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									                  Education Bureau Circular Memorandum No. 99/2009

From: Permanent Secretary for Education           To: Supervisors / Heads of all Aided,
                                                      Government and Caput secondary
Ref.:     EDB(CD/NSS)/ADM/150/1/14(1)
                                                      schools, secondary schools under the
Date: 3 July 2009                                     Direct Subsidy Scheme and Special
                                                      schools with secondary classes



                    Preparation for the Implementation of the
    New Academic Structure for Senior Secondary Education and Higher Education
                               (2009/10 school year)

Summary

          This circular memorandum (CM) summarises the latest development / major
recommendations / university announcements and key information on the New Academic
Structure for Senior Secondary Education and Higher Education (NAS) as at 30 June 2009
and serves as a comprehensive document containing all the important milestones reached. It
also provides a schedule of other recommendations that would be finalised before September
2012. This CM is the second issue of the same series which aims at assisting schools to
implement the New Senior Secondary (NSS) Structure in the upcoming school years in a
holistic manner given the development so far and planned milestones ahead.

Background

2.        The New Academic Structure for Senior Secondary Education and Higher
Education – Action Plan for Investing in the Future of Hong Kong (the Report) published in
May 2005 has made a range of recommendations on changing the academic structure of
Hong Kong in senior secondary and higher education. The curriculum and assessment
reforms aim to promote students’ whole-person development and life-long learning. The
NSS curriculum will be implemented in September 2009 leading to the new Hong Kong
Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination to be administered in 2012 for the
first time.

Details

3.        Since May 2005, the Education Bureau (EDB) has deliberated a range of matters
arising from the Report through different platforms such as liaison groups meetings, seminars,
and through engaging various stakeholders including schools, parents, tertiary institutions,
government departments / bureaux and employers.


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4.       The milestones targeted up to June 2009 have all been reached and some
recommendations need to be further articulated in the developmental decision-making
processes. In brief, the milestones are categorised into five areas, namely,

         •    Curriculum, learning and assessment
         •    Interface at S3 / S4 and at S6 / post-secondary education
         •    Supporting measures for schools
         •    NSS curriculum for special schools
         •    Managing change: communication and information

5.     This CM also highlights the latest developments in the following areas:

         •    The inclusion of Chinese Language for Non-Chinese Speaking Students under
              the NAS and the supporting materials provided by EDB (Section 1.1.8 of
              Appendix I).
         •    The General Entrance Requirements of the eight University Grants
              Committee-funded institutions under the NAS previously announced and
              revisions made recently (Section 2.3.1).
         •    The recognition of Other Languages as unspecified elective subjects and the
              acceptance of alternative Chinese qualifications for university admission under
              specified conditions (Section 2.3.1).
         •    The funding arrangements for the Enhanced Senior Secondary Curriculum
              Support Grant and Diversity Learning Grant (Sections 1.1.6, 3.4.1 & 3.4.2)
         •    Latest major development on HKDSE-related issues (Section 1.2).

         More details are provided in Appendix I.

6.       Based on the feedback collected in the deliberation process with stakeholders, some
major critical milestones to be reached between the 2008/09 school year and the 2011/12
school year are provided in Appendix II.

7.        To engage the whole school in embarking on the NSS, school heads are requested to
circulate the CM to all members of Incorporated Management Committee / School
Management Committee and the teaching staff, and to communicate with parents on all
relevant information.

8.        The EDB will continue to issue CM of this series to keep schools posted on the
progress related to the preparation, implementation and development of the NAS. Please
also visit the website New Academic Structure “334” Web Bulletin (formerly the “334” Web
Bulletin) (http://www.edb.gov.hk/334) regularly for the latest development.




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Enquiries

9.       For enquiries, please contact the following officers:

                                          Officer                               Telephone No.

            General Enquiry               Ms K S Lau                           2892 5805
            HKEAA                                  /                           3628 8860
            Applied Learning              Dr Bonnie Ng                         3698 3163
            Special Educational Needs     Ms Y K Kuk                           2892 6524
            S4 Placement                  Mrs Regina Yuk                       2832 7676
            School Administration         Respective Senior School Development Officers




                                                              Dr CHEUNG Kwok-wah
                                                       for Permanent Secretary for Education

c.c. Heads of Sections




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                                                                                                                                Appendix I
                           Latest Development, Recommendations and Information on Various NAS Matters

Note: 1) For each NAS matter, the upcoming events are shaded for easy reference.
      2) Significant progress during 2008/09 is underlined.


1.    Curriculum, learning and assessment


        NAS Matters                                    Latest development / recommendations / information
1.1   Curriculum for learning to learn and whole-person development
1.1.1 NSS curriculum          •   The NSS curriculum aims to promote students’ learning to learn capability and whole person
                                  development.
                              •   A typical NSS student programme agreed after three stages of consultation in 2005 and 2006 is “4 Core
                                  subjects + 2 / 3 elective subjects (including NSS subjects, Applied Learning (ApL) and Other
                                  Languages) + Other Learning Experiences (OLE)”. This is a balanced programme with breadth and
                                  depth, and provides diversified choices to suit the interests, aptitudes and abilities of students.
                              •   The English and Chinese versions of the Senior Secondary Curriculum Guide (SSCG) were distributed
                                  to schools in May and June respectively. The SSCG should be read in conjunction with the Curriculum
                                  & Assessment (C&A) Guides of the 24 NSS subjects and the Basic Education Curriculum Guide –
                                  Building on Strengths (CDC, 2002). The SSCG and the C&A Guides are available on the New
                                  Academic      Structure   “334”     Web    Bulletin  (formerly    the    “334”     Web     Bulletin)
                                  (http://www.edb.gov.hk/334).
                              •   The ApL C&A Guide, including the curriculum frameworks for the 6 areas of studies under ApL (i.e.
                                  Creative Studies; Media and Communication; Business, Management and Law; Services; Applied


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       NAS Matters                                       Latest development / recommendations / information
                                   Science; and Engineering and Production) has been uploaded to the ApL website
                                   (http://www.edb.gov.hk/apl). The ApL C&A Guide will be distributed to schools at the beginning of
                                   the 2009/10 school year (2009/10).
                               •   Synopses of all ApL courses proposed to be offered to the first cohort of NSS students to take in S5
                                   (2010/11) and S6 (2011/12) are available on the ApL website. The finalised course list (including
                                   course fee) and details of the taster programmes for S4 students will be announced at the beginning of
                                   2009/10.

