Can I ask primary school for a day off for a child before 11+ exam?

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newtothis15 Wed 11-Sep-19 07:16:28

If my child is preparing for exams, and we do the revision at home, can I ask primary school for a day off for a child before 11+ exam?
He would spend the day revising ( education)?

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PETRONELLAS Wed 11-Sep-19 07:22:34

You can ask, you can take it off but it won’t be authorised.
The day before is surely for life as normal with usual bedtime. Not further revision. It’s important to feel refreshed.

WindsweptEgret Wed 11-Sep-19 07:31:11

If they have been revising and aren't prepared for the exam by now then it's too late. The day before should be a normal day with an early night, so maybe skip clubs but not school.

Zodlebud Wed 11-Sep-19 08:57:38

Totally unnecessary. Taking a whole day to focus on an exam happening the following day would add so much extra stress.

Far better for it to be a normal day and into bed at a sensible time. We have the 11+ tomorrow and we haven’t done any revision all week. If she doesn’t know the stuff now then she’s quite frankly not going to!

DarlingOscar Wed 11-Sep-19 09:25:28

the school won't give you the day off - and agree with the other posters that a day spent revising is more likely to cause panic than consolidate any learning?

when mine were going through this, I did keep them off if I felt they were overwhelmed but I let them have a nice relaxed day so that they felt ready. Just phone them in sick.

WhenDoISleep Wed 11-Sep-19 11:23:32

We have been explicitly warned any days off prior to entrance exams will be unauthorised unless a doctor's note / prescription / appt card etc. can be provided.

newtothis15 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:48:04

Thank you. i agree that I add pressure to my DC, need to stop worrying...

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Tinty Wed 11-Sep-19 21:54:08

Instead of taking the day off before the test. Take your DC for a special treat after the test cinema/bowling favourite meal etc and tell them how great they are for working hard and trying whatever the outcome may be in a couple of weeks. That would be far better than yet more revision the day before the test. grin

TulipCat Thu 12-Sep-19 20:53:54

You're not even allowed the full day of the test off in our school, just the morning/afternoon.

mumofthree74 Fri 13-Sep-19 06:10:28

DD day her's last year (and passed) - please keep things low key and normal. We didn't do any last minute cramming, just watched a film together the night before, good breakfast on test day and we walked to the test centre - fresh air does wonders.

You've identified your own anxiety around this and the pressure you might be inadvertently putting on your DC. My view is that the most important thing is not whether they pass (of course, it's great and can be celebrated) but that they are not worried to 'fail'; the worst feeling, even as an adult, is to think you've disappointed someone you love - please make sure your child knows you won't be disappointed no matter the result.

redchocolatebutton Fri 13-Sep-19 06:17:33

ime the 11+ doesn't ask anything that hasn't been taught in the regular curriculum.
if the child is clever, has attended well and has practiced taking tests that's enough.

good luck!

BuggerOffAndGoodDayToYou Fri 13-Sep-19 20:30:33

We don’t authorise absence for revision. In this area the 11 plus tests were in the morning and children would have been given an unauthorised absence if they weren’t in school for afternoon registration (over an hour after the exam finished).

Hoppinggreen Sat 14-Sep-19 13:59:53

My DD arrived home from her Y6 Residential the day before her 11+ and it was fine
The more fuss you make the more it will stress your child out, better to keep it low key IMO

FatTwat69 Sat 14-Sep-19 14:06:34

redchocolatebutton Non verbal reasoning and coding aren’t part of the regular curriculum.

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