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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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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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