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Sixth Form

If your school has a sixth form you may be thinking of staying on to study for AS or A Level qualifications or continue with a Welsh Baccalaureate qualification.

One obvious benefit to this will be that you are in a familiar place with pupils and teachers who you already know.

Even though you will be in the same place, there are differences in what will be expected of you:

  • You will be expected to take more responsibility for yourself and set an example to younger pupils
  • You will usually continue to wear school uniform, but this may be different to that worn by the rest of the school
  • Sixth forms offer a range of AS and A Level courses in subjects like History, French, Chemistry etc
  • Some sixth forms also offer work-related subjects like Business Studies, Leisure and Tourism or Health and Social Care
  • Some schools also offer intermediate level courses and most also allow pupils to re-take GCSEs
  • Some schools have arrangements with other local schools or colleges so they are able to offer you a wider choice of course

If you would like to study in the sixth form talk to your teachers or a Careers Adviser about the subjects you are thinking of taking and attend if your school holds a sixth form open evening.

If would like to study in the sixth form but your school doesn't have one, you could transfer to another school if its within travelling distance.

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Commented 43 months ago - 16th October 2012 - 21:21pm

Actually parents do not have to tell the Local Education Authority that they are going to educate at home they just need to send a letter de-registering the child to the school. It is also no more difficult to learn sport or science at home but some science experiments may need to be altered for safety reasons. Most areas in the uk have home education groups where children can meet others being home educated and parents can find support in educational methods available.


Commented 43 months ago - 16th October 2012 - 21:32pm

"Parents should bear in mind, however, that at school children are taught by trained professionals, they may have difficulty providing suitable facilities at home for all subjects, especially for science subjects and sport and that it is important children learn how to interact with others."

Lol lol lol lol web content creators should remember not to prate on about that which they know nothing of!

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Commented 43 months ago - 17th October 2012 - 10:59am

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Commented 43 months ago - 17th October 2012 - 14:16pm

Under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996, it is the parents' duty:

"... to cause (the child) to receive efficient full-time education suitable to his (or her) age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs he (or she) may have either by regular attendance at school or 'otherwise."

As for trained professionals... Schools can be toxic environments for young people, though no one seems to want to admit it. They'd much rather get their facts about home education wrong and spread mis-information instead.

Shame on this website for that very thing.

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