In GCSE terms, fundamentally PLACE EHE parents are in charge of their youngsters’ GCSE learning and progress, albeit they are helped in this with measures of PLACE support. Such support includes textbook loans via the PLACE library; critical student attendances at all specialist-supported fortnightly GCSE sessions. These sessions focus upon key syllabi areas, as well as helping to structure learning and work at home between taught sessions. Where there is coursework, PLACE students are assisted in their preparations for this with a mixture of specialist input and targeted work/reading, to be completed at home under the supervision and with the guidance of their home educating parents. Registered students are entered for all of their GCSE examinations free of charge.
At GCSE level, PLACE parents’ roles involve ensuring that students get to all of their taught sessions punctually, prepared and “ready to learn”; complete necessary reading and set work between taught sessions; making sure that students have necessary resources; are guided and supported when required during learning at home. PLACE’s specialist-led GCSE sessions average one hour per week – clearly, much learning and significant work have to take place at home with the encouragement and input of PLACE parent-teachers if students are to succeed in GCSE examinations.
In terms of PLACE’s busy enrichment programme available to all registered youngsters, parents need to ensure that students attend their agreed sessions regularly and on time, having completed any learning required, depending on the nature of the activity. Songs, violin music or scripts for drama performances may need to be rehearsed at home, for example, if youngsters are to keep up during sessions and achieve their best outcomes.