Friday, 31 January 2014

Determined

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.

10 comments:

  1. Glad it was a positive review. I had to attend one as a key worker the other day, It was a first one for the student since starting our college and it lasted 2 hours! double the norm. It was however very positive and there were people from connexions and adult servicesand the students local LEA as well as college staff so not surprising it took a long time. We also have the class tutor there, the head of college and any therapist that deals with the student too, I think there must n=have been about 15 os so people including student and Mum!

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  2. Hoping that everything that you and Amy have planned will come into fruition.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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  3. Sounds like everything is in place for her to succeed, and I'm sure she will with your support

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  4. Glad to hear they have her best interests at heart and that she is doing well. I remember those days of exam hurdles well. Such a stressful time for all concerned!

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  5. With such a positive foundation, I'm sure her ambitious future will become reality. . . and that's nice, very nice!

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  6. It makes *all* the difference when you see in action how much the school staff care doesn't it?
    So glad today went well!

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  7. I admire Amy's ambition! I had no idea what I wanted to do at 14. Good for her!

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  8. That is a heart-warming post indeed. Now my kids are 13 and 12 I'm starting to find out how interesting teenagers are.

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  9. Really great to hear that she is doing so well. Love that she is so determined. Well done, Amy.

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