Secondary school experience under Full SBB

MOE will expand the Subject-Based Banding (Secondary) to Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB) beyond the four PSLE subjects from 2024.

This will change the way that schools organise form classes, and present more opportunities for students to interact with their peers, and develop their strengths and interests.

Removal of Express, N(A) and N(T) streams

From 2024, the Express, Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) courses will be phased out. Students can take a range of subjects at three levels: G1, G2, G3 (G stands for General), based on their abilities.

However, students will still be posted into secondary schools by three scoring bands, as students’ PSLE scores still serve as a good initial gauge of the pace of learning that they are most suited for at the beginning of Sec 1. More details will be shared at a later date.

Offering subjects at a more demanding level

Students are currently able to offer English Language, Maths, Science and Mother Tongue Language at more demanding levels through SBB (Sec) today.

Students in Full SBB pilot schools will be able to offer Humanities subjects (Geography, History, and Literature in English) at a more demanding level from Secondary 2. The criteria for taking Humanities at a more demanding level will be based on students’ aptitude for and interest in these subjects at Secondary 1.

Students will be grouped in different classes for each of these subjects, according to the level at which they take each subject.

This provides students with a more customised learning experience according to their strengths and interests, and empowers students to take greater ownership of their learning.

Reorganisation of form classes into mixed form classes

This will change the way that schools organise form classes, and present more opportunities for students to interact with their peers, and develop their strengths and interests.

Common Curriculum subjects

Students in mixed form classes will take a set of subjects at a common level, amounting to about one-third of curriculum time.

These subjects are:

  • Art
  • Character and Citizenship Education
  • Design and Technology
  • Food and Consumer Education
  • Music
  • Physical Education

Teachers will also differentiate their teaching methods to meet the different learning needs of their students in the same form class.

National Examinations

Up to 2026, students will continue to take the GCE O- and N-Level examinations.

From 2027, students will receive a single national certification which reflects the level at which each subject is taken. The subject levels, G1, G2 and G3, are mapped from today’s N(T), N(A) and Express standards respectively.

This is similar to how A-Level students today take subjects at H1, H2, and H3 levels, and how PSLE students take subjects at Standard or Foundation levels.

Post-Secondary admissions

MOE is reviewing the admissions to Post-Secondary Education Institutions (PSEIs). A revised admissions framework will be put in place from 2028, so that the progression pathways to PSEIs can better recognise and support their strengths and interests.

More details on changes to post-secondary admissions and pathways will be made available when the review is completed.

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Last updated: 06 Nov 2020