The eleven plus child emerges at the end of the school day from an intensely complex classroom. Your child will have been exposed to a hive of human activity. The class teacher has been a motivational force within a prescribed organisational pattern.
Some eleven plus children will be emerging from a formal and fairly rigid school day. Other children will have experienced a relatively un-timetabled day.
As bright children enter Year 5 it must become increasingly difficult to allow the more able to spread beyond the limits of the curriculum.
Before the eleven plus was abolished in so many areas teachers has targets to work towards with their bright children. The SATs at eleven can not hope to replace the intensive individual work which dedicated teachers offered to selected eleven plus candidates.