So here in push-pull-manor we've come to terms with the fact that DD will be off to our local (o.k. but none too brilliant) Comprehensive in September. X.O.H. and myself both went to highly selective, single sex grammar schools and we always assumed that the DCren would do likewise but 1st March told us otherwise and now we have to get ourselves ready for supporting DD through the next 5 years.
It's so much easier helping children through primary school - parents are kept up to date with homework expectations, general progress, emotional well being and if anything's really wrong there are teachers and headteachers there to be accosted on the school playground. DD will, of course, be ferrying herself to and from secondary school and the school is very keen on the children being self sufficient and self motivated - they don't even call homework 'homework' - it's 'passport to independence'!
What do you guys think are the most important things a parent can do to help ensure that a child does well even in a large school where only 53 percent of the kids get 5 or more GCSEs?
Well - other than move house or win the lottery ...