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Subject-Based Banding (SBB)

In 2014, JWSS was selected by MOE as one of the 12 prototype schools in Singapore to offer Subject-Based Banding (SBB). Since then, eligible NA & NT students in JWSS have been able to take selected subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Science and Mother Tongue Language) at a more demanding level. SBB has been implemented in all secondary schools since 2018. 

As one of the pioneer schools to roll-out SBB, JWSS has experienced many successes in SBB with students being the main beneficiaries. The success of SBB in JWSS was also reported in the chinese newspaper:

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Under SBB, Secondary 1NA/NT students who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to offer subjects at a more demanding level at different stages as follows:

When

SBB Subjects

Start of Secondary 1 based on PSLE results for the respective subjects

English Language / Mathematics / Science / Chinese Language / Malay Language / Tamil Language

[Eligible Sec 1 students in 2020 will receive their Letter of Offer during the Secondary One Registration Exercise]

Mid of Secondary 1 at the end of Semester 1

English Language / Mathematics / Science / Chinese Language / Malay Language / Tamil Language

End of Secondary 1

English Language / Mathematics / Science / Chinese Language / Malay Language / Tamil Language





FULL SUBJECT-BASED BANDING (SBB) PILOT SCHOOLS

Jurong West Secondary School 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. It was also reported in the media on 3 September 2019. (read about it here


Purpose of Full SBB


With Full SBB, all schools 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.

Jurong West Secondary School having been selected by MOE as one of the 28 pilot schools for Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB) will start piloting aspects of Full SBB from 2020 onwards.

Under Full SBB, in addition to being able to offer English Language / Mathematics / Science / Chinese Language / Malay Language / Tamil Language, eligible students will be able to offer the Humanities (Geography / History / Literature) at a more demanding level.


For students in Sec 1 NA in 2019

ü  our school will allow Secondary 2 Normal (Academic) students in 2020 the opportunity to take Humanities subjects (Geography/History/Literature) at a more demanding level if they meet the eligibility criteria


For students in Sec 1 NT in 2020

ü  our school will allow Secondary 2 Normal (Technical) students in 2021 the opportunity to take Humanities subjects (Geography/History/Literature) at a more demanding level if they meet the eligibility criteria




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

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


Eligibility

Students who attain an overall of 75% or higher for the specific Humanities subject in Sec 1NA in 2019 will be offered a choice to offer the specific Humanities subject at a more demanding level, that is, at the Express level, in Sec 2 in 2020.


Process

Eligible students will attend a briefing and thereafter, be issued an offer letter in which they will indicate their decision to accept or reject the offer after discussing with their parents. If the student rejects the offer, the student will continue taking Humanities at the NA level in 2020.


Considerations in deciding whether to take Humanities at a more demanding level

Taking a subject at a more demanding level would result in a heavier workload and higher assessment standards. In deciding whether to take up the offer, parents and students should consider the aptitude and interest in the specific Humanities subject, as well as the student’s ability to cope with all the other subjects.


Support for Students

Students who accept the offer will be supported via the provision of a bridging package as well as close guidance from the respective subject teachers. Should a student be unable to cope, he/she would be advised and guided accordingly which could include taking the subject at the original level, that is, at the Normal (Academic) level.


Plans Ahead

Sec 1NT students in 2020 will have the opportunity to be offered to take Humanities at a more demanding level (that is, NA level) in 2021 when they are in Secondary 2NT, if the students meet the eligibility criteria at the end of Sec 1NT in 2020

For more information on SBB as well as how our school would implement Full SBB, do contact us at jwss@moe.edu.sg