We want every child to reach their potential and do their very best in school and we’re here to support the whole family with your child’s journey into grammar school and beyond.

The key to success at the 11 Plus is a strong foundation in core maths and English skills. We’ve developed an 11 Plus course to support your child in the run up to and during the transition to secondary school.

When should I begin preparation for the 11 Plus?

When should I begin preparation?

The earlier, the better!

From experience we know that the best preparation for the exams cannot be achieved in a short period of time. That’s why we commence our specific exam preparation 12 months prior to the exam for Year 5 members. For those in Year 4 and below, attending Explore Learning tailored sessions offers a great foundation in the key maths and English skills vital to future exam success.

Early preparation for the 11 Plus

Early preparation

The key to exam success is strong core maths and English skills, which can be further developed throughout a child’s primary education. Explore Learning offer a range of options to offer the best possible complement to your child’s school education.

Depending on your child’s individual needs, we create a programme of learning that develops these core maths and English skills and broadly develops:

  • Maths knowledge and reasoning skills
  • Reading and comprehension skills
  • Writing skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

We work with you to tailor the best possible programme of learning for your child.

Depending on your child’s areas of strength, we might also recommend our Creative Writing class or Problem Solving Maths class.

The year before the 11 Plus

The year before

Full preparation for the exams cannot be achieved in a short period of time. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills need to be developed, alongside strengthening a child’s general mental arithmetic and vocabulary. That’s why we offer a year-long exam preparation class alongside an individual learning session in the preceding year.

Our programme maps to the National Curriculum and prepares children for their year 6 SATS and the transition to secondary school.

Beyond the 11 Plus exam

Beyond the exam

We do not believe in simply ‘teaching to the test’, after all the test is the very beginning of your child’s journey into secondary education. To support your child in the run up to and during the transition to secondary school and beyond, we can continue to support them with the new challenges they face.

Depending on your child’s individual needs, we will develop a course to revise key primary concepts, or focus on new secondary maths and English skills, during two individual, tailored learning sessions per week.

Alternatively, your child may benefit from one individual learning session, alongside a class lesson each week delivered through our Succeed in Secondary class – giving students in secondary school, or those about to start, the skills to succeed.

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

Over the last 15 years Explore Learning has developed an 11 Plus and Entrance Exam offering that is tailored to suit the schools in the local area. Whether your child is sitting a CEM, GL Assessment or local school entrance paper we adapt our tools to prepare for many local consortia.

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