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Stats GCSE in year 9? Good Idea or Utterly Bonkers?

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MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 19:19:05

First off, I rate ds' school very highly. But I am a bit aghast at this, especially as there has been notification (as far as know) to parents, and ds has dyspraxia.

I have talked to Head of Learning, and the Vice Principal about my concerns.

But ds won't even be 14 when he takes it (two days before his birthday!).

Ds seems unworried.

What do you all think?

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 19:19:49

no notification...

nkf Sun 13-Oct-13 19:21:09

Which GCSE?

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 19:21:35


nkf Sun 13-Oct-13 19:21:41

Statistics? I got confused. Probably unecessarily early. Is he very good at Maths?

OddBoots Sun 13-Oct-13 19:21:53

Neither a good idea or utterly bonkers, it's not something I'd aim for but if my dc did it then I think I'd just regard it as a bit of exam practice, no great benefit but no real harm done. If your ds isn't worried then just go with it.

isitsnowingyet Sun 13-Oct-13 19:24:18

If he's unworried, why not let him have a go? What do the school say? My nephew took a GCSE in Astronomy in year 9 and really enjoyed it, although it was lots of work..

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 19:26:09

that's reassuring oddboots. That's how its been sold to them. He is in top set for maths, and all the top sets do it. But its timetabled as extended studies (farewell, origami!).

VP said he would not have been entered if they weren't sure he would get at least a C. I think because I did so badly at Maths it freaks me a bit. And having a developmental disorder is seems a bit counter-intuitive to push him for something early.

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 19:29:29

Another worry is (perhaps I am looking too far ahead) is that if he has a C pass, that will affect his uni chances, if he needs higher grades. But I assume they would see it was taken early.

I just don't understand any of it, tbh!

creamteas Sun 13-Oct-13 19:41:48

Many universities don't look at GCSE grades at all, and those that do tend to look at the best 8.

So it is highly unlikely that even if he did get a C it would make any difference to anything.

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 19:44:33

right. I just want him to do as well as he can. without extra pressures.

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 19:45:26

thanks creamteas!

Talkinpeace Sun 13-Oct-13 20:05:37

I did stats a level.

your kids school is bonkers

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 20:15:00

is the gcse that hard?

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 20:17:05

he is about 6b atm. there are others in his set who 8s...

Talkinpeace Sun 13-Oct-13 20:21:38

Stats is not hard, but its applied.
Therefore sits on top of the pure subject.
Doing the standard maths before the applied parts makes sense.
Doing applied before pure does not.
and actually I think ANY GCSE in year 9 nowadays is cruising for a bruising as modules are gone.

Stats is wonderful stuff, but you NEED to have a good grounding in pure maths to be able to fiddle understand it

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 20:33:57

oh dear. well, I just hope he scrapes a c a doesn't feel crap if all his mates do better. that's my real worry.

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 20:35:25

Its a new secondary, so this is the first year they have a full year doing gcses. I know they have done stats before, and did well first year, not so good the second.

Talkinpeace Sun 13-Oct-13 21:18:03

Unless he's sure he can get the A or A*, tell them to let him wait till he's done the pure. THey cannot force him to take an exam.

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 21:20:43

The problem is Talkin it would devastate him not to do it. Its taken years to build up his confidence...badly bullied by kids and a teacher in his primary. doing this has made him feel part of something special. I can't take it away from him now.

Which is why I am so cross it was not discussed with me beforehand.

Talkinpeace Sun 13-Oct-13 21:30:51

in that case study it with him .... stats is great
there are lies, damned lies and statistics
as part of my A level we tested the average number of matches in a box
hundreds and hundreds of boxes
and then piled the lot up and lit it - marchmallows as part of an A level grin
a good grasp of probabilty (Bayes in paticular) will make it easier - and more fun.

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 21:34:04

I wish I could. but he would never let me. Ah well. I just have to hope their confidence in his abilities are spot on.

Talkinpeace Sun 13-Oct-13 21:36:22

It'll be fine.
There are some really good popular science books about stats that might help as reading around ..... if nothing else then you can help with the homework wink

WorrySighWorrySigh Sun 13-Oct-13 21:49:44

There is something to be said for getting early experience of taking exams. My DD took a GCSE in year 7 followed by an AS in year 9 and A2 in year 10. All excellent experience. Lots of opportunity to get DD practiced in good exam technique.

MadameDefarge Sun 13-Oct-13 21:50:16

He knows how crap at maths I am.

But you are right, it will be fine.

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