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The new criteria for graduation from government secondary schools are being applied this summer (June 2014) for the first time. Until this year, graduation criteria for schools have been solely based on attendance and behaviour, but now, for the first time, they will include academic criteria. Through this new initiative, all students who wish to obtain a graduation diploma at the end of compulsory education will also be expected to meet a minimum academic standard. The graduation policy has been updated to include a further category of high honours to encourage the very highest levels of achievement.

The new criteria for graduation:

       
  1. Academic criteria will be included in the requirements for graduation
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  3. Academic achievement will be recognised at different, ascending tiers of attainment
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  5. Four tiers of attainment will be recognised:       

           
                 
    • Level 1 diploma;
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    • Level 2 diploma;
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    • Level 2 diploma with honours;
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    • Level 2 diploma with high honours.
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  7. The criteria for each are:       

           
                 
    1. Level 1 diploma: at least 5 subjects passed at Level 1 1 or higher, which must include English or literacy functional skills and mathematics, numeracy or mathematics functional skills;
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    3. Level 2 diploma: at least 5 subjects passed at Level 2 2 or higher, which must include English and mathematics(CXC, GCSE, IGCSE, AS or AP);
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    5. Level 2 diploma with honours: at least 7 subjects passed at Level 2 2 or higher, which must include English and mathematics (CXC, GCSE, IGCSE, AS or AP);
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    7. Level 2 diploma with high honours: at least 9 subjects passed at Level 2 2 or higher at grades I-II/A* - B or the equivalent standard (grades I or II for CXC CSEC; A*, A, or B for GCSE/IGCSE; Distinction for BTEC; or the equivalent standard for other externally awarded qualifications). The 9 subjects must include English and mathematics at this standard through one of the following examinations: CXC CSEC, GCSE, IGCSE, AS or AP.
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  9. In addition to the academic criteria required to graduate from high school, other criteria are required for graduates wishing to participate in high school graduation ceremonies. These are:       

           
                 
    1. 90% or more attendance during Years 10-12.               
                           
      1. authorised absences are included in this figure, provided they have been submitted by the required deadline in Year 12;
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    3. Less than 15 days suspension during Year 10-12.               
                           
      1. If students remain suspension free over at least a whole term, they may be permitted to work off days of suspension through community service, in order to meet the graduation criteria.
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  11. Special Educational Needs students studying within mainstream education at the high schools should be able to access at least the Level 1 diploma, and so no separate diploma is required. Students from Lighthouse School will receive a separate diploma. A joint graduation may be considered.

1. Level 1 qualifications are defined within the Cayman Islands National Qualifications Framework as:  CXC CSEC Grades IV-VI, CXC CCSLC, GCSE/IGCSE Grades D-G, BTEC Level 1 (Introductory), IMI Level 1, City and Guilds Level 1.

2. Level 2 qualifications are defined within the Cayman Islands National Qualifications Framework as:  CXC CSEC Grades I-III, GCSE/IGCSE Grades A*-C, GED, BTEC Level 2 (Firsts), IMI Level 2, City and Guilds Level 2, Trinity Music Grade 5.



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