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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An Eleven Plus Discussion

Over the weeks the parents of some eleven plus children may have noticed a new phenomenon – their children are starting to re-enjoy eleven plus papers. At the beginning of work on papers many children may have loved the challenge of the new work. Reality then may have struck : “How many more of these papers do I have to work through?” Then gradually, at the papers become easier, joy and pleasure may have edged their way back into the equation. To reignite the spark and excitement some children may respond well to a discussion about what the eleven plus is all about.

The eleven plus is not just papers, lessons and exercises. It can be, for some, a journey into the unknown that opens up just how much can be achieved. We heard today, for example, about a boy who has just passed the Kent and the Medway tests. His mother remarked that he was so laid back that he could hardly stand without support. His lessons were full of quick repartee and surges of focused work – where his attention sometimes lasted as long as two minutes! Yet he was assimilating and almost imbibing eleven plus work. Quite simply, he loved the challenge of new and different work.

What could an eleven plus discussion cover?

What are we trying to accomplish?

Have you had to do anything as academically challenging as this work before?

Are any of your friends on a similar eleven plus journey?

Would you prefer to try something different – or are you happy with what we are doing?

Should we combine our eleven plus work with any other kind of activity?

Could you leave off working on papers for a period to give yourself a break?

What would you do if we, as your parents, did nothing at all towards the eleven plus?

Do you think that it is going to be worth it in the end?

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