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Full Subject-Based Banding (SBB)

DETAILS OF FULL SBB PILOT

Ping Yi 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. By 2021, the pilot schools will have fully implemented the following aspects of Full SBB:
  • Organising Secondary 1 form classes in new ways; or
  • Offering of Humanities subjects at a more demanding level from Secondary 2. 
 

Full SBB Pilot in Ping Yi Secondary School in 2020


Organising Secondary 1 form classes in new ways and Offering of Humanities subjects at a more demanding level from Secondary 2

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

(a)  Reorganised form classes at Secondary 1

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

Benefits from new ways of organising form classes.

  • This common learning experience 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.

(b)  Providing Secondary 2 students with the opportunity to offer Humanities subjects at a more demanding level

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

Eligibility Criteria

  • Sec 1N(A) students who scored 75% and above in the 2019 History, Geography or Literature overall marks are eligible to take the specific Humanities subject at the Express Level.
  • Students who qualify will be issued the SBB offer letter to take the specific Humanities subject at a more demanding level on Term 4 Week 6.  
  • In deciding whether to take up the offer, students and their parents should consider the student’s aptitude and interest of in the specific Humanities subject as well as their ability to cope with the other subjects.

Student Learning Arrangements

  • Once students offer Humanities at a more demanding level, he or she will attend lessons together with students in the Express course as well as sit for the same Weighted Assessments and examinations as students in the Express course.
  • Should he or she be unable to cope, he would 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.  


(c)  Providing Secondary 1 N(A) and Secondary 1 N(T)  students with the opportunity to offer English, Mathematics, Science and Mother Tongue Languages  at a more demanding level

Eligibility Criteria

  • Based on the respective PSLE subject grade, Normal (Academic) students may be offered to do relevant subject(s) at the Express level.
  • Based on the respective PSLE subject grade, Normal (Technical) students may be offered to do relevant subject(s) at the Normal (Academic) or Express level.
  • Criteria based on PSLE results: 

      For N(A) & N(T) students

      A*, A: Option to offer Express-level subject

      For N(T) students

      B, C or Grade 1: Option to offer N(A)-level subject


Student Learning Arrangements

  • Based on PSLE results, eligible students will be given an option letter for respective subjects during Secondary 1 registration.
  • Students can indicate their interest to take up the option with the school.
  • Students offering more demanding subject will sit for the same Weighted Assessments and examinations for those subjects with the students of the higher stream.
  • Students who are not offered SBB subjects (EL, Math, Sci and MTL) during Secondary 1 posting but perform well in specific subjects subsequently may be offered the more demanding subject at the middle or end of the same academic year.          

















































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