Choosing Options at KS4

At the end of Key Stage Three, either in Year Eight (not so common) or Year Nine (more likely), your child will have a choice: they will reduce the number of subjects they study and focus on developing the skills and knowledge needed to face exams at the end of Year Eleven. The grades achieved in these exams will act as the key to unlock the next stage in their education journey.


As a parent, it is easy to feel somewhat unsure about how this process works and how best to advise and support your child.


I am here to help.


In this session you will learn:


  • The difference between the qualification options (GCSEs/BTECH/CITY AND GUILDS) and the pros and cons of each.
  • How exam marking and grading works.
  • The key dilemmas schools and students often face.
  • Curated resources to help support your child in making options choices.
  • My point of view as a teacher, school leader and dad.
  • A Q&A session!
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