When you have three kids, you become a bit of an expert on parenting.
But there’s always my eldest, blazing a trail. Doing everything for the first time. With him, I’m not an expert. I’m learning as he is.
And so we enter year 11. The big one. GCSE year.
My knowledge of GCSEs and year 11 comes from 27 years ago, when I was in year 11 myself. It was called 5th year then. It was only the third year GCSEs had existed and A*s hadn’t been invented. I’m guessing things have moved on from them.
So how will it be for my son? He ended year 10 with a positive attitude to his GCSEs and school. His year 10 exam results were better than expected, the kind of results we know he’s capable of, but he’s never produced before. And he decided that he’d like to go to grammar school for 6th form. All very positive from a boy who has never made much effort with his education.
He started year 11 by moaning that the teachers had been telling them what an important year it was. What else were they going to tell them? Apparently there hasn’t been any homework yet, but I’m not so sure.
Now’s the time to start working a bit harder – to make more of an effort with his homework and to read round the subject more. He needs to start revising for his mocks in good time. If he does a thorough job, it will be a good start to his GCSE revision. Which he also needs to start in good time.
It’s a tall order for him, but I’m hoping his positive attitude from year 10 continues.
If he tries hard, he should come out with some really good GCSE results. And he deserves nothing less.
(Then I can tick another parenting experience off the list!)