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A Little Bit of Maths Help

It’s going to be a bit of a cheat, this post. Probably the shortest one I’ve ever written, but my mind is so pre-occupied with the ongoing 11+ exams at the moment, that I can barely think of anything else. We did (yes, it feels like we all are doing it) the Selective …

Beware Of 11+ Burnout

It seems we have hit a bit of a wall with our 11+ exams preparations. All was going well until May – June, but in the last few weeks my son has been increasingly reluctant to do any revision. When he does do some work, he is quite resentful and makes loads of really silly …

Grammar Schools Clock Is Ticking

Yes, it’s yet another 11+ post. You see, once we’ve decided to go down the ‘let’s try to get our child into a grammar school’ route, it has taken over my life.  With the deadline fast approaching (only three months to the Selective Eligibility Test – the first exams round), we breathe and live revision and practice test …

It Can’t Be June Already…

It can’t be June already, can it? Well, technically speaking, it is still May as I write it, but let’s not fuss over the last few hours that are still left of it. Seriously, I really don’t know where the time has gone this spring. As most mothers of school-age children, …

3 Reasons Why People Struggle With Maths

Maths is one of those subjects that people believe they are either good or rubbish at, with very little – if any – space for the middle ground. Those who are good at maths, tend to take it for granted. Many assume that if they understand it, so should everyone else. Those who are not particularly …

The Cost Of Getting Through 11+ Exams

Quality and affordability of education in the UK, especially at a secondary school level, is often a controversial and divisive subject. This is even more the case when a discussion focuses on access to selective schools. The cost of preparation for selective schools’ 11+ entry exams has been rising over the past few years; it …

11+ Preparation – Can It Be Too Much?

11+ exams are looming… With just over six months left before selective secondary schools exams, pressure is building up. Let’s face it – preparation for entrance exams at 11+ is stressful, both for children and parents. Between the two, it is the child’s stress that needs to be avoided as much as possible if the preparation is to be effective.  Yes, a bit of stress is a good motivating factor for grown-ups, …

How 11+ Can Change People

Those of you, my readers, whose children have been, or are going through, 11+ preparations and exams, will probably relate to what you are about to read.  If, however, you have not experienced the 11+, let me tell you this – it is an extremely stressful process and possibly the hardest, most unpleasant, year of the entire …

Teenage Roller Coaster Challenge

Yesterday I was wondering whether I should write about personal stuff on my blog or move towards more ‘useful’ or ‘practical’ topics, and had some lovely comments from my readers which made me realise that there is nothing wrong with ‘assorted musings’ aka ‘random rants’. I am very grateful for …

Grammar Schools – Is Your Child Bright Enough?

It’s this time of the year again – summer holidays round the corner and open days in secondary schools. If your child has only one or two more years left in their primary school, the big question of ‘Where next?’ is likely to play on your mind. We have started …