Advice about Transfer Tests - Mums NI - A Hub For Parents in Northern Ireland
                         Patricia Burns

Patricia Burns

1 year ago

Advice about Transfer Tests

I am wondering if anyone can give me some advice about the transfer tests.\r\n\r\nMy oldest is in P4 and I'm not looking forward to the next few years when he's preparing for moving schools.\r\n\r\nThere's so much misinformation out there and the school is no help! The other parents are no help because they have different opinions as well.\r\n\r\nHe goes to a catholic school and I'd love him to go to the local grammar if possible.\r\n\r\nCan anyone give me an idiots guide to what's happening with transfer tests?

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Mums NI
1 year ago
Hi Pattie, One of our guest bloggers has offered a full blog of advice for you and other mums. You can read it here: https://www.mumsni.com/stories/for-mum/advice-and-guidance-on-your-child-s-transfer-test We hope this helps. Stef
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Jessica Odell
1 year ago
Hi! I've just joined here, and am a private tutor. Happy to help answer questions! Jessica
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Sandra
1 year ago
No 1 piece of advice - stop worrying so soon! No 2 - don't listen to the panic amongst other mums! I've been through this 3 times, and you know, it's as stressful as you let it be. If your child is academic then by all means encourage him/her, and a little tutoring (no earlier than P6) will hone his/her exam technique. If the child isn't particularly academic then concentrate on finding the best school that will suit his/her ability. So much depends on where you live as well. Some areas have huge pressure on grammar places, and others take a wide range of results. As the saying goes though, "never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you"! P4 is way too soon to be getting stressed out about the transfer test!
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Jessica Odell
1 year ago
Yes, Jellybelly is right. There is no need to start worrying about the Transfer Test in P4. Of course it is worth keeping an eye on their performance, but I find one the biggest issues with kids is too much pressure about the exam.
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Sandra
1 year ago
I think a lot of that comes from the parents more so than the children, JLOdell - I found it was better not to discuss it too much with other mums as it would have made me panic too! My three all got into grammar school but I know plenty who didn't and are doing really well. It's not the be-all and end-all - but I know it's easy to say that when you're out the other end!
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Jessica Odell
1 year ago
Definitely! I do think all kids are capable of trying the test, but Grammar school isn't for everyone. I spend a lot of my time figuring out where the stress is coming from, and trying to remove it. Parents are a big cause, as well as some teachers. I have a few tricks up my sleeve for dealing with it. My idea is to help the kids just do their best.. whatever that may be. P4 and P5 kids need to play, not worry about an exam!
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