Those of us who are heavily involved with very bright eleven plus children will meet some children whose ability, in some way, exceeds our own. As an eleven plus teacher or tutor we may not be as bright as some of our pupils in some areas – but as an adult we have the benefit of experience, maturity and professional training.
As teachers we sometimes need to be very flexible when dealing with able children. Last year a mother commented that her daughter’s friends all had one to one tutors – and that her daughter was the only one on her class with us. In the actual examination our little girl gained full marks (140) on the mathematics and the two reasoning tests (verbal and non verbal reasoning). We needed to be flexible at teachers as this little girl was able to work at twice the speed of any of our other eleven plus children.