Mel X wrote:
I must say that I too have always thought over coaching is wrong. I do feel Spirio has made some valid points. However If I were you Spirio I would of been questioning the school as if you were able to teach your child and bring her to such a high standard why didn't the school. That I believe is where the problem lies. I still firmly believe that if a child needs more then a year in coaching then they should not be put through the test or Grammar school.
I agree Mel, my son sat his 11+ in Sept and we began preparation at end of May, but did very little in August due to other committments and I think we would both have benefitted from starting a little earlier or doing more in August, but there we go.
I believe that a little over a longer period is more beneficial for the children than an intense shorter period and if we had received more support form the primary school education procedure we would have done this.
Basically we were given no encouragement or information regarding anything to do with secondary education and no indication as to whether my son should attempt the 11+ or not despite always having been in the top groups for all subjects since reception class and getting level 4a's in yr 4 and 5's in year 5
I also agree that the system does not always get the best out of each individual child and therefore you cannot always take the results from school as the only guideline as to whether they should attempt the 11+ or not. Why do all children not have the opportunity to try,if they want to and their parents agree?