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barbsbarbs Sat 02-Sep-17 16:29:25

I have just made the scary decision to honeschool my son for five gcses from next week, He has failed badly at school, always in trouble and bunks off all the itme. Thsi way I know he will get some education. Any ideas? Also does anyone have any links etc to find out the gcse curriculum.

Haskell Sat 02-Sep-17 16:32:32

You will need to find a centre that will accept him as an independent candidate, and then ask which board/syllabus they do.

Wolfiefan Sat 02-Sep-17 16:33:49

Would the school have him sit GCSE there? If so he could continue with the same boards?
Do you have a local home schooling forum you could join?

BertrandRussell Sat 02-Sep-17 16:35:05

Where will he sit his GCSEs?

barbsbarbs Sat 02-Sep-17 16:35:12

i will find oiut.... thanks

EB123 Sat 02-Sep-17 16:35:51

Hi, I home education but my children are young. If you are on Facebook join the group home education UK, they will be able to help answer your questions.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 02-Sep-17 16:36:10

I'm going to be really harsh now though. All of the errors in your post, and the fact you don't seem to have even a basic idea about homeschooling suggest that this may not be the best path for your son. Do you really have the knowledge and ability to teach your son to GCSE level in 5 subjects?

EB123 Sat 02-Sep-17 16:36:23

home educate*

BertrandRussell Sat 02-Sep-17 16:37:57

Are you sure this is the right thing to do? What does your ds think?

barbsbarbs Sat 02-Sep-17 16:44:48

ItsAllGoingToBeFine i am educated to a master degree. typo when Im writing quickly is not a sign I cant spell etc. He will fail at school anyway because that is what has happened for the last seven years. I know it will be tough, Im under no illusion, but I have no choice

BertrandRussell Sat 02-Sep-17 16:45:46

What does your ds think?

Wolfiefan Sat 02-Sep-17 16:46:02

Can school offer any support? Our local school would sometimes tutor students in certain subjects at a local community centre.

Somerville Sat 02-Sep-17 16:46:31

You could perhaps try an online school. (Interhigh is one.)

theEagleIsLost Sat 02-Sep-17 16:48:02

Is there money for sites like

Once you hit secondary school I think specialist subject knowledge starts to be important.

Just in case you didn't know there is a home education board on - good place to find people already doing this .

theEagleIsLost Sat 02-Sep-17 16:49:53

Sorry messed link up

TeenTimesTwo Sat 02-Sep-17 16:49:59

Which GCSEs?

He'll need Maths and English Language for a start.

Science has a practical element still I think, unless iGCSE doesn't?

TeenTimesTwo Sat 02-Sep-17 16:52:42

The hard thing, is this is the year that all the GCSEs have changed so there will be no accessible past papers for the new curriculums. This could make it much harder than previously for you to prepare him and judge how he is getting on.
You are braver than I am! good luck.

Phosphorus Sat 02-Sep-17 16:52:55

If your son is going to sit the exams in June 2018, you'll need to find an exam centre that will let him sit the five subjects you've chosen. It can be expensive.

The relevant exam boards have copies of the syllabus and past papers online.

Is he motivated? Why is he skipping class?

If he needs access arrangements in place, you are leaving it rather late for the 2018 exam season, but he could sit later.

FlandersRocks Sat 02-Sep-17 16:53:13

You're planning on homeschooling your dc at GCSE level yet you're asking on a chat forum for links to 'the GCSE curriculum'?

That doesn't bode well. Do some proper research for goodness sake.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 02-Sep-17 16:55:52

ItsAllGoingToBeFine i am educated to a master degree. Fair enough (although that doesn't mean you can teach grin )

Have you discussed other options with the school? Reduced timetable, PRU etc. You will also need to address the issues that lead to this behaviour of his, or you'll be dealing with his behavioural issues and bunking off full time.

As others have suggested maybe head over to the homeschooling topic on MN, AIBU may not be the best place for this wink

DaisyLoo89 Sat 02-Sep-17 16:57:18

I think to do best by your son you should try to frame lessons that include all the basics (Science, Maths, English, Politics etc) rather than doing them in blocks. I think the current schooling system makes it very hard to apply knowledge.

lifeinthecountry Sat 02-Sep-17 16:59:56

OP - mumsnet is not that great for HE advice. I'd try Facebook, there are some very good Home Ed groups, including ones dedicated to preparing children for GCSEs - they will help you find the best solution for you and your son. There are many different options. They can also offer a lot advice on finding exam centres.

HundredMilesAnHour Sat 02-Sep-17 17:00:09

Wouldn't it be more effective to work with him and his school to improve his behaviour (i.e. stop him getting into trouble and bunking off)?

You seem to have made this decision without doing any research at all. Despite the "failing" going on for 7 years. At least do some research first and then make an informed decision.

SummerKelly Sat 02-Sep-17 17:02:21

Also Google HE exams wiki, which should give you the info you need.

SootSprite Sat 02-Sep-17 17:02:56

Go on fb, search for your local home ed group.
Also, on yahoo, search for the home ed exams group.
I also recommend

BBQ bite size is a good resource. You need to figure out where he is going to sit them and what exam board is used, that will help you find the relevant curriculum.

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