Is your child going to be taking the 11-plus in the next few weeks? Agness O’Brien of the Facebook group 11+, ISEB, SATs, GCSE and A-Level Resource Group will be hosting a live session on techniques for the exam at 6pm today (Sunday 20 September).
An investigation by The Times has found applications to grammar schools have risen by a quarter in five years.
A way of thinking can be encouraged in family settings years ahead of the 11-plus, according to Anne Benson from Tutor Doctor.
Attending a creative writing class and completing a 30-minute homework task once a week can see pupils go from being average KS2 writers to writing at KS3/GCSE level, says founder of Crystal Tuition Richard Gray.
Oxford and Cambridge have accepted record numbers of state school pupils to start this autumn, including some who did worse than expected at A-level, The Times reports.
Here are some creative writing competitions to enter this month – including The Canterbury Tales writing contest and The Reflections’s Project calling for submissions on the pandemic.
Marlow’s Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School has delayed its opening date after ‘a number of positive’ coronavirus cases in the school community, the Maidenhead Advertiser reports.
Pupils in Southend will be given an additional secondary school preference when choosing their place this year.
Parents fear making kids sit transfer tests in grammar school halls could put their health in danger, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
“I never put a limit on a child because each year there is always someone that surprises me and parents thank me for this because they would have never originally considered a top school for their child,” says tutor Danielle Baron.
A grammar school in Aylesbury has improved its wireless connectivity with a solution from education WiFi experts Redway Networks, The Bucks Herald reports.
Here is a list of free 11-plus resources available this month. Crystal Tuition has put together some creative writing resources while Sierra Tuition is offering a free maths topic list.
Chief executive of the Grammar School Heads Association Mark Fenton has said the A-level results had been unfair to some of its students.
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury has been awarded £478,725 to improve school facilities. The money will be used to fund heating upgrades, Mix96 reports.
We personally believe that 12 months duration is enough to prepare well for the 11-plus, says Louise Formicola from Champs Learning.
Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School head has slammed this year’s A-Level grading system, saying their pupils’ grades are “way out of line” with their historic records, Bucks Free Press reports.
How do you get a place at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet? Sabah Hadi managed it twice and also set up a social media page to help others do the same.
A Shropshire grammar school is to throw open its doors to boys from deprived areas of the borough in a £2.6m overhaul of its approach to equality of opportunity, the Shropshire Star reports.
Altrincham Grammar School for Girls has been named the best state-funded secondary in Greater Manchester, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Entering competitions can be a great way to prepare for the 11-plus writing task – and you might win a prize in the process. The publisher Pearson is the latest to launch a lockdown-themed contest – write a story about your everyday hero. Here are some others – including the Young Muslim Writers Awards and a competition looking for a story including a taxi cab!
Students at Colyton Grammar School are more likely to get into a top university than their peers at any other state school or college in Devon.
A top grammar school, the Belfast Royal Academy (BRA), has issued guidance to parents and guardians stating that pupils will have to wear face masks when they return for the new academic year.
Cancellation of the Kent Test would have been “impractical”, Kent County Council’s (KCC) cabinet member for education, Cllr Richard Long (Con) has said.
Figures suggest students at Watford Grammar School for Girls are more likely to get into a top university than any other state school or college in Hertfordshire, the Watford Observer reports.
Take note of different writing styles and how they are achieved. What is the difference between an internet news article and a novel? A play and a scientific report? Here are some top tips for succeeding in the 11-plus from OxBridge Centre (UK).
Grammars are among schools in Bucks that have been given cash by the government to make improvements, Bucks Free Press reports.
There will be very few children at Lancaster Royal Grammar who are from council estates as social class comes into play, National Education Union officer Jim Dye has told Lancs Live.
Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet tops The Times’s secondary school league table followed by Wilson’s School in Wallington and Herietta Barnett School.
If you’re looking for summer reading recommendations, author and BBC journalist, Joanna Jolly, describes five books that inspired her own childhood.
Here are some more links to specimen 11-plus exam paper which appear on independent school websites.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb will be paying a visit to Sleaford’s grammar schools to consider funding their plans for a co-educational facility on a new, edge-of-town site, the Sleaford Standard reports.
Here are our most read articles published in July, just in case you missed any of them.
When children take a break from 11-plus preparation – even for a month – their performance declines. It is important to maintain momentum, especially in the run up to exams, says Juliet Rolls of Cambridge Academic Tuition.
A study has ranked Watford Grammar School for Girls as the best state-funded secondary school in Herts, according to Herts Live.
Grammar schools in Gloucestershire have delayed the annual entrance test for primary school pupils, Gloucestershire Live reports.
Many 11-plus courses this summer have been moved online but increasingly some on-site classes are being offered. Here is a list of what is available.
