I am looking for advice and suggestions - especially from people who know the UK system. My 9 year old is very gifted. He's academically excellent all round but has an especial gift in maths. He has been teaching himself, with a GSCE book in a quiet corner at school this term and has blown through the foundation stage in just under 3 months. His maths 'teacher' (she said herself he has yet to recieve a maths lesson!) hasn't got any further than GCSE herself so is concerned about where to go with him next. The local secondary school have been fobbing her off, saying to teach him more bredth but like me she think's that is nonsence. It's unfair to ask him to keep treading water accademically. I am going to try and put pressure on the schools to allow him to go part time to junior school and have some lessons in the secondary school but it looks like that it going to be up hill to say the least! Home schooling isn't a great option for him as he is behind socially and we live in a small town with rubbish public transport links. The small amount of gifted out of school programs in the area are booked up for the next year and I'm running out of ideas for him!
I'd really love for him to be able to do some learning in a classroom environment with other people working on the same thing that he is. Has any one managed to get any UK schools to agree to this kind of arrangement and got any suggestions? We can keep providing him with new material at home but it doesn't seem to me to be that same as learning and being challenged in a group.