I wondered what people's thoughts are about taking their DC on grammar school visits at the start of year 5?
Some say this acts as a strong motivator to work hard at their 11-plus work during the year as they aim for their preferred school..
Others say it's the parents choice on which school they should attend, that it can set them up for dissappointment if they don't get the grades, or it can put them off wanting to go to grammar all together..
Thoughts from all corners would be welcomed
You should certainly visit all Selective/non-selective schools that you are planning for when your DC is in year 5 so that you are ahead of 12months in planning.
In terms of taking child to school, take him if you/child wish to do so. But tell your DC that you will take the decision as to which school ur dc should go to , convince him that you have more knowledge/wisdom as to which school the child should go to , also tell him that you respect his views and tell him that you will remember/consider his interests/preferences etc so he is not upset in leaving decision to you.
Make a document of what schools you have visited and what is ur observations of each school like
what does school offer in terms of academic/social/extra-curricular/music/sport
results at GCSE/A levels
Feedback from parents
kind of community that attends the school
Comments from Headteacher speech
change of headteacher if any
What does school does not offer
what is missing in school
Does it offer IB
Hope this helps