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.