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We are introducing some exciting changes to our Cambridge Lower Secondary programme.
In response to your feedback, we have revised our English, English as a second language, Mathematics and Science curricula. We have also made improvements to Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests and Checkpoint, helping you identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and monitor performance.
The changes will take place over the next three years, depending on which stage or year group you teach.
To help you get ready, we have published the new curricula and support resources well in advance of when you need to start teaching them.
We recommend that you start to teach the new curricula from September 2021 onwards. The exact date you start will depend on which stage (or year group) you teach and whether you use Cambridge Progression Tests or Checkpoint.
From January 2022 onwards, our new Cambridge Progression Tests will become available every year instead of every three years. Marked by teachers in your school you can use them to check learners’ progress at the end of Stages 7 through to 9.
The first new Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint tests, to assess learners’ knowledge and understanding of the new curricula, will take place in 2023. Instead of our current model, which applies to all three stages, these new tests will only apply to the final stage of Cambridge Lower Secondary (Stage 9).
You can start familiarising yourself with the changes by downloading the new Curriculum Frameworks and support resources from our lower secondary support site.
To decide when the best time for you to start to use the new curricula is, visit our interactive guide (PDF, 1MB).