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Full Subject-Based Banding (SBB) Pilot in 2020

PLMGS(Sec) is one of the 28 secondary schools selected by the Ministry of Education to start piloting aspects of Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB) from 2020 onwards.

Purpose of Full SBB

With Full SBB, we are moving towards one secondary education, with many subject bands, to better meet our students’ learning needs, without labels. This is part of the broader shift in our education system to recognise the strengths and interests of our children, to help them build their confidence and develop an intrinsic motivation to learn for life in them.

By 2021, the pilot schools will have fully implemented the following aspects of Full SBB:

  • Organising Secondary 1 form classes in new ways; or
  • Offering of Humanities subjects at a more demanding level from Secondary 2.

Full SBB Pilot in PLMGS(Sec) in 2020

Offering of Humanities subjects at a more demanding level from Secondary 2 in 2020

As part of the pilot, our school will allow Secondary 2 students the opportunity to take Humanities subjects at a more demanding level if they meet the requirements.

This is applicable to students who are in Secondary 2 Normal (Academic) in 2020.

  • Eligibility criteria based on Sec 1 academic results
    English Literature / Geography / History
    • At least 75% overall in the subject
    • A positive learning attitude to cope with the higher academic demand

  • Process for taking up the option
    Eligible N(A) students will receive an application form after the Sec 1 year-end examinations, based on the following criteria
    • At least 75% overall in the subject 
    • Positive learning attitude to cope with the higher academic demand

  • Once a student offers Geography/History/Literature at a more demanding level, she would sit for the same examination as students in Express for that subject.

  • Students are encouraged to continue with the higher-level subjects until the end of Sec 2, as students do need time to adjust to the higher academic demands.

  • Our school will monitor students’ progress in the higher-level subjects as well as overall progress in all subjects.

  • Our school is mindful of students’ socio-emotional and academic needs and will endeavour to provide the necessary support to students to help them cope.

  • Humanities subjects at a more demanding level will be made available for Normal (Technical) Secondary 2 students starting from 2021. 

Organising Secondary 1 form classes in new ways in 2021

As part of the pilot, our school will implement reorganised form classes at Secondary 1.

This is applicable to Secondary 1 students entering our school in 2021.

Benefits from new ways of organising form classes
This common learning experience creates a valuable setting for students to mingle, build meaningful friendships, and appreciate different perspectives. It can also help reduce the inadvertent labelling associated with streaming.

 

For more information on how our school would implement Full SBB, you can contact us at plmgss@moe.edu.sg. The school will also be engaging parents of cohorts of students who are involved in the pilot in 2019/2020.