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The thread where you all tell me the best way to encourage a work ethic in year 8 DS

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pollycazalet Wed 21-Nov-12 09:15:26

My ds has just gone into year 8. He's doing alright but is capable of much more. He tends to coast, do the bare minimum, 'good enough' homework. How do I shift him from idler to trying his best?

pollycazalet Wed 21-Nov-12 11:59:34


nagynolonger Wed 21-Nov-12 12:15:12

I do think some boys do coast until they have something to aim at. They understand that they need good gcse grades to get onto an A level course but it all seems a long way off. It's easier if they have some idea of what they want to do/study after school.

Get him to look what grades etc he needs for various couses and jobs. Maybe get other slightly older young men to say what they did or didn't do if you know any. I have 5 DS and my 15 yearold takes notice of older brothers and cousin if not me or DH.

Also don't let him tell you nobody at school is working hard. Lots are even if they deny it to look cool. It's a bit like everyone else has XYZ or going out all the time when really it's very few.

pollycazalet Wed 21-Nov-12 12:18:17

That's a good idea re: older boys Nagy - I'll have a think.

I think he benefitted pre-secondary from having a competitive set of kids around him who all wanted to do well which lifted his own game. Not sure how that has translated to a larger cohort of kids and streamed classes.

Ladymuck Wed 21-Nov-12 14:48:49

With the streamed sets, is it possible to look at the fact that if he is not in the higher sets then certain options/grades won't be open to him, eg not being able to sit triple science, or the higher papers in maths etc, and how this reduces his options?

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