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What’s going on with the 11+?

What’s going on with the 11+?

Parents that had children taking the 11+ transfer test in 2019 will remember the debacle of incorrect answers on the answer sheet. It was a huge source of worry, as schools reportedly handled the situation differently, and those stronger in the literacy aspects of the paper worried their child would lose out from marks being removed as a result.  But no one could have imagined a few months later we would be discussing whether the 11+ would even go ahead. …

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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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How do you pass the 11+ ?

How do you pass the 11+ ?

Parents all come to Pen and Ink Tuition for the same reason – they want their child to have the best chance of passing the 11+ test. For the uninitiated, this is the so-called Transfer Test that helps to decide whether a child can go to grammar school or not. There are two papers, each around 45 minutes’ long. They are supposed to be tutor-proof, but research has shown that this simply isn’t the case.  So tutoring is, rightly or…

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