1.1.2 Number of elective       •   The planning of the NSS student programme is based on 2,700 hours of lesson time over three years.
      subjects to be studied       The programme should fully occupy the learning time of the great majority of students. It is therefore
      by students                  difficult for schools to arrange the lesson time for the 4th elective subject without compromising
                                   students’ learning time for the NSS student programme.
                               •   Under very special circumstances, a small number of students with greater capacity and diverse interests
                                   may enter examination beyond the 4 core and 3 elective subjects. A 4th elective subject (i.e. Visual
                                   Arts, Music, Physical Education, Ethics and Religious Studies, ApL courses and Other Languages) could
                                   be undertaken when the studies match the broad purposes set out for OLE and are delivered partially
                                   through absorbing the lesson time set aside.

1.1.3 Planning for Liberal     • One-third of the total lesson time in Liberal Studies (i.e. 90 hours) is already recommended for the IES in
      Studies including          the Liberal Studies C&A Guide. Liberal Studies panel heads / coordinators should plan how to allocate
      Independent Enquiry        and make the best use of this time to prepare and guide students in conducting the IES, instead of
      Study (IES)                assuming the default arrangement of doing such work outside lesson time which will unduly overload
                                 teachers and students.
                               • Teachers from Key Learning Areas (KLAs) that are related to the suggested themes of the IES may have


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      NAS Matters                                     Latest development / recommendations / information
                               a role to play in helping students understand issues under these themes. However, if schools plan to
                               appoint all its teachers in the direct supervision of students in the IES, they must carefully consider that
                               it is very difficult to get all teachers in the school to effectively utilise IES lesson time, and to achieve
                               consensus in interpreting the marking guidelines set by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment
                               Authority (HKEAA).

1.1.4 Planning for ApL     • Professional Development Programmes (PDP) on managing ApL and student guidance have been
                             introduced since 2006/07.
                           • A computerised administration system on ApL is being piloted on the Web-based School Administration
                             and Management System (WebSAMS) platform and will be available in 2010/11.
                           •   The ApL C&A Guide and Implementation Handbook (English version only) will be disseminated in a
                               briefing session scheduled for 9 July 2009. The complete set (including both English and Chinese
                               versions) will be distributed to secondary schools and uploaded on the ApL website
                               (http://www.edb.gov.hk/apl) in September 2009.
1.1.5 Arrangement for OLE • An OLE booklet on setting out guiding principles for running a school-based OLE programme was
      and SLP               published in 2007. Please also refer to Booklet 5A and 5B of the SSCG.
                           • Essential information (including examples from schools) on OLE and SLP is available on the OLE
                             website (http://www.edb.gov.hk/cd/ole)
                           • The SLP Module of WebSAMS has been launched in early 2008.
                           • The EDBCM No. 163/2008 on the arrangements for OLE and SLP was issued on 30 October 2008.
                           • “OLE & SLP” Clinics have been organised since July 2008 to work closely with schools in order to help
                             them plan their OLE through a self-checking workflow.
                           • The enhanced “Other Learning Experiences” Activity Databank was released on the OLE website
                             (http://www.edb.gov.hk/cd/ole/databank) in May 2009.

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       NAS Matters                                       Latest development / recommendations / information
1.1.6 Arrangement for       • The EDBCM No. 042/2009 inviting schools to apply for Diversity Learning Grant (DLG) was issued on 1
      Other Languages,        April 2009. Schools could use the DLG to offer Other Languages and/or Other Programmes for their
      Other Programmes        NSS students (please refer to Section 3.4.1 for more details).
      and the “Schools      • For Other Languages, schools could use DLG to offer any of the 6 languages, namely French, German,
      Collaboration Scheme    Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and Urdu as elective subjects on their own or through obtaining services from
      of Music Training for   other organisations / course providers. However, these Other Language courses should follow a
      Senior Secondary        curriculum leading to the examinations pitched at the Advanced Supplementary Level offered by the
      Students”               Cambridge International Examinations and students must sit for the related examinations administered by
                              the HKEAA.
                              • For Other Programmes, schools could use DLG to offer school-based pull-out or off-site gifted education
                                programmes and / or collaborate with other schools to offer network programmes on NSS subjects.
                              • EDB will organise the “Schools Collaboration Scheme of Music Training for Senior Secondary Students”
                                from September 2009. The Scheme aims to offer music training to full-time NSS students intending to
                                sit for the HKDSE Music examination in 2012 and 2013. Please refer to the Annex 7 of the EDBCM
                                No. 038/2009 for details.

1.1.7 Flexible time-tabling   •   Every school should offer a sufficient number of elective subjects covering different KLAs and ApL
      as a means to widen         courses to cater for the diverse aptitudes, interests and abilities of students by employing flexible
      students’ choices of        time-tabling.
      elective subjects       •   A software package entitled “Student Option Programme” (SOP) was delivered to schools in October
                                  2008 and its enhanced version was uploaded to the New Academic Structure “334” Web Bulletin
                                  (http://www.edb.gov.hk/334) and the SOP website (http://www.sop.edb.hkedcity.net) in May 2009 to help
                                  schools analyse students’ choices of elective subjects and construct block time-tables to cater for students’
                                  choices.

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       NAS Matters                                     Latest development / recommendations / information
                             •   Practical examples on block time-tabling could be found on the New Academic Structure “334” Web
                                 Bulletin or the SOP website.

1.1.8 Learning of Chinese   •    While schools should provide NCS students with opportunities to learn Chinese under the NSS.
      Language for               However, they have the flexibility to make the best arrangements for their students to learn Chinese which
      Non-Chinese                may or may not include public assessment and certification as follows:
      Speaking (NCS)                Schools might decide on the level of Chinese Language and the adapted curriculum to cater for the
      students                      needs of their NCS students;
                                    We encourage NCS students whose Chinese proficiency is comparable to local level to sit for the
                                    HKDSE Chinese Language examination. The others could attempt relevant examinations such as the
                                    General Certificate of Education (GCE), the International General Certificate of Secondary Education
                                    (IGCSE) and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations to obtain
                                    alternative qualifications in Chinese (also see Section 2.3.1).
                             • The “Supplementary Guide to the Chinese Language Curriculum for Non-Chinese Speaking Students”
                               was uploaded to EDB website in November 2008 and distributed to schools in December 2008.
                             • To support schools in implementing the Supplementary Guide, adapted school learning materials and a
                               series of bilingual resource materials such as lexical lists for fundamental Chinese learning, Chinese
                               character courseware and traditional Chinese virtues learning software have been disseminated to schools
                               quarterly since December 2008.
                             • More information on education services for NCS students is available on the website
                               (http://www.edb.gov.hk/ncs).

