Routes to take for teenage education.
- School, yes school! If you find the right school for your child then they can do very well taking the traditional route of GCSEs. Look for independent academies that don’t have catchment areas to have more choice.
- Distance Learning, recommend Oxfordhomeschooling
- Treehouse, this site is the most amazing online up to date resource to study Web Design, Coding and App Development. For a small fee or a free trial, your child can start to build skills and network links that will see them into a career. Not just aimed at kids, I’m studying with Treehouse myself, so it’s something that I strongly recommend.
- Flexi Schooling, This is becoming more and more popular, find a Head that agrees to it and you can arrange for your child to attend school or college part time sitting a few subjects rather than the usual 11 or 12 GCSEs.
Local College from 14. Contact your local LEA and college for details, funding is available for 14-year-olds to study core subjects. It does depend on your location, though.
- Skip GCSE and do the International Bac instead, great for families who travel, digital nomads. Valid in more countries than our UK GCSE’s.
- Another Skip GCSE altogether and go right to University, some children just don’t need GCSE at all, if your child is especially gifted in something it seems a shame to interrupt their education to do GCSE, so contact Universities and find out the entry requirements for unique students. You’ll be surprised at the alternative routes to higher education.
- If your child is a hand on, hates writing kind of person then don’t bother with written qualifications, instead build their confidence by giving them plenty of opportunities to try hands-on trades and crafts until they find their niche. Apprenticeships are great for getting experience while also getting qualifications but do be careful as some employers do seem to be a bit slap dash with the education side of things, though in fairness this is rare. Building a solid history of work experience with references and a quality portfolio is incredibly valuable.