In the autumn/fall of 2015 we are making the lives of teenagers far harder than ever before. This is what raising standards in education actually means. It means that exams will be harder. In mathematics there is work going into the GCSE that was previously in the A level and students and indeed teachers will need to cover about 1/3 more work. This makes the GCSE in mathematics one of the most challenging exams for 16 year olds in the world. That means that students who do pass well in this exam will deserve respect.
It also means that primary education and lower secondary education MUST deliver on numeracy. It is vital that all students master the basics of numeracy by the end of year 8 at the latest. All mathematics teachers are going to need year 9, particularly with the more able, to start the GCSE. In my view, unless schools give teachers more time in years 10 and 11 and there seems very little hope of that happening, results will fall in 2017.
Mum and dad will simply have to engage tutors. The one problem in being a tutor is that you always get pulled in to clean up the mess that a child is in. It is rare that you are called in to help a student achieve excellence and that is what we need to do.
What I am suggesting is that your child’s future success in education has to be planned for, it will not happen spontaneously and you have to take part in the planning and help them achieve their goals.
In the sessions we are planning for the Lawler Academy it is essential that parents take an active role and support their child. In the soft launch we had at Easter we have had students go from being failures to being head of their class. This shows how powerful parental support if for your child.
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