1.2   Assessment – aligning learning and curricula
1.2.1 Assessment              • The assessment frameworks for the 24 HKDSE subjects were finalised in 2007, and are available on the


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      NAS Matters                                       Latest development / recommendations / information
      frameworks for the          HKEAA website (http://www.hkeaa.edu.hk/en/hkdse/Subject_Information/).
      HKDSE
      Examination

1.2.2 Sample papers, level • Information packages on standards-referenced reporting for HKDSE subjects, containing sample papers,
      descriptors and        level descriptors and exemplars, were finalised and published in April - June 2009.
      exemplars for        • Practice papers of all subjects for the HKDSE Examination will be available by early 2012.
      HKDSE

1.2.3 Regulations of         •   The complete set of regulations for the 2012 HKDSE Examination, including the arrangements for Other
      HKDSE                      Language subjects and ApL courses, were finalised in June 2009. Complimentary copies of the
      Examination                regulations for the 2012 HKDSE Examination will be made available to schools by September 2009.
                             •   The following information has been provided for schools to facilitate curriculum planning:
                                  (a) Subjects of the examination;
                                  (b) Forbidden combination of subjects;
                                  (c) Maximum number of subjects to be taken by candidates;
                                  (d) Registration of schools;
                                  (e) Participation by private candidates; and
                                  (f) Reporting of results.

1.2.4 Briefing sessions on   •   Briefing sessions for each subject were held from the last quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of 2009 to
      public assessment          update teachers on the proposed arrangement for the 2012 HKDSE Examination, including sample
                                 papers, level descriptors, exemplars and SBA arrangements.
                             •   See also section 3.2.1 on professional development.



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     NAS Matters                                     Latest development / recommendations / information
1.2.5 SBA                 •   SBA would be implemented incrementally. The schedule of SBA for each subject (except Mathematics)
                              was announced in April 2008 and can be found on the HKEAA website
                              (http://www.hkeaa.edu.hk/en/sba/sba_hkdse/).
                          •   The SBA teachers’ handbooks for HKDSE subjects (including one handbook for school leaders) which
                              provide details of assessment requirements, assessment criteria, guidelines and procedures for the conduct
                              of SBA, are available on the HKEAA website (http://www.hkeaa.edu.hk/en/sba/sba_hkdse/)
                          •   . Hardcopies will be delivered to schools in September 2009.
                          •   An SBA Advisory Group comprising school principals and teachers has been set up to advise HKEAA on
                              various issues related to SBA in order to ensure its smooth implementation in the HKDSE Examination.
                          •   HKEAA will help relieve the SBA workload of both teachers and students by specifying the minimum
                              amount of assessments to be completed in each subject in S5 and S6, and coordinating the marks
                              submission time across subjects at the end of S5 and S6. Schools are expected to have the necessary
                              preparatory work for the conduct of SBA completed in 2009/10. Details can be found in the SBA
                              handbooks.

1.2.6 Assessment of ApL   •   Quality assurance of ApL (including the assessment process) will be jointly conducted by EDB, Hong
                              Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), HKEAA and
                              course providers (CPs) of ApL.
                          •   There is no public examination for ApL. Assessment of student performance in ApL courses is
                              conducted by CPs. The key role of EDB is to set standards for ApL courses and monitor CPs on course
                              design, including assessment; while HKCAAVQ will ensure that ApL courses are delivered as designed
                              and HKEAA will moderate the assessment standards of CPs. EDB, HKCAAVQ and HKEAA will work
                              closely together to ensure the quality of ApL courses including the quality of assessment of students’
                              performance.

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      NAS Matters                                  Latest development / recommendations / information
                        •   HKEAA is conducting a research project with the participation of CPs to establish a mechanism for the
                            moderation of assessment of ApL courses. The project will be completed by the end of 2009.

1.2.7 Contents of HKDSE •   Three categories of subjects will be reported in the HKDSE, namely Category A (the 24 NSS subjects),
                            Category B (ApL courses) and Category C (other language subjects).
                        •   For Category A subjects, results will be reported in five levels (1-5), with Level 1 being the lowest and
                            Level 5 the highest. At the top end, to provide discrimination for selection purposes and to recognise
                            outstanding performance, top Level 5 candidates will be awarded Level 5** and the next top Level 5
                            candidates will be awarded Level 5*.
                        •   For Category B subjects, results will be reported in two levels: ‘Attained’ and ‘Attained with distinction’.
                            The latter will be comparable with Level 3 or above of the Category A subjects.
                        •   For Category C subjects, marking and grading will be conducted by the Cambridge International
                            Examinations (CIE) (as the question papers of CIE will be used for the examinations). Results will be
                            reported in five grades (A-E), with grade E being the lowest and grade A the highest.

1.2.8 International     •   The HKEAA has been working closely with two accreditation bodies in UK, viz. the National
      recognition of        Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS),
      HKDSE                 to secure international recognition of HKDSE since 2007/08.
                        •   The NARIC is the UK National Agency for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications
                            attained outside UK. The outcomes of the benchmarking exercise will focus on the recognition of the
                            HKDSE for the purpose of general education and employment.
                        •   The UCAS is the official agency handling admission applications to higher education programmes in UK.
                            The outcome of the benchmarking exercise with UCAS is the establishment of a point system in the
                            UCAS Tariff for the HKDSE.


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        NAS Matters                                       Latest development / recommendations / information
                              •    It is expected that the first phase of the two benchmarking exercises will be completed by the end of 2009.


2.    Interface at S3 / S4 and at S6 / post-secondary education


        NAS Matters                                       Latest development / recommendations / information
2.1   Secondary Four Placement
2.1.1 Secondary Four           •   The Secondary Four Placement (SFP) Mechanism has been implemented starting from 2008/09 for
      Placement                    central placement of S3 leavers in 2008/09 and thereafter who cannot progress to S4 in the same school
      Mechanism under the          and wish to continue their senior secondary education in other schools.
      NAS
                               Arrangements for Government, Aided and Caput (GAC) Schools
                               •   Save for exceptional cases, all GAC schools should make available sufficient S4 places to accommodate
                                   all of their own S3 students.
                               •   Individual schools which cannot provide sufficient S4 places for all of their own S3 students should admit
                                   their S3 students to fill the S4 places available according to the students’ internal academic performance
                                   in S3.
                               •   S3 students who cannot obtain S4 places in their own school will be centrally placed to S4 in other
                                   schools through a computerised procedure, based on the students' internal assessments in S3, scaled by
                                   the Secondary School Places Allocation Standard Scores, and based on parental choices.
                               •   GAC schools with S4 vacancies, after absorbing all of their own S3 students to S4, are allowed to retain
                                   up to a maximum of 2 extra S4 places on top of the 2 places for repeaters per S4 class when calculating
                                   the number of S4 places to be surrendered to EDB for central placement under the SFP 2008/09. The
                                   number of S4 places to be retained per S4 class is subject to annual review after due consideration of the


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       NAS Matters                                     Latest development / recommendations / information
                                 projected demand and supply of S4 places each year.

