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GCSE year student - any ideas?

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Streamingbannersofdawn Sat 04-Apr-20 17:14:10


My son is 16 and was due to take his GCSE's this year. We have just had confirmation that he will receive a calculated grade based on school recommendations and mock results etc. There won't be any more work submitted.

Now he did okay in his mocks except for Maths so I've got him revising and practicing in case he needs to retake it. It's not his strong suit. But there seems no point revising the rest of his subjects as he was doing.

I was wondering how other people are keeping this age group busy. I'm not wanting to overload him but he has Autism and needs routine. Plus I'd like to keep his hand in so to speak.

Any websites etc that others have found useful?


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YinuCeatleAyru Sat 04-Apr-20 17:19:06

he could start doing groundwork for his chosen A-levels? he could ask teachers to recommend some books to read that don't have to be directly part if the A-Level course but he could get a significant boost to the breadth of his knowledge by using the summer term on this.

And/or learning a new language? lots of online sites for learning languages from scratch.

BlessYourCottonSocks Sat 04-Apr-20 17:20:00

What is he intending to do next? I teach secondary. If he's moving onto A levels can he keep revising/up with those subjects he's intending to do. If you email staff they should tell you what exam board they take. If he's moving on to college/doing something creative/something vocational is there something he can do that will prepare him for that?

Ladyglitterfairydust Sat 04-Apr-20 17:21:14

I’m a teacher and one of my yr11s contacted me for advice as she wants to take my subject at A level. She’s very conscientious and was worried about not being A level ready. I found out what specification her preferred college uses and sent her all the relevant links and directed her towards websites that she could use to revise bits of the subject that would be useful for when she starts her A levels in September. I’m not suggesting she does full on revision, but keeping up with the main parts of each topic will be useful.

Streamingbannersofdawn Sat 04-Apr-20 18:04:49

Thank you that's really helpful.

He wants to go on and do animal care at college. He wants eventually to go into conservation but his not hugely academic (has some mild learning difficulties) so will need to work his way up.

A language is a great idea I haven't thought of.

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greathat Sat 04-Apr-20 19:36:16

Have a look at sites like future learn see if there's anything interesting? Download Martin Lewis' financial education textbook and learn some life skills?

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Historyofeverything1 Sat 04-Apr-20 19:52:35

Mine has asd to and needs routine he's doing an hour of the btec course he's going to do next year I ordered him the revision guide before lock down.
He's also doing a bit of gardening and any help around the house I need, plays football etc with his brother in the morning then the afternoon he goes on line with his friends then plays football before tea again then tea and an hour with family then on line for a couple of hours. He's predictable but it's keeping him busy and in a routine he's chosen so he's much more relaxed than normal.

TeenPlusTwenties Sat 04-Apr-20 20:00:57

My DD is y10 and is looking at doing Animal care too. smile

Could you contact his future college by email and ask their advice?
Maybe there are some recommended youtube clips, or a course guide that he could look at and do 1 hour a day to get a head start on understanding some of the theory?

Some of the science bits even at L2 look 'harder' than basic GCSE biology, so spending time on them could help.

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