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Can you discover which snail ate the strawberry?
By Sarah Collins
25 Jul
11+ and pre-test revision is all about building thinking skills, improving the ability to think through new situations and problems, working out answers using existing knowledge. This is the second in a series of blogs designed to help build these thinking skills but in a fun and engaging way. Each blog takes one of the most challenging areas of an 11+ subject and sets problems in a slightly different way for your children to solve. This approach builds confidence in tackling question variations that are now increasingly commonplace in today’s 11+ tests. The question in this blog relates to matrices – one the most challenging question types in non-verbal reasoning tests.
Are you eagle-eyed enough to spot the bird?
By Sarah Collins
14 Jul

This is the first in a series of summer holiday blogs designed to show you how solving problems can be intriguing as well as entertaining. 11+ and pre-test revision is all about building thinking skills, using existing knowledge to work out the answers to new challenges. This series of blogs is designed to help children exercise these thinking skills in each area of 11+ testing. Each blog takes one of the most challenging areas of a subject and sets problems in a slightly different way. This approach builds confidence in tackling question variations that are now increasingly common-place in today’s 11+ tests.

More favourites from our poetry competition
By Emma Crossey
11 Jul
We couldn't pass up the opportunity to share more favourites from our poetry competition, where young poets from across the country let us know 'how reading unlocks the world'. Mia from Focus School, Hindhead Campus, won the poetry competition with her poem The Old Library, and two runners up, Claudia and James, won personalised notebooks and Waterstones vouchers. Enjoy these wonderful entries which made the final round of judging.
11+ PARENT CASE STUDY – Approaching the 11+ for the first time, where do we start?
By Emma Crossey
04 Jul
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...