                             Arrangements for Senior Secondary Schools (SSS) under the Direct Subsidy Scheme
                             •   SSS under the Direct Subsidy Scheme recruit students on their own. S3 students who wish to pursue S4
                                 in SSS should apply to the SSS direct. Students accepting the offer of S4 places in SSS will not be
                                 arranged S4 places in GAC schools.
                             •   SSS without junior secondary levels provide, as a minimum, 10% of their S4 places for central
                                 placement. SSS with junior secondary levels can opt out of the SFP mechanism if they so wish.

                             Arrangements for Post-Secondary 3 (PS3) Craft Courses offered by Vocational Training Council (VTC) and
                             Construction Industry Council Training Academy
                             • VTC and Construction Industry Council Training Academy recruit students on their own.
                             • S3 students who wish to enrol in PS3 craft courses should apply to the training institutions direct.
                             • S3 students accepting the offer of PS3 craft course places will not be arranged S4 places in GAC schools.

2.2   Matters concerning repeating studies
2.2.1 Repeating HKCEE in     •   HKEAA will organise one more HKCEE and HKALE in 2011 and 2013 respectively for some subjects
      2011 and repeating         for S5 & S7 repeaters as private candidates. The subjects to be offered in the 2011 HKCEE for private
      HKALE in 2013              candidates were announced on 6 May 2008 (please refer to the letter by HKEAA to schools).
                                 Information for the 2013 HKALE subjects will be available by September 2009.
                             •   Students may resit HKCEE for the subjects offered by HKEAA in 2011 as private candidates.
                             •   There will be no more S6 admission exercise in 2011 and no more HKALE for students (the one in 2013
                                 is only for S7 repeaters of 2012). Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to study S5 and S6 under
                                 the NSS and to sit for the HKDSE Examination in 2012 either as school repeaters or private candidates.
                                 There would be little problem for students who are sufficiently motivated to pick up the NSS courses as


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       NAS Matters                                     Latest development / recommendations / information
                                 there is sufficient curriculum continuity between HKCEE and NSS subjects.
                             •   In addressing the demand for repeater places from students educated under the HKCEE system, schools
                                 may make use of the approved 5% repeater quota computed on a whole school basis. In other words, S4
                                 students of 2008/09 may be allowed to repeat S4 under NSS in 2009/10 provided that there are vacancies
                                 in the S4 classes and the school has not exceeded its overall 5% repeater quota. The same principle of
                                 operation will apply to S5 students of 2009/10 repeating S5 under NSS in 2010/11.

2.3   University Admission
2.3.1 University admission   •   The Heads of Universities Committee (HUCOM) announced in July 2006 the general admission
      requirement under          requirements and programme specific requirements.
      the NAS                •   The 8 University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded institutions have further announced the following
                                 admission requirements in July 2009:
                                 1. Lingnan University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have
                                     revised their general entrance requirements (GER). For details, please refer to the New Academic
                                     Structure “334” Web Bulletin (http://www.edb.gov.hk/334).
                                 2. The revised GER of all institutions will include
                                      -   4 core subjects + 1 elective subject; or
                                      -   4 core subjects + 2 elective subjects (HKUST has specified “4 core subjects (including
                                          Extended Module 1 or 2 of Mathematics) + 1 elective subject” as an alternative to “4 core
                                          subjects + 2 elective subjects”)
                                 3. No institution requires a third elective subject in their GER.
                                 4. All 8 UGC-funded institutions will recognise Other Languages (French, German, Hindi, Japanese,
                                     Spanish and Urdu) as unspecified elective subjects.
                                 5. All institutions will continue to accept alternative Chinese qualifications (e.g. IGCSE, GCSE) for

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            NAS Matters                                               Latest development / recommendations / information
                                                 students who have fulfilled the conditions1 specified in Annex A of the LegCo paper No. CB(2)
                                                 1180/07-08(05)2.
                                       •   The further announcement reinstated HUCOM’s support of a more broad-based curriculum for students
                                           with more choices to suit individual aptitudes and interests. HUCOM believes that the specification of
                                           entrance requirements for individual faculties and departments by university should encourage, as far as
                                           possible, a positive effect on student choice and school planning in senior secondary curriculum.
                                       •   Details of the requirements have been uploaded to the New Academic Structure “334” Web Bulletin in
                                           July 2009 for the public reference.

2.3.2 Joint message of the             •   A joint message was issued by the HUCOM on 21 October 2008 to support OLE and recognise SLP as a
      UGC-funded                           reference document in the admission process from 2012.
      institutions and
      HUCOM on SLP

2.4      First-year-first-degree places in UGC-funded institutions
2.4.1 First-year-first-degree • The number of first-year-first-degree places in UGC-funded institutions will be doubled in 2012/13 to
      places for HKALE          cater for both student cohorts taking the HKALE and the HKDSE Examination. The HKALE students
      and HKDSE students        and the HKDSE students will apply for the 3-year and the 4-year undergraduate programmes respectively.


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     The specified conditions are:

a) The student has learned Chinese Language for less than six years while receiving primary and secondary education. This caters specifically to students who have a late
   start in the learning of Chinese Language (e.g. due to their settlement in Hong Kong well past the entry level) or who have been educated in Hong Kong sporadically; or
b) The student has learned Chinese Language for six years or more in schools, but has been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally
   applicable to the majority of students in our local schools.
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     HKUST will also accept Other Language (French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and Urdu) for students fulfilling the above specified conditions.

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       NAS Matters                                        Latest development / recommendations / information
       in 2012                     There will be no competition for quota between these two cohorts of students.
                               •   The Government will consider the number of senior year places (Years 3 and 4) in UGC-funded
                                   institutions under the NAS.

2.4.2 Joint University         •   JUPAS will announce new application procedures in 2011.
      Programmes               •   University Prospectus for the 2012/13 first-year study will be available by 2011.
      Admissions System        •   Students will apply for university places via JUPAS in 2011.
      (JUPAS)

2.5   Articulation to post-secondary studies, VTC and employment in the civil service
2.5.1 Qualification            •   The Civil Service Bureau (CSB) is working with relevant parties, including EDB, HKEAA and
      requirements for civil       HKCAAVQ, on the acceptance of academic results under the NAS for civil service appointments under
      service appointments         the NAS. In particular, reference will be made to the international benchmarking exercise of the
                                   HKDSE by HKEAA with international agencies and the level descriptors which explain the attainment
                                   levels of students.
                               •   CSB will seek to announce the acceptance arrangements in 2010.
                               •   Heads of grades / departments have been invited to review the subject requirements for appointment to
                                   their respective grades, taking the NSS curriculum into consideration.

