I posted a request for feedback asking people what they thought should follow a two year KS3 course (in my case Wikid Science).
Thank you those people who took the time to respond – I’ve posted a brief summary of the responses below.
- Only 14% of respondents took three years to complete KS3
- 57% of people who responded already followed a two year KS3
- 64% of respondents thought starting KS4 was the better option to follow a two year KS3
- Of people who thought a skills year was best, most thought fun experiments and applying science were the most important things to include.
- Project work and KS3-KS4 bridging units were suggested as important for either KS3 or K4 work.
- One school talked about doing BTEC in Y9, then Diploma or more GCSE in Y10/11
- Two schools had negative experiences with a two year KS3, one was reverting to a three year KS3
So what did I decide to do?
I decided to take the best of both models and take the more skills based parts of the BTEC and spend more time on them, enriching students’ experiences through year 9. We will then complete physics, chemistry and physics KS4 modules through year 10 to 11. Students will complete more modules than required for Certificate but no where near enough for Diploma.