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How to keep on top of preparing for the 11+

How to keep on top of preparing for the 11+

In these strange times, many parents have been concerned about how to juggle their work with continuing to education their children, or at least, trying to make sure they don’t fall behind.  But for those taking the 11+ this September, the worry is even larger – if children aren’t keeping up with their schoolwork, will they be absorbing enough knowledge to be able to pass the 11+ in September?  Here are things that I recommend focusing on while schools are…

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Why you should start 11+ work in Year 4

Why you should start 11+ work in Year 4

To many parents in Buckinghamshire, the grammar school system represents the best chance of a great education for their children. Indeed, some even move to the county to take advantage of the few remaining areas that continue with the grammar school system. Whilst there is much debate about whether the test should be tutored for (because it disadvantages lower income families), the fact is that the test is not tutor-proof. The other fact is that schools are not allowed to…

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Why do we need to learn the times tables?

Why do we need to learn the times tables?

You wouldn’t dream of building a house without first digging the footings and putting the foundations in place. Nor would you attempt to put a meal together without assembling the right ingredients in the correct proportions. Everything starts with a solid foundation, and in maths, that’s where times tables comes in. Schools have to make sure that children learn the times tables as part of the national curriculum. There is no silver bullet to learning them; it is simply a…

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