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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

February 11, 2018

Is it too late to start preparing your child for the 11 Plus?

This is a question that many parents ask when they get in touch in Year 5 – especially at this time of year. The simple answer to that question is that it really does depend on the child; what level he or she is currently working at, whether he or she has a hunger to get into a good grammar school and – even more importantly – the support you as a parent or guardian can give them at home. Read More

December 11, 2017

How to Manage your Child’s Revision Schedule for the Independent School Exams During the Christmas Break

The clock is ticking! If your heart is beating a lot more than usual these days, you really aren’t the only parent going through this. But don’t panic – with the Christmas break fast approaching, maximising on this holiday time could ensure your child is ready for the independent school exams in January. Read More

August 28, 2015

How to prepare your year 5 child for the 11-plus exams in Kent and Bexley

It’s this time of year when a lot of parents with children going into year 5 start to panic a bit about the 11-plus. Many will have only heard about the 11-plus in passing during the summer holidays, and others have waited for the summer to end before starting their search for an 11-plus tutor.

Tuition aside, what do you need to do to help your child prepare adequately for the 11-plus exams in Kent and Bexley? Here are some tips: Read More