Had Amy's annual review yesterday. It was another pupil-based meeting in which Amy, her class tutor, classroom assistant, and myself attend. Another lady also joined us and she's known as a careers advisor. I thought it rather premature considering Amy's only just turned 14 but her presence at the meeting was obviously for a reason. Not quite sure what it was, however. Amy is quite sure what she wants to do when she's older and it's a case of ascertaining some decent GCSE and BTEC grades, mainly in Maths, English and Science. She's also going to be doing a DT exam (Design Technology) and next year will do a media arts award that consists of music, art and drama, something I think she'll do well in.
I'm always a bit wary of these reviews because they often turn into two or more members of staff telling me all about my daughter, and even though there were a few instances when I found myself a little dumbstruck, I had to admit they gave me plenty chances to have my say. They drew up a detailed plan that will take Amy through the next 12 months and get her well on her way to starting revision for the exams she'll be taking. It won't be easy for her, or me, but I'll be there every step of the way to guide and encourage her as much as I can. It's fortunate that the staff at school are on my side and want to see Amy doing just as well as I do. They care about her and are genuinely impressed with her positive attitude towards the ambitious future she desires. I reckon the obstacles will pop up and we'll get over them, and then one day we'll look back on these reviews with gratitude. Having special needs doesn't always have to scupper your future, not if you're as determined as my teenager.