Repeating grades have not been found to help children who have learning difficulties. There are better interventions such as differentiation of the curriculum and provision of remedial assistance whilst progressing through school at the same rate as their age cohort.
Another thing to consider is that a child with learning difficulties may have literacy or numeracy difficulties, typically. But repeating a grade means they will also receive repeated presentation of other curricula such as in the arts or physical education, for example. For many kids with learning needs, these may be areas of strength. When repeating, you must consider the curriculum as a whole, not just in terms of numeracy and literacy development. And of course, there is the social need to progress through school with your friends. In this context, repetition can feel like failure to kids, especially as they get older.
The only time repeating a grade may be of benefit is when a child has been absent from education and has missed school for an extended period, say because of illness or injury. In these cases, a child may well have missed out on the whole of curriculum for an extended period. But even then, the social cost of staying back a year needs to be weighed up against the benefits of not progressing through school.
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