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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:51 am 
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Wonder if anyone can offer advice, my ds is in year 7 at grammar school and got a level 5b in science in his spring term report and i have received a letter from the school that for a whole term he will have to have booster lessons once a week after school for 50 mins which iam all for but just wondering is this such a bad level or is it because he had the same level in this subject in the autumn term report so has in fact not gone up , thank you.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:58 am 
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I have known children who have this level at my children's grammar.In fact my youngest's biology grade is not very far off this.No one seems concerned and certainly there are some in her year with lower.

I would talk to a teacher.DD's biology grade was lowered by the fact she seems to have been asleep or in la la land when a test was announced and so did no revision. :roll: Perhaps your son had one dodgy assessment that brought his overall grade down.

Certainly at their school there would not be any need for intervention yet.It is early days and not a terrible grade.This is a school that expects the end result to be an A on the whole.

I would talk to the school to put your own mind at rest but it is very early days. Try not to worry and he can only benefit from booster sessions :D


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I would try and view it in a positive light. The school is ensuring DC is up to speed and not letting him stumble along.

If science is the school specialism, it may explain why they are so proactive.


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Hi - I think that sounds like a great idea and I wouldn't worry and don't let your son worry, not many people are good at everything and better to do something in Y7 than wait till Y11.
Most children move 2 sub levels a year, but some stall in Y7. 5B is still above average for Y7 nationally, but may not be for the school. Also it depends what he got in Y6. If he got level 4 progress has been good, but if he got 5 the school should be doing something about moving him forward - which they are.


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Chelmsford mum wrote:
Perhaps your son had one dodgy assessment that brought his overall grade down.

That has also been our experience on a couple of occasions - a single mysteriously low test result, and that has then triggered the system of additional support almost automatically - every child below a certain score is put into additional sessions. It is worth checking if his classwork and homework are at the same level, and asking a few more questions as to what the teacher believes the problem is. Is he not concentrating in class? Or has he genuinely found certain topics difficult?

An hour after school seems a little on the heavy side - most schools seem to offer 30 minute lunchtime sessions, which prevents the inconvenience of missing the bus, rearranging transport, etc.

I agree that you should welcome the extra help, but also look into it a little more deeply at the same time.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:28 pm 
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Personally, because I am such a stroppy madam and disinclined to care much about these levels, I would not be happy to have a Year 7 staying behind in the summer term (nice light evenings, could be outdoors) to try to 'catch up'. My view is that these things are important in Year 10 and 11 and not before. Year 7 is such a big year socially and emotionally, and to start piling on the pressure about meeting certain levels - or else! - is in my view too much.

I am a passionate believer in not putting children under pressure too soon - they will do it for themselves when they can see the merits of it. So if this were my child, a polite but firm letter would be on its way to the head of science.

However, as I have said before and will no doubt have cause to say again - I am not typical of this forum and most will probably think it A Jolly Good Thing that the school is so on the ball.

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Sorry OT.

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However, as I have said before and will no doubt have cause to say again - I am not typical of this forum

Amber you could add it to your profile signature - then you wouldn't have to type it out so often. :wink:


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mitasol wrote:
Sorry OT.

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However, as I have said before and will no doubt have cause to say again - I am not typical of this forum

Amber you could add it to your profile signature - then you wouldn't have to type it out so often. :wink:


But what would I call myself: Amber the Stroppy/Amber the Revolutionary/Amber the Atypical - yeah, like that one!

Sorry OP, will behave myself now.

Amber the Angelic


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Hmmm....angelic?! :wink:


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Ed's mum wrote:
Hmmm....angelic?! :wink:


Yes? What? Do you have a problem with that? :twisted:

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