I spoke to the teacher yesterday at a parents evening and she stated that they are required by the Education Department - or whoever it is that dictates from on high - to teach both methods, her hands are thus tied.
I took this up with the Head teacher and he added further insult to injury by confirming that the school is not allowed to help the children prepare for the 11+ in any way, shape or form. No past papers, no practising question types, exam formats.....NOTHING. He very helpfully suggested we visit WH Smiths and purchase a range of study books as there was nothing preventing us helping our daughter, which I thought was very nice of him !
To me, this whole process is grossly unfair. According to the Head teacher, all children – regardless of ability - have the option to take the exam ( it costs the child’s parents nothing so they have nothing to lose by trying, apart from a potentially devastated child having to deal with failure ) and yet, not every child is having the help and support of their parents to assist in the preparation, how many parents are totally unaware that it is fast approaching ? Parents also have to try and establish their child’s strengths and weaknesses, what subjects they have and have not covered whilst having to contend with their being force fed utterly irrelevant subject matter at the behest of the state.......and the school does nothing to help – yes, I am most annoyed.