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Child Repeating a year - experiences good or bad?

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kenbren Thu 22-Nov-12 21:56:35

I posted this on the general education board and someone recommended posting here too:

My nine year old DS has struggled educationally and is emotionally and physically immature. He has made educational improvements in the last fifteen months or so, since he came to us (he is adopted), but he continues to really struggle academically in general and with his reading in particular. He seems at about the same level - or a bit below, as his sister who is six years old (his biological sister - also adopted).

We are considering him repeating this year - he is in a composite class primary 4/5 anyway and he would stay with many of his year 4 classmates. We have been warned repeating a year is not always positive - particularly in later life. We want to make the right decision and this feels like the last year this would be possible.

The school will accommodate this and he already has lots of extra educational support. We are in Scotland - so he will just continue on to Secondary as normal. He is a September birth and one of the youngest in his primary 5 class.

Does anyone have experiences, good or bad of a child repeating a year?

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