Very interesting post. I am not from your area, but would like to share my routine and keep an eye on this post for some ideas.
We are Trafford and use GL assessment ( English, Maths n VR) .
I have been told to begin GL assessment papers from April, in Easter holidays. I am sticking to this advice.
On Weekdays, we do 10 min Bond in VR ( usually 2 papers) , Reading Comp practice from Schofield & Sims book, Maths 10 min Bond ( 2 papers) all depending on homework. Easy HW means more self studies. We try to do English on Maths homework day and try to mix and match our studies with HW.
DS has become independent in doing 10 min Bond papers, so he sets time, finishes it and checks answers himself and if score is not satisfactory, he attempts another test. He enjoys it, so I have no complaints.
We don't study on Fri night and Sunday night.
DS goes on ipad apps for NVR and a website for online maths ( from school). We try to read 10 mins everyday.
If for some reason, he feels like taking a day off from studies, I agree ( with a promise to cover it later
Weekends work is entirely optional. We might not touch books or sit 1-2 hours for understanding something that requires extra work.
DS gets lots of xbox time, play dates with friends, movies, B'day parties - so he is getting fair share of fun as well.
PS : Singledad - I hope you don't mind that I have posted similar topic in Trafford forum .