Non-Verbal Reasoning revision challenge for 11+ and Pre-Test students
By Sarah Collins
17 Jul

Most of us put off starting a new task and then reward ourselves for beginning or completing it to stimulate us into action. Your child is likely to be similarly reluctant to begin the task of 11+ revision, especially if they haven’t encountered subjects like non-verbal reasoning before. So, why not take a leaf out of your own book and plan some treats for your child to make their summer schedule a little more enjoyable? 

English revision challenge for 11+ and Pre-Test students
By Sarah Collins
12 Jul

Finding the revision techniques that work best for your child is an important part of this first stage of revision. We talked about how short periods of exercise can help children to focus more effectively in the Maths blog last week. In this week’s blog we look at how talking and visualising can help some children to retain important facts, then explain how some basic English knowledge can make all the difference to your child’s exam success.

Maths revision challenge for 11+ and Pre-Test students
By Sarah Collins
04 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.
Post 13+ Common Entrance Ideas for children
By Victoria Burrill
29 Jun
Victoria Burrill is an English Key Stage 2 textbook author and lover of words and stories, she has been teaching for the last 10 years and has prepared countless children for 11+, pre-test and 13+ examinations. In this post she shares some ideas for children after those key examinations.

It’s over! The exams are finished.  The anxiety is abating.  Now what?  It’s a long hard slog towards the 13+.  Schoolwork, homework, revision… Life after 13+ can feel like being cast adrift, for both teachers, parents and students alike.  So how can you best use this time, keep your exhausted students (and teachers) engaged and add something to their education that perhaps other moments in their school career may not allow? 
Raising your Grades with Grammar
By Sarah Collins
19 Jun
Following the increased emphasis on grammar teaching in recent years, the 11+ and Common Entrance Pre-Tests are now reflecting these changes. With specific exercises targeting grammar (as well as spelling and punctuation) in English and verbal reasoning tests and a clear mark allocation in writing tasks, grammar has never had greater focus.