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Reserve Virtual 11 Plus and Entrance Exams Tuition through your Back-Up Family Care Benefit

(Ages 8-11)

Exciting news — Bright Horizons and Explore Learning have partnered to enable you to use your Back-Up Care uses for Virtual Tutoring.

How it works

This virtual solution matches your child with an expert tutor. With weekly or bi-weekly tutored sessions led through a live online learning platform.

Your Back-Up Care uses can be exchanged for Virtual Tutoring in four-hour blocks (4 x 1-hour weekly sessions).

More information can be found on your Back-Up Care portal.

 

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Local and national expertise

For the last 18 years, we have been preparing children to pass 11 Plus and entrance exams throughout the UK.

In fact, we have supported over 50,000 children through in-person and online 11+ tuition. We have dedicated managers who know exactly what requirements your local schools have and the skills your child needs to pass them.

A curriculum to meet your needs

We tailor our 11 Plus and Entrance Exam tuition to suit the schools in your area.

Whether your child is sitting exams from the CEM exam board, GL Assessment or something more bespoke, our managers will identify the topics they need to study to give them the best chance of 11 Plus exam success.

BEFORE YOU BOOK: Find your Grammar School’s entrance exam requirements

*If your child is planning on attending an Independent School, please research the school requirements prior to making your booking.

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Year 4 / 3rd Class

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

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Year 5 / 4th Class

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

 

What is included?

For children

  • 11 Plus tuition individualised to their own unique needs
  • Unlimited access to our 11 Plus resources, revision materials and online tests
  • Access to additional virtual and archived lessons, reading lists & resources to support learning at home
  • Recognition of progress awards

For parents

  • 24/7 access to your child’s programme via Navigator, your online parent portal
  • View your child’s progress, track the skills they are mastering and the learning goals they are achieving
  • Tutor feedback after every session

What happens next?

Find out your schools entrance exam requirements before you make your booking. Tell us what combination of 11 Plus topics you’d like for us to tutor your child.

You can learn more about how it all works and ask questions about your child’s sessions.

We will arrange your weekly sessions at a time that suits you.

 

Any questions?

Our team are always happy to answer any questions you may have and we have provided some answers to our most frequently asked questions below. 

 

Please note that our operating hours are Monday to Saturday. We will endeavour to contact you within 24 hours.

How do you book?

To reserve Virtual Tutoring, please log-in to your Back-Up Care account, click on the yellow Virtual Tutoring button on the homepage, and follow the steps.

For a detailed walk-through on how to book, check out our guide.

 

If you’re a first-time user, you may be prompted for your employer username and password when registering. This can usually be found on your company’s intranet page – or by calling UK: 0800 247 1101 IE: 1800 303 5008

The Explore Learning 11 Plus programme

 

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Delivered by brilliant 11+ tutors

Nothing is too great a challenge with an Explore 11+ tutor by your side.  We know that people make the difference when it comes to learning.

Our 11 Plus tutors are highly skilled with impressive academic achievements. Most importantly they know how to make learning engaging, keep children calm and help them tackle exams with confidence.

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11 Plus and Entrance Exam course content

We tailor our 11+ tuition 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 11+ tutoring courses cover the following areas:

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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 ‘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. Learn 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…

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FAQs

What are your opening hours?

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When you request virtual 1:1 tutoring through the Back-Up Care website, you exchange use of Back-Up Care for tutoring hours. At that point, the hours are credited to your tutoring account and any adjustments to your tutoring schedule will be managed with Explore Learning. You are unable to cancel your membership before your exchanged Back-Up Care has ended, or have your Back-Up Care uses returned to you, but you can re-schedule sessions with Explore Learning in the event you are unable to attend one. Breaks from tuition are not permitted and tutoring sessions are to happen on a continuous weekly basis, whereby if a session is missed and is not re-scheduled it will not be able to be made up at a later date.

What happens when I make a booking?

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Once you have completed your booking using your virtual tutoring credits, you will receive an introduction call from your Explore Learning management team within 24 hours. Please note that once a booking has been made, your child’s tuition sessions must begin within a month. You cannot make a booking more than a month in advance of wanting to begin tuition.

When should my tuition begin?

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You will receive a call within 24 hours from our expert team. They’ll be on hand to answer any questions you may have and to get you set-up and ready for tuition! Your child’s sessions will usually start within a week of this set-up call, based on both your and our tutors availability. Please note that tuition sessions must begin within a month of your original booking. You cannot make a booking more than a month in advance of wanting to begin tuition.

Can I cancel my tuition?

