I'm at the end of my tether. I have this boy, aged 7, in my class. I know he is capable but he just won't show it. He sits for ages and does nothing, won't ask for help when he needs it and despite all my efforts to engage him, including rewards and being as nice as I can to him to gain his trust, he won't do anything. I know he has emotional problems. His mum is on her own and she recently had cancer. I know he is suffering from fear of losing his mum and because his dad left them. We had a meeting about his progress recently with him and his mum present and everything was fine until he had to show her what he'd done in his portfolio (there was enough to put in one surprisingly!). He wouldn't talj to us and all through the meeting he only whispered into his mum's ear despite her pleadings to talk out loud. He has no confidence to talk out loud to anyone, let alone in class and when he talks to me, whispers in my ear too. He even gets out of his chair to come to me and do this and has even hugged me often saying he loves me. I feel so sorry for him but I don't know what to do. He is due to move up a class at the end of the school year but I work in a school that retains kids. I really don't want to retain him just because he can't show what he can do. Please anyone, have you got any suggestions to help me with getting him to be more confident, to show his ability and do some work? Posting here as it gets more response than the SEN forum. Thanks.