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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.

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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