My child has been on a fairly intensive course, and he has enjoyed it, Found it challenging although he has moaned about it from time to time I can tell that he has truly loved it as he has loved the results it has produced . He has been in a fairly average junior school where I feel that he wasn't really challenged or stretched and sometimes not even engaged for atleast the last four years.Being of a quiet disposition and not disrupting the rest of the class meant that to some extent his needs were ignored. The school seemed to be very good at helping low acheivers but ignored brighter children. I feel as a direct result of tuition he has become more confident and being with a focused group of children at tuition has given him aims and ambitions.Reading some of the posts in this thread I am probably one of those parents who has sent my child on an intensive course this year (tut tut) but I have no regrets and in the long term in my opinion I've done the best thing because my son has more chance of ending up in a school more suited to his abilities. Perhaps if his school had done the job better I wouldn' t have had to send him on tuition.