DEAR DEIDRE: I’m worried my son’s going to have to miss a whole year of school.
My son, who is dyslexic, struggled with the curriculum in year 5, so his school thought it was best they hold him back a year.
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This way, he’d be more prepared when it came round to his SATs exams.
He’s 10, and I’m his dad, 43.
But last month, we had a letter from the government telling us it’s time to apply for secondary schools.
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Now I’m worried he’s going to be forced to skip a year.
Is there anywhere I can get some advice?
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DEIDRE SAYS: Repeating a school year is not covered by the law – this means it is up to the school and your local authority to decide whether they hold a child back.
It sounds as though there may have been a mix-up, as it certainly wouldn’t be in his interests to miss out on a whole year of his education.
Check with the school if they registered that your son was staying back a year.
If you’re still concerned, reach out to ACE education (http://www.ace-ed.org.uk/, 0300 115 142) who advise parents about state education in England and Wales.