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Frequently Asked Questions

The Ministry of Education has announced that all secondary school students will be on board the Personalised Digital Learning Programme (PDLP) in 2021. How will the device be used in school?

The Personal Learning Device (PLD) is used frequently by our students for in-class and out-of-class learning, In class, the devices are used to support learning of the curriculum subjects independently or collaboratively. Beyond the classroom, students will be able to use the device for home-based learning. They can review past lessons, access digital resources on the Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS) platform and other digital platforms to enhance their learning, or explore topics of their own personal interests. They can also make use of digital tools such as calendaring and note-taking applications to enhance their personal productivity. 
Which device is Anderson using for PDLP? Why did the school choose this device?

The school has chosen the Apple iPad 10.2” as the PLD for teaching and learning. With a thin and light design, students can bring it around easily and with up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, it will last students throughout the school day without having to worry about the battery life. The Apple app store has more than 1 million iPad apps to aid students in their learning experience. Its powerful chip with advanced sensors and cameras allow students to experience AR on the iPad. The apple pencil features the precision, responsiveness and natural fluidity of a traditional writing instrument. With it, students can turn the iPad into their notebook for note taking and canvas for drawing and sketching. 
What are the subjects that students can offer under Subject-Based Banding (SBB)?

Under SBB, students will be allowed to offer the PSLE subjects (English Language, Mother Tongue Language, Science and Mathematics) at a higher level, starting from Secondary 1 if they score well for the subject at the PSLE.

Who are eligible for SBB? What are the eligibility criteria?

Secondary 1 students posted to the N(A) and N(T) courses may be offered SBB.  The criteria are as follows : 

CoursePSLE Standard GradePSLE Foundation GradeOption to offer subject at
N(A)AL 5 or better-Express
 N(T)AL 5 or better- Express/N(A)

Should I delay the decision and wait until end of Secondary 1 before taking up the higher-level subject?   

Taking the higher-level subject from the start of Secondary 1 will allow your child more time to adjust to the greater academic demand. Students who reject the current offer of higher-level subjects would need to satisfy the school-based eligibility criteria subsequently to be offered the higher-level subjects again. 
How many subjects can a student offer at higher level?
Does the student continue with the higher level subjects in  Secondary 2?

With Full SBB, there is no cap on the number of subjects a student can offer at higher level.  Secondary 1 students will continue with their higher level subjects in Secondary 2 unless otherwise advised by school leaders. 
What are the school-based eligibility criteria for offering higher level subjects?

The school-based eligibility criteria for offering higher level subjects are as follows :

CourseSchool-Based Results
(at the end of Secondary 1)
Option to offer subject at
N(Academic)75% or higher in specific subjectExpress level in Secondary 2
N(Technical)75% or higher in specific subjectN(A) level in Secondary 2

At the end of Semester 1 in Secondary 1, the school may also offer SBB to selected students on a case-by-case basis. 
Would students taking subjects at higher level, i.e. Express or N(A), use the same syllabus as other Express or N(A) students, or will they use an easier or customised syllabus?

Students taking higher-level subjects under SBB will be taught the same syllabus as other students in the more demanding course. However, the teaching methods, resources employed and support given may differ, depending on the school’s assessment of the students’ needs.
 Can a student withdraw from taking higher-level subjects if he or she finds it unsuitable after a semester?

Students and parents can make the final decision to continue or drop the subject.  Nevertheless, students are encouraged to give themselves time to adjust to the greater demands of the higher-level subject.  Before a decision is made to drop the subject, advice from subject teachers should be sought on the students’ academic progress.
Will taking higher-level subjects give my child more stress as he/she has to compete with others in the higher course?

If my child is currently taking a subject at a higher level, would interacting with classmates of a different course affect his or her learning?  There may be initial challenges but these will be monitored and mitigated as far as possible. We are mindful of students’ socio-emotional and academic needs and will do our best to provide the necessary support to students to help them cope.

What are the eligibility criteria for taking Higher Mother Tongue Language (HMTL) in Secondary 1? 

Students will be allowed to take HMTL in Secondary 1 if they meet the following MOE’s criteria:

Current criteria :  

1)      Top 10% in T score  OR

2)      Top 11 to 30% in T score, at least Merit in HMTL OR A* in MTL


New Criteria (with effect from 2021) :

1)      PSLE score of 8 or better (on average student scores AL2 per subject. AL2 score means above 85 marks) OR

2)      PSLE score 9 to 14 (AL1/AL2 for MTL or Distinction/Merit in HMTL)

On average students need to score at least AL3 or AL4 for each subject to be less than 14. (AL4 score is 75-79 marks)


However, they will be allowed to switch to HMTL the following year if they obtain 75 marks (overall score) for MTL and average of 75%
for all subjects at the end of Sec 1 or Sec 2.
Does the school offer Hindi as a MT subject?

No, the school does not offer Hindi as a MT subject.  Students who want to take Hindi as a MT subject will have to attend lessons at D.A.V Hindi School or Hindi Society on Saturdays. 
What is the difference between the learning of the English Language (EL) in primary school and secondary school?

The learning of EL is more demanding in secondary school than in primary school. In composition, students are exposed to different types of writing while in comprehension, they have to answer more challenging questions as well as do a summary. Reading widely will also help students appreciate the different types of text that they will be exposed to in their lessons. 
What are the different modes of assessment in your school?

Our school has the standard written examinations as well as alternative assessments (AAs).  AAs offer students opportunities to apply their creative and inventive thinking skills.
My child is involved in an external co-curricular activity (CCA). Does my child still need to sign up for a CCA in school?

Yes, your child still needs to sign up for a CCA in school.  You may refer to the list of CCAs on our school’s website. Your child, however, can continue with the external CCA.  The school may award CCA points for this external CCA, provided relevant documents are submitted to the school for approval.  However, approval is on a case-by-case basis.

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