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  1. My daughter was a day pupil. We more than made back our premiums in the first year from physio sessions she wouldn’t have been entitled to on the NHS or where she’d have been on waiting lists. The situation changed slightly when was was older and able to access the NIDMS nhs dance clinic.
  2. Hammond and Tring have more places available than they do MDS. I don’t know what the position is for CAT schemes personally but as it’s much cheaper to find a part time non residential place I imagine that’s why they have been allocated more MDS’s.
  3. No, they are not part of the DaDa scheme
  4. Is your dd an only child? I’m just trying to imagine doing all that with a sibling in tow too.
  5. Even at vocational school dd found that several of her usual dance classes were cancelled in favour of revision sessions during the GCSE period and this definatly had an effect on her general level of fitness and technique.
  6. Ds is in year 10 and is finding the pressure hard. he's just had to give up some of his dance classes as he can't cope (his main focus is music however and that's what he hopes to study. Dd found GCSE's fairly stressful, especially as dh was taken ill in the middle of them, but she seemed to cope very well.
  7. I think partly its a practical thing. When going straight from a ballet class to a jazz or modern class (or vice versa) there isn't time to remove one set of tights and put another on so the black ones go over the top and the pink ones stay under.
  8. Black tights over the leotard at vocational school.
  9. Yes, dd just used whatever tracks she could find on YouTube apparently.
  10. I'll ask my dd if she ever got hold of copy (but I seem to recall she was having difficulty getting hold of it).
  11. In fact the coat got lost at the Year 7 carol concert. Turned up again during the summer of Year 8. Was worn maybe twice then relegated to the back of the wardrobe!!
  12. We had a scarf in Year 7. it got lost within the first month, never to be seen again for the entire 5 years!
  13. To be fair I have known lotsw of "normal" schools and colleges encourage those who are struggling to do A levels encourage them to drop them in favour of a more vocational course. At my dd's school there is at least one Btec available, it would b egreat of there could be more options to suit those who are and are not academically inclined but within the very small numbers of students at vocational schools I appreciate this is difficult. A levels do not suit everyone.
  14. Some universities have “fit to study policies” where they say they will intervene if a student becomes physically or mentally ill to the extent that their studies are not helping which may include contacting the next of kin. So it absolutely CAN be done. Friends who who have children doing what might be perceived as normal academic studies say that in many/most cases their child is being supported better at university than they ever were at school (in terms of SEN/mental health etc). The problem with many of these vocational degree colleges is that they simply do not have the understanding/set up/inclination to provide this support in many cases as the many stories I have heard (both on here and in real life) testify. My husband is an “educator” on a degree course. He has never felt that his responsibilities lie only in educating that student.
  15. I’m currently researching music courses for my son and have noticed that at one or two universities in their policies they say that in exceptional circumstances when they believe a student to be at significant risk or vulnerable. they can over-ride confidentiality and contact parents or health professionals. (Pertinent to me as son has an asd)
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