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Once you’ve received your set-up call from our expert team, you won’t be able to cancel your sessions but you are able to reschedule them.

What if I want to purchase more credits to use for tuition?

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If you love the tuition and would like to book additional sessions, please go back to your Bright Horizons booking process to purchase more credits. We will then be in touch again to get you re-started!

How to get your child ready for their online session, and keep them safe online:

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Whilst we recognise that some children may prefer to undertake sessions independently, a parent/guardian should remain nearby for the duration of any member’s session – to be available for feedback at the end and respond to concerns or emergencies throughout. We also advise that younger members and those with additional medical or educational needs are supervised at all times.

Full details on the responsibilities that we expect our members, their families and our staff to adhere to, to ensure everyone is kept safe when working online, can be read within our Online Safety Policy & Procedures.

Where parents or staff are concerned that a child may be vulnerable to or experiencing online abuse or exposure to inappropriate content when working online, they must follow company Safeguarding Procedures and report concerns immediately as advised.

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Does the tutoring align with the different curriculums in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland?

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Yes. Explore Learning are mapped to school curriculums; National Curriculum, Curriculum for Excellence, Northern Ireland Curriculum and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

My child has a Special Educational Need. Can they benefit from using Explore Learning?

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Children are unique in their own individual way. Your tutor will get to know your child’s learning habits, so will be the best person to advise you on how they can support your child. If you have any concerns or questions about this, you can speak to the Explore Learning team prior to booking. Find out more information on how Explore Learning support children with SEN.

Can my children have the same tutor or be in the same tutoring session?

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Every child has their own individual tutoring session with maths and English questions that are tailored to them and their specific individual learning needs. This means that siblings or children of the same household cannot share the same tutoring session. However, it is possible to have the same tutor for each of your children, based on tutor availability. These tutoring sessions will still be at different times.

How long will virtual 1:1 tutoring credits be available?

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Virtual 1:1 credits can be redeemed with Explore Learning up to 12 months from the date of purchase from Bright Horizons. Once credits have been redeemed, tuition must begin within four weeks.

What is the cancellation policy for virtual 1:1 tutoring reservations?

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When you request virtual 1:1 tutoring through the Back-Up Care website, you exchange use of Back-Up Care for tutoring hours. At that point, the hours are credited to your tutoring account and any adjustments to your tutoring schedule will be managed with Explore Learning. You are unable to cancel your membership before your exchanged Back-Up Care has ended, or have your Back-Up Care uses returned to you, but you can re-schedule sessions with Explore Learning in the event you are unable to attend one. Breaks from tuition are not permitted and tutoring sessions are to happen on a continuous weekly basis, whereby if a session is missed and is not re-scheduled it will not be able to be made up at a later date.

How do I reschedule booked sessions?

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Tutored sessions are to occur on a weekly basis, on the same day and at the same time. Should you wish to change your weekly session, day or time, please contact your Explore Learning management team giving them a week’s notice. You can advise during a session call 020 3409 1175 or email [email protected]. A dedicated customer service team are available Monday to Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. Please note we are closed on Sundays.

We cannot guarantee movement of session days or times but will endeavour to support you where possible. In the event of your Explore Learning management team being unable to move your weekly tutored session day or time, you will not be in entitled to receive a replacement session. Instead, you have 24/7 access to your child’s tailored programme where they can resume their independent sessions prior to their next tutored session

How can I find out my child’s entrance exam school requirements?

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If your child is planning on going to a Grammar School, you can search all school entrance exam requirements here: https://www.explorelearning.co.uk/11-plus-exams/search-exams/. For independent schools, please research the exam requirements beforehand.

How do you tailor your tuition to meet my child’s entrance exam school requirements?

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We tailor our 11 Plus and entrance exam tuition to suit the schools in your area.
Whether your child is sitting exams from the CEM exam board, GL Assessment or something more bespoke, our managers will identify the topics they need to study to give them the best chance of 11 Plus exam success.

What 11 Plus and entrance exams topics does your tuition cover?

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Our 11 Plus and entrance exams course covers maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal reasoning (where relevant).

Can my child begin 11 Plus tuition in UK Year 4 / Ireland 3rd class?

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Yes. We offer a Year 4 / 3rd Class 11 Plus course which begins to build confidence and introduces children to exam content, pro-actively enhancing children’s problem solving skills and exam etiquette.

How does my child access their weekly 11 Plus session and lesson resources?

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After your call with our teams, your child’s sessions will be booked in and you will receive your welcome email. This email contains all of your child’s log in details to access their tutored sessions, as well as the 11 Plus course lesson plans and resources.