We are hoping to appeal come march fir the bucks 11+
We decided not to review as ds2 is about to see a specialist optometrist, (having been under a normal optometrist for 18 months) and that will hopefully help us in making a decision about his secondary education, and whether we can help him overcome a tracking issue, and also give us evidence of his extenuating circumstances. (He can't find his place as he reads/works if he stops for even a briefest moment, to a frustrating level)
He achieved 5b for reading last May, 5c for writing and 4a for maths, which he had been stuck on for 9 months, but his new yr 6 teacher said only two weeks ago that his maths class work was now going up in leaps and bounds.
He has just had two informal sats tests and achieved 4a for reading and maths.
Obviously we are both quite upset, he feels every test he does he is rubbish and all his mates scored 5b's in the same tests, and I know he is able to and has achieved much better results, so am worried about why he is under performing, in fact going backwards two sub levels!
Teacher puts it down to a kick in confidence, says his schoolwork is fantastic and he should be going to grammar in September or at very least able to take the 12+.
My worry is I will have no evidence of his true ability, if we do not sort this out almost immediately, and even worse, if he does not achieve level 5, he will not be in the top set at our chosen upper for the first year as this forms a big part of the selection at our upper (which is an unthinkable scenario relating to the school and sets below the fast track group) and will not be allowed to sit the 12+
His last cat score last academic year was 124, but he only had 119 for vr, and his teacher thinks they are looking for 130 really, so we are hoping he gets better in January, but I feel at the moment he will bomb any timed test?
I feel sorry for him and a bit cross with him too, even though I don't want to feel cross, but he has obviously given up a bit even subliminally. He did not use his line guide ruler for his reading test, and skim read instead, because he saw everyone else had finished reading, which he admits meant he simply did not understand the latter questions, He also continues to make a fuss about using his normal reading glasses for astigmatism because he hates the whole notion his eyes are faulty so rarely uses them at school. (This is the boy who is reading "the boy in the striped pjamas" with me because his school topic was WW2, and understanding most of the huge amounts of inference within it...We have not got to the real misery yet btw!!
Sorry for the long rambling post, but has anyone been in this situation, can anyone give me ideas how to build his confidence, and get him where he can and should be at tests? I am on the verge of resigning myself to a seven year battle to get him to fulfil his potential. He is the boy that everyone assumed would just breeze into grammar from an early age, so perhaps he is just sick of trying to live up to expectation?