hi bucks mum,
how was he in primary school? Have you had a' heart to heart ' with him as to if there may be aproblem in school? Does he like it? Has he made friends?Is he eager to go to school in the mornings?
I think if he was good and doing all the basics in primary,ie underlining his work,dates ,titles etc then there could be a possible problem, because why else would he stop doing it now, now that he is in a grammar school after working so hard to get there?
I think have a 'good' chat with him. I do 'empathise ' with you.
My child is in a somewhat similar,but 'different' situation.He came from a private school and is very used to research when doing homework,underlining ,dates, good presentation etc. All the basics are in place ,but since starting school in a local Grammar, he doesn't want to put in as much effort as before, because it is not expected of him at this stage although he has been 'used ' to doing it.He's becoming a bit 'sloppy '
especially with his spelling, almost as though because not all the children in class are up to a 'certain standard' ,he feels he can do the bare minimum and get away with it!
He has had 'good comments' in his diary- but I know he is coasting......
and is capable of doing more... so I know how you are feeling.
I hope things work out for you.
all the very best.