Hi I've got all this to look forward to as DS is just 4, but my nephew is being placed in a composite class for the 3rd year in a row; are there any guidelines as to how often a kid can be put in a composite class if a single year class is available ? And is there any guidance on the age range within a compsite ? I'd read somewhere it should be no more than 12 months ? We're in Scotland. Ta much
My ds1 will have been in a composite class for 6 of his 7 primary years. The only year not was P2 and thereafter it has been with the same group of children who have been kept together. It has been absolutely fantastic and we were strongly supportive, therefore, of ds2 being put into a composite. Advantage in Scotland too is that composites are capped at 25. I see no issue.
No they aren't, he's in a class with boys almost 2 years older than him with distinct behavioural problems. I know its a sort of not in my back yard thing, but we feel he's been in there 2 years and deserves a chance at a regular class with his own friends. Oh well. ta
You couldn't limit the age range in a composite class to 12 months, as many single year classes will have an age range of 12 months less one day (in England, oldest child born 1 September one year, youngest born 31 August the next year.)
So if you had a composite Year 3/4 class this year, there could be children in it born between 1st September 2000 and 31st August 2002 - this is quite normal, and some schools have them all the time.
Composite classes are the norm here. In my DC's village school there are 4 classes: Reception (from the term after they turn 4 until the September after they turn 5, so some children are there for 5 terms), Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.
The very small primary school that I went to 30 years ago only had 2 classes: one for infants and one for juniors.
I don't see any problem with them. Any class can have some rowdy children in, regardless of age range.