Horrifying it may be, but your child’s secondary education is going to depend on the decisions that you make when he or she is only nine years old. Whether you are looking at the local secondary, a grammar school or private education, it’s never too early to know the path and work out how to ensure you child has the best shot at the school place that works best for them.
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.
Year 2 student Poppie Cooke saw how much big sister Charleigh was enjoying going to her new maths and English club, so decided to follow in her footsteps.
Increasingly common in secondary schools is the practice of putting students in ‘study hall’. This involves sometimes several lessons a week being with other classes where the teacher is absent, and everyone is working in a large space (like a hall) with a cover supervisor.
Several announcements have been made in the last few days about the future of everything school-related. From funding of places to testing in primary and functional skills for teenagers – there is lots to take in and lots of “consultation” still to take place.