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And the winner of our competition is...
By Emma Crossey
23 Jun
To celebrate the launch of our new English textbooks (English for Key Stage 2 and English for Common Entrance), we invited children aged 7-13 to send us a poem letting us know how reading unlocked the world. With almost 200 entries, we are delighted to announce the winning poem.
11+ PARENT CASE STUDY – Approaching the 11+ for the first time, where do we start?
By Emma Crossey
19 Jun
Approaching the entrance exam process for the first time can seem overwhelming; where do you even start? Here, we talk to a dad looking ahead to the 11+ and provide guidance on how you can make the process clearer. 

My son will be sitting the 11+ between November 2017 and February 2018, and as it’s the first time we’re going through the process, we’re both feeling quite anxious...
How your child can prepare for an interview
By Victoria Burrill
09 Jun

As former Head of Year 6 and now Head of English at a London prep school, Victoria Burrill has extensive experience of preparing children for entrance interviews at 11+ and 13+, and interviewing prospective students. Here, she reveals how your child can make a good impression at interview.  
 
Interviews - rising heart rate, perspiring palms, dry mouth. And that’s just as an adult. Now we are asking children to participate in interviews from the age of 10, and even younger. So what is the best way to prepare?

Final 13+ study tips for half term
By Elizabeth Holtom, Author of Study Skills: Building the study skills needed for 13+ and beyond
24 May
With less than two weeks to go before the 13+ exams, every remaining moment of exam preparation is precious. Elizabeth Holtom shares her final exam tips for half term, and explains how excessive screen time will have a negative impact on your child’s study routine and on their sleep pattern ...
13+ PARENT CASE STUDY - How to tackle so many subjects in so little time
By Jane Gillespie - a London mum
17 May
Thanks to Jane for sharing her family’s 13+ revision tactics. An entrance exam veteran, she has tackled the 11+ twice in the last 2-3 years and her son is now sitting 13+ Common Entrance. 13+ Common Entrance can seem overwhelming and here, Jane shares a very honest account of her 13+ experience.
 
There is no getting around the fact that Common Entrance is a really tough exam – there are a lot of subjects with virtually no choice, and the syllabus for some (geography springs immediately to mind) is nearly as broad and theory-heavy as the GCSE one.

 
As there is no point despairing if you are locked into Common Entrance with your son or (in some, but rarer situations in London especially) your daughter, what do you do about it? Somehow, the demands have to be juggled.