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. 

Now I’m worried he’s going to be forced to skip a year


Now I’m worried he’s going to be forced to skip 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 (, 0300 115 142) who advise parents about state education in England and Wales.

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