My school is piloting a system where at the end of 1st year pupils select Science and Technology subjects which they receive extra periods for with the idea that they might be presented early. Then in S3 the non science/technology subjects are offered on a taster basis with 5 subjects being offered initially then six months later they get to choose another 5 taster subjects. They then move to an S456 curriculum with normal timetabling We have been told taster courses are supposed to give the pupils a feel for the subject but not to include anything they may need in S456 so as not to disadvantage others it was also suggested that we use this time to complete Es and Os.??? The school is about to start this process with up to 15 subjects in S3. I am alone in thinking this is insane. I would appreciate your thoughts on this, as I am worried not only about the school but also about how taster subjects will be seen by pupils.