GCSEs within a year; is it possible with Home Education?

(37 Posts)
KatyMac Wed 29-May-13 17:51:41

DD is reasonably bright and part way through English (x2), Maths & Science (x2)

If she left school at the end of year 10 - what would be the chances of her doing 5 GCSEs in an academic year (or maybe July to May)?

exoticfruits Thu 30-May-13 22:34:23

I would just ask her what she wants to do and then support her.

musicposy Thu 30-May-13 23:17:33

Much as I'm a huge fan of home ed, I wouldn't be taking a child out of school at this age who wasn't absolutely desperate. From my experience of the DDs and their friends, doing them out of school is much harder work in a way. IGCSEs are very exam heavy, there's no controlled assessment or coursework and some of the exams are well over 2 hours long with at least 3 of them per subject. Yes, there is less time wasted than at school and maybe more relaxation, but you lose all that teacher support, too. DD2 is doing just two this summer and we have done some sort of work or studying every day for the last 6 weeks at least, no days off. You have to learn everything as you have no idea what will come up whereas DD1 in college doing A levels this year seemed to have huge content hints and her 4 AS levels were definitely less stress than DD2's two IGCSEs have been.
Home ed is wonderful, but you need a very comitted child to do the exam route -they have to 100% want to do it for themselves. DD2 has got through the last 6 weeks because she would never in a million years agree to return to school.

KatyMac Fri 31-May-13 07:20:29

It's tricky

I won't go against what she wants - I can't really - she will be 16 in November!

But I don't think unless she will compromise somehow I can't let her do 5 evenings plus Saturday & Sunday (with Fri-Sun being in London)

She does want to leave school, next year to go to college; she doesn't want to leave her friends now. Which is fair enough

Moving house wouldn't help the situation because moving towards the classes would be away from school so it would just change the direction of the travel

I think my only option is to lighten her load - by designating one BTEC as 'not to be taken' and insist that she doesn't work on it.....I can see her ending up with glandular fever or something

exoticfruits Fri 31-May-13 07:27:06

At nearly 16 you just explain that 'something has to give' - she isn't superwoman- and let her decide.
My friend's DCs who were HEd went to school for exams- it is so much simpler.

KatyMac Fri 31-May-13 07:55:29

She is 15 - she thinks she can do anything hmm

HSMMaCM Fri 31-May-13 09:55:26

Agreed. If she wants to stay at school, then let her. We have made a couple of tough decisions about dance classes to quit this term.

Just take care of her and make sure she eats and sleeps.

LIZS Fri 31-May-13 10:02:16

I think she needs at least one evening of no dancing . What type of dance does she really want to pursue ? Focus on what she needs to audition , are there any studios/halls nearby you could hire for her to rehearse by herself or have a private lesson at, to cut her weekly, travel time and maybe do an intensive course over the summer holiday to prep her.

KatyMac Fri 31-May-13 10:44:46

So do I LIZS

HSMM - it's horrid isn't it

KatyMac Sat 01-Jun-13 09:44:18

Well she has come home exhausted - today might be a good day to talk about the stress she is putting her body under

sad

KatyMac Sun 02-Jun-13 21:53:58

We have agreed (under protest) a dance free day starting in November - there is a show in October hmm

& a plan for the auditions
& a "wait & see" about next years classes

So I feel a bit calmer

It sounds like you've managed at least a bit of compromise - it's very tricky with teens who are so motivated/obsessed.

A couple of thoughts - is there a dancer / dance teacher who could talk to her about the importance of rest etc for a young dancer? She might take advice from someone in the profession that she'd ignore from 'just' her mother.

And you could try discussing flexi-schooling with the school - we persuaded DS's school to let him have one "column" of his timetable out of school for a year to work towards Grade 8 music. The important things for them were that he'd be working towards something that was a recognised qualification, there'd be supervision at home, and so they wouldn't face a flood of similar requests from others (I think the last was the clincher from their point of view!)

KatyMac Mon 03-Jun-13 20:48:38

Well it's a start anyway.

Her teacher nags already & think talking to the school is a good idea

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