Every child deserves the best chance at school to fulfil their potential.

11 Plus English tuition equips them with the tools they need to thrive academically and prepares them for the future. 



So what does the English exam involve? 

The 11 Plus English exams for grammar, private or independent schools can come in a variety of formats, depending on the local area and the school requirements.

As English is taught as part of the school curriculum, your child should be familiar with many of the topics covered in the 11+ English exams, however, the exams will include higher level questions for each concept.

Creative writing and

– Planning and reviewing

– Writing a variety of styles including letters,
diaries, essays, articles and continued texts

Grammar, punctuation,
and spelling

– Recognising errors

– Identifying terms


– Developing a literal/interpretive understanding

– Analysing a variety of texts including
poetry, play scripts, descriptive and
narrative texts

11 Plus English

How can my child prepare for 11 Plus English?

The 11 Plus English test will assess your child’s understanding of written texts, their grammar, punctuation and spelling skills and in some cases, how they compose a written task. 

How can we help you prepare?

Premium 11 Plus exam course

Our 11+ tutoring course ensures your child will develop a
strong foundation of skills in English and maths,
building their confidence so that they feel
prepared for exams and excited about their
next steps.

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Encouraging your child to read

Reading as often as possible can have a big
impact on your child’s overall English ability.
Planning, writing and reviewing their own work
is also a great way for your child to practice
their spelling, punctuation and grammar.

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11 Plus English practice questions

Whether it’s practising their reading and writing
skills with our 11+ English worksheets,
using our Grammar school test papers or our
online resources for English practice, we’ve got
everything you need to prepare your child for
their grammar school.

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Covering all 11 Plus English topics

Your child will already have a foundation
knowledge in the following topics from being
taught at school, but our incredible Explore
Learning 11+ tutors will make sure that they’re feeling
super fearless with whichever questions they
get given in the exams.

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11 Plus English questions

We tailor our 11+ tuition course content to meet the demands of the exams in the local area.  Our range of 11 Plus practice resources will help your child prepare for the right type of English questions. 

The question type can vary depending on the exam your child is taking, including multiple choice and whether they’ll be using their English skills also for the Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning exams, but don’t fret! – we’ve got all of the different types of practice papers and practice tests ready for your child to make sure they’re prepared. 

We use our English papers and exam papers at the right times throughout your child’s preparation course with us, to create confidence in their approach gradually to achieve overall success. 
Depending on your child’s individual needs, our tutors will develop their tailored sessions to revise key primary concepts and focus on new secondary English skills, whilst developing their exam technique and etiquette.

practice papers.

11 Plus English exam topics

How does your child feel about each of the following topics already?  Our tutors support children with the knowledge they need for the exam and with developing a fearless attitude.

So what do the 11+ English exams involve?

  • Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence structure
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Literacy

Not too familiar with the 11 Plus? Our experts tackle some common misconceptions about the exam

11 Plus support and help for parents: English

Together, we can support your child to achieve success.

Set clear expectations together

Setting expectations isn’t just a job for parents.  Ensure you have a conversation with your child to understand how they are feeling and identify any concerns.

Try to create some clear behavioural and academic expectations for the year but ensure your child has a say.  If your child feels they are involved in creating these then they will try harder and take ownership of the expected standards set.


Get involved

Get involved by reflecting with your child at the end of each lesson of ways they have managed to overcome any challenges or what has been their highlight.

Work closely with your child’s tutors and teachers

It’s important that we all work as a team to support your child.

We want your opinion on what areas you think your child needs to focus on.  We also hold parent open sessions, which are a great opportunity for you to ask questions about the 11 Plus exam process. Communicating any home support or school feedback to us is extremely helpful too!


Create a routine

Create a routine that will support your child with managing their workload and achieve their best with less stress!

Discuss which days are going to be their revision days and balance time between homework and chill time.

We’re all in this together.

Have a look at the below link to take an 11 Plus quiz and be in the know with the type of content and questions that your child will be solving.


Take our 11+ quiz!


Practice, practice, practice!

At Explore Learning, we give you and your child personalised feedback and regular parent’s meetings.

Talk to your child about this feedback and practise the areas that your 11+ tutor highlights for you in between sessions for extra revision.

Beyond the 11 Plus

Whilst we will prepare your child to confidently tackle the advanced content of the exam, we are also dedicated to ensuring that children have the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in their new school.

For many children, the step up to year 7 can be a daunting one.  That’s why from day one our 11 Plus tuition course will develop your child’s confidence and social skills – ensuring they are academically prepared, ready and excited about all of the wonderful new experiences and friends they will meet.

In order to ensure your child’s English ability is up to scratch, every member will have their own bespoke curriculum.  This is constantly tailored to their ability, ensuring they are sufficiently developed, stretched and challenged in the right areas.

As with everything, regular practice for the 11 Plus is key.  Your child’s English ability will be developed during both their individualised weekly maths and English tuition sessions and their specific weekly in-person or online 11 Plus tuition sessions.

Our 11 Plus experts are on hand to answer any questions about how we can help your child to prepare for the exams and beyond.

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We’ve got a family of expert 11+ tutors waiting to help you succeed.

Building confidence with content

The English elements of the 11 Plus test require a strong foundation of knowledge and often contain material set at a higher level (at least a year ahead).

English tutoring can allow children to cover content more advanced than they may be able to cover at school, giving them the chance to feel familiar and confident with a higher level of English.

Developing the fearless attitude

Our 11 Plus tutors know that to achieve success, they need to nurture the fearless approach first.

Layering that with exam technique and etiquette skills, your child will build a relationship with one of our own experienced tutors, who specialise in discovering what exact learning style suits your child, so that in every session, we’re working towards achieving their goals.


Get started with 11 Plus English support!

From finding 11 Plus schools in your area to practising exam questions and discussing 11 Plus tuition, we will help with your next steps.

At Explore Learning, success is behind our expert English tutors getting to know your child as an individual. Over the last 15 years, Explore Learning has developed an 11 Plus and Entrance Exam offering that is tailored to suit the schools in your local area. Whether your child is sitting a CEM, GL Assessment, Bond, Avery, local or independent school entrance test, we are experts at it all and we will adapt our tools and advice to prepare your child to be prepared for their specific exam.