Parents ‘passing on worries over school places to their children’

The Evening Standard is reporting that parents have been warned not to let their own anxieties rub off on their children when applying to top independent schools.

A new guide urges parents to “take a careful look at their own behaviour” and ensure they do not make the process even more stressful for children.

The book, Independent School Entrance — endorsed by the Good Schools Guide — warns that competition for places, even for four-year-olds, is fierce, especially in north London, with some schools receiving five or more applications for each place.

As a result, many parents use tutors, but author Victoria Barker, a teacher who runs a website for parents of independent school pupils, said: “The wisdom of this approach is debatable.”

She also called on parents not to make “too much fuss” about assessment days, where young children are interviewed to find out their suitability. She advised them: “At this early age, it’s wise to try to keep the testing or interview day as relaxed as possible, so do not make too much fuss about it….”

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This sounds like blindingly obvious advice, but I guess if it is your child and you are desperate for them to get a place it’s easier said than done?

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