For the past few years DD1 has been taking LAMDA exams, for which she has extra curricular lessons, and until last term, these were taken at the end of the school day each week. However, following a change of teacher, the session patterns were changed, and I was quite annoyed when I discovered that she was being pulled out lessons. Although the comeback was that they were the non-academic 'less important' lessons, I then discovered, that this was mostly ICT, for which she has always excelled and won prizes for, so that annoyed me too! I feel that when we pay our fees, we are paying for the 'full' curriculum, and having to substitute some of those lessons, with extra curricular lessons that we also have to pay for, seems a little wrong!
So now, it has been suggested that she should do lunchtimes, and DD1 is threatening to give the whole thing up. She has tried lunchtime slots before, but resents having to race to the canteen, bolt half her lunch (or on occasion, none at all!) and be in the class in time for the lesson. She is saying she just won't do it, she wants her lunch break, and to be fair, she does have quite a long day as it is, so I do somewhat see her point! This is such a shame, it's been hard enough keeping her motivated to keep it up, without this problem of squeezing it into the school day, but then at the same time, I know there are probably many extra-curricular activities that take place during the school day, so wonder if I am the one being unreasonable? Should I just tell DD1 to get on with it? Or is it generally the norm to expect kids to forfeit their lunch breaks in this way, or take them out of 'non-academic' lessons?