This time last year I will be totally honest, I was a gibbering mess trying very had to keep it together for my son.
Joshua started school a year ago this month and I have to say even those fears and uncertainty a year past, still teeter on the surface as he returns for his second year …
Was his uniform correct?
What do I need to send him with?
List really is endless.
We could even go back further with the uncertainty where Joshua’s schooling is concerned, how about making that initial choice of school and then having to wait all those months to see if he got his school place?
Looking at the grand scheme of his school career to date I can honestly as a parent say there has been more uncertainty in my camp than his. After all the first thing he said on coming home that first evening was ‘they had pudding’ after that I knew he would do well.
It has been me that forgot his packed lunch for the school trip, it was me that double booked us for a routine Dr’s appointment during the end of terms much wanted school BBQ after school.
Taking all these things into consideration how parents maintain the hectic school careers of their children and still hold onto their sanity throughout is nothing short of a miracle.
Starting out on the schooling journey is a complex and difficult road but what was more difficult than I thought was the fact there was no central information point.
Yes, there are local council websites with limited information on the school but not anywhere that goes into details on catchment areas, school forums, downloadable videos for GCSE math’s, SATS and 11+ papers, a buy and sell section, or access to local tutors ….. Until now that is.
Recently the School Reviewer website was brought to my attention and I have to say the concept alone had me intrigued.
This time last year and each school term after it I have been chasing my tail to get the information I need to help support Joshua’s school journey even on hearing the news of which school he was to attend, so having everything all in one place not only saves my sanity, it saves time too.
The School Reviewer site can help you start the school journey with information on local schools with detailed catchment information, current OFSTED standing
Now imagine your child has been accepted, what about having a parents forum, an area to buy and sell uniforms and even an option to look at hiring any extra tutoring support all on the same site.
For me my time is precious and having a centralised location is certainly something that wins me over.
Which aspects of the schooling journey have you found the hardest with your child/ren?
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.