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How to engage children to learn at home

How to engage children to learn at home

Parents around the country are no doubt heaving a sigh of relief as the end of term arrives. It’s been a difficult time for many parents as they struggled to balance the needs of work with educating children.  Despite the best attempts by teachers and parents to continue delivering the curriculum, it’s highly likely that most children have fallen behind. After all, teachers had to juggle educating key workers with online learning, and had to quickly adapt to a new digital…

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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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9 free resources for homeschooling children

9 free resources for homeschooling children

I can scarcely believe the change in our country that has happened over the last few weeks. From hearing about a novel virus in China to having all our schools closed, it’s clear we are living in unprecedented times.  Having children home from school will present a huge challenge, particularly for working parents. Most parents, I know, will be worried about how to keep their children safe, and how to make sure that their educational development doesn’t suffer.  Over the…

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Why does reading matter so much?

Why does reading matter so much?

A recently penned article in the Times Educational Supplement said that pupils who can’t read well won’t succeed – in any subject.  It seems like a dramatic statement, but it’s true. Literacy is the key to helping children learn. From the very first picture book thumbed through by a babies’ sticky hands down to the Russian novel assigned for a GCSE, reading lays the foundation for every other subject.  It’s especially true for those parents that want to guide their…

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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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The importance of last minute revision

The importance of last minute revision

Why should we do last minute revision? As we approach the final half term of the year, our thoughts turn to the good weather we hope to have, and our camping expeditions or holidays – some of which we booked months ago – that can now finally be enjoyed. Children have worked hard all year long at school and have certainly earned a rest. However, the summer holidays also bring the well-known phenomenon of “summer learning loss”. You can read…

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Why you should start 11+ revision in Year 4

Why you should start 11+ revision in Year 4

The CET Transfer Test, otherwise known as the 11+ test, takes place early in September for the incoming Year 6. That means that much of Year 5 is spent preparing for the test. However, a lot of parents choose to start tuition even earlier than that, in year 4, and here’s why: Why start tuition in year 4? Eighty per cent of the 11+ is supposed to be based on the national curriculum, in other words, taught at school. However,…

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