Considering 15 yr old doing year 11 from home having been at school until now . How do I do this?

(6 Posts)
Katsh Thu 09-Jul-15 21:33:12

My daughter has various health issues that have made school attendance tricky. She is at a fantastically supportive private school, but we think we should maybe take her out completely next year ( Year 11), and let her work on GCSE's from home. I have other children in school who will remain there and my husband and I both work. Is it possible to get tutors for GCSE and if so do you have any idea of cost ? I've looked at all the recommended websites and it seems most people do the educating themselves but that wouldn't be my plan. I just don't even know how to begin working out how to do this so I'd be grateful for any advice / encouragement !

Nigglenaggle Thu 09-Jul-15 21:50:13

Would the online schools suit you? Interhigh or Briteschool I believe are the ones. I have no idea of cost I'm afraid but someone who knows more will doubtless be along shortly smile

ommmward Thu 09-Jul-15 21:55:27

I know a family whose daughter had glandular fever, and they did a levels using private tutors through one of those tutorial colleges. You could use an agency like private tutors dot co dot uk (not advertising them - I just know someone who used to get pupils that way).

Katsh Thu 09-Jul-15 22:15:04

thanks very much . I had no idea online schools existed but they may be just what we need. And I will investigate the private tutor route. Really appreciate your input smile

Saracen Thu 09-Jul-15 22:55:20

Has your daughter managed to do much work toward GCSEs yet? I understand there is a problem with leaving school partway through GCSEs, which is that you'd have to switch to IGCSEs which have a different syllabus. This is because it is tricky to get GCSE coursework validated outside of school, whereas IGCSEs don't have coursework and so they are more straightforward. So it isn't as simple as carrying on where she left off.

Leaving school still might be the right choice. It gives much more flexibility in terms of the number of exams to sit and when to do them. For example, if your daughter can only manage a few subjects next year, she can do those first and sit a few more exams the following year. It doesn't have to be one mountain of exams at the end of Y11. She can do whichever subjects are most relevant to her interests and her career ambitions; there are no required subjects. And of course your dd can do the actual work when she feels up to it rather than at fixed times.

Many HE kids do fewer subjects than they would at school. For one thing, there is no one pressurising them to achieve the biggest possible pile of exams in order to improve the school's standing in the league tables. For another, they may prefer to sit just the exams they actually need for their next stage of education or work (e.g. to get into college) and do other subjects in a more relaxed recreational way. A person can learn a great deal about history without sitting an exam to prove she has done so! Learning that way can be at least as educational with far less stress.

CrabbyTheCrabster Wed 15-Jul-15 09:26:00

Interhigh is brilliant! My DD is in Y7 and the fees are £2,400 or so per year. It's more at GCSE level - depending on how many you take. They focus on the core subjects. It's all on their website.

I've been very impressed with the teaching standard, how supportive the teachers are, and how friendly the kids are. Best thing we ever did!

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