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How can I make sure my child is at an average academic level?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by trinity0097, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. trinity0097

    trinity0097 New commenter

    Speak to the teacher!
    Average by the end of Yr 6 is Level 4, so in terms of levels a child on L3b or 3a in Yr 5 isn't a cause for concern at this stage.
  2. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Try not to worry too much about whether your child is of average academic ability. This in itself is fairly meaningless anyway. Try not to worry about SATs (or NCTs, before Markuss pipes up and confuses you); they're really not that important.
    Try and ensure that your child enjoys learning and sees it as a positive thing, rather than a series of hoops to jump through in order to achieve an arbitrary level decided upon by the government as a nice level to have reached. Try not to worry about their level at all, in other words.
    The best way to help your child would be to expose them to lots of exciting and interesting things through which they will learn naturally and develop a natural excitement for learning. Make sure they understand that learning isn't something that takes place just in school. Talk to them and teach them things.
    And most importantly of all - read to and read with your child as often as possible. Every day at the very least.
    And don't buy any of the myriad books or resources available online or in WHSmiths that designed to teach your child or help them to revise the things they're taught in school. They are all boring and will more likely turn your child off learning.
    They won't go far wrong with that.
  3. Here, here! (Or is it; hear, hear?!)
    Also agree with speaking to the teacher- don't you have parents' evening coming up? We just had ours and the sensible parents want to know if their child is happy and has friends, where abouts in the class he/she is academically in relation to peers but most importantly, if he/she is on target to achieve what he/she is capable of. Some have abilities way above national average in which case you wouldn't be happy with them being average. Others are way below in which case you wouldn't expect them to be national average.
    Don't start stressing yourself or your child out now about SATs- they're not worth it. Just make sure your child is happy and achieving.

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