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The 'Seven S' approach to subject-based banding in schools

New subject-based banding is not old wine in new bottles. It can be transformative.

By 2024, the system of streaming secondary school students into Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) based on their PSLE results will be replaced by subject-based banding, or SBB, where students take a combination of subjects from three different bands based on their strengths.

SBB is already practised in primary schools. In secondary schools, SBB is now used for the four core subjects - the two languages, mathematics and science. In 2024, SBB will be expanded to cover all subjects in secondary schools. Implementing SBB at secondary schools is a logical step based on pedagogical customisation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'The 'Seven S' approach to subject-based banding in schools'. Subscribe