Monday, 14 September 2009

Still trying to sort out GCSEs

Phoned Trafford College today to see about getting R on a Matsh GCSE at their adult ed centre. We got invited to go straight out and do an assessment, but now the teacher has to try to find some funding. Bet that won't happen!
And also phoned Greenheys adult ed centre again, and left a message with the head of Manchester Adult Ed. Hoping to get them to allow R on - whatever their policy.
We have a meeting at Cedar Mount tomorrow, but probably won't go there. Too far away, and it is a school after all.
But hopefully, something will work out.
In the mean time, she starts English tomorrow!

Sunday, 13 September 2009


All I want to do is sort out the house. I cannot believe how much crap we have. Feeling guilty because every time the kids ask me to do something, I just say no, cuz all I want to do is sort out the house.
I have a lot of things to sort out. It is that time of year when all of the activities start up again. Gotta sort out C going to his music groups tomorrow, and try to get him signed up for keyboard lessons.
And have to see if I can get R on a Maths course somewhere. Guess I will phone the adult ed centre again and see if I can be pushy enough. And then we have an appointment on Tuesday to meet with a school and somebody from the LA who is trying to help. But I don't want her to go to a school. We want what we want on our terms. But I guess we will go to this meeting and see what they have to offer. It may help some other home edders, or flexischoolers.
Feeling kinda down. Would be happy for real life to stop for a bit. Then have the baby, and join back in in a few months. Don't want to have to deal with the real world.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

GCSEs and whatnot

R is hoping to do some GCSEs now that she is 15 and wants to go to college next year. We thought we would go along to one of the Adult Ed centres and sing her up. After all, S did a couple of courses with Adult Ed when she was under 16, so no big deal. Except that in the mean time, somebody somewhere came up with a policy that specifically excludes home educated kids from accessing their courses.

Under 16s who attend school can be allowed to go to Adult Ed classes in Manchester, but not home ed kids under 16s. This comes down to funding and who will pay for them. Luckily, Aquinas Adult Ed Centre in Stockport is a bit more compassionate to the needs of our kids. S did 3 GCSEs there 3-4 years ago, and they have let R sign up for her English. Unfortunately, they are only open on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the Psychology GCSE, which is offered on a Monday is already full. English, Maths and Sociology are all on a Tuesday at the same time so she had to choose one, and she choose English. And it is costing me £151.

I have been in touch with our LA, to try to sort something else out, and they seem to be taking this seriously, and are really trying to help find an alternative. They are looking at FE colleges, and flexischooling at a school, academy or even a private school. The problem is, of course, that she has a certain schedule already that she wants to maintain, (mostly to do with her Radio show, and Arts Award, and social life) as well as the fact that she wants to do these courses in one year, and if she joined in with a school now, she would be in Y11, so would have missed the first half of the syllabus.

I just think if they could let her access adult ed, that would be the easiest thing. Well, fingers crossed that we get something sorted soon, or else she will blame me for ruining her life. :-o Actually, that will happen anyway, so maybe I should just chill, and go knit something else...