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Full Subject-Based Banding Pilot School

iverside 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 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.

Full SBB Pilot in Riverside Secondary School in 2020

As part of the pilot, our school will be implementing the following:

1. Organising Secondary 1 form classes in new ways

This is applicable to Secondary 1 students entering our school in 2020.

All Secondary 1 students of different academic ability will be in the same form class. This provides an opportunity to reshape social environment and will create valuable opportunity for a common learning experience for students from diverse backgrounds and different academic courses to mingle, build meaningful friendships, and appreciate different perspectives. These are useful in building communication, collaboration and cross-cultural skills, important education outcomes that transcends streams. This class configuration will also help to reduce stigmatism and inadvertent labelling associated with streaming.  

The students will take a set of subjects at a common level together for lower secondary Art, Character & Citizenship Education, Design & Technology, Food & Consumer Education, Music, and Physical Education. 

For all other subjects, they will be grouped in classes according to the level at which they offer each subject, i.e. Express, N(A) or N(T).

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

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

Taking the Humanities subject at a more demanding level, your child/ward will be able to understand and apply the rigorous standards of argumentation, writing, creative and critical thinking, and an appreciation of multiple perspectives to issues. Apart from analysing issues from different points of views, he/she will be open-minded to tackle the complex problems of today and tomorrow.

Eligibility Criteria:
Your child/ward will have to score 75% and above in the overall assessment for the Humanities subjects i.e. History, Geography and/or Literature and deemed to be able to cope with the demands of the subject/s by the teacher to be to be offered the subject at a higher level.

           Offer letter – 21 October 2019 (Monday)
           Submission of acceptance letter – 25 October 2019 (Friday)

Once your child offers Humanities at a demanding level, he/she would sit for the same examination as students in Express. The school will provide support during the transition period. Should he/she be unable to cope, he/she will be advised to take the subject at the Normal (Academic) level.

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

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