Composite class when DC is one of youngest in year but also most able

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BirdyBedtime Wed 23-Apr-14 13:39:49

DS's school is probably going to have composite classes next year. In our LA the guidance is that this is done purely by age so DS will be in the older half of the composite IYSWIM with half the class from the year below (P1 so just starting school proper).

He is currently in one of the 'top' reading groups and, despite his being the second youngest in his class, described by his teacher as one of the most able and mature. I know that teachers differentiate etc and I know that there have been lots of threads on this before and I know that there is nothing I can do to change this BUT ........

All of the children he is friends with are in the older half of the year so none of them will be in his new class (but chances are that they will all be together due to ages). He has always responded best when challenged and being with older children who he can learn from (be it swimming, nursery etc) so I'm really concerned that without any older children to aspire to he might regress or slow in progression.

I guess I'm just looking for some positive stories if your DC has been in the same situation ie youngest and most able in 'proper' year but in the upper half of a composite.

BirdyBedtime Wed 23-Apr-14 13:49:45

Oops - wrong topic - meant to put in Primary Education - I'll re-post there.

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