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When its more than a hobby fitting in homework

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morethanpotatoprints Fri 27-Sep-13 19:02:04

Hello, I am trying to find out the average amount of homework a child is expected to complete in each year of secondary, if that's possible.
My older two were numpties and didn't really do homework and may have problems if dd goes to secondary, currently H.ed

How do your dc manage the workload if they have an activity/activities that consume much of their out of school time? Also more importantly, if your child had a spld and struggled, perhaps needed longer to complete work, not an academic. Do you think your child would cope with activity and homework

The reason I ask is although my dd is only 9/y5 she is showing an interest in secondary school and I would never stop her if this is what she wanted.
However, I want her to make an informed decision that she wouldn't immediately regret. I know we have plenty of time, but she seems to be talking about it quite a lot considering its so far away.

Tia, for your replies.

morethanpotatoprints Tue 08-Oct-13 22:32:28

Hardboiled, I really couldn't agree more. Already we are finding she is tired, and this is without attending school and homework.
She sleeps for anything betwwen 5 and 9 hours, if she wakes early she doesn't sleep again and is then shattered the next day.
This week she has also missed playing with friends to do a competition and the rehearsal, which I told her not to get involved with in the first place. Her little friend was upset and I wasn't happy she went behind my back.
So it all seems to be coming to a head. In December they have to comit to the next dancing show which isn't until the end of next year, I think this will be crunch time tbh.

Thank you all for the suggestions, a specialist school isn't out of the question in terms of our support to her, but will wait to see if any particular one suits.
We aren't a million miles from Manchester, so 2 very good ones practically on our doorstep. grin

WhizzforAtomms Tue 08-Oct-13 23:14:21

I think schools vary massively in the amount of homework set, as well as in how long they estimate it will take. DS is year 8 and is supposed to get an hour and a half a night. Mostly this is an underestimate on the time he takes, but lots of the kids get away with doing some of on the way home, some in form period, some at the weekend and to arrange to do more on nights where they haven't got extra clubs.

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 09-Oct-13 13:12:26

Are you thinking Chets? Where else? They occasionally do joint productions with dds school (they probidecthecirchestra, school provides the dancers)

morethanpotatoprints Fri 11-Oct-13 15:57:40


Hello, yes Chets and we were also thinking RNCM juniors on saturday. Of course doesn't solve the school problem but will make her decide between dancing and music, which is rapidly proving a problem with clashes. Of course there's the issue of having to pay for lessons missed and it seems to be increasing.
Soorry, not trying to imply that I think she will necessarily easily gain a place, just work towards the audition standard.

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