How would you expect to hear that your child was being moved down a set?

(56 Posts)
JenaiMorris Sat 05-Oct-13 16:54:05

Just that really. I'm trying to decide if I'm BU. Will stop by a little later to explain more (an at a sporting event with dodgy 3G!).

RevelsRoulette Sat 05-Oct-13 16:58:15

I guess it depends how old they are, if they are struggling in all areas, if there was a problem, etc. If it was one subject and it was part of a general assessment of the kids and it was secondary school then I wouldn't expect to hear much about it, just be informed in a letter or something. But if there was a big problem then I would expect to be asked to come in to meet with the teacher and when I got there, I would expect it to all be explained to me, be shown their work and shown how they were going to help my child.

usualsuspect Sat 05-Oct-13 16:59:11

Secondry age. I would expect the child to tell me

heidihole Sat 05-Oct-13 17:01:52

If it was senior school I guess the child would tell me it had happened.

curlew Sat 05-Oct-13 17:04:12

In secondary school, I would expect my child to tell me.

TheFallenMadonna Sat 05-Oct-13 17:17:30

I don't tell parents about set changes, or indeed setting in the first instance. I would tell them about any changes to courses followed only. I report on progress three times a year, and my most recent assessments are available "live" too.

ShatnersBassoon Sat 05-Oct-13 17:21:49

Via the child, same as if they were moved up a set.

titchy Sat 05-Oct-13 17:24:52

Agree via child. Sets tend to be pretty fluid and kids can change on a termly basis!

lljkk Sat 05-Oct-13 17:25:38

It kind of depends on the kid. Dd would probably know & care so tell me. DSs might not realise, & wouldn't care, so wouldn't tell me & neither would anyone else.

noblegiraffe Sat 05-Oct-13 17:25:54

In my dept we have a standard letter which we hand to the pupil to give to their parents. There is a slip to return to say that the parent has received it, but realistically this will never be chased up.

JohnnyUtah Sat 05-Oct-13 17:31:00

Via my child.

RandomMess Sat 05-Oct-13 17:33:20

Via my child unless it was to a very bottom set indicating that there was a serious education issue and needed help.

NoComet Sat 05-Oct-13 17:48:37

Via the child and they don't get told in advance, just given that years time table.

Only exception was a letter about MFL groups, because they have had a massive reorganisation.

Via the child then school follow it up with a letter giving a bit more detail.

BoundandRebound Sat 05-Oct-13 17:55:49

We don't inform parents of sets

VBisme Sat 05-Oct-13 17:56:55

From the child in secondary school.

lljkk Sat 05-Oct-13 18:33:22

Wait, do you guys already know which set your DC are in, I mean did the school inform you in some way?

Coconutty Sat 05-Oct-13 18:36:20

Yep, via the child. Why, how did you hear and what's the BU bit?

cory Sat 05-Oct-13 18:51:51

in secondary school via the child, and wouldn't expect any other communication re original set either, except perhaps at regular parents evenings three times a year

unless, as Random mentions, if there were serious learning difficulties

balia Sat 05-Oct-13 18:59:53

We have a standard letter that I would send home if I thought the child might not be reliable, or if it was the result of an issue that I'd already talked to the parent about. But generally I'd rely on the child, most are very good and can explain the reasons perfectly well at secondary age.

lljkk Sat 05-Oct-13 19:38:48

hmmm I think kids are sometimes the last ones to have a true clue which set they are really in. Can't tell you how many times DC have over- or under-estimated their own abilities. At all ages.

Between school years (e.g. moving from Year 8 to 9) i wouldn't expect a school to inform parents. It's just one of those things that happens iyswim. If it was during the school year then every school I have worked in has moved up sets without notifying parents, but sent a letter home or phoned if a child is moving down.

kitchendiner Sat 05-Oct-13 19:55:01

DS told me BUT it's been very motivating and has been a rocket up his **. His grades (science) have now gone back up, and he will be back up at the next reshuffle. So, going down was actually a good thing!

TeenAndTween Sat 05-Oct-13 20:38:55

Via my child.
I know the sets because its on her timetable eg 9Fr4 - year 9 French set4.

tiggytape Sat 05-Oct-13 20:48:48

We would get a letter.
We got a letter in Year 7 with DS's initial sets and then another in Year 8 to confirm that he was still in the same sets after last year's exams.
If any child moves up or down during the year (and many do), they would get an additional letter sent home to explain this but so far DS hasn't moved.

The sets are very obvious to all. Top set is called set 1. Bottom set is called set 5 so everyone knows anyway.

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