The government has announced that all learners taking GCSE exams in 2020 must have studied the EBacc (English Baccalaureate) subjects – these include Mathematics, English, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and either Geography or History.
In response to this Bradford Academy from September 2017 will be moving to a curriculum model that includes a three year Key Stage 4. This enables learners at the Academy to study all the Ebacc subjects in addition to maintaining a number of option subjects.
For this year only therefore, learners in both year 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to choose their pathways in spring 2017. In September 2017 current year 8 learners will start the three year key stage 4 programme of study, and current year 9 learners will be the last group to complete the two year key stage 4 programme.
Year 9 learners on the EBacc route will choose one humanities option and one “free” option from a range of nationally recognised qualifications that will complement their core curriculum offer. Learners on the non EBacc route will choose three “free” options.
Alongside the EBacc subjects learners in Year 8 will be asked to make two “free” option choices which they will study in years 9, 10 and 11.
The qualifications will include a broad selection of subjects covering both academic and vocational courses. This is an opportunity for learners to specialise in fields of study that will help them with their intended future destinations.
At Bradford Academy we review our curriculum offer every year in order to ensure that learners have access to a broad range of relevant and highly regarded national qualifications. We carefully put together a suite of qualifications that both match the aspirations and interests of our learners whilst ensuring progression routes into higher education and employment.
For further information email: Options@bradfordacademy.co.uk
Please see the attached for a summary for parents regarding the changes to the grades for GCSEs.