I had an encouraging conversation with my son's teacher today (ahead of an interview I have with an education service doctor on Monday). She was full of praise for him, saying she recognises and admires the effort he puts into being concentrated and attentive, that he has made enormous progress, that he is right in the "norm" in terms of learning and acquisitions for this stage and that although he is still sometimes too turbulent, his behaviour is much improved and that he often displays a lovely, caring nature towards adults and children. She said that his behaviour in class was completely "scholarly" and that he is bright and eager to learn. She also told me that he is going to be with the other teacher in the other building from next year because there will be too many little ones in her part of the school... but that she would be delighted to give him special one to one lessons if need be. She seems very fond of and appreciative of him. I do feel very encouraged by this. Okay, this is only the last year of nursery school but given how hyperactive and brimming over with energy he is at all times outside of school this seems to me nothing short of miraculous. What I particularly appreciated - and simply had not realised until now, because she had not said it before - was that the teacher said she knows how much effort it costs him to concentrate as he does and that he is doing it to please the adults and it is because it is what is expected. So she is not as clueless as I had thought... and I now feel rather sorry that she will not be the teacher next year! Of course good news is only followed by bad news - not to be pessimistic but just realistic about how the land lies with our difficult children - but really I do feel heartened by this. I hope so much it continues this way!