2.5.2 Associate degrees,      • Post-secondary education institutions are in the process of revamping their curriculum design to align
      Higher Diplomas,          with the NAS.
      VTC, & Project Yi       • EDB is working with HKEAA, HKCAAVQ, the Joint Quality Review Committee and post-secondary
      Jin (PYJ), articulation   institutions on the entry requirements, length of study and articulation arrangement of sub-degree
      arrangements &            programmes under the NAS.
      curriculum design       • VTC would continue to provide an alternative pathway for S3 leavers to further their studies in places

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         NAS Matters                                        Latest development / recommendations / information
                                     other than those in mainstream education under the NAS. Starting from 2009/10, VTC will offer new
                                     Diploma in Vocational Education programmes with multiple entry and exit points for S3, S4 and S5
                                     leavers, and S6 leavers later under the NAS, to prepare them for further studies and employment.
                                 •   PYJ in its existing form will be extended until the end of 2011/12. EDB is reviewing the long-term
                                     development and positioning of the PYJ under the NAS with the Federation for Continuing Education in
                                     Tertiary Institutions.

2.5.3 Recognition of ApL         •   The recognition of ApL in the context of the NAS is being discussed with universities, sub-degree
                                     providers and employers together with other NSS subjects. Details will be announced in early 2010.
                                 •   CSB is working with relevant parties, including EDB, HKEAA and HKCAAVQ, on the acceptance of
                                     academic results under the NAS, including the ApL courses, for civil service appointments. CSB will
                                     seek to announce the acceptance arrangements in 2010.


3.    Supporting measures for schools


         NAS Matters                                        Latest development / recommendations / information
3.1     Teacher-to-class ratios and related matters
3.1.1     Teacher provision in   Decisions on the following were made in the Report published in 2005:
          terms of               •   From 2009/10 to 2011/12: 1.7 teachers per junior secondary class, 1.9 teachers per senior secondary class
          teacher-to-class           in the new system & S5 of current system, 2.3 teachers per Advanced-level class.
          ratios                 •   After 2011/12: 1.7 teachers per junior secondary class, 2.0 teachers per senior secondary class.
                                 •   The Teacher Librarian (TL) who plays a significant role to support learning and teaching in the NSS will
                                     be counted as a regular post in the normal establishment. It is worth reiterating that TLs, as ‘information


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         NAS Matters                                       Latest development / recommendations / information
                                   specialists’ should work closely with subject teachers to coordinate curriculum-related resources and to
                                   help develop information literacy among students. Schools should make appropriate arrangements for
                                   TL to continue to focus on these tasks of library services to promote quality student learning in
                                   accordance with the Code of Aids as well as the actual situation and needs of the schools. The roles of
                                   TL in the NSS was elaborated in the “Realising the Vision of 334” article of 9 December 2007, and the
                                   message was delivered through seminars for principals and TLs.
                               •   In 2009/10, the number of students allocated to each S1 class under the Secondary School Places
                                   Allocation System will be reduced from 38 to 36. In 2010/11 and 2011/12, the number of students will
                                   be further reduced to 34. For more details on the arrangements, please refer to EDBC No. 005/2008.

3.1.2     Arrangements for     •   The LT provision of secondary schools in 2008/09 will be frozen up to 2011/12 if there is no change of
          Laboratory               class structure due to the decline in the number of students, or else the territory-wide average will be taken
          Technicians (LT) &       in calculating the provision. This will also apply to special schools.
          Workshop Teachers    •   The WT provision in 2008/09 will be frozen for 5 years up to 2012/13 provided that the schools
          (WT)                     concerned continue to offer the related subjects. The same policy will apply to special schools. Please
                                   refer to EDBCM No. 140/2008 for details.

3.2     Professional development programmes (PDP) for teachers and principals
3.2.1     NSS PDP              •   All the targets pledged for 2005-09 were met. About 220,000 training places were provided.
                               •   A survey on professional development needs was conducted in early 2009 to better inform the planning of
                                   NSS PDP for teachers. An annual booklet “Professional Development Programmes for Secondary
                                   School Principals and Teachers 2009/10” has been prepared accordingly. Details will be available on the
                                   website: (http://www.edb.gov.hk/cd/pdp/sec).
                               •   29 School Leaders Meetings (SLM) were held from September 2008 to March 2009. Over 1,600 school
                                   leaders from 335 secondary schools attended the SLMs which facilitated early curriculum planning and

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NAS Matters                              Latest development / recommendations / information
                  understanding of students’ interests and needs in schools.
              •   A School Leaders Network (SLN) has been established to support school leaders in preparing for the
                  implementation of the NSS Curriculum and to facilitate the dissemination of good practices among
                  schools. A series of staff PDP will be conducted for over 40 network schools in 2009/10.
                  Territory-wide sharing sessions will also be organised for all schools in the second term of 2009/10.
              •   Different modes of PDP for specific subject teachers and principals will be provided continuously in the
                  coming years. There are four main components of the PDP: (a) Understanding and Interpreting the
                  Curriculum; (b) Assessing Student Learning (including public examination and SBA components) ; (c)
                  Learning and Teaching Strategies; and (d) Enriching Knowledge. Teachers are strongly advised to attend
                  the first two which are the core areas. The remaining two are optional and teachers may attend on need
                  basis. Apart from (a) to (d), additional components would be organised for Liberal Studies as
                  appropriate.
              •   40 workshops on using the SOP to help schools analyse students’ choices of elective subjects and
                  construct block time-tables have been organised in 2008/09. More than 1,000 participants from over 400
                  schools have attended the workshops.
              •   PDPs have been provided starting from September 2008 to help SLP co-ordinators acquire practical /
                  operational knowledge on SLP.
              •   On-going school-based support will be provided by the School-based Support Service Office, Regional
                  Education Offices & School Partnership projects.
              •   PDP on “Approaches to enhance student motivation, engagement and reflection in OLE and SLP: quality
                  briefing and debriefing” and ‘Strategies to enhance school-community partnership when implementing
                  school-based Community Service and Career-related Experiences in OLE” will be provided from
                  September 2009.


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         NAS Matters                                      Latest development / recommendations / information
3.3     Textbooks, learning and teaching resources
3.3.1     Timeline for          •   The 1st and 2nd batches of NSS recommended textbook list were respectively released in July and August
          releasing the             2008.
          recommended           •   The 3rd batch of NSS recommended textbook lists for re-submission was released in January 2009.
          textbook lists        •   The NSS recommended textbook lists are available on the website (http://www.edb.gov.hk/cd/textbook).

