Am I allowed a proud mummy moment please? DS (towering teenager, couple of SNs including tricky dyslexia) was told by his last school that he was Just No Good at maths, and was predicted to fail it so badly that it was barely worth putting him in for the exam.
Transferred him to another school where they cared what happened to him and taught him everything they could think of it try to help his brain do it.
He's just done his last GCSE in it, and is predicted to get a B!!!!! He even managed part of one of the really tough A* questions, he reckons. This, with a brain that can't do some of the maths at all because he can't visualise it. Fingers crossed, but I am just so pleased to see a big grin on his face today.
Now, when he's got his GCSE, write a stinging letter to the governors at his last school, proclaiming his achievements. Point out that the only people who are no good at it are those who were supposed to motivate him and facilitate his learning. They failed him, either through low expectations or idleness or a combination of both. They will continue to fail other children who need a more individualised approach, unless something changes their attitude.
Or you could photocopy his certificate and make the last head teacher eat it without ketchup. Well done to both of you, his effort and your support.
That's excellent!! I'm a teacher too, and I firmly believe that (especially with maths) the 'Just No Good' excuse is used way too often, to make up for other things, ranging from lack of resources to lack of will. Well done Amber's DS!