I think if the CSSE were that strict very few children would pass! I haven't spoken to the company. We're going to email them a list of our complaints. They are currently offering six 3 hour tutoring sessions for parents who choose not to send their children back to school until after the 11+! Very irresponsible in my opinion. If a child needs to be kept off school to be intensively tutored to pass then they're not right for grammar school.
We had this same discussion in 2010 and my dd , bless her cotton socks who is now going to year 10 at CCHS was taken out of school for a few days prior to the exam alongside 3 of her mates. We decided not to use any of the tutors we used during the holidays/weekends and we moms did the last few days of focussed learning before the exams ourselves. I dare say all four of them got in and they are flourishing as well.
A lot of moms on this forum were saying the same thing way back then about parents being irresponsible etc and my response was that you do what you've got to do as a parent to get your dc where you feel they've got to get to!
I would take my ds out of school to remove him from the negative environment where his fellow mates have told him he has no chance of getting in, telling him he is stupid for having to do all this hard work, where one of his teachers have passed a negative comment which only serves to put doubt in his mind.
In those days at home, prior to the exam, I will put him in a positive environment, he will be surrounded by like minded dcs who believe it is achievable and told they will make it if they keep up the good work! Fortunately for us, our school is pro eleven plus and they have a lady who comes into the school to do a few sessions with those taking the exam so they are in favour of what we have called "offsite learning" in the run up to the exam.
I say to all parents out there, you only get one shot at this exam and if a last minute heavy duty session is what you feel your child needs, then go for it!! If you do and your dc succeeds, you'll have no regrets and if you do and he doesn't succeed, you'll know you did what you felt you needed to do. Only you as a parent know what last minute fine tuning or focussed learning your own dc needs and no one else...
So peeps here's me wishing you all out there the very best! may the Good Lord above crown all your efforts with great news in March 2015....teeheehee!