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So, you get around to having a chat with the senco, tell her your child is really bright and whizzing through the work, how fast should they try to make the work harder?

(16 Posts)
FluffyBunnyGoneBad Mon 22-Jun-09 22:40:33

He's 10, had mock sats and scored top level 5s in all subjects. Previous assessment at an old school says he has a maths age of 14, literacy 16+. Should he still be coming home with 'find the soft and hard c' worksheet that takes 30 seconds to complete? How quickly should they be changing things?

TIA.
Don't bite, it's been a long, stressful day.

fembear Mon 22-Jun-09 23:19:16

What are your plans for Secondary?

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Mon 22-Jun-09 23:22:17

Private school. He has aspergers aswell so I really an overprotective mum. The school I want him to go to has a junior school attached but as he's only just moved to his current school I'm reluctant to move him again. I really hate being the pushy mum though.

hana Mon 22-Jun-09 23:47:29

I'd say within a week of meeting up with the SENCO.
have similar role in secondary SEN school . they are lazy if they let it slip til beginning of next academic year.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Mon 22-Jun-09 23:51:33

He's come from a private school into a state school very close to home. I know nothing of their G&T policy. Ds likes the lessons because they are fun, he's not actually learning anything though. I'm not comfortable with him staying there next year but he's made friends and likes the lessons (innovative teaching so they are fun and engaging).

1dilemma Mon 22-Jun-09 23:55:05

(Can I hijack FBGB and ask did you ask to see the SENCO or did they ask you?)

SueW Mon 22-Jun-09 23:57:30

<hijack> (Hello Fluffy. Just spotted your hello from last night)

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Mon 22-Jun-09 23:59:06

I asked to see her. It's been a PITA to be honest, the head of his first school had special needs qualifications from America, she knew he was really bright, when asked if he needed an assessment for aspergers though she said no. He had some problems settling into his current school, they were aware that he's really bright as I told them but they tend to not believe the parents! He did mock sats, scored top but they are still giving him easy work, I made an appointment with her through reception so I could moan/talk to her about him having aspergers. Does this help?

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Mon 22-Jun-09 23:59:35

Hey SueW, how's things? smile

1dilemma Tue 23-Jun-09 00:05:12

Oh yes I wasn't prying I have sort of followed some of the ups and downs over the time but TBH my dcs are so much younger I'm not sure I have anything really useful to say!

I have lots of general and specific school issues which I'm struggling wiht and we really need to turn our attention to however I suspect it is too late for this year now!!

I can say I don't think he should have those work sheets and could tell you how long I think it should take for the school to catch on but I'm sure that has no bearing on reality

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 23-Jun-09 00:08:03

It's OK 1dilemma. I have nothing useful to say either, that's why I'm asking here grin
He's said he wants to do projects at home which will keep him off my laptop. Start a thread about what's bothering you.

SueW Tue 23-Jun-09 00:13:58

Very end-of-term/year-ish. Complete bedlam!! Barely get chance to be online these days.

I've managed to pick up some of your threads - my own streamlined Active Convos is quite narrow in the threads it covers, mostly education - so I see you may be moving in Sept? Or have you decided against that? AS DS is v bright, are you leaving it until seniors exam to try for a scholarship? Do they do them?

No idea what to suggest except I'd just be grateful that homework took less than 30secs. But I am vehemently anti-homework and loved it when DD got stuff like that.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 23-Jun-09 00:23:11

It's tempting. The head's attitude has annoyed me but it's just another head that can't spok aspergers even when it's staring them in the face. Ds is happy there, the lassons are fun even though he's not learning anything and he's made some good friends. I don't want to move him again unless I have to but as he's happier.... We went to look an NHS a couple of weeks ago again, the senior school was great, climbing wall, fencing, archery, boys sitting outside reading. They have had boys with aspergers there before so it sounds great. I don't know about a scholarship though, he's really not learnt alot all year. DG were insistent on putting him back with his age group, they promised the work would be adjusted for him but it never happened, they just left him coast at the top of year 5. They have spaces in the junior school at NH and I had booked him in for an assessment as things really did go pear shaped at the current school. Too many moved though. It's hard.

End of year's always a nightmare, plays/sports day/prize giving/gala etc, there's not enough hours in the day sometimes. They should spread it out.

thirtypence Tue 23-Jun-09 01:57:07

"He's not learning anything" - well - he's learnt that school can be fun, which if he has previously had a bad experience can only be a good thing.

I like that ds gets really easy homework - he can get on with doing things that he really enjoys once it's done.

fembear Tue 23-Jun-09 08:11:15

How about doing what 30p suggests and let school deal with the social aspect of his life (aspergers etc). But also get a tutor in to prepare him for the entrance exams and provide intellectual stimulus at home.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 23-Jun-09 14:09:56

That's a great idea. I didn't see it that way smile

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