Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fings of the future...

I worked both Saturday and Sunday. Monday morning I was somewhat lacking in energy and managed to miscalculate how much time I had available, but still made it to MMs on time. It was a mostly very nice session but I had to rush off at the end to get to work again. The Saturday, Sunday, Monday part of my rota (fortnightly) is a bit too much like full-time work!

Once I got home last night I wasn’t fit for anything much. I have been getting nasty stomach cramps every now and again recently – sort of acid indigestion type thing – and I think it is somewhat stress related. I’m also very tired by the evening and keep falling asleep in front of the TV.

Progress on our kitchen/bedroom re-organisation is good. I’ve finally got the window company coming to do the replacement window on Friday – paid the deposit six weeks ago! This morning the builders came round and we agreed a start date for the rest of the job. They can’t start until the beginning of November but I’m hoping that gives us time to de-clutter a bit. It would be great to lose some of the stuff in this house…

Vague future thinking here recently has been around how P might acquire four or five GCSEs (or, more probably IGCSEs) so she can go off to college at sixteen and do some A levels – something she has said she wants to do. Several home ed kids that I know of round here have gone to college at sixteen and done GCSEs then - but we think that it would be a reasonable option to do one or two a year over several years. That way P would get the idea of the whole course, exam type thing over time and not be launched into it ‘cold turkey’ at sixteen. It would also give her some experience from which she could judge whether she does want to go to college and some bits of paper if she wants to get a job.

Anyway, that’s the rough plan at the moment – maybe starting next Autumn. We’ve had a good look at the Edexcel IGCSE in English language and we reckon it is maybe a good one to start with. We have tentative thoughts of offering to host a small group of home edders who could study for it together – though it would have to be very small!

Who knows? The plan is all up for discussion and re-assessment and we’ll happily abandon it if it turns out to be rubbish!

Leo holds firm to his idea of ‘going to art college’ and he plans to work as a postman alongside this endeavour. I reckon that could work quite well with a part-time course – albeit with a lot of early nights! Leo has been keen on ‘art college’ since he went to a presentation by Chris Riddell, one of his favourite illustrators, who said that he went. We nod and smile but sometimes I do wonder if he really will turn out to be on that illustration degree at Brighton in 12 or 15 years time…

Anything might happen – and something will. I have no idea what is prompting all this thinking!


Liza said...

I'm impressed that they are both talking about college already!
mine is adamant that he will not go to college or take exams.

Wobblymoo said...

GCSEs might not be the answer if they are looking at scrapping them, maybe better waiting to see what is going to replace them

Sarah said...

Anna is currently trying to decide whether to stay at school for secondary or be HEd again - if we opt for HE then I was planning the same sort of thing, to do a one or two GCSEs a year aiming for 5 by the time she's 16. Perfectly possible and far less stressful than 8 all in one go! We have an EdExcel centre here as well which seems to be a good way to go. Will look forward to hearing what you end up doing. Any particular reason for choosing English Language to start with, is that just where P's strengths are, or was there more of a rationale than that?

Dani said...


Well, O Levels are still accepted as valid qualifications, so I imagine GCSEs/IGCSEs will still be useful for getting past college entry requirements and the like, even if they get scrapped in future.

Dani said...

Ooh, another comment snuck in there while I was typing!

We thought the English IGCSE looked quite easy - quite a lot of marks just for being able to read, punctuate and spell, plus not much of a literature component, so perhaps more approachable by someone young.

We also liked the idea of something we could approach through some kind of study group - as a supportive way in to the whole process. We had a vague idea that she might be able to tackle other things like maths or sciences through self-directed study with a textbook or a correspondence course when she's a bit older and knows more what's involved.

Gill said...

Sorry you're feeling ill. Hope it soon passes.

One of our local colleges is happy to take HEd children on their 'retakes' GCSE course at 14. It means they attend with previously-schooled 16 year-olds, but it usually works very well for them.

Perhaps yours can be persuaded to do the same?

Allie said...

Hi Gill,

Both D and I seem to have cold symptoms today, so no doubt we're doing battle with some sort of virus.

People round here have had mixed fortunes when seeking early entry to college. I have heard of someone who did go early but found that the group of kids doing retakes were not very positive or motivated (guess that's no surprise) and so it wasn't the happiest of experiences.

I quite like the idea of P being able to fit the acquisition of qualifications around all her other activities, rather than vice versa. I hope that would be perfectly possible if she was only working for one at a time. But she's young yet and anything might happen.

Sarah said...

Dani (comment 4!)
thanks for that, I hadn't got as far as looking at any of the syllabuses yet! The idea of having a study group sounds good too. I'd thought the same sort of thing about maths. We'll see what happens, anyway there's plenty of time yet!