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Reading age of 16


L attended Robin’s parent evening, where the news was entirely positive, if tinged with regret about his eleven plus result. A computer print-out showed he exceeded some benchmark across the full range of maths and English measures. Another showed that his reading age had climbed two years in the three months to December and another two years since then, giving him a reading age of 16.


Gabe rarely leaves the house except for school and sporting engagements – playing or spectating. He has, though, been to a couple of parties recently and at those has drunk some alcohol. He’s not concealed the fact, nor dwelt on it, or thankfully, appeared to be any the worse for wear for it. I suspect he’s not liked it particularly, given how resistant he is to consuming any new flavours.

He did ask me ahead of the most recent party, if I could give him a bottle of something to take. Cider was his preference and so, for the first time, I bought my son a drink – not one that we shared together though. At the first mention of drinking, a couple of months ago, I had said to him that if he wanted to try beer, he should ask me. Before I had finished this attempt at responsible parenting, I realised how unappealing drinking with one’s Dad would be – the whole point was to take these early steps in the company of friends.


Eliza’s solution to a day at home without any major plans is to bake. By choice, she would always bake something sweet: cookies, cakes, millionaire shortbread. Today, with everyone else but me out at a Man City game, she decided to make pizza. We walked to the shops to buy the mozzarella and passata. She served the pizzas sequentially: L, Robin, Gabe, with her own coming last. By the time she reached her own, she had run out of mozzarella and sent me back to the shops to replenish.



Strike action affected the kids’ schooling today.


Eliza didn’t go to school. Her teachers took industrial action and so she stayed at home with L, who worked. Eliza, with a little help, baked.

Eliza's cake









Robin has been nurturing a grievance in the weeks since plans for the teachers’ strike were announced. The whole of his school closed – bar one class; his class. It’s been a sensitive subject, but he survived today, not looking too resentful.


Gabe and his classmates had the run of the school as his was the only year unaffected by the strike. He said he wished every school day was like today.

But the teachers were back at work this evening for the school’s awards event. Gabe was one of the two pupils in his class receiving and award for earning the most hall points. The trophies, certificates and prizes were handed out by Kate Goodman of BBC TV minor fame and an alumna of the school.

Gabe award