Full Subject Based Banding Information

Full Subject-Based Banding Pilot

Zhenghua 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; and
  • Offering of Humanities subjects at a more demanding level from Secondary 2.

Full SBB Pilot in Zhenghua Secondary School in 2020

As part of the pilot, our school will allow Secondary 2 students the opportunity to take Humanities subjects (Geography, History, Literature) at a more demanding level if they meet the requirements.

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

  • Students in the N(A) stream can take Humanities at the Express level in Secondary 2 if they have met the criteria of 75% or higher in the specific Humanities subject. For example, to be eligible to offer Express level Geography, he or she must have obtained at least a combined score of 75% in N(A) Geography.
  • Eligible students will be offered the Express level subject(s) after the end-of-year examinations.
  • Once the student offers Humanities at a more demanding level, he or she would sit for the same examinations as students in Express.
  • Should he or she be unable to cope, he would be advised to take the subject at the Normal (Academic) level after Sec 2.
  • Students should consider both their interest in the subject, and their post-secondary educational aspirations when deciding whether to take up the relevant Humanities subject at the Express level.

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

Organising Secondary 1 form classes in new ways

As part of the pilot, our school will also implement reorganised form classes at Secondary 1 from 2021. 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.

This is applicable to Secondary 1 students entering our school in 2021.

An update on the manner in which the form classes would be organised would be provided in 2020.

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