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Last updated on 9 November 2016
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School types: All · School phases: Secondary

Why would schools condense the Key Stage (KS) 3 curriculum? We outline the potential advantages and disadvantages of condensing the KS3 curriculum. We also include case studies of schools with a two-year KS3, and link to findings from the National Curriculum review on condensing KS3.

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  1. Are schools allowed to condense KS3?
  2. Findings from the National Curriculum review
  3. Possible advantages of a condensed KS3 curriculum
  4. Possible disadvantages of a condensed KS3 curriculum
  5. Condensed KS3 curriculum: timetabling & staffing considerations
  6. Case study: focusing on pupil outcomes
  7. Case study: raising pupil aspiration through personalisation

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