The new measures will apply from 2016, but schools can choose to ‘opt in’ from 2015.
Every school’s floor target will be different as it will be based on progress across 8 subjects, known as ‘the basket’
‘The basket’ contains English (which will double count unless not doing Lit in which case stays as a single count), Maths and any 3 of – core science, additional science, biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, geography, history, any classical or modern language. The additional 3 may be BTeC or GCSE
It will be possible to fill ‘the basket’ without doing a science at all, or a humanity or a language and ‘the basket’ clearly gives plenty of room for specialisation. Eg. A student could do Bio, Chem, Phy, Engineering, Product Design and Business. Another could do Geog, His, Latin, Art, RE, and Sociology. ‘The basket’ does not need to be filled, but unfilled…
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