Students at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys are more likely to get into a top university than any other state school or college in Birmingham.
Grammar School Insider is inviting opinion pieces on 11-plus topics – including tutoring, creative writing, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, resources, mocks and courses.
Confidence in maths is key, and the subject is a big determiner at most of the top London schools, says tutor Fatima Mirza. On reading, don’t try to force Harry Potter – not every child is or will be interested in specific books, and that is okay.
The Department for Education has urged grammar schools to delay their entrance exams until as late as November to enable children to catch up with missed learning due to the pandemic.
11-plus practice exam papers can be bought from publishers such as Bond and CGP. They can also be downloaded for free from the websites of independent schools. Here are links to some of the papers available.
The Kent Test is to be delayed by a month, Kent County Council [KCC] has said.
Here is a list of free 11-plus resources available this month. ExamBuddy is free until schools go back while Atom Learning is offering a free 5-day trial. There is also free Shakespeare on the BBC!
Children should read every day for at least 20 minutes, ideally something above the level of what’s in their classroom. Try The Coral Island, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Treasure Island, and Lord of the Flies says Christopher Niyazi from Eleven Plus Tutors in Manchester.
With mock exams possibly harder to come by this year, it may be that families need to organise their own exam practice sessions. Here are a few suggestions on how this might be done.
Invicta Grammar School is celebrating after holding on to its crown as the county’s best state secondary, Kent Live reports.
Grammar schools make up most of the top 10 London state schools, according to the Real Schools Guide 2020, compiled by Reach’s data unit.
Numerous books have been written about the 11-plus and there are now consultants who dispense advice on grammar school entrance for a hefty fee. The continuing popularity of selective schools has undoubtedly spurned a lucrative advice industry in the UK.
But increasingly parents are taking to social networks to seek reliable real-time advice which has the added benefit of being free.
The Real Schools Guide 2020, compiled by Reach’s data unit, placed Kendrick School as Berkshire’s best and fifth best in the country.
Bourne Grammar School has been named the best state-funded secondary school in Lincolnshire by a new guide.
Campaigners have written to education secretary Gavin Williamson calling for 11-plus tests to be cancelled this year.
My son is in year 4 at a private school. The schools I am targeting for him are as follows: QEB [Queen Elizabeth’s School], Tiffin, Wilson’s, Sutton Grammar School, Westminster School, St Paul’s, Dulwich College and the City of London School. He is doing well in maths, science and other subjects but needs help with English.
Dr Chris Roots set up Roots 2 Success tuition and online resources after tutoring his daughter for the 11-plus in 2010. During lockdown he has recorded 50 maths videos which are available for free on YouTube.
Can you apply for a grammar school place from anywhere? The answer is yes, if you apply for a school which does not have a catchment area.
Watford Grammar School for Boys and Watford Grammar School for Girls are among several schools in the area to receive government funding to carry out improvements.
North Finchley Tutors’ 11-plus course requires a commitment of 6 hours a week but the centre has a track record of getting children into the country’s top schools, including Henrietta Barnett School and Queen Elizabeth’s School.
Many of the mock exams that were due to take place in schools and centres across the country this summer have now been moved online. A few centres however are taking bookings for physical mocks in August. Here is a list of what is currently available.
Campaign group September for Schools is calling on the government to provide a roadmap to get all children safely back to school by September.
The proportion of students from state schools admitted to Oxford rose from 55.61 percent to 62.3 percent between 2015 and 2019 according to the university’s Annual Admissions Statistical Report.
After preparing her children for Kendrick School and Reading School exams S.L. Ager wrote the 11-plus vocabulary novel series The Cadwaladr Quests.
In the ninth and final book in Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike Series Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells head to Egypt for a cruise on the Nile with school friend Amina, boy detectives The Junior Pinkertons and Hazel’s father and sisters.
The Henrietta Barnett School has delayed its round one entrance exam until the end of September as a result of the pandemic.
The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE) has said its “preferred option” is to see its 11-plus test delayed until later in the autumn term.
Nick Dale started tutoring for the 11-plus in 2009 after reading an article in The Daily Telegraph titled: 10 ways to beat the recession. Tutoring over 500 students, including a member of Qatari royal family, he has accumulated a database of 2,000 past exam papers.
Kent County Council’s Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Cllr Trudy Dean has described plans to delay the 11-plus test in Kent until October as “disappointing”.
What does it take to get a place at one of the leading grammar schools in the country like The Henrietta Barnett School or Queen Elizabeth’s School? Can children who are not tutored ever get in? What is the impact of intense preparation on a child’s mental health?
You run a household and look after other siblings. So how do you fit 11-plus preparation into a day? Three life coaches provide advice on finding time for the task.