Tuesday 18 June 2019

Understanding the Key Stage 4 Curriculum

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If you’re a parent, there have probably been many occasions where you’ve reflected on everything you’re supposed to know about your child’s education and its left you feeling quite overwhelmed. Maybe you and your little ones are getting ready for Reception like we were last year, or maybe they'll be prepping for SATS or GCSE's, either way it can be hard to know how to best support your child through the process. With a big step for your child's future being GCSE's, I have teamed up with a Sixth Form in Hertfordshire to help parents of Key Stage 4 aged students so that they can have a better understanding of the overall curriculum and how it works.

Pile of notepads with pencils, pen and a rubber on top

The main objective of the key stages in the UK curriculum is to ensure children are given an equal level of education, no matter where they come from in the country. Throughout Key Stage 4, most students tend to work towards qualifications known as GCSEs. Some of the subjects are compulsory, including English, Maths and Science, while others can be chosen, like Art or Music. Choosing GCSEs is a big step for your child and they may need your help making the right decisions. In most schools, students will take 10 GCSE subjects.

Although schools will tailor the curriculum as they see fit, they must follow the general markers set by the National Curriculum. If you would like to learn more about your child’s curriculum, you could always ask the teachers for a simple outline. This will help you purchase appropriate text books and revision guides for your kids, whilst also giving you the insight you need to help them with their homework. I still remember shopping for my revision guides with my Mum at WH Smith!

The grades your child receives at Key Stage 4 level will help determine how they move forward with their education, and eventually their career. It’s important for parents to have an active role in supporting student throughout their GCSEs, particularly during exam period. One great way to help your child is to ease the pressure as much as possible and being there for them if they want to talk about anything or ask for help. Go along to any advice sessions or open evenings at their school and ask any questions they maybe too nervous to ask.

Most of all, be there to support them through their GCSE's and if their exams don't go as well as they, and you, hoped, support them through the next steps.

Good luck with your Key Stage 4 journey!

Mummy Snowy Owl

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