Why my daughter blames Mr Gove for spoiling her Christmas…

Surviving teenagers
As Secretary of State for Education it is his fault, Sophie has her next set of A2’s starting on 11 January so she is going to have yet another fun Christmas revising. The pressure on teenagers to get certain grades is ridiculous, they should be enjoying life and discovering who they are instead of constantly preparing for the next set of exams.

Then there is the whole UCAS process, she wants to be a primary school teacher and I think she has the potential to be an amazing teacher. She now has 4 University offers but has to get A’s & B’s so more pressure on her. And then, her reward, thanks to this government, is a minimum of £27,000 in tuition fees (if Scottish it would be £0 and if Welsh £9000 – I won’t even go there).

Does Mr Gove have children who’ve been through the process, does he really appreciate the pressure and stress these teenagers are under? And he wants to make the whole process harder – the world has gone mad.

For me, it is about encouraging my children to reach their potential and be in a position to hopefully get a fulfilling job which matches their skills and abilities. Does the existing system achieves this, I am no longer convinced, academic achievement is not for everyone. It should be about helping teenagers get jobs not just qualifications.

Over the last few years I have learnt several tips and tricks to encourage teenagers to work and help them cope with the pressure of exams and I will share these on my “Surviving Teenagers Programme” which will be starting in February 2013.

About Ruth James

I am a mum with 3 daughters who runs workshops for parents of teenagers. In 2019 I launched the Taunton Parenting Cafe and will be developing new and innovative workshops to support and encourage parents of children from 9yrs+
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