Repeat the school year.

Repeating the school year for those at primary would
-take the pressure off parents to home school at this anxious time
- take the pressure off children to learn at this time.
-would allow a longer window for schools to re-open as I'm sure most parents are not keen to send their children back anytime soon.
-would delay new nursery starts.
-would decrease amount of pupils at secondary school.

Why the contribution is important

As a parent I am not keen for my child to return to school anytime soon. It's not realistic to expect primary aged children to socially distance with classmates. Additionally this has been an incredibly scary and stressful time for everyone- allow kids to return when it's properly safe to do so with realistic expectations- repeat the current year?

by tmloch80 on May 05, 2020 at 07:47PM

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  • Posted by slf May 05, 2020 at 20:04

    Why should only primary school kids repeat the year? Why should kids age 3 not get to go to nursery?

    I think my son is at the most critical point in his schooling and his year group should go back before any other year group.

    I'm a teacher and all the comments about schooling are all from people only thinking about themselves and their children. Life must continue and I'm sorry but all kids age 3-18 have had a hard time and are going to have to deal with it, hopefully with the help of very dedicated and patient teachers. Kids have suffered and will suffer because of this but we have to keep calm and carry on.
  • Posted by Ascott May 05, 2020 at 20:05

    This proposal would have knock on effects for years to come. The quality of online teaching for my children has been very good and I do not think they will need to repeat a whole year for the sake of just over one term missed (assuming schools can resume after the summer in some way). To defer affects childcare plans for many parents not just this year but for future years too. At some point schools would have to have a double intake of P1 which for many would not be possible in their current buildings to catch up. I’m equally reluctant to have my children back in school at this stage but I don’t see this as a solution.
  • Posted by fionacannie May 05, 2020 at 20:08

    Totally agree with this. This would take pressure off parents teaching staff etc.
    Many parents may not feel ready to send their children back to school.
    Detailed planning is required re classrooms , dining rooms being redesigned .
  • Posted by AdamWilson May 05, 2020 at 20:25

    Nope don’t do this. Would hold back young people.
  • Posted by Pandamamma May 05, 2020 at 20:34

    Surely this will have a detrimental effect later, for example when at high school and when going to college/university. It will also delay children of nursery age making the needed learning step up to a primary environment and may have a negative affect on mental health of young children
  • Posted by JWatsDoune May 05, 2020 at 21:59

    Totally agree with this. I would also like my son to have the opportunity to resit his Highers in the correct manner as I think the whole situation this year may well affect his future university application etc
  • Posted by SH May 06, 2020 at 07:41

    I don't agree with repeating a whole year. But what about returning to the year /class that they left and transitioning after the October break? This would help children get back to school to a familiar person and environment and support transitions and planning,, particularly from nursery to P1 and p7 to s1
  • Posted by Redtwentytwo May 07, 2020 at 19:44

    My little boy is due to start school in August and I don't want him to start like this. Also to go from no nursery and being at home to starting school will be really hard for him. Starting school later has been shown to be massively beneficial. I think this is an opportunity to let everyone have a catch up year and change the starting school change to 6.
  • Posted by monkey3margaret May 08, 2020 at 15:02

    Have P1-S5 pupils repeat whole of 2019.

    Delay intake of new P1 pupils. 5 years old too young to start school.

    Allow S6 pupils to resit for better qualifications or allow them to leave with grade allocated by teachers via SQA results thus reducing number of pupils in schools.

  • Posted by cherry May 08, 2020 at 22:46

    terrible ideas for lots of reasons, perhaps children who are struggling could be suggested to them that they repeat a year if they want.
  • Posted by SAR May 10, 2020 at 16:08

    In some other countries children don’t start school until age 6. And have better results.
    By re-doing this year Scotland could adopt this approach naturally and easily.
    Don’t see why not!
    As for starting nursery - if children start at age 4 they are more likely to be toilet trained.
  • Posted by JMM2020 May 11, 2020 at 14:44

    I agree with the idea of returning pupils to their present classes and, if possible, teachers - in August.
    Their present teachers KNOW their pupils, and what their "norm" is, the children need security. There has been so much uncertainty recently that at least, if pupils return to who and what they know, they will feel more secure.
    Only when pupils feel secure and feel more comfortable, will learning be able to take place.
    I also suggest that potentially, all classes move up in January.
    This would give Aug-Oct as a settling in, assessing, revising, and building on previous learning term.
    Oct - Dec could be a time for new learning, transition, and working on celebrating the end of 2020, thus starting afresh in 2021.
    This is all with the assumption that there will be enough fit and healthy staff, whose families are fine, so they don't have to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Goodness knows how the toilet facilities would be monitored and how safe distancing would be placed.
    My main point is to give out pupils security, and familiarity, to help them settle, relax and start to fully engage in learning again.
  • Posted by JMM2020 May 11, 2020 at 17:33

    sorry, for above comment - May 11, 202, at 14:44 - I made a grammatical mistake, and since there might be some teachers reading this, I thought I should amend!

    " .....if pupils return to whom and what they know,....." rather than the above - Thank You! JMM
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