I feel slightly less confused at this point!
I guess I will just do my best and help my child prepare as well as I can. The gist iof what I have read about the 'new' tests leads me to believe that variety is the way forward.
I was never looking for a magic formua- to be honest the person at the education dept. spooked me a little - I felt niave in so much as I hadn't thought about preparation. She
mentioned preparation and tutoring to me
and said that even though others did, I shouldn't, as they didn't advise it! This of course made me think "Oh I should think about it" - what do you think of when someone tells you not to think of a pink elephant!!! Exactly!
I guess th problem is that there is really not a fair and unbiased way. Anyway I have no intention of getting my child stressed out for all this, thank you for the general sensible advise from you good people!