Have any mums in here had experience with keeping a child back in primary school? My almost 7yo DS1 is in Grade 1 and has been struggling since he started school, he is the youngest child in his class and from the time he was a baby he has had ongoing hearing/ear problems which has not helped the situation.
His school have been excellent and have been giving him 3x sessions per week of one on one help with a teacher but he is still finding school work difficult and has begun to get quite anxious at school when it's time to read and write. It came up during a meeting I had with his teachers a few weeks ago about the possibility of having him repeat Grade 1. Since then they have had a small team from outside of the school to do some formal testing with him to see where he is at and to work out whether an extra year in Grade 1 would be of benefit to him. I do not know what the results are until the end of the week but his teacher told me this morning that it all went really well and that one of the people who did the assessments was feeling very positive that an extra year in Grade 1 would be a good idea for him.
I'm feeling very torn about this. He has some lovely friends and his cousin who is very close with in his current class. I don't want to risk upsetting him socially/emotionally unless there is to be a great benefit. At the same time, this is really the cutoff for keeping him back without him being very resistant to the idea. None of this has been mentioned to him and I know he will be heartbroken if we decide to have him repeat.
Has anyone faced the same dilemma? What was the outcome? Any advice?