Another update...most will know I took my daughter out of school because of issues concerning her schooling.
GCSE Results; 7A's, 1A* and 1B
My daughter was accepted for a small Grammar school in the heart of England. How did we do it? I gave up my job in March and stopped working to teach her from home, I worked hard to look at how she learned and support her...such as
Repetition & Rote learning - Reciting, Repeating and Reflecting (The 3rs)
Techniques to help to focus and structure thoughts (graphs/mind map...)
Determination to excel - clear program during day for study which allowed for sleep and rest.
Memory Games/Visual/Auditory tools learning - Youtube was extremely useful.
The hardest was reading two years of text books in 6 weeks, she didn't realise herself that she hadn't really grasped the content of text books she knew she struggled with reading but didn't realise how much. The school failed to ensure she had extra time or a reader, however she did well. She had hoped to do better but in reality she was not given the tools to really excel. I am hoping this will happen in 6th form.
My concerns relate to schools being unable to cater for young people who have hidden disabilities or young people whose thinking/focus is challenging. Sadly schools do not have audio (text) books. In many ways I was angry that the school underestimated her ability in fact she was placed in English in a class with children who spoke English as a second language because they just couldn't see that behind her disability was/is an extremely bright young girl. Comments from teachers in her jotters were a disgrace.
Anyway she passed and looking forward to studying again in England.
I learnt a lot and might put something together for parents..I am much poorer but when I see that she sees possibilities for her future...I am pleased. (Sadly i believe the school at times was extremely offensive and spent more time dismantling her confidence rather than allowing her to reach her potential, she was not expected to get A's at all!
She will be study French, Maths, Geography and Russian for A level. Wish me luck I am looking for work but I also know I need to fund the following;
A reader (I am not reading her A level text books!)
Extra books (Online/internet learning is not an option when her future exams are on paper, she has to learn how to focus and write on a paper, schools are using internet learning and sites for lessons, when the focus of exams is on paper!)
Oh and I know schools are suppose to have a fund but I have already been told they do not have the money!!!!!
Anyway didn't she do well for a 'fuzzy mind' and 'sore bones'! as she would say.
Now we are just waiting for the Consultant (NHS) appointment, to fight for improved service. a decent physiotherapist!