Why is the age of 8 so important to my child’s academic development?


Is 8 the magic number? Around the age of 8 children are experiencing one of the biggest changes in their academic development. Dr Michelle Anthony (PhD) an advisor, columnist, and feature writer for Scholastic’s Parent and Child Magazine says: “They move from being pre-schoolers into middle childhood, from a life dominated by fantasy to one […]

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Simple things worth checking to improve attainment


Does increasing funding equal success? When politicians look to improve attainment from students around the country, often it is considered in line with spending on improved facilities or increasing the number of teachers. However, this BBC article seems to show that perhaps we’re looking at things incorrectly. From the article: South Korea is one of the highest-performing […]

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What is non-verbal reasoning (NVR) and is it possible to improve my child’s ability?

Smart 11+ Tuition teacher and children

When researching the eleven plus (11+), you will find that the 11+ exam contains an area known as non-verbal reasoning (NVR).  NVR is the ability to ‘understand and analyse visual information and solve problems using visual reasoning’ according to the University of Kent.  It shows pupils ability to solve complex problems without being limited by their […]

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Can the CEM exam writers make an 11+ test that is ‘untutorable’?

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Grammar school tests have changed in nature over the past 15 years. They have increased in the weighting of certain areas, while other areas have decreased.  We have seen a rise in the verbal and non-verbal reasoning sections of the paper, while more ‘traditional’ areas such as mental arithmetic and creative writing have been reduced or […]

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What are the best 11+ revision tips for the exam this summer?


Revision involves an amalgamation of the application of all one has learnt, alongside memorisation of specific facts.  Punch ’11+ revision tips’ in to google and you will see an abundance of advice and tips on how to approach revision. You will find ways to help optimise what has been taught during lessons.  However, it is […]

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