Looking for help wrote:
Case 1 - child who is about to sit GCSE and has studied for 2 years -
....That if you won't get an A or an A* there's no point in continuing?
Case 2 - child who is about to embark on a subject not necessary for them for further study, but necessary for the school with an accelerated path for another subject which won't be viable should this other subject be taken. My advice would be to do as the school wishes and do the other subject in the normal timeframe, universities apparently prefer GCSEs to be taken in bulk and at the same time.
In case 1, it's a half GCSE, (so it's value is not as great as a full GCSE), and therefore only 1 year of study, and in addition is being sat in Year 9. It's not necessary to get a qualification in a subject to get value from it, though given the quality of teaching over the year, it's been quite difficult. This particular half GCSE is not of itself of much value, but it is
, unfortunately, highly significant, in this instance
, if the student gets less than A grades, and the down side of a B or lower here is greater than the upside of having the half GCSE. Just because this is true in this instance, doesn't mean to say it is true in other instances, or indeed that the student shouldn't take other subjects where they might not get an A. The parent is not arguing that, and the child is aware that there are no guarantees of As or above in any subject.
The school splits up the GCSEs over 3 years anyway, so it isn't possible to take them all in one go.
Without revealing further details, I can only say that the parents' choices in Case 2 make utter sense, and would not have been an issue for the school only 3 years ago. They have simply become totally inflexible, bizarrely at a time when the curriculum is supposed to be 'personalised'.
I come back to my question - what are the parents' rights, or don't they have any?