Last night we attended the first of many presentations for the options choices for GCSE. I can't believe that Mikey is already old enough to be deciding the next step of his future!
Mikey is lucky enough to already know which options he wants to do and his teachers and we agree, but it got me thinking about the ones who don't, so here is a little guide that may help.
Talk to teachersDon't be afraid to talk to teachers and ask any questions you may have, no matter how small or how many times. They know your child and want them to do as well as you do.
Consider gradesLook at the grades of your child. Grades aren't the be all and end all, but they are good indicator of what subjects your child is good at.
What do they enjoy?What subject does your child enjoy doing? This along with their grades could be a great way of deciding some of their options. The next 3 years are important and there's nothing worse than your child being in a lesson that makes them miserable.
What are their strengths?Where does your child's strengths lie? Are they good at drawing or music, or are they better at writing and organisation? This is a good way to help you lean towards one option and, like Mikey, your child could be picking a subject that they never thought about before.
What do they want to be/do?Some children know what they want to do or be when they're older, which is also great when it comes to their option choices.
These are only a few ideas that might help. Like we did and have coming up, you will probably receive lots of information and have Parents Evenings and presentations that will all help you to aid your child in making the right choices for them :)