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geckogirl Thu 12-Jan-17 20:44:31

Have I missed an 8+ support thread? Is anybody else going through this nightmare?

5notrumps Fri 13-Jan-17 12:14:21

If you find the process a nightmare, remember you do not have to do this to yourself or your child!

friendofafriend Fri 13-Jan-17 14:14:14

that's not a very helpful response??

5notrumps Fri 13-Jan-17 14:48:29

Wasn't supposed to be unhelpful. Sorry if it came across in that way.

I was trying to make the point that one does not have to go down this route. The vast majority of British children - and that includes the vast majority of clever children - are educated perfectly well within the state system, particularly so at this age. Most remain within the state system and again the vast majority of university students - including Oxbridge etc - are also educated within the state system.

The whole 7+, 8+, industry is promoted by the private schools and tutoring companies who prey on a combination of parental insecurity and ambition to convince parents that their DC are doomed if they do not make it to WUS or Colet Court by the age of 8. It is lie! Preparation for the tests usually involves putting inordinate pressure on very young children to perform pointless tasks at a time when they should be developing a love of finding out what the world has to offer, not improving their times on Bond papers. It causes anxiety and stress and does DC no good in the long run.

OP described the process as a "nightmare. " If that is how s/he feels about it, it is entirely within her power to wake up and step off the treadmill. A ticket to an 8+ selective school is not a guarantee of a better life and her DC will be catered for perfectly well at their local school.

PoliticalMumof2 Sat 14-Jan-17 16:36:44

Geckogirl, We are doing the 8+ too.

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