11+

11+ tuition and Common Entry Examination preparation with NumberWorks’nWords

 Is your child intending to sit an 11+ grammar school or Common entrance exam? Are you concerned about their preparation or confidence?

 At NumberWorks’nWords we understand how important the 11+ tests and common entry tests can be to a student’s future education and career choices. Our individualised tuition programmes are designed to identify and address any English and/or maths gaps, prepare for verbal, non verbal reasoning and creative writing so you and your child can feel more confident about the 11+ test used in your area.

 What exactly are 11+ Common Entry tests?

 The 11+ (also called 11 plus or Eleven Plus) is a voluntary test taken by Year 6 primary school students in England who are academically inclined and want to go on to a grammar school or selective school of their choice. It’s called the 11+ test because most students are age 11 in the first year at grammar school. Each education authority, with a grammar school, has its own test which may include these disciplines - English, maths, verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and creative writing. Common Entry tests can differ from school to school. The test content can include English, maths, verbal and non verbal reasoning and creative writing.

 Why are 11+ and Common Entrance results so important?

These tests are only relevant if you want to apply to a grammar school or selective school for your child. It’s intended to identify students who are most suited to an academic education. However, even if your child qualifies in the 11+ test, admission to your preferred school may not be automatic. Each school publishes its own admissions policy which they must use if they have more qualified applicants than places available. Some parents like their children to have the benefit of this preparation without any real intention of their child attending a grammar or selective school. This is because the style of preparation has a wider educational scope. Students are tutored at an extended level of English and maths and the verbal and non verbal reasoning is based on logic, analysis and special awareness. Parents wanting their children to gain places in higher sets in comprehensive schools often like their children tutored in these disciplines.

What can parents do to help?

The main thing is to help minimise your child’s anxiety about these tests, so they can perform at their best level. Selection for grammar and selective schools is very competitive. It is important that your child knows that you support them no matter the outcome of the testing process.

All students learn in bursts, it’s seldom a steady stream of plain sailing. Achieving their best, whatever that might be, involves recognising when extra support is required and calling on the right people for help.

How do you know if private Eleven Plus tuition is required?

Students need to be working at ‘above expected’ level in preparation for grammar and most selective school tests. They also need the enhanced programme as noted above to prepare for these tests.

We offer a free no-obligation assessment for your child . We’ll discuss the results with you and make recommendations for next steps to take your child forward. The assessment will include a free introductory session so they can try a NumberWorks’nWords lesson. As a result of our assessment parents will gain an understanding of their child’s learning strengths, gaps and potential.

At NumberWorks’nWords we’ll address the gaps in your child’s learning and extend their potential by teaching any missing content. We also help students to practise 11+ and selective style tests so that they develop confidence, speed and accuracy. Our students make progress because our programmes are individually tailored to each student’s needs.

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