My son started Brighton Primary last week and has been put in reception because they start that year later here, even though he has already done 18 mths at school in the UK. He is 5.
His teacher called me in today to discuss moving him up to a Yr 1/2 class as he is far more advanced than his classmates and she is concerned he is frustrated and bored. She said she was having him assessed and his results were 'off the scale'. I suggested him being put in a Yr1 rather than a Yr1/2 but they are full and so he can't do that. I don't know what to do.
While I don't want him to be bored and frustrated in his current class, I don't want him to be behind in another class, which may have 8yr olds in - he's only 5 and I don't want him to grow up too quick. I want him to continue to enjoy school, not go from being good to being the worst in his class etc. And I wonder how it will affect him when he goes to secondary school etc. He's a very outgoing boy and I don't think he'd have trouble settling in - I'm just not sure what's best. I have very limited understanding of the education system here and am not sure how often they swap kids about like this. Does anyone have any advice and/or experience?