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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.

October 5, 2018

Why Don’t Mums Talk About the 11 Plus?

Since its inception in the 1940s, the 11 Plus has created competition amongst children. This is understandable – it is they who write the exams and they who face selection for grammar schools. But who would have thought that mums (and some dads, too!) Take this competition to such extreme lengths.

It’s one of those hidden secrets at the school gates that only emerge once all the registrations and exams are well and truly over. Mums just don’t talk about the 11 Plus as much as they should when their child is in Year 5. It can be a real shock to the system (I’ve been there!) when school mum friends suddenly play the silent game when the conversation of secondary school choices come up – especially when your children are the same gender. Read More

March 22, 2018

Reading List for the 13 Plus (Year 7 and 8) Preparation

Reading is a crucial part of preparing any child for the 13 Plus exams. With technology taking over the spare time of many children, these days, it can be an uphill struggle to get them to read. However, reading is important for all subjects – not just for English.
Here is a list of mixed genre books to read in preparaton for the 13 Plus exams.

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