Sorry op but I would still suggest you discuss with the school. You say you are worried that your DC won't do as well as other children but, to be honest, if he is 6 B and others are level 8, then isn't that a highly likely outcome? And then you say that withdrawing him would reduce his confidence, which I understand. But surely the worst thing for his confidence and his self-esteem would be not to achieve at least a C in this GCSE. So, if I were his parent, i would want the school to give me a lot of evidence to satisfy me that he will achieve a C otherwise a/ he will be devastated and b/ there will be some universities who will not discount a D at GCSE just because it was taken early.
There is something to be said for getting early experience of taking exams. My DD took a GCSE in year 7 followed by an AS in year 9 and A2 in year 10. All excellent experience. Lots of opportunity to get DD practiced in good exam technique.
OK, in that case study it with him .... stats is great there are lies, damned lies and statistics as part of my A level we tested the average number of matches in a box hundreds and hundreds of boxes and then piled the lot up and lit it - marchmallows as part of an A level a good grasp of probabilty (Bayes in paticular) will make it easier - and more fun.
The problem is Talkin it would devastate him not to do it. Its taken years to build up his confidence...badly bullied by kids and a teacher in his primary. doing this has made him feel part of something special. I can't take it away from him now.
Which is why I am so cross it was not discussed with me beforehand.
Stats is not hard, but its applied. Therefore sits on top of the pure subject. Doing the standard maths before the applied parts makes sense. Doing applied before pure does not. and actually I think ANY GCSE in year 9 nowadays is cruising for a bruising as modules are gone.
Stats is wonderful stuff, but you NEED to have a good grounding in pure maths to be able to fiddle understand it
that's reassuring oddboots. That's how its been sold to them. He is in top set for maths, and all the top sets do it. But its timetabled as extended studies (farewell, origami!).
VP said he would not have been entered if they weren't sure he would get at least a C. I think because I did so badly at Maths it freaks me a bit. And having a developmental disorder is seems a bit counter-intuitive to push him for something early.