3.3.2     Web-based             •   The revamped Liberal Studies Web-based Resource Platform (http://www.ls.hkedcity.net) was launched
          resources e.g.            on 30 June 2009.     This Platform will also be available for use by all newly recruited Liberal Studies
          Liberal Studies           teachers by 1 October 2009.
          Web-based             •   Up-to-date resources, including video on demand, will be updated monthly to keep track of current issues
          Resource Platform         to facilitate the learning and teaching of Liberal Studies in class.
                                •   Web-based learning courses on different modules are already available for teachers.

3.3.3     Career guidance       •   The following resources were developed to help teachers and parents give advice on further studies and
          support materials /       career development in the NSS context:
          strategies                     A pamphlet entitled “New Academic Structure: Useful Tips for Parents, Vol.5” was published in
                                         January 2009 to help parents advise their children at S3 level to make informed choices in selecting
                                         NSS elective subjects.
                                         A leaflet on “Multiple Pathways for the Last Cohort of S5 Students under the Existing Academic
                                         Structure” was published in February 2009 to inform students and parents of the available study /
                                         employment pathways.
                                         Case studies on “Career-related Experiences” are available on the website:
                                         (http://www.edb.gov.hk/cd/lwl/cre) for the reference of schools
                                         The booklet entitled “Finding Your Colours of Life for S1-3 Students: NSS Subject Choices and the


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        NAS Matters                                  Latest development / recommendations / information
                                    Development of Career Aspirations” aims to facilitate students in the NSS cohorts at the junior
                                    secondary level to make informed and responsible choices of NSS elective subjects through
                                    exploring individual studies and possible career paths. This learning tool was distributed to schools
                                    in November 2008. Relevant PDP were arranged for teachers from October 2008 to March 2009.
                                    A career development learning tool for senior secondary students entitled “Career Mapping” was
                                    distributed to schools in June 2009. It aims to enhance teachers’ professional knowledge of and
                                    capability in careers education / guidance in the context of the NAS. Related PDPs were scheduled
                                    to enhance teachers’ understanding of the strategies in implementing this learning tool in the school
                                    contexts in June 2009.
                                    Workshops on “Strategies in planning and designing Career-related Experiences” were organised
                                    from mid February 2009 to late April 2009. It aims to support teachers in the development and
                                    implementation of Career-related Experiences.
                           •   EDB will continue to organise careers seminars to familiarise schools with the expectation of employers,
                               the employment market trends and the latest development of various industries / professions.

3.3.4   Copyright issues   •   “Seminars for School Leaders on New Senior Secondary (NSS) Academic Structure – Copyright and Use
                               of Learning and Teaching Resources” on updating teachers’ understanding of various copyright issues in
                               schools, including education exemptions and licensing, was conducted on 2 June 2009. A leaflet entitled
                               “Hong Kong’s Amended Copyright Law – A Guide for Teachers and Students” prepared by the
                               Intellectual Property Department was distributed to participants. The leaflet serves as a guide for
                               teachers and students to make reasonable and fair use of copyright works for teaching and learning
                               purposes in appropriate circumstances without infringing copyright. The leaflet and further information
                               on copyright matters in education are available on the website (http://www.edb.gov.hk/ip).



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         NAS Matters                                     Latest development / recommendations / information
3.4     NSS-related grants
3.4.1     DLG                  •   EDBCM No. 042/2009 on the funding arrangements for DLG was issued.               Two identical briefing
                                   sessions on DLG were held in April 2009.
                               •   Schools had been invited to apply for DLG for offering Other Languages and Other Programmes
                                   (including gifted education programmes and network programmes for NSS subjects) for the first cohort of
                                   the NSS students. DLG will be disbursed and adjusted in August and December respectively according
                                   to the information submitted in the application forms, the approved NSS class structure and the number of
                                   students enrolled on Other Languages courses.
                               •   Separate CMs will be issued to invite application for DLG for offering ApL courses (including adapted
                                   ApL courses for students with intellectual disabilities) in late 2009 / early 2010.

3.4.2     Enhanced Senior      •   The disbursement of the SSCSG to secondary schools has been advanced by one year from 2008/19 and
          Secondary                the rate of the grant has been increased from a cash provision equivalent to 0.1 Graduate Master (GM) to
          Curriculum Support       0.15 GM per NSS class calculated on the basis of the mid-point salary of GM teachers as at September of
          Grant (SSCSG)            the relevant school year during the 4-year transitional period (i.e. 2008/09 to 2011/12).
                               •   In 2008/09 and 2009/10, the amount of SSCSG is at least equivalent to the mid-point salary of one GM
                                   per annum for each ordinary secondary school offering the NSS curriculum.
                               •   In 2008/09 to 2011/12, the amount of SSCCG is at least equivalent to the mid-point salary of one GM per
                                   annum for each special school offering the NSS curriculum.

3.4.3     Teacher Professional • The last payments of TPPG and NSSCMG were disbursed in 2008/09.              Schools are allowed to carry
          Preparation Grant      forward the balance of TPPG and NSSCMG until the end of 2011/12.
          (TPPG) and NSS
          Curriculum


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        NAS Matters                                   Latest development / recommendations / information
        Migration Grant
        (NSSCMG)

3.4.4   Subject and         • A new block grant will be created in 2009/10 to replace all subject and curriculum grants for schools that
        curriculum grants     have not yet established their Incorporated Management Committees (non-IMC schools), including special
        for non-IMC           schools with NSS classes. Schools will be informed of the arrangement through a separate CM to be
        schools               issued in July 2009.

3.5 Alteration works
3.5.1   Teaching space      •   Schools should make effectively use of all teaching space within the school campus including classrooms
                                and special rooms (like science laboratories) in order to provide a balanced and diversified curriculum
                                with reasonable choices of subjects for students.
                            •   “Supplementary Notes on Using Special Rooms in Flexible Timetabling” is available under the item
                                “School Curriculum Planning” of the New Academic Structure “334” Web Bulletin
                                (http://www.edb.gov.hk/334).
                            •   EDB has commissioned the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department to provide technical advisory
                                services to schools starting from 2008/09. Apart from this, the department has prepared guidance notes
                                and sample documents related to the execution of minor alteration works for schools’ reference, which are
                                available under the item “School Curriculum Planning” of the New Academic Structure “334” Web
                                Bulletin.
                            •   NSSCMG should be used for minor alteration works as far as possible. Schools may also use the surplus
                                of the general domain of the Operational Expenses Block Grant (OEBG) or the Expanded OEBG for the
                                works. For schools with genuine financial difficulties, they may approach their respective senior school
                                development officers and apply for a top up to the NSSCMG. Schools concerned must provide strong


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         NAS Matters                                    Latest development / recommendations / information
                                  justifications and explain why their NSSCMG and other deployable surplus of government funds fail to
                                  address the need for the curriculum-driven teaching space.


