11 Plus CSSE, FSCE, GL and Independent School Comprehension Tips – 2024

Comprehension exercises for the 11+ English exams vary considerably both in terms of difficulty and content. In addition to this, your child may have little to no experience facing such questions within a strict time limit. This all means that comprehension exercises can sometimes be far more challenging than they initially appear. The text: What […]

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Navigating the London 11 Plus Consortium: A Comprehensive Guide for 2024 Entry

Brief Overview of the London 11 Plus Consortium The London 11 Plus Consortium, a notable alliance of leading independent schools in London, represents a unified approach to the 11 Plus examination process. This consortium, encompassing a diverse range of schools, including those within the North London Consortium, streamlines the entrance procedure for prospective students. The […]

Understanding the ISEB Common Pre-Tests: A Comprehensive Guide

Overview of ISEB Pre-Tests The ISEB Common Pre-Test stand as a hallmark of academic assessment in the UK’s independent school sector. These tests, commonly known as the ISEB Pre Tests or simply the ISEB Pretest, are a series of standardised examinations crafted by the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB). They are meticulously designed to evaluate […]

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CSSE 11+ Exam Creative Writing Tips 2024

CSSE Exam Creative Writing Tips   The CSSE Exam: 9 must know creative writing tips Children can all too often feel overwhelmed by elements of the 11+ exams, with their parents frequently equally as intimidated. With this in mind, we’ve put together a simple list of tips for those preparing for the CSSE exam.   […]

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The Times Results the 2021 Sunday Times Schools Guide and Essex Grammar Schools

Parents and educators keenly await The Sunday Times Parent Power League Tables. This November, the most recent Parent Power results have been released, which is fully compiled by The Sunday Times. This guide looks at 2,000 of the highest achieving schools throughout the UK and then ranks them based on the obtained results during exams. […]

How to educate a gifted child

The term gifted child is often seen as describing a child who is seen as academically able. Their cognitive development will happen at a much faster rate than others, and this development will often be much quicker than their physical, emotional and social development.  If you are a parent of a child that is known […]

How to Pass the CSSE in Essex

  Grammar schools across Essex use the CSSE 11+ tests to gauge whether students merit entry. The narrow margin between success and failure will determine where your child continues their education; so, these exams are important. With that in mind, here are four simple steps to help you and your child in the build-up to […]

What Makes a Good Teacher? 21st Century Pedagogy

Pedagogy (ped-a-go-dji) is an ancient Greek term that refers to the art of teaching. In particular, it relates to the methods by which a teacher imparts knowledge to their students. The Socratic method, i.e. the reciprocal asking and answering of questions, is perhaps the oldest set method of pedagogy; but understandably, things have changed since […]

How the Idea of Deep Work Can Help Our Children

As parents or educators, we should always look for new ways to help our children learn. Today’s topic—deep work—isn’t revolutionary, but it is essential. We all recognise it as a vital part of healthy attitudes to work, even if we don’t focus on it. So let’s learn more about deep work: what it is and […]