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Will my children adjust?

Want's quite sure where to post this thread. Just looking for some reassurance as I am in absolute panic mode.

We are unexpectedly, and with no real time to process, being forced to move back to the UK.

Both my daughters are in the local kindergarten here. This means my eldest daughter just has very basic reading, writing, and math skills - learnt at home.

Looking at the British system is seems she should be starting year 2! We are really happy for her to be 'held back' and slot in to year 1 but I've been told that children must be in a class according to their age and not abilities? Surely not?

Can someone please advise?

We have loved the fact that they have been able to just be children up to this point without long days and the pressures of school work. My 4 year old is going to be in for quite the shock starting in reception.
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Old 23.09.2015, 11:05
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Re: Will my children adjust?

When I was in high school in the UK, I had three friends who were put down a year, because they'd missed so much school due to illness. So it is possible. Talk to the school once you get there, see what they think is best.
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Re: Will my children adjust?

Hi. First of all, please don't panic. Children are remarkably resilient and flexible. They can assimilate huge amounts of information.

I would suggest you phone your local primary school, explain the situation and find out how they arrange their classes. Depending on the size of the school, and also on what works for them teacher-wise, it's not unheard of for two year groups to be in the same class. For instance one of my best friends taught year 1 for years with a group of year 2s in there too. These were generally children who, it was felt, needed a little more support.

There will be support available to you all and work should be differentiated anyway.

Can I ask exactly how old your children are? I assume they speak fluent English at home and conversational Swiss Deutsch at school as their social language as well as being taught in Hoch Deutsch? When viewed that way, their skills are already leaps and bounds ahead. There is still quite a bit of learning through play in the UK system.

If you would like to do more at home beforehand then there are age related text books available for Maths and English. And I've been able to pick up several for 99p each at Home Bargains or B and M. Other retailers have the same or similar for a little more. Alternatively there's a very successful after school booster club franchised to most areas that you could approach.

I'll PM you the name, it probably falls under advertising and I have worked for them in the UK. They do work.

I'm not just blowing smoke, btw, I taught Secondary English for 10 years, have experience with EAL students and have tutored.

Good luck. I'm sorry you've had such a shock and I wish you all the best with your move.

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Re: Will my children adjust?

Please don't panic.
When you arrive in the UK speak to the school your children will be going to and explain to them about your older daughter. I don't think you will be able to do this here until you have a UK address and can then apply to schools.
Reception is a lot of fun. My son really enjoyed it. They tend to introduce reading in a fun way. There are lots of different reading levels and abilities in a class. Lots of playing and learning through play.
Yes the classes are bigger but usually in reception they also have more adult helpers.
One of the pluses of bigger classes is more friends to choose from!
They will be ok. Don't let your anxieties show and be positive. Your kids will follow your lead.
Good luck!
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On the plus side they will look unbelievably cute in their school uniforms. I have a photo of my two daughters (then aged 4 and 6) just before we left the UK.
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Re: Will my children adjust?

we have just moved the opposite way and are starting our experience in the Swiss School system!

Once you know which school your children will attend a good school will take into account a child's age and ability. At the end of the day its important for the school to make sure (for their statistics) that children meet certain levels of educational achievement. If your child will benefit from being dropped back a year a lot of schools will do that and then work on catching them up with their year group later. Also a lot of UK schools now mix year groups which accelerates the fast learners and further help those that need a bit more time. Compared to the Swiss system i think the UK is a bit more intensive at an early age Eg going to full time school in the year you turn 5. My 5 year old can read and write a basic sentence already, thats after one year in Reception class.
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Thank you all

Panic over ;-)

@RufusB

My daughters are 6 and 4. So yes, true; I don't think we've managed to completely sabotage their entire education - yet. Thank you for your reassurance. As you pointed out - they are already adept in a language that we, as parents, could not have taught them. Now to keep it up!

I would be interested in the link for the additional 'tutoring'. Just in case.

Next step: actually getting a place in a school. My UK friends seem to think this may be difficult. Oh well, c'est la vie.
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Re: Will my children adjust?

At that age, i would think more along the lines you have serious problem if they DON'T adapt !

When it comes to adapting and language abilities, kids make us look like dead dinosaurs, well dead dinosaurs usualy.
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Welcome to Switzerland! We love it here (sad to leave). It is amazing how quickly the young ones pick up the language. It's a wonderful opportunity for them.
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Next step: actually getting a place in a school. My UK friends seem to think this may be difficult. Oh well, c'est la vie.
You seem to be panicking a lot. I have never known anyone have difficulty getting their kids into UK schools. School is compulsory, they have to be provided a place.

Seems a bit of a panic decision to move back... but you've not told us what happened to prompt this, on your other thread.
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Thank you all

Panic over ;-)

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My daughters are 6 and 4. So yes, true; I don't think we've managed to completely sabotage their entire education - yet. Thank you for your reassurance. As you pointed out - they are already adept in a language that we, as parents, could not have taught them. Now to keep it up!

I would be interested in the link for the additional 'tutoring'. Just in case.

Next step: actually getting a place in a school. My UK friends seem to think this may be difficult. Oh well, c'est la vie.


You're very welcome. PM sent with tutoring info. There's another one too (can't quite remember its name, if I do will send you that too) but that's not as good. Kids tend just to work off sheets and staff aren't required to have QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).


I think primary places can very much depend upon where you're relocating to. I imagine it's a little harder nearer to cities than in more rural areas but it won't be impossible. You have two children of different ages, not a football team! Do you get relocation help too?

Feel free to PM me if I can be of any further help? !


And you haven't sabotaged anything! Do not think that, ever.


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