I have recently started tutoring a 5 year old who goes to an independent school in a leafy area of London. However, as an SEN and Early Years specialist (KS1), I am shocked that the mother was presented with at least 10 'worksheets' to complete over the Christmas Holidays and more each week. I cannot understand why a school, whether it is 'academic' ( as I've been told), or not, expect this. I am a very experienced teacher and know how children learn and this is not good practice. However, the mother is putting pressure on me to do worksheets with her daughter, because she thinks she can do it... but then admits she can't, but she must because its an academic school and they do worksheets at school. I've tried to explain that this isn't the best practice and that she would benefit from hands on learning to teach key skills that she is 'struggling' with. It's a dilemma for me as I don't want to let the mother down, but the poor child. She hates the worksheets and gets very angry and tearful. Any advice?? I don't work in the private sector, but does anyone work in a Year One class in an independent school with this expectation ?