I had a sudden thought today. Trying to help your child achieve good eleven plus results can be as stressful as working your way through the procedure to develop a new trunk road.
Let’s look at this proposition step by step:
Step 1 – The Proposed Program.
DfT: Includes a proposed new road into the National Road Program.
Parents: Start thinking that they would like a child. (A new one, another one etc.)
Step 2 – Proposed Routes
DfT: Engineers look at possible routes
Parents: Start thinking about possible schools.
Step 3 – Public Participation
DfT: Publishes alternative routes and invites public’s comments
Parents: Discuss with family, friends and school.
Step 4 – Preferred Route
DfT: Announces preferred route
Parents: Announce preferred schools.
Step 5 – Objections
DfT: All affected by the road can write in and ask that their views are taken into account.
Parents: School say border line, relations ask you why you want to push your child.
Step 6 – Public Inquiry
DfT: Independent inspector hears both sides and sends a report to the Secretary of State
Parents: Listen to and seek advice, find eleven plus books and papers.
Step 7 – The Decision
DfT: Secretary of State makes the decision about roads, objections etc. The program begins.
Parents: Make final decisions about timetable, lessons, rest of family, school, tutors etc. The program begins.
So you can see that making the decision to start a child on an eleven plus course is not an easy and quick task. There should be much discussion, talking and actual listening to the opinion of other people. You decision to commit yourself, your family and your child will have far reaching effects. Things d become easier once the decision is made.