Had a pleasant surprise last night, I popped into Alice's Parents Evening on the way home.
Her teacher seems really nice and is obviously fond of Alice. Even more importantly Alice is improving such that she is reading and writing at the national average level for her age - it has always been difficult to get her to concentrate and consequently she has always been below average academically, but she's obviously starting to move forward a bit now. She's still near the bottom of her class, though.
The main message from the teacher was that the results of her work are so, so dependent on her level of concentration, as we well know.
All in all, very positive.