We may sometimes hear comments, and possibly make comments, about the ordinal position of a child in the family. At this stage I have to declare my interest, as I am a second child – and a middle child. (In other words there were three children in our side of the family.)
If your eleven plus child is an only child – this is supposed to influence examination results.
Of course an only child will have certain other advantages and disadvantages. I have no idea what these are in the actual examination.
Naturally the youngest is always felt to have special powers that lead to examination success. Again I must plead ignorance.
The oldest child is supposed to be more adult orientated. He or she is felt to be more confident – and more serious.
Middle children are, by all accounts, a problem. (Poor children.)
Only children seem to want attention and are likely, according to legend, to be rather excitable at times.
I am sure we would all be grateful for further information about birth order and the eleven plus. If any one has ... Please ….