DS1 and DD long gone. DS1 at college and DD in yr 10.
DS1 hated school but put his head down and got one with it. With a bit of extra help he did OK.
DD liked it and worked really hard - they helped her to excel. She is flying along at secondary school.
DS2 is something else. Didn't hate school just didn't see the purpose of it. Late to read, late to write, never quite got the hang of sums. Bright, knowledgable, funny and highly articulate but an stubborn, argumentative PITA in many ways. He had never been written off and so many teachers seemed to really 'get' him throughout the years, even the scary old-school ones. He has had one to one teaching in maths for a few years, extra help with handwriting and reading coaching. Not once have we had a parent's evening where he has been treated as anything less than a pleasure to teach. He is heading for level 4s in his sats - and beleive me that is a miracle.