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Your Opinion Please

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by JO9832, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. JO9832

    JO9832 New commenter

    Hi
    Just hoping to get some opinions on a 'situation' I have with my own son who is in Year 3 . In September his school decided to 'set' children for maths lessons. The children stay in the 'set' for a half term , they then have a test and either stay put or move elsewhere. In October it seemed my son needed more of a challenge , he was too good basically for the level 3 work but not quite good enough for the next set so has been placed in a small group being taught by a TA in the ICT room evreyday. Here's my worry ( and this is no disrespect to Ta's) he has not been taught any maths by a teacher since October, There is no other maths just the set groups . Homework is hit and miss and he seems to be coasting along to me . This weekend he again got no homework but his class teacher gave out homework to all his 'mates' who are in the level 3 group which she herself teaches. When I queried this back in October i was told the Ta works closely with the teacher and not to worry. Surely he has the entitlement to be taught by a teacher. Please dont think i am TA 'bashing' as i know they do a fantastic job but surely there is a reason why there are teachers and TA's .
    We have parents evening on Thursday what would you say? . Also is this situation legal ?

    Thank You For any comments

    Jo x
     
  2. JO9832

    JO9832 New commenter

    Hi
    Just hoping to get some opinions on a 'situation' I have with my own son who is in Year 3 . In September his school decided to 'set' children for maths lessons. The children stay in the 'set' for a half term , they then have a test and either stay put or move elsewhere. In October it seemed my son needed more of a challenge , he was too good basically for the level 3 work but not quite good enough for the next set so has been placed in a small group being taught by a TA in the ICT room evreyday. Here's my worry ( and this is no disrespect to Ta's) he has not been taught any maths by a teacher since October, There is no other maths just the set groups . Homework is hit and miss and he seems to be coasting along to me . This weekend he again got no homework but his class teacher gave out homework to all his 'mates' who are in the level 3 group which she herself teaches. When I queried this back in October i was told the Ta works closely with the teacher and not to worry. Surely he has the entitlement to be taught by a teacher. Please dont think i am TA 'bashing' as i know they do a fantastic job but surely there is a reason why there are teachers and TA's .
    We have parents evening on Thursday what would you say? . Also is this situation legal ?

    Thank You For any comments

    Jo x
     
  3. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    I don't think it's unreasonable to express your concern. We had something similar in year four when the school set up a g&t group for Maths which was taught by a TA who is also a friend of mine and who I know really, really struggles with Maths. Not only was she not very competent but she was also very underconfident in the abilities she had.It may be that your TA is a whizz at Maths and that there's nothing to worry about (the homework thing wouldn't bother me - the less the better, as far as I'm concerned!) but it's certainly worth bringing it up.
     
  4. Would he learn more in a small group albeit with a ta, where he can be closely monitored? Or do you think he would learn more in a larger class but with the teacher? All children have targets to achieve and his teacher will have to monitor his progress. Assuming the ta is competent, I think he is lucky. It is worth discussing your concerns with the teacher.
     

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