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April 29, 2019

What is the 11 Plus Writing Task All About?

It’s only a few months until the grammar school tests and the independent school exams begin. Many parents have already gone into panic mode, but there really is no need to panic. Especially where the 11 Plus writing task is concerned.

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April 3, 2019

Grammar and Spelling Rules for Children

A real understanding of English grammar is about quality instruction, not a natural talent.

Too often these days, schools simply skim over important subjects like grammar, leaving many kids feeling like they missed something and not knowing what to do to catch up, even if English is their strong subject.


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March 8, 2019

Should your Child Sit an 11 Plus Mock Test?

Taking an 11 Plus mock test is a crucial part the preparation process for most children because it provides the experience of sitting an 11 Plus exam in an unfamiliar place, working among their peer group.

Taking an 11 Plus mock test also exposes children to working within exam conditions, in particular working to time and under instruction.

11 Plus mock tests can also help children overcome any nerves and anxiety they have before they take an 11 Plus exam.

The mock tests are also a good way for parents to gauge the performance of their child against their peer groups, in a larger number than just based on their tutor’s experience or working in isolation at home.

In the following video, you will get a more detailed explanation of 11 Plus mock tests and the reasons why your child should sit at least one before the grammar or independent school exams.

December 14, 2018

How to Prepare Your Child for the Independent School Interview

Congratulations! If your child has been called in for an independent school interview, following an 11-plus exam, they’ve done well enough to get through to the next stage. Of, course, it doesn’t guarantee an offer of a school place, but your child is now one step closer to an offer, which is excellent news!

Preparation for Independent School Interviews

Schools will be looking for bright, articulate, confident and well-mannered children who can fit in with the school and give back to the school as well. Every school knows the type of student they are looking for, so it’s essential that your child doesn’t pretend to be someone he isn’t. Read More

October 23, 2018

7 Ways to Help Your Child Write More Stories

Writing a story is something that every child will be asked to do in school – and this will continue well into their secondary school life.

So, helping your child cultivate the skills needed to write compelling stories will go a long way! Here are seven tips: Read More