Explore Learning tuition is the best possible support for your child’s journey into grammar school.

Our expert 11 Plus tutors can support your child online in the lead up to and beyond the exam. 


11 Plus tuition

Experienced tutors for exam success

We’ve got 12 years of experience under our belt!

There are a few important things, which are key to succeeding in the 11+ exam (or any other entry exam).

A multitude of
self-belief, confidence
and a fearless approach
to learning.

Regular structured
time to practise, revise
and recap.

Being equipped with the
right exam techniques
and ability in core maths
and English skills.

We know this through our experience of coaching over 50,000 children in our centres and online, helping them to practice their speed, hone their accuracy and master exam techniques to ace it on the day. 

The entrance exam that your child takes may differ depending on the area you live in and the school your child is looking to join. Two of the main exam boards are the CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) and the GL Assessment.

Find our more about the differences between CEM and GL exams with example questions in our guides here.

Professional 11 Plus and Entrance Exam
tuition memberships

At Explore Learning, we understand that your child will work best in the environment that suits them best.  That’s why we have flexible memberships to suit you.  Regardless of what membership you choose, rest assured that our priority is getting your child confident and exam ready. 

Our 11 Plus and Entrance Exam courses run from September – August each year. 

See if for yourself and meet our team before you decide in our free trial.

11 Plus and Entrance Exam Tuition

From £150 per month

Available in learning centres and online

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11 Plus and Entrance Exam Tuition

From £149 per month

Available online

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From £150 per month*

*Prices vary depending on centre location.  From £150-£165 per month.  Our team will be able to give you the exact price when you enquire. 


Group 11 Plus & Entrance Exam Tuition

Online and in a learning centre

1 x centre session
PLUS 1 x group online session per week

  • 1 x scheduled in centre maths and English session per week (1 tutor to 6 children)
    These maths and English sessions support children to develop their core curriculum knowledge.
  • 1 x scheduled online group 11 Plus session per week (1 tutor to 6 children).
    11 Plus sessions will develop exam technique, speed and accuracy and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Recommended 11 Plus home practice.
  • Access to unlimited online verbal and non-verbal reasoning practice.
  • Access to your child’s tailored learning programme.  This means they can log on and work on their maths and English skills as much as they like from home.

From £180 per month



Group 11 Plus & Entrance Exam Tuition

Online tuition only

1 x one-to-one online session
PLUS 1 x group online session per week

  • 1 x scheduled online maths and English session per week (one-to-one)
    These maths and English sessions support children to develop their core curriculum knowledge.
  • 1 x scheduled online group 11 Plus session per week (1 tutor to 6 children).
    11 Plus sessions will develop exam technique, speed and accuracy and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Recommended 11 Plus home practice.
  • Access to unlimited online verbal and non-verbal reasoning practice.
  • Access to your child’s tailored learning programme.  This means they can log on and work on their maths and English skills as much as they like from home.

What is the 11 Plus?

What exactly are the 11 Plus and entrance exams, and what sort of questions are in the test? 

Watch our handy video guide to get the lowdown.


What do our 11 Plus and Entrance Exam Courses cover? 

At Explore Learning, our courses are designed to support children not only with their exam technique but to build the correct foundations and keep confidence high beyond the exam too.

Whilst children are able to join our courses at any point, we thoroughly recommend attending from the start; this way your child will get the knowledge they need at the right pace.

Our 11+ and Entrance Exam courses run from September – August each year.

Pre-Year 4

Our pre-year 4 course builds a strong
foundation of skills, which is the key to
succeeding in the exams.

  • Individualised tuition from experienced tutors
  • Stretch and challenge
  • Core maths and English ability
  • Encouraging fearless learning

Year 4

Our Year 4 course introduces and
practices the content your child will face
in the exams.

  • Introduction to exam content
  • Enhancing problem solving skills
  • Awareness of exam etiquette
  • Tackling new concepts
  • Building confidence

Year 5

Our Year 5 course develops advanced
knowledge, covering all question types
covered in the exams.


  • Exam technique
  • Speed and accuracy
  • Advanced maths and English
  • Working under pressure

Year 6 and beyond

Continue to excel in the next chapter,
where we continue to teach skills and
knowledge for success.


  • Positive learning attitude
  • Hone skills in KS2 curriculum
  • Preparation for SATs exams
  • Not afraid to make mistakes
  • Strive to discover more

Proven results with 11 Plus tutors

The University of Reading carried out an independent efficacy study to assess the impact Explore Learning has on children’s academic and personal progress.
Download the report to read the findings.


      Regular, honest feedback

  Online practice at home

  Support for the whole family

How does 11 Plus online tuition with Explore Learning work?

Book your free trial session

This is a great opportunity for you to meet our team and see our tuition in action, with no commitment.

Join the Explore Learning family

As a member, you’ll pay a monthly fee for weekly tutored sessions, unlimited access to your learning programmes and so much more.

Log on, discover and practise

Your child will work with the same tutor every week, building a strong relationship but they can also log in anytime and practise on their own.

Review and make progress

We’ll keep you in the loop every step of the way. You’ll get tailored feedback plus regular parent’s meetings to discuss their progress and plan ahead.

11 Plus and Entrance Exam course content

We tailor our 11 Plus and Entrance Exam offering to suit the schools in your area, including local and independent schools, so you know your child is getting the right personalised preparation they need.


