Somebody recently suggested to me that since my ds Y5 is working at a much higher level in maths than his peers, He could possibly sit GCSEs early. It wasn't a teacher (his teachers do not give him challanging material and I don't think they are aware of how much more he knows. Although they do say he is a high achiever). It was just a parent who heard of another child who sat his GCSEs early.
I am going to give him a GCSE paper foundation to complete out of curiousity to see how well he does.
Could you advice me how to find out whether he could sit GCSE Maths next year and if so, where and how to organise it.
Could you please recommend any good books for GCSE Maths as I would like to see what it covers.
What is the difference between GCSE foundation and higher? I am guessing it is the level of difficulty, but who decides which one a child will sit and is the GCSE mark lower if a child sits foundation not higher?
If he sat GCSE early and his score Wasn't brilliant, could he sit it again next year? Would it Show in his 'history' that he attempted it several times? Would there be any negative side to it? I figure that would be a brilliant way for him to get stretched rather than getting bored with stuff that is too easy for him.
Please don't do this it is against all
the advice from the ACME report:http://www.acme-uk.org/media/10498/raisingthebar.pdf
In addition GCSE maths now has a new specification so it will be very obvious amongst his results when he comes to apply to uni. Do you really want a grade C on his record at that stage?
Foundation goes to a grade C and Higher from a grade D to an A*. However the new GCSE [first sitting 2107] will have results 9 to 1 with the top grade of 9 going to fewer than the current A* as it will be capped.
There are plenty of other routes for able students:
Primary Maths challenge, UKMT challenges, NRICH [www.nrich.maths.org have a curriculum map with materials linked to teaching objectives and weekly challenges]