The 11+ entrance exam journey

Nov 26 2016
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It’s wise to start planning early for your child’s move to senior school. Begin by finding out which local schools are available to your child, and consider how far you would consider commuting across London for the right school.

If you are considering selective state or independent schools, it’s essential to have your child academically assessed. This will allow you to find out if they could pass the 11+ (and whether they are likely to thrive in an academically selective senior school).  Good assessment feedback should also include advice on which schools would be a good fit for your child’s ability and academic potential.

If you decide a selective school is right for your child, this is where the journey through the 11+ entrance exam begins!

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Think your school run is tough? – Spare a thought for this family

Nov 21 2016
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Love it or loathe it, if you’re a parent there is no avoiding it. The school run is an essential part of the day and the average parent has now been found to spend nine weeks of their lives on the School Run. With winter well and truly upon us it seems parents are about to be handed a new set of problems to get their kids to school before that all important first bell.

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Tips to encourage your child’s writing

Nov 04 2016
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While lots of you may spend time reading with your child every day, when was the last time you encouraged them to write something they enjoy?

New research from the National Literacy Trust has shown that just one fifth of children (20.7%) write daily outside the classroom and more than a quarter of children (28.1%) say they rarely or never write something that isn’t for school.

This is particularly concerning as the research also shows that children who write outside the classroom every day are five times more likely to write above the expected level for their age, compared with those who never do so.

Here are some top tips for encouraging your child’s interest in writing as they grow up.

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