Here we are in Lockdown 3 straight into 2021. Cases are rising and it is the only sensible way to try to fight this and start to get a bit of normality back in our lives.
I have seen so many posts about children and their education, how it is suffering, how they are falling behind. I am here to tell you to stop stressing.
As many of you will know this time 5 years ago C became ill with a chronic illness. She could no longer cope with school, we tried everything from late starts, two lessons a day, you think of it we tried it. Unfortunately, she could not cope and the more we tried, the more of a crash she went into.
She had just started Secondary School, and had settled in well. Her school reports were great, she was in top classes, and teachers always had a good word to say about her.
When you are too ill for school
We had meetings with school and C had home tuition, and when well enough had her tuition in school with her tutors. Due to her illness, we often had to cancel.
As a parent, we worried about her falling behind, about her education or lack of it. The mental health effects it would have on her. I am not going to lie I have had many sleepless nights and shed many tears over this.
C should now be in year 12, 6th form, the sad part is she is not. She can not access education like a child without an illness. Cruel but true, we have had to put in for an EHCP which was refused and paid out to appeal. Our council backed down and after a meeting yesterday (via zoom), which C was there for and got very upset. We now have to wait until 26th January for the outcome.
With the current situation your child is learning, they are getting support from school. This is something that has never been available to children with illness. Does it matter if they miss a lesson in maths, or did not read that book. They will catch up.
I have stopped the worrying
I look at C, she is not stupid, she is pretty bright considering all she has gone through. We are now looking at GCSE courses and courses for her.
Your child will be ok, they will pick up and not fall behind, remember everyday is an adventure and they will learn something even from making a cake, or drawing a picture.