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It’s the semi-final, so the pressure is even greater now as 10 becomes five. Two tests stand in the way of reaching the final – comprehension, then a brutal spelling test. Watching the parents is almost as interesting as seeing how well the kids do, as there are some surprise results with previously strong candidates crumbling. It still makes us feel uncomfortable putting such young kids under so much pressure, but then, as we couldn’t spell one word in any of the spelling tests, who are we to judge!