Sabeen, our youngest, who is 8, is now approaching her first IGCSE – Maths. She’s getting pretty much exactly the same test marks (low A*s) that the two elders were getting this many weeks before their IGCSE Maths, so Sabeen should also be getting an A* as long as she doesn’t mess up.
The other day I was chatting with Isabelle and we decided Sabeen will move straight to A-levels, and skip the other IGCSE’s. Why? Because if the goal is to complete her A-levels, why not take the most direct route? Why go through all that extra exam preparation and stress? If she applies to university or a job it’ll be marketed as ‘the IGCSE’s were too easy for me so I went straight for A-levels’! If, for some stupid reason they do insist on her having IGCSE’s, she’d probably get them done in 6 months – it would be crazy for someone to be doing their IGCSE’s after their A-levels, but that could happen here (albeit unlikely).
With Maryam and Danyal we were a little less sure of ourselves – the IGCSE’s proved to be a good way of validating that our teaching methods worked, and I guess we didn’t think the kids would progress so quickly on to their A-levels.
So next year all 3 of the kids will be doing 2 A-levels – Maths and Further Maths. The reason for this is so that they can have some fun studying together and also leverage the power of intensity – working relatively intensively for a year on mostly maths should increase the chances of them getting the top grades. They’ll be thinking in equations by the end of the year!