26 August 2015

KS3 / KS4 / GCSE Mandatory Subjects

I believe the curriculum and mandatory-ness should be split up like the following.
The current replacement for GCSE, the English Baccalaureate, is still missing some key parts.


  • Essentials: Maths, English (Literature, Language), Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology)
  • IT (not ICT - less focus on Office apps and more on Operating Systems, Programming)
  • "Food Technology" also known as Cooking!
  • P.E. (need to keep our kids healthy) - should be more optional about what types can be chosen, rather than force kids into them
    • Mandatory: Athletics and gymnasium sport (fitness)
    • Optional: Football, rugby, hockey, basketball, tennis, rounders (aka cricket), badminton, table tennis, archery, netball, trampolining
  • Sexual health
  • Life skills aka common sense. Respecting others, passive/assertive/aggressiveness, government bodies - see more
  • "Citizenship" also known as "Key Skills" - replace with focus on business-oriented requirements e.g. CV building, interviews, work experience, volunteering, vocational study etc.

  • Creative art: Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Technology (Electronics, Design, CAD, Sewing)
  • Social studies: Geography, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Politics, Business Studies, Religious studies (should not be focused on Christianity - should cover all the philosophical points only)
  • Language: French, Spanish, German etc.