Hi all, My first post here. My school have decided to revert back to a two year GCSE and the management are insistent that year 9 should not be work from ks3 stretched out. Nor should it be repackaged GCSE content to help lighten the load of content to cover in year 10 or 11. Year 9 from September will therefore be taught a new 1 year curriculum designed to "inspire" our student to help them develop a "love for learning". While I am not totally against the idea, I do heavily resent that we have (last year) finsished teaching the new 3 year GCSE and have spent some time this year (and previous years) improving our resources/SOW for delivery over 3 year. Only for now to essentially have to rearrange it all and come up with clever ways to teach the GCSE but not teach the GCSE in Year 9. For the record, I am the head of Physics and strongly oppose the idea of glossing over topics that have been covered i year 7 and 8, only for them to be needed to go over once again to gcse depth in years 10 and 11. Our department's line manager has suggested we focus on the skills pupils need for their GCSEs by teaching content not covered by our exam board (AQA). Which sounds all well and good, but I pointed out that we currently have the approach of a 5 year GCSE and their is a focus on practical skills in all 5 years. The other problem is the timetabling will mean our teaching hours in years 10 and 11 will be approx 136 hrs compared to 170 currently over 3 years. So the year 9 course has to cover GCSE topics within its 50 hrs to make up the shortfall... Any Physics specialists here with any suggestions of how to fit the mandate presented to me?