Over lunch yesterday I happened to read this piece in the Guardian about study leave. It pretty much encapsulated my feelings about my 14yr old son staying home for “revision”. I did suggest, rather tentatively I must admit, to one of the teachers a while back that some form of mentoring by one of the older students might be a good idea as GP1 really hasn’t learned how to study. The response was very dismissive as parents really don’t understand this sort of thing and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t chase it. I also thought trying to enlist a local undergraduate would have been a good thing but there was noone immediately obvious and again I didn’t chase it. Too late now.
Whilst the 3rd years aren’t taking the whole month as study leave, they are being allowed to stay home for the day before an exam. I have reluctantly agreed that GP1 can do this as long as I’m at home, but I will be working away for a week later in the month. I think presenting a structured environment in school, with some paired working with peers, will be for him much more effective than sitting on his own at home not quite knowing what to do but not wanting any parental input. I feel a lot is being asked of him before he is ready for completely independent study.