Tom hands you the envelope. It’s a bit smeared where his fingers are grubby from playing football at break.
“It’s from school, mum,” he says, “my results.”
You tear open the envelope. Your fingers are shaking as you unfold the paper inside. You read what it says.
“In the end of key stage 2 mathematics test, Tom received a scaled score of 87. He did not meet the secondary readiness standard (100). This places him in the bottom 10% of pupils nationally. The average scaled score for pupils with the same prior attainment was 92, so he has made less progress in mathematics than other pupils with a similar starting point.”
‘Tom’ has multiple learning difficulties, or autism, or dyslexia, or down’s syndrome, or has had a tough start in life. Things are hard, but you do what you can.
A tear rolls down your face. You look up at Tom and smile.
“Don’t worry, son, you’ll always be number one to me.”
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