All the education experts may well rubbish what comes next, however we suggest you think carefully and arrive at your own conclusion!
Most schools do not finish teaching the syllabus until after Christmas and some are still teaching it at Easter. Trying to learn and revise for 6, 8 or 10 GCSEs, in parallel, and just before 20 exams is a huge challenge.
Although schools try to provide differentiated teaching, within any one class all the students are working at the same speed and will not finish the syllabus until the teacher finishes teaching it. So the class moves at either the pace of the average student or even the slowest student.
Most kids have subjects they enjoy and subjects they find easier. And most kids can, with the correct resources (textbooks, free online tutors etc) and a bit of encouragement, crack on with learning a GCSE subject outside the classroom. Just think about how quickly your teens can learn things they want to learn (pop lyrics, computer games etc) …
Now speeding off in front of their peers may sound crazy, but anything your teen can do in year 10 to get ahead of the class, will mean they have a lot less work to do in year 11. And, the best ways to learn something include:
Helping someone else to understand it
So good news parents, there is something you can do to encourage your teen (buy the resources for favourite subjects) that will make year 10 more enjoyable and year 11 more manageable and less stressful.
BIG decision: to encourage independent and accelerated learning in favourite subjects
And even if you don’t agree with this … its worth noting that your teen will be picking and choosing what they focus on anyway!
And if you are willing to be really radical, we were, you can let your teen know that they don’t need to worry too much about the subjects that are ‘less important’.