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Dear David Coleman: My son sees TY as a doss year - I'm worried he will lose focus


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TY is a year to mature before facing into serious study and career choices

TY is a year to mature before facing into serious study and career choices

TY is a year to mature before facing into serious study and career choices

Q My son is starting back into transition year (TY) and his attitude seems to be that it doesn't count as a school year. He has refused to get back into a routine and still stays up half the night on his Xbox and phone. I'm now afraid that if he gets out of the habit of school, he might never get back into it for Leaving Cert. How do I get him back on track?

David replies: It is still early days in terms of your son and how he actually engages with his TY year. It seems, from what you say, that you risk catastrophising the situation, long before it ever develops. You have already got a vision of him throwing his education away, even though there is no evidence of that yet.

Rather than worrying about his senior cycle and his attitude to his Leaving Cert, it might be wiser to just focus on his TY year. Everything about the start of this school year is unusual, from the restrictions that school have had to propose, to the length of time since pupils have actually been in the structured environment of the school. Your son is not alone in struggling with the transition back to school.