4.     NSS curriculum for special schools


         NAS Matters                                     Latest development / recommendation / information
 4.1    Curriculum framework for Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
 4.1.1 NSS curriculum for     •   Students with SEN but without intellectual disabilities (ID) should aim at achieving the same curricular
       students without           objectives for NSS, and they will be assessed using the same standards. Special arrangements will be
       intellectual               provided, if necessary.
       disabilities (non-ID   •   Schools should refer to the C&A guides for the NSS subjects and planning for ApL (please refer to
       students)                  Sections 1.1.1 and 1.1.4).

 4.1.2 NSS curriculum for     •   Students with ID could follow an adapted NSS curriculum (NSS(ID) curriculum). Supplementary
       ID students                guides to the C&A guides for ID students of the three core subjects (Chinese Language, Mathematics and
                                  Liberal Studies / Independent Living) and two elective subjects (Physical Education and Visual Arts) have
                                  been uploaded to the SEN website (http://www.edb.gov.hk/cd/sen) in June 2009.
                              •   Draft curriculum frameworks for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Technology and
                                  Living (T&L) were finalised.   Supplementary guides will be ready in June 2010.
                              •   The curricula of Music and Design and Applied Technology (DAT) will be adapted and tried out in seed
                                  projects in 2009/10.
                              •   Validation and alignment of the Learning Progression Framework (LPF) for the three core subjects will
                                  commence in September 2009.


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         NAS Matters                                    Latest development / recommendation / information
                             •   The pilot projects of ApL courses for non-ID and ID students have started since 2005/06. These pilot
                                 projects will be completed in 2009/10. Schools will be informed of the details of the adapted ApL
                                 courses for ID students under the NSS by the end of 2009.

 4.2 Resource provision
 4.2.1 Resource              •   A review of the resource arrangement for special schools for both ID and non-ID students was completed.
       arrangement for       •   The circular on “Resources Arrangement for the Implementation of the New Senior Secondary
       special schools (ID       Curriculum in Aided Special Schools” (EDBC No. 003/2009) was issued in February 2009 to inform all
       & non-ID)                 aided special schools of:
                                      the teacher-to-class ratios for various class levels upon the implementation of the NSS curriculum;
                                      the details of the SSCSG; and
                                      the provision for the Senior Secondary Support Programme operated by Hospital School.
                             •   The arrangement for subject and curriculum grants for non-IMC special schools for 2009/10 and 2010/11
                                 has been reviewed and a CM on the revised arrangement for non-IMC secondary schools, including
                                 special schools, will be issued in July 2009.



5.     Managing change: communication and information


         NAS Matters                                             Latest development / information
 5.1    Communication with different stakeholders
 5.1.1 Face-to-face          EDB is communicating with different stakeholders regularly through the following channels:
       communication         •   Regional / district-based seminars for parents with students studying in senior primary and junior
       with stakeholders,        secondary.

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       NAS Matters                                               Latest development / information
       e.g. seminars /      •   Regular liaison meetings with universities and schools councils since 2004.
       sharing sessions /   •   Regular inter-sector sharing sessions among EDB, HKEAA, UGC-funded institutions, post-secondary
       meetings / forums        institutions and secondary schools councils organised by EDB or the UGC-funded institutions since July
                                2008.
                            •   Meetings with the employer sector, including the CSB to promote mutual understanding and discuss the
                                use of new qualifications.

5.2   Information
5.2.1 Multiple channels     The following channels are used to enhance communication with different stakeholders:
      and modes to          •   The “334” Web Bulletin (revamped as New Academic Structure “334” Web Bulletin in June 2009) set up
      provide information       since 2005 includes the following:
      to different                   The NSS Information Network providing information on schools was launched in 2007 to give
      stakeholders                   parents access to school information under a single platform. Over 400 schools have provided their
                                     information in the Network.
                                     The NSS Information Kit provides schools with the tools to communicate with parents and students.
                                     The printed version was sent to schools in July 2008 and the updated version was available in May
                                     2009.
                                     Updated version of the booklet of “Frequently Asked Questions on the NSS Academic Structure and
                                     Curriculum” was available in January 2009.
                                     Special corners are set up in June 2009 to provide information for different stakeholders groups
                                     including parents, students, principals and teachers, universities and post-secondary institutions and
                                     employers.
                            •   A Liberal Studies Parents Handbook will be published at the end of July 2009.
                            •   NSS Students Handbook and Parents Handbook will be uploaded to the New Academic Structure “334”

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      NAS Matters                                              Latest development / information
                             Web Bulletin in September 2009 and disseminated to schools in late 2009.
                           • Periodic parents pamphlets “Useful Tips on 334"have been published since 2005.
                           •   New Announcement of Public Interest (API) on embracing the NAS by various celebrities will be
                               launched in mid July 2009.
                           •   An “Information Package on New Senior Secondary Curriculum and Assessment” for reference of tertiary
                               and post-secondary sectors will be disseminated to tertiary institutions in July 2009.
                           •   Loan services of NAS exhibit panels for schools.
                           •   DVDs on NSS Curriculum Overview and Assessment
                           •   Articles on New Academic Structure “334” Web Bulletin and newspaper
                           •   Roving exhibitions on the NAS in various districts

5.2.2 Student subject      •   The Student Subject Combination Survey will be conducted in September / October 2009 to collect
      combination survey       relevant information from schools.
                               School Level Data
                                    An on-line survey will be conducted in September / October 2009 to collect information on NSS
                                    subjects offered, lesson time allocation and number of students enrolled, etc. (Recipients of DLG
                                    will be requested to provide the necessary information for DLG adjustment.)
                               Student Level Data
                                    Schools will be requested to prepare S4 student subject enrolment data with the help of an enhanced
                                    WebSAMS module and submit them to EDB in October / November 2009.




