Full Subject-Based Banding (SBB) in 2020
Jurong Secondary School is pleased to be 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 in them an intrinsic motivation to
learn for life.
- Offering of Humanities subjects at a more demanding level from Secondary 2; and
- Organising Secondary 1 form classes in new ways
Full SBB Pilot in Jurong Secondary School in 2020
From 2020 onwards
Offering of Humanities subjects at a more demanding level from Secondary 2
As part of the pilot, our school will allow Secondary 2 students the opportunity to take Humanities subjects (Geography, History or Literature) at a more demanding level if they meet the requirements.
This is applicable to students who are in Secondary 2 Normal (Academic) in 2020.
With this increased flexibility in customising our students’ learning experience, we better recognise their strengths and nurture their intrinsic motivation to learn. Selection of the students will be based on their Secondary 1 results, positive attitude towards learning and strong commitment to offer the subject at a higher level.
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
As part of the pilot, our school will also implement reorganised form classes at Secondary 1.
This is applicable to Secondary 1 students entering our school in 2020. They will be grouped in mixed form classes, comprising NT, NA and Express students. The class size will be smaller than the usual, approximately 34 students.
Students will attend lessons in the form classes for the following subjects: Art, Design & Technology, Character and Citizenship Education, Food and Consumer Education, Music, as well as Physical Education.
For the other subjects: English, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics, Science, and the Humanities, students will attend lessons at the respective NT, NA or Express level.
The common learning experience through the mixed form classes 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 will implement Full SBB, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The school will also be providing more information at our Open House on 16 Nov 2019.