Our courses cover the following areas:

Verbal reasoning

Our verbal reasoning exam preparation increases your child’s vocabulary and reasoning skills using our challenging paper-based and online resources. Read more…

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Non-verbal reasoning

Seen as a ‘pure intelligence measure’ by examiners our non-verbal reasoning exam preparation utilises a sophisticated online learning tool. Find out more...

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11 Plus maths

Our maths exam preparation will encourage your child to be confident in their arithmetic, speed, reasoning and problem solving skills. All essential for the exam and beyond. Read more…

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11 Plus English

Developing comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and writing skills are the focus of our exam preparation English course. Find out more…

Learn more

Try out some 11 Plus questions

If you’re not sure what verbal reasoning or non-verbal reasoning is all about, or if you want to get a better understanding of the kind of knowledge children need for the 11 Plus exams, then try out some practice questions below.


Premium 11 Plus tutors near you

When we ask our family of staff, ‘Why do you love what you do?’, they all say the same thing – because I believe in what I do.  Explore Learning believes in our people, they’re at the heart of everything we do!

Trust in our very own expert tutors to help you to achieve your goals.  We’re recommended by teachers and trusted by parents for a reason:

Proven results

Experts in
building bonds

DBS checked

Skilled in
different learning

Vibrant tuition

Experienced in
knowing what’s
best for your

We hand pick our elite tutors based on their passionate experience and teaching styles. 

For us, tutoring is more than just showing a child how to do maths and English.  Our tutors instil an everlasting confidence and fearless learning approach in every child they support.  Trained to the highest standards of delivering the school curriculum and beyond, our team are here waiting to deliver vibrant and unforgettable tuition for you!



11 Plus Tutor, Bournemouth

“Hi, I teach the 11 Plus course at the Bournemouth centre. I’m studying International Business Studies at Bournemouth University and have been working for Explore Learning for 3 years. I’m most passionate about teaching children new exam techniques to help them to succeed.”


11 Plus Tutor, Woking

“Hello! My names is Polly, I’m a recent graduate and about to start my Masters in Law.  I’ve been tutoring for over 5 years with children of all abilities and currently help to run the 11+ programme!”

Do you need a tutor to pass the 11 Plus exam? 

There’s more to passing the 11 Plus exam than just being excellent at maths and English

Building a growth mindset

Learning the correct curriculum to pass the exams is one thing, however our tutors do so much more than that.  Having a tutor ensures that your child is guided and supported at every step of their 11 Plus journey. 

Our team teach more than just maths and English; they inspire, encourage problem-solving and an ongoing growth mindset to motivate your child to achieve their very best. 

Progressing academically and encouraging a fearless approach

We believe that children preparing for the 11+ should enjoy the process, take pleasure in learning new skills and in honing existing ones.

They will develop many skills alongside those covered in the exam so that they become a well-rounded, confident 10-year-old not just a child primed to pass a test.  This is definitely the ethos that underpins our classes at Explore Learning. 

When to start 11 Plus tutoring

From experience, we know that the best preparation for the exams cannot be achieved in a short period of time.  That’s why our approach is designed to support children in the lead up to, during and beyond the exams. 

  • The exams aren’t easy, but we can make them easier by giving your child the skills they need to succeed.  Grammar schools are looking for children with high levels of maths and English skills, as well as the ability to perform under pressure.
  • The good news is that Explore Learning can support your family to prepare for the 11+ and entrance exams straight away, working in partnership with you to get the best results.
  • For younger children, attending Explore Learning tailored sessions offers a great foundation in the key maths and English skills vital to future exam success.  However, we commence our specific exam preparation for children in Year 4, following the course through Year 5 and right up to the exams.
  • Therefore, it’s never too early to start preparing for the 11 Plus or entrance exams!

How can I help my child pass 11 Plus?

Let’s work as a team.  We want you to be involved with your child’s 11 Plus journey, so that together we can encourage them to try their best. 

Set clear expectations together

Have a conversation with your child to firstly identify any concerns. Then try to create some clear behavioural and academic expectations for the year but ensure they have a say. Involving children in creating these may make them try harder to meet these expectations.


Get involved

Try reflecting with your child at the end of each revision session, online learning lesson or practice paper of ways they have managed to overcome any challenges or ask them what has been their highlight.

Work closely with your child’s tutors and teachers

It’s incredibly important that we all work as a team to support your child and that we’re all working from the same page.

We want your opinion on what areas you think your child needs to focus on.  Communicating any home support or school feedback to us is extremely helpful too!


Create a routine

We know from experience that having clear routines will support your child with managing their workload to achieve their best with less stress!

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

Put yourself in their shoes

We’re all in this together.

Take 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 problem solving.


Take our 11 Plus quiz!


Practice, practice, practice!

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

It’s important that you and your child talk about this feedback and practise the areas that your tutor highlights for you in between sessions for extra revision.

Beyond the 11 Plus

So, what’s next?  Your child has completed the exam, and is about to start their journey from primary school onto secondary school?  We’ve still got you covered.

To support your child in this new transition to secondary education, they can also join our Succeed in Secondary course, which is packed full of sessions, lessons, projects and activities to give them the best start in their next educational phase of life.

Find out more about the Succeed In Secondary course.


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Try Explore Learning for free!

Ready to get started? We’re so excited to have you join us!

The process of getting to know your child starts from the very first time we meet you at your free trial session.  This is an opportunity for us to discuss your child’s requirements in depth and for us to showcase exactly how we plan to support your child at every step of their 11 Plus journey. 

Our free trial sessions last 45 minutes and there’s no obligation to sign up.
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