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Re-taking year 1 - any thoughts or experience?

(7 Posts)
Rolf Tue 14-Jun-11 11:25:11

My DD is a July baby and is coming to the end of year 1. She is struggling academically and in the bottom section of the year group in terms of her academic attainment. She is getting some extra help for this and also with behavioural problems she is having. The school has been helpful and supportive, and there will be a multi-agency meeting taking place over the next few weeks to try to work out some strategies to help her.

She has a neurological abnormality which may explain some of the problems she is having, although so far the child psychologist involved cannot identify any cognitive explanation for her behavioural problems.

I have raised the idea of keeping her back in year 1. She is very young for her year group. She has a reputation for being "naughty". She has found the transition to year 1 quite difficult and I think she will also find year 2 difficult. I think she is a bright child (and the psych agrees) who needs to overcome (as yet unidentified) barriers to her learning. I wonder if being the "big one" in her class, who has a bit of a head start, would be the making of her. My obvious worry is that she would find it humiliating and it would bring her even more unwelcome attention. The school is 2-form entry so she wouldn't necessarily have to remain with the same teacher (if the teacher felt 1 year of DD was enough sad).

The school has been fairly non-committal about it and the LEA's ed psych tells me that our LEA "doesn't like" messing around with cohorts like that. So if I decide that I want it to happen, I need to be very clear about my goals and strategies to try to make it happen.

The child psych has suggested that I would need to set myself against the LEA in a way that might make it difficult to get their help if DD needs it. She suggested trying the strategies that will be suggested at the multi-agency meeting and re-visiting the question of staying back a year at the end of year 2, before she goes into the juniors.

I know not all LEAs have this policy. A school in a neighbouring LEA actually suggests to some parents that their child would benefit from an extra year in reception.

Does anyone have any experience of this sort of situation? DD's difficulties are quite complex and unusual, so I'm not expecting any expertise on that, but I'd be interested to hear of anyone whose child has re-taken a year in school.

Thank you smile

Rolf Tue 14-Jun-11 11:55:47

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Rolf Tue 14-Jun-11 13:38:51

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Rolf Tue 14-Jun-11 19:13:53

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IndigoBell Wed 15-Jun-11 16:10:34

I'm not sure it will help.

And if the LEA are against it I'm not sure you will be able to do it.

There's a big leap between Reception and Y1, but there isn't such a big leap between Y1 and Y2.

If your child is, for example, progressing at half the rate as her peers, then keeping her back won't help. She'll quickly soon be the bottom of the class again - but she'll be the oldest so it will be worse.....

I would have loved to keep my DD back in Y1. Now she's just finished Y3 and is still the bottom of the class academically, and I'm very glad I didn't keep her back.......

Rolf Wed 15-Jun-11 17:40:52

Thanks for your reply. DH and I aren't sure if it would help or not, but it's difficult to get advice on it as it's so politically driven. So anyone's thoughts or experience are very helpful smile

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 16-Jun-11 13:09:21

we were thinking this time last year whether dd3 should redo nusery, knowing it would be a battle with the lea, she already has a statement. In the end we decided to move her with her peer group to reception as she had made friends of a sort and they understood her. The year hasn't gone well but, and this is a big but, it has proved that the school cannot meet her needs, she is going to a ss in september so it has got her the help she needs. If we'd kept her back in nursery then it would have been another year before she got that help because she would be in the same position next year, the gap between her and her peers is only going to widen due to her genetic syndrome, we know she won't catch up at any stage. It turned out to be the right decision for us with our set of circumstances . . . thankfully.

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