A friend was having similar issues with DS2, he assumed he would follow older brother to his school (a super selective), although friend and teacher agreed that he was not on right track. They had a "meeting" with him, the teacher actually telling him that currently he would not be going to his brothers' school. Straight away he pulled his socks up and put in loads of effort. Needless to say he passe dwith flying colours! Perhaps your DD just needs a reminder of the rewards at the end of the work?
Not really 'needless to say' - there are children who pull up socks (or indeed never let them droop in the first place) and put in loads of effort and still don't get there. What I have observed on the forum is that younger siblings do tend to do well - after all, the family has already had a trial run
- and those few who don't get into the top flight schools do well elsewhere because parental interest and support is already in place.
Definitely agree with the little and often approach - also habit and routine is great for most kids - It can easily become as unthinkable not to do your 11 plus prep as not to brush your teeth in the morning.
Actually - with my son - I might settle for tooth brushing for now.