in a class of 30 regardless of state school or indie school it is impossible for the teacher to focus on any 1 student. Supplementary assistance is crucial unless student is exceptionally brilliant and grasps concepts at the first attempt. This assistance may be from the parent or external tutelage. Thats my own opinion at least. Come results day, I don't want to be saying to myself, if only I had ...
Totally disagree with this. I have never provided 'supplementary assistance' to any of my by no means 'exceptionally brilliant' offspring, and they all seem to do very well without it. And I'm not alone- most of my friends parent like this and there are childen I know personally dotted around various red brick universities studying highly regarded subjects to prove it. I firmly believe it is the responsibility of the child to revise for its own exams and if anyone is saying 'if only I had...' on results day then it should be your child and not you!
Goodness, where would it end? The job interview? The masters degree? Show them a good example of a work ethic, ensure then know where to go for assistance if they need it (free!) and then let them get on with it. Independence is something to be encouraged, and running after them with a safety net and an army of tutors is not only unnecessary, it is damaging to their need to grow up and move on.