Can anyone suggest of offer any advice for a 9 year old boy who according to his teachers and assessors is very able but unfortunately is not working to his full potential because he seems more intend on acting as the class clown. I'm becoming quite frantic as he'll be in year 5 in September and will really need to buckle down in preparation for the 11+ exams at the end of 2012. Does anyone else experience similiar problems with their children?
My son is a July born child and some professionals have pointed out that emotionally he may take some time to mature and develop but as I keep reminding him, the exams will be upon us before you know it and he doesn't have time for such nonsense.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
What levels did he get for the end of Y4?
I think taking him round to visit the schools in September is a good idea to focus his mind on his goal. Can you meet and discuss this with his new teacher and come up with some sort of reward system-where if he's buckled down and worked at school all week-he gets a treat on a Friday etc?