8-year-old Lukas loves his football and sport. Like many kids, he dreams of being a professional footballer but at school he was struggling with phonics and literature. Lukas can be a quiet boy (although he’s talkative once you get to know him) but he’s not prone to asking for help in the classroom and his parents started to realise that he lacked confidence at school.
According to a survey carried out by the Sutton Trust in September 2016, 25% of state educated 11 to 16 years in the UK receive private tuition, with the number much higher in London. This represents a massive increase on 2015 figures when it was only 10%.
I suspect many parents have been pulled up short when they have seen, from the recent press coverage, that many of those charged with their children’s earliest care and education may not have even a grade C GCSE in English and maths.
A parent’s instinct is remarkable! Even when school says everything is fine, the parental antennae can detect when their child is not doing their best. What triggered the message that you are picking up?
If I had a penny........ Seriously, this is mentioned in most (if not all) the enquiries I get for MagiKats. So, if you think it makes you abnormal, think again!
A recent article in The Telegraph led with the headline, “Private tutoring is abhorrent says private school head.” (read it here) The position taken by the piece was that if a child needs tutoring to get into a school, then the school is probably not for them. I agree – to a point.
Are you one of those parents who, without realising it, has been quietly mulling over the comments made either in your child’s report at the end of last term or at the parent teacher meetings you recently attended?
As the summer holidays draw to a close, children can feel nervous about their return to school – new teachers, new classmates, new challenges and tasks.
And what is wrong with that? I actually want even more! I want the best for every child – which is much harder to achieve. “I'm not a pushy parent.” That statement followed by ‘but’ forms part of almost every conversation that I have with a parent who gets in touch with a view to bringing along their child to see me about a boost in their maths or English.
It’s like one of those GCSE maths questions that attract publicity for their complexity.