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What level should they be at end of yr 7??

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Lorenz Tue 07-Jun-11 17:51:46

DS has just told me his current level (via test). He's 5a.

I'm a little concerned as he used to be highly academic but since starting secondary he seems to be going backwards. He left primary school with a level 5b.

A lot of kids in his class have come out with level 6a/b

Am I right to be concerned?

Lorenz Tue 07-Jun-11 17:52:00

Sorry this was for maths btw

TheMonster Tue 07-Jun-11 17:52:36

What subject is it for, out of interest.

It's nothing to worry about at all. A primary 5b is nothing like a secondary 5b!

Lorenz Tue 07-Jun-11 17:53:53

Maths smile

I suppose it's just a bit of a wake-up call when your kid goes from being the class clevercloggs at primary to being pretty middle of the road student at secondary.

TheMonster Tue 07-Jun-11 18:11:05

You won't be the only parent feeling that way.

OddBoots Wed 08-Jun-11 19:31:20

I've been wondering the same thing and I found this which helps.

bigTillyMint Wed 08-Jun-11 19:36:59

Eeyore is right that a secondary 5b is harder to get than a primary 5b.

The other part of the problem may be that his SATs levels at primary school may have been heavily pushed - schools wanting to look good in the league table, etc.

sillybillies Fri 10-Jun-11 20:43:37

I agree with others that a primary 5b is not always same level as secondary 5b. We often ignore primary levels altogether (except for use in value added etc) and re-test our year 7's to set them as we find the primary data too unreliable - sorry to primary teachers, problem with SATs not the teaching!
Also if the result was based on one test, again he may have had a bad day or if its on a particularly topic, he may be weaker on that. Overall I wouldn't worry but keep an eye on the situation.

feckwit Fri 10-Jun-11 20:46:57

My daughter also went backwards in year 7 but has picked up in year 8. Totally normal according to teachers as year 6 children are hothoused to get the results and then forget it all again!

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