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On reading the article discussing children's attendance of parents' evenings (TES, April 5), I was surprised to find no differentiation between older and younger pupils. As a sixth-form student, I can understand that lower down the school a child's attendance could make the evening more awkward and less beneficial.

However, in the sixth form we are continually reassured that we are treated as adults and are being prepared for "the real world". In this case, as well as being treated as adults, surely this is useful experience in receiving appraisal from other people.

The research used in this article shows that this is necessary, saying, "Pupils didn't like having their shortcomings discussed . . . Even high-flyers could be embarrassed by praise."

JANE SCHOFIELD 3 Dobcroft Close Sheffield

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