Catering to Your Child’s Abilities
Every child is unique, and has different aptitudes,
capabilities and talents. Our schools believe in providing
a balanced education that caters to the different abilities
of each child so that we can prepare him for life.
Subject-based Banding was introduced as a refinement
to the streaming process to help each child realise his
potential, based on his interests and strengths.
What is Subject-Based Banding?
Subject-based Banding provides greater
flexibility for your child by offering him
the option of a combination of standard
and foundation subjects, depending on
his strengths. For example, if he excels in
English and Mother Tongue but needs more
support in Mathematics and Science, he
may choose to take the first two subjects
at the standard level and the others at the
Such a choice will allow your child to focus
on and stretch his potential in the subjects
that he is strong in while building up the
fundamentals in the subjects that he needs
more support in.
How does Subject-Based Banding work?
Why introduce Subject-Based Banding?
- To recognise the different abilities of
students and give them greater flexibility
to concentrate on the subjects they are
- To encourage more interaction among
students with different strengths.
Subject-Based Banding and Secondary School Admission: How are they related?
Progression to secondary level depends
on your child’s PSLE score. The different
expectations of standard and foundation
subjects will be taken into account when
your child’s PSLE score is calculated.
Previously, students from EM3 stream
would mostly enter the Normal (Technical)
course at secondary level.
With Subject-based Banding, some students
with clear strengths in some areas are able
to offer at least one subject at the standard
level. If they excel in these subjects, they
will then have the opportunity to pursue
higher-level options at secondary school.
Offering subjects at the foundation level is
not a disadvantage to your child. It enables
him to focus on building up strong
fundamentals in these subjects and
better prepares him for progression to
What are some choices available?
| If your child (for P4 exam) || Your child may be recommended to take |
|Passes all 4 subjects and performs |
very well in Mother Tongue
|4 standard subjects + Higher Mother Tongue |
| Passes all 4 subjects || 4 standard subjects |
| Passes 3 subjects || 4 standard subjects |
| Passes 2 subjects or less ||4 standard subjects; or |
3 standard subjects + 1 other foundation subject; or
2 standard subjects + 2 other foundation subjects; or
1 standard subject + 3 other foundation subjects; or
4 foundation subjects
We are always here to help
Schools will help recommend subject
combinations, based on your child’s needs
If you have any questions on Subject-based
Banding, you should approach your child’s
school for help.
Support and contact
For more information, please visit the MOE website at
You can also call the
MOE Customer Service Centre at
6872 2220, or connect with
us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moesingapore.