I was thinking about this after a chat with a mum who has been comparing her son's progress to that of another child a few months older. The boy has just turned 8 and has been with me for almost 2 years and is about to sit LCM Step 1. This child has made slow but steady progress since beginning lessons. He's now getting bored (understandably, some of them have been on the go since April) with the exam pieces, and over the last few weeks I've given him a couple of similar level pieces to keep him going. Mother has now heard a child who is 6 months older and who started lessons around the same time play some grade 1 pieces and is wondering why her son isn't at that level.
So I was wondering, do any of you have a list of criteria that you can show/explain to parents with regard to meeting the requirements for each grade? After they had left I thought of other things I should have said to explain why her DS isn't at Grade 1 standard, and thought it would be a good idea to have something on paper that I could just hand out to parents when I get queries like this or even at the start of each school term.