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  1. Helen77

    Relocating AUS Yr3 - UK Yr5

    His school in the UK is great and I'm sure they'll be supportive. Thanks so much for this advice, I really welcome it and you and Quoll have both made me feel 100% better about the whole thing. Thank you, thank you, thank you! PS I'm actually quite liking the idea of getting a tutor. My son loves maths and science so I reckon that'll be an easy sell!
  2. Helen77

    Relocating AUS Yr3 - UK Yr5

    Oh thank you so much. I think that's sort of what his school was trying to tell me. Really appreciate your advice.
  3. Helen77

    Relocating AUS Yr3 - UK Yr5

    Hi LKC, thanks for answering my post. My son will be going back to the school he left in the UK so I think holding him back a year when all his old mates (who he's still in touch with) will be in the year above would have a massive effect on his confidence / behaviour and everything. So that's not really an option. I think that would cause more stress than anything else. My gut tells me I should insist he goes up to Year 3 in Aus but the school isn't really up for it, I'd have to push for it. But then I also think that it'll be more upheaval for him to move classes again. So, if husband is right, maybe I am stressing out a bit too much over this. He's only young, he's bright and socially confident....perhaps he'd just need a bit of extra tutoring....I just don't know what to do for the best. We're moving back to South East England. x
  4. Helen77

    Relocating AUS Yr3 - UK Yr5

    Hi all, I'm stressing myself right out and could really use some friendly advice. We moved to Sydney in Dec 2017. My son had completed nearly a term's worth of Year 3 in the UK and got put into the beginning of Year 2 in Jan 2018 in Sydney. So he's effectively repeating the whole of year 2 and a term of year 3 (once he gets there). He's a July baby and we were advised he should go into Year 2 and that he'd be too young for Year 3 (turns out he's not too young, he could have gone in according to their cut off dates but we went with the advice we were given at the time). We are worried that we should have insisted that he goes into Year 3 in AUS because when we return in Sept 2019 he'll end up going straight from Year 3 AUS into Year 5 UK. FYI we didn't know we'd be returning back to the UK when we put him in school here. Does anyone have any experience of moving back and basically your child skipping an entire year's worth of school? Thoughts? I figure these are our options: We insist the school put him into Year 3 and get a tutor to bridge the gaps (they still think he should be in year 2). Obviously this will be more unsettling for him as he'll have to start a new class, new friends again for the second time in 6months. Not ideal...but is it better to bridge the gap now or later? We keep him in Year 2 and then get a tutor before we go back to make a start bridging the gaps and then get one when we get back as well. He'll go into Year 5 having missed all of year 4 (UK) and a bit of year 3 (UK and AUS). Am I over-thinking this? My OH says it's only primary school, he'll catch up and be fine. Socially he's very adaptable and he's always been on target with his studies. I don't want to break his confidence either way. I don't know what to do for the best. Thank you in advance xx
  5. Helen77

    Schools UK to Oz - please help

    Thank you so much. I also spoke to a friend of mine in Sydney and she said very similar things. Cbop - you brought a little tear to my eye....kids, eh! A whole life a worry. I hadn't thought of the outside school club situation so thanks for bringing that to my attention - really good advice. Someone also said that they are taught age-appropriate topics, levels etc so even if he's 'repeating' a year, he won't really be repeating, plus he'll be learning about a new areas which aren't taught in the uk. First time I've ever posted in here. Thanks so much for your advice and help. Helen
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    Schools UK to Oz - please help

    Hi all, My family and I are moving over to Sydney at the end of November. I'm having a massive panic about schools and which year my son will be enrolled in. My 7 year old's DOB is 21.07.10. He started school in the UK when he was 4 years old in 2014. He's one of the youngest in his year and gets on fine. He's currently in Year 3 in the UK and I'm being told if he starts in Oz at the beginning of the year (2018) he'd start in Year 2. Which means, if we catch the end of this school year (which I'd like to because he might make a couple of friends before the school break up over Xmas) he'd actually enter Year 1 which sounds like a huge step backwards for him in terms of where he'll be at academically compared to the other children. Has anyone else had similar worries and how have you addressed them? Someone said that if he is finding it too easy then he would be moved up a year. Can anyone clarify any of this for me please? Thanks so much Helen