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Personally I think:

• English Language
• English Literature
• Mathematics
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
• Language subject
• Physical education

And 2-4 additional.

Latin maybe?
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English and Maths


I would do another one covering citizenship, adulthood, mental health, personal finance, cooking and careers guidance.
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(Original post by Harriso1)
Personally I think:

• English Language
• English Literature
• Mathematics
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
• Language subject
• Physical education

And 2-4 additional.

Latin maybe?
Those are all well and good but you'll start to struggle to timetable all of those into a teaching week without seriously extending the school day. Schools design option 'columns' to fit timetabling meaning students can only pick certain subjects to avoid clashes with others. Typically, if you take triple science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) then you lose 2-3 options depending on the school meaning you can only pick 1 other option. This is in contrast to someone who takes combined science and can then take 3-4 other subjects.

As a teacher, my choices would be:
English (Language & Literature)
Maths
Science (Combined or Entry Level minimum)
MFL

I can all but guarantee that an MFL subject will be compulsory when the national curriculum is reviewed again in the future as MFL was introduced as compulsory in primary education not too long ago. I disagree with PE being a compulsory GCSE, although I would agree to combine PE theory into Biology - this is how it is structured in most other countries and it works rather well.

RE/RS has and most likely will always be a compulsory subject but it isn't a compulsory GCSE contrary to popular belief.

PSHE being compulsory too, there should be some formal recognition for it.
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English and Maths


I would do another one covering citizenship, adulthood, mental health, personal finance, cooking and careers guidance.
Mental health GCSE. You cannot be serious
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English lit and lang - good to be literate
maths - quite obvious
chemistry - good to be well aware of the chemistry of products and everything we use and come across
biology - plants, animals and just common illnesses should be known
20th century history - people need to know what has happened in their last generation to appreciate what they got now
an MFL - just to appreciate that English isnt the only language
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I don't think people should be made to take a language. They will have good opportunity to pick up a language, probably to a more worthwhile proficiency (unless you fancy wandering around France telling people what is in your pencil case) later in life. I thought PE was required of schools, but it doesn't really have to be examined by a GCSE since this also examines theory and skills, whereas it should only really be for fitness purposes.

Latin is as dead a tongue as you get and there is really no reason for it to be taught as a compulsory GCSE.
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English language, Maths (foundation), sign language, PE, PSHE, one of the sciences depending on interest and a humanity.
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latin's a bit pointless imo
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Those are all well and good but you'll start to struggle to timetable all of those into a teaching week without seriously extending the school day. Schools design option 'columns' to fit timetabling meaning students can only pick certain subjects to avoid clashes with others. Typically, if you take triple science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) then you lose 2-3 options depending on the school meaning you can only pick 1 other option. This is in contrast to someone who takes combined science and can then take 3-4 other subjects.

As a teacher, my choices would be:
English (Language & Literature)
Maths
Science (Combined or Entry Level minimum)
MFL

I can all but guarantee that an MFL subject will be compulsory when the national curriculum is reviewed again in the future as MFL was introduced as compulsory in primary education not too long ago. I disagree with PE being a compulsory GCSE, although I would agree to combine PE theory into Biology - this is how it is structured in most other countries and it works rather well.

RE/RS has and most likely will always be a compulsory subject but it isn't a compulsory GCSE contrary to popular belief.

PSHE being compulsory too, there should be some formal recognition for it.
I would extend the day by 1/2 hours. I agree with incorporating the theory of physical education into biology. All the schools should have the same 'column' system so certain pupils aren't at a disadvantage.
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Sex education
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latin and pe? come on now...
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I’d argue English (Lit/Lang), Maths, Science, ICT (I think in modern society it’s pretty essential to know technology at least to a basic level) and then either a Citizenship / Politics GCSE.

Outside of that, students can pick whatever subjects they wanna. Also, encorporate much better sex education, and some kind of life skills. Although I know that 2 years ago I’d have been annoyed if I had to take a class on cooking when I could be revising for exams, so 🤷🏻*♀️
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(Original post by Beth286)
English language, Maths (foundation), sign language, PE, PSHE, one of the sciences depending on interest and a humanity.
Don't see how this would be practical with how few users of sign language there are.
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Mental health GCSE. You cannot be serious
Not just on that but mental health is an important issue that affects many students even going into adulthood.

I think anxiety, self esteem and depression are very serious issues that young people have difficulty coping with.

Do you have anything constructive to say?
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Sex education
Already compulsory as part of PSHE - just that there's no formal qualification at the end of it.
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(Original post by 999tigger)
Not just on that but mental health is an important issue that affects many students even going into adulthood.

I think anxiety, self esteem and depression are very serious issues that young people have difficulty coping with.

Do you have anything constructive to say?
Again, mental health is, or should be, covered in PSHE. I don't see the benefit of having a separate mental health GCSE. I would argue for there to be an end qualification for PSHE though.
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(Original post by Purmerend)
Again, mental health is, or should be, covered in PSHE. I don't see the benefit of having a separate mental health GCSE. I would argue for there to be an end qualification for PSHE though.
Again if you bother to read I never advocated a separate GCSE for such.
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Again if you bother to read I never advocated a separate GCSE for such.
If you read my post, I never said you did.
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(Original post by 999tigger)
English and Maths


I would do another one covering citizenship, adulthood, mental health, personal finance, cooking and careers guidance.
(Original post by 999tigger)
Not just on that but mental health is an important issue that affects many students even going into adulthood.

I think anxiety, self esteem and depression are very serious issues that young people have difficulty coping with.

Do you have anything constructive to say?
Whilst I agree that mental health is an important issue, I think a GCSE in mental health is a bit far. All of the issues you've mentioned is what PSHE is for, I don't think you need qualifications in mental health, adulthood, citizenship, personal finance, cooking and careers. School is the place where academic subjects should be taught, it's not the place where these sort of issues should be formerly taught. Schools don't teach everybody personal finance, adulthood and cooking yet most people seem to pick it up.
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Whilst I agree that mental health is an important issue, I think a GCSE in mental health is a bit far. All of the issues you've mentioned is what PSHE is for, I don't think you need qualifications in mental health, adulthood, citizenship, personal finance, cooking and careers. School is the place where academic subjects should be taught, it's not the place where these sort of issues should be formerly taught. Schools don't teach everybody personal finance, adulthood and cooking yet most people seem to pick it up.
Ok and thats why students are so deficient in these key life skills.

I never said it should be a whole GCSE. I dont know why you persist with this. Clearly PSHE is inadequate.
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