My daughter and her husband have 2 children, a girl (11 and in year 7), & a boy (7 in Y3).
My granddaughter is a well adjusted youngster, nice group of friends, and doing well at school.
My grandson is a totally different child. He doesn't have a diagnosis but is probably somewhere on the Autistic spectrum, (not surprising as many of our family are)! He is exceptionally bright, though doesn't always achieve to his potential because he doesn't enjoy school.
Now, this little boy isn't happy at school, never has been, physically he struggles (he is tiny and finds it difficult to join in the physical side of things), he isn't bullied, and has a small but settled little group of friends. He gets on well with staff and children alike who accept his little quirks.
But its just not working, he finds school boring, he wants to learn more about History, the environment, he wants to explore (he does this at every opportunity), he worries about animals, children from undeveloped countries, the ocean, global warming, (this last year he asked Santa to adopt a donkey on his behalf, became vegetarian, has been writing to government, greenpeace and religious leaders about his concerns you get the picture).
My daughter, her hubby, my granddaughter all support him and extend his learning opportunities, he attends school clubs and after school activities such as Beavers, swimming etc., but quite apart from this he is unhappy. He struggles with his health (nothing serious, just every bug going), tires easily, and becomes emotionally stressed very quickly.
So there you have it, a potted background, anyway my daughter is looking into the possibility of her educating him one day a week. Her plan would be for him to attend school 4 days a week, but to concentrate on focussing on extending his learning to other areas whilst linking into the school curriculum so that there would be no danger of his dropping behind, but he wouldn't get so tired, perhaps reducing the number of absences due to viral illnesses. His GP is supportive of the idea.
Has anyone else done this? And how did you go about agreeing it with the school?
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