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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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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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The new 11+ test – what you need to know

The new 11+ test – what you need to know

  Details about the new 11+ test have now been published. As most of you will know, the test provider for 2018 has changed from CEM, who had run the Bucks 11+ test for several years, back to GL Assessment, who had run the test previously. GL Assessment has now released details of the new test. Here’s what you need to know:  The Test The test will continue to be two papers, each 45 minutes long. The 1st paper –…

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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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Everything you need to know about the Bucks 11+

Everything you need to know about the Bucks 11+

  What is the 11+? The 11+ is a test to decide which secondary school your child will go to. If they take the 11+ and pass, they have the option of applying to the county’s grammar schools. What is the test like? Up until 2017, the test was formulated by Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring. Their test comprises two papers, both multiple choice. Each paper is about 45 minutes long and is split into a number of separately timed…

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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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