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                                                                                                                  Appendix II


                   Critical Milestones between 2008/09 and 2011/12 (Updated version as at 30 June 2009)


                    2008/09                    2009/10                    2010/11                 2011/12           2012/13

NSS          Circular Memorandum
Curriculum   on the arrangement for
             OLE and SLP issued
             (Oct 2008) issued
             Supplementary Guide on
             the Chinese Language
             Curriculum published
             (Dec 2008)
             SSCG (Provisional
             draft) uploaded on New
             Academic Structure
             “334” Web Bulletin (Jan
             2009)
             SSCG (English version)
             published (May 2009)
             SSCG (Chinese version)
             published (June 2009)

Applied      Synopses of ApL            ApL C&A Guide and           the 1st cohort of NSS     Quality assurance
Learning     courses proposed for the   Implementation              ApL courses               process on course

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       2008/09              2009/10                   2010/11              2011/12         2012/13

1st cohort of NSS    Handbook distributed       commenced              delivery by
students available   (Sept 2009)                Quality assurance      external agencies
                     Announcement of            process on course      (e.g. HKCAAVQ)
                     recognition of ApL         delivery by external   conducted
                     (early 2010)               agencies (e.g.         Post assessment
                     Application and            HKCAAVQ)               moderation by
                     enrolment by schools for   conducted              HKEAA
                     the 1st cohort of NSS                             conducted
                     students (early 2010)
                     Mechanism for
                     moderation of student
                     assessment established
                     Attainment descriptors
                     and exemplars of
                     assessment for selected
                     ApL subjects available
                     (end 2009)
                     Details of ApL courses
                     available to schools
                     (Sept-Oct 2009)
                     Pilot of ApL Taster
                     Programmes
                     implemented


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                     2008/09                     2009/10                    2010/11             2011/12           2012/13

Assessment    Information packages on     SBA teachers’
development   standards-referenced        handbooks for HKDSE
              reporting for HKDSE         subjects available (Sept
              subjects published          2009)
              (Apr – June 2009)
              Advisory committee on
              SBA set up
              SBA teachers’
              handbooks for HKDSE
              subjects available
              (uploaded in June 2009
              and delivered to schools
              in Sept 2009)

HKDSE         Briefings for teachers on   1st stage announcement      Timetable for Other   Students apply to
              sample papers and level     of international            Languages             take the HKDSE
              descriptors organised       recognition of HKDSE        examinations,         Examination
              Australian government       (end 2009)                  application and       Promotion of
              announced recognition       Information of the          administration        reporting in
              of HKDSE                    subjects to be offered in   available             HKDSE
              Descriptors & sample        the 2013 HKALE for                                Practice papers for
              papers for NSS subjects     repeaters of last cohort                          the HKDSE
              published (Apr - June       of HKALE 2012                                     Examination
              2009)                       available                                         distributed

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                        2008/09                      2009/10                     2010/11                 2011/12             2012/13

                 Examination regulations                                                            Final
                 handbook finalised                                                                 announcement of
                 (June 2009) and                                                                    international
                 distributed (by Sep                                                                recognition of
                 2009)                                                                              HKDSE
                 Schools to apply for first                                                         Administration of
                 participation in the                                                               the 1st HKDSE
                 HKDSE Examination                                                                  Examination (Apr
                 (Mar 2009)                                                                         2012)

Interface        Joint message of             Review of the long term      Acceptance               Prospectus for          1st cohort to
between S3 /     UGC-funded institutions      development and              arrangements of          2012                    enter 4-year
S4, S6 / post-   and HUCOM on OLE             position of Project Yi Jin   academic results under   undergraduate           undergraduat
secondary        and SLP announced                                         NAS for civil service    programme in            e programme
institutions     (Oct 2008)                                                appointment available.   tertiary institutions
and              S4 Placement                                              Minimum entry            available (by end
universities,    Mechanism under NAS                                       requirements of          2011)
S6 /             implemented (Sept                                         sub-degree (including    JUPAS to
employment       2008)                                                     Associate Degree and     announce
                 Revised general                                           Higher Diploma)          application
                 entrance requirements                                     programmes available     procedures for
                 announced by                                                                       2012 HKDSE
                 UGC-funded institutions                                                            graduates (by end
                 (July 2009)                                                                        2011)

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                      2008/09                   2009/10                  2010/11            2011/12            2012/13

                                                                                        Students to apply
                                                                                        for 2012 university
                                                                                        places through
                                                                                        JUPAS

Supporting     Provision of “Student      On-going development     On-going             On-going              On-going
measures for   Option Programme”          of Liberal Studies       development of       development of        development
schools        software package           resources and packages   Liberal Studies      Liberal Studies       of Liberal
               Workshops on the use of    for other subjects       resources and        resources and         Studies
               “Student Option                                     packages for other   packages for other    resources
               Programme” conducted                                subjects             subjects              and packages
               (up to Dec 2008)                                                                               for other
               On-going development                                                                           subjects
               of Liberal Studies
               resources and packages
               for other subjects
               Recommended booklist
               for re-submitted
               textbooks released (Jan
               2009) and learning and
               teaching packages
               published (Aug 2009)
               New series of Meetings
               on Preparation for “334”

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                     2008/09                    2009/10                    2010/11                 2011/12           2012/13

              with School Leaders
              organised (up to Mar
              2009)

              Professional development programme (PDP) to meet       On-going PDPs and         On-going PDPs        On-going
              targets pledged                                        school-based support      and school-based     PDPs and
                                                                     for teachers              support for          school-based
                                                                                               teachers             support for
                                                                                                                    teachers

              Provision of enhanced Senior Secondary Curriculum Support Grant (SSCG) (up to Aug 2012)               Provision of
                                                                                                                    SSCG
                                                                                                                    (recurrent)

                                         Provision of Diversity Learning Grant (by application)

NSS           Consult special schools    Provision of                On-going validation       On-going             Validation
curriculum    on the proposed            supplementary guides to     and alignment of LPF.     validation and       and
for special   resource arrangement       the C&A guides of           On-going provision of     alignment of LPF.    alignment of
schools                                  relevant subjects for ID    supplementary guides      On-going             LPF
                                         students (3 core            to the C&A guides of      provision of         completed.
                                         subjects, Visual Arts and   relevant subjects for     supplementary
                                         Physical Education)         ID students (ICT and      guides to the C&A
                                         Announcement on ApL         T&L)                      guides of relevant
                                         courses for ID students     Provision of adapted      subjects for ID


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                        2008/09                      2009/10                    2010/11             2011/12       2012/13

                                              (end 2009)                  ApL courses for ID    students (Music
                                              Implementation of           students under the    and DAT)
                                              NSS(ID) curriculum.         NSS.
                                              Validation and
                                              alignment of Learning
                                              Progression Framework
                                              starts.

Managing      Ongoing communication with different stakeholder groups / parties which include
change:
                Schools councils
communica-
                Post-secondary institutions
tion and
                Vocational Training Council
information
                University Grants Committee
                UGC
                UGC-funded institutions
                Joint University Programmes Admissions System
                Education Commission & Legislative Council
                Civil Service Bureau
                Parents and employers


              Continuous production of various publicity materials like

                DVDs, parent pamphlets, FAQ booklets
                Announcement of Public Interest (API)

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      2008/09                      2009/10                     2010/11                  2011/12              2012/13

Regular update of New Academic Structure “334” Web Bulletin
On-going evaluation and monitoring of implementation of New Academic Structure by independent projects, collection of
feedback.




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