCSE were introduced in English Language, English Literature and Maths. In 2016-17, the majority of other subjects followed and new specifications were introduced from September 2016.  

The curriculum reform not only covers the content of qualifications but also the assessment structure of both GCSEs and A levels. An explanation of the changes to both GCSEs and A levels can be found in the documents section to the left of this page. This information will be of particular interest should your daughter have started GCSE or A level courses in September 2016 or 2017. If you have any queries about these changes please do contact me on the email address below.

Finally, in light of significant changes to Key Stage 2 (KS2), the removal of levels at KS3 and the changes to the grading system for GCSEs we have developed a new system of KS3 assessment that allows us to effectively track students' progress from the end of Year 6 to Year 11. Details of this system will accompany every snapshot report. In the meantime, if you wish to discuss any of these changes, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Finally, let me reassure you that we will do everything possible to ensure that these curriculum and assessment changes are introduced carefully and effectively at Didcot Girls’ School to ensure the future success of all of our students.

Tom Goodenough
Head of School

tgoodenough@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

Documents

Page Downloads Date  
A Level Reforms.pdf 26th Jul 2017 Download
GCSE Reforms.pdf 26th Jul 2017 Download
@DidcotGirls07:08 PM - 12th December, 2018 Thoughtful morning spent considering ways to embed metacognition in lessons and CPD. Lots to ponder 🤔 Read more
@DidcotGirls12:06 AM - 12th December, 2018 Delighted to have her onboard 😌
@DidcotGirls11:57 PM - 11th December, 2018 Congratulations to the Under 16 Basketball team who beat Wallingford (19-10), Chiltern Edge (11-6) and Wheatley Park (20-9) to become South Oxfordshire Champions this afternoon. A great start to the season, their County League fixtures start after Christmas. Read more
@DidcotGirls11:57 PM - 11th December, 2018 Colourful flaming Christmas puddings at today, as well as some beautiful miniature dinner tables. Read more
@DidcotGirls11:57 PM - 11th December, 2018 A fantastic competition for Year 8 students to enter. Digital Leaders will be in your assembly letting you know how to enter! 🔐🔒 Read more
@DidcotGirls11:56 PM - 11th December, 2018 Miss Tilling is really impressed with the range of research 8HEE have shown in their industrial reformer and philanthropist HWK. This Christmassy touch was much appreciated too! 🎄 Read more
@DidcotGirls10:49 PM - 10th December, 2018 Great to hear & have been awarded the prestigious, nationally recognised ‘Quality in Careers Standard Award’, often referred to as ‘Investors in Careers’ Delighted to support Employer Engagement as the for Read more
@DidcotGirls10:49 PM - 10th December, 2018 Now this is a beautiful mind-map but as all historians will know, its usefulness will depend on how it used to aid memorising and retrieval..... Read more
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