There's more than a hint of guilt involved with this process. It goes right against my egalitarian political beliefs. Surely it's wrong for those, like us, who can afford to pay the not insubstantial fees for tuition, to buy the advantage of more choice in education. At least in my day, exam practice to gain entry to the selective schools was part of our primary classroom experience.
What errs me towards thinking that I might be doing the right thing? Well, in spite of his difficulties Louis' doing well in the mock exam. It's only the English that we've really got to work on. The tuition is having a knock on effect on his everyday schoolwork and in the main he's enjoying his extra homework. It's boosted his self belief in a way that his sporty school hasn't managed to do. Hey! you just try and do your best for your kids. Funnily enough, we've found some surprisingly lefty supporters who're with us on this one.