This is a continuation of earlier debates concerning whether or not as private tutors we should make recommendations to parents regarding their children's lessons at school. However, I am starting a new thread to focus on just one of my tutees. The parent asked me to meet the boy (7 years old, Y3) and assess his needs in english and mathematics. She brought his recent School Report for me to see. It was unbelievably traditional (just like my own many years ago, and the ones I filled in as a teacher 1966 to 1990). There were many more criteria, however, and the child gained "C" grades for all of them, apart from cleanliness and deportment (both A's). His class position was 17/19. The comment from his teacher was that as parents they must ensure that he does his homework, and from the HT was to take notice of the class teacher's comment! His mother has now booked him in for one hour after school, next Tuesday; a half hour for maths, and a half hour for reading. As a result of my one-to-one assessment, I found him of quite acceptable intelligence for a 7 year old, his english is at Level 2 (En1), Level 1 (En2), Level 1 (En3), and his maths is at Level 2 (Ma2), Level 1 (Ma3) and Level 1 (Ma4), (UKNC criteria). He was obviously not capable of committing himself to any activity left on his own. I am no supporter of ADHD because on a one-to-one basis he responded readily to my tuition. He occasionally writes some of his letters and numbers backwards, but is aware of his mistakes. As a parent, I would investigate the possibility of putting him into special needs in his school. This parent is going to pay for private tuition, which he certainly needs, but I am reluctant to do what the school ought to be doing without making some sort of representation to that school. Any comments will be greatly appreciated.