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Free 11+ Practice Papers for 2024.

15 Jun 24

You can download and print our free 11+ practice papers to support your child as they prepare for their 11+ exams.The 11+ Exam (or "11-plus") is a selective entrance exam generally taken at the b..

The 11+ Exam for grammar school entry in September 2025. A guide for parents.

14 Jun 24

This article provides a guide for parents of current Year 5 children who want to prepare their children for the 11+ Exam in September 2024 so that they can enter their child into Year 7 at a gram..

How much does a tutor cost? A guide for parents 2024.

13 Jun 24

IntroductionMany factors affect the tutoring rates per hour in the UK, but according to our research into some of the UK's most popular tuition agencies, the average cost of a tutor is £39 per h..

Understanding the Primary National Curriculum. A guide for parents.

12 Jun 24

As a parent, navigating your child's educational journey can feel overwhelming. One critical component of this journey is understanding the Primary National Curriculum. This curriculum sets out t..

Useful parent checklists for the primary national curriculum.

11 Jun 24

Many parents wish they had an easy checklist of what their child should know by the end of each year. So we made them!The primary national curriculum outlines what a child should learn and know b..

Year 6 Key Stage 2 SATs in May 2025. A guide for parents.

11 Jun 24

This guide is for parents of children in Year 6 who are preparing for their Key Stage 2 SATs. It aims to provide parents with practical advice and strategies to support their children through thi..

Do Your Eyes Shine?

06 Jun 24

Isn't it wonderful when you meet someone whose eyes shine? You don't often meet them, but when you do, they have a real impact. When you are with them, when you talk with them, you can see someth..

How much sleep do children need? A guide for parents.

05 Jun 24

Ensuring your child gets a good night's sleep is crucial for their overall health and development. However, many parents struggle to establish effective sleep routines and address common sleep-re..

What is a scholarship? What is a bursary? A guide for parents.

04 Jun 24

If you are interested in an Independent School education for your child, but cannot afford the full school fees, it may be worth considering making an application for a Scholarship or a Bursary. ..

How to find a tutor. The ultimate guide for parents 2024.

03 Jun 24

IntroductionTuition in the UK has grown significantly, with 1 in 4 families now employing a tutor at some point in their child's school career. With so many websites, Facebook groups, Instagram p..

The benefits of one-to-one tuition. A guide for parents.

02 Jun 24

How will my child benefit from one-to-one tuition? Is it worth it? Read this parent guide to find out more. The benefits of one-to-one tuition 1. The tutor can focus on the specific subject..

EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan). A guide for parents.

28 May 24

Recent news headlines report concerns that thousands of children in England are missing out on support as councils fail to meet care plan details. Councils have a legal time limit of 20 weeks to ..

Homeschooling in England and Wales. A guide for parents.

28 May 24

This guide is intended for parents in England and Wales who are considering homeschooling their children. It aims to provide comprehensive information on what homeschooling entails, why parents m..

The year one phonics screening check. A guide for parents.

27 May 24

All Year 1 children in England take the Year One Phonics Screening Check. It is usually taken in June, and this year, it will take place during the week commencing 10th June 2024. The Phonics Scr..

Private School Fees or a Private Tutor? A guide for parents 2024.

26 May 24

Recent headlines highlight a 20% rise in private school fees with the impending addition of VAT. Parents are understandably concerned about the financial implications of such changes. As private ..

Why should I select a qualified teacher for tuition? A guide for parents.

20 May 24

Teacher or tutor? If you are looking for someone experienced and trained to teach, you should select a qualified teacher for tuition. It might sound obvious, but if your tutor has teaching quali..

The Good Schools Guide review of Teachers To Your Home.

16 May 24

The Good Schools Guide met with Teachers To Your Home staff. In addition, 61 clients and 77 tutors have completed an online survey (sent to 911 clients and 455 tutors), and we have followed this ..

Facts about homeschooling in the UK. A guide for parents 2024.

15 May 24

This article provides some facts and a guide for parents in England and Wales who are considering homeschooling their children.Contents:What is homeschooling?Why choose to homeschool?How does hom..

How often does my child need a tutor? A guide for parents.

15 May 24

Common questions we hear from parents are "When should my child start tutoring?" or "How many lessons will my child need?" Somewhat ambiguously, our answer is usually ... it depends!.   ..

How to find the best tutor for your child. A guide for parents.

09 May 24

 With what can seem to be an unlimited number of websites advertising tutors, how do you as a parent, make sure you have found a great one for your child? More and more parents are consideri..

Preparing for GCSE Maths Exams. A guide for parents.

02 May 24

As Year 11 students prepare to conquer their GCSE maths exams, it's crucial to equip yourselves with effective revision techniques that make mastering mathematical concepts not just achievable, b..

How to revise for GCSEs. Top 10 Tips for GCSE Revision

30 Apr 24

"Just believe in yourself. Even if you do not, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will."- Venus WilliamsAs the GCSE exams approach, the pressure to excel can feel overwhelming. However, ..

Do You Know How Brilliant You Are?

22 Apr 24

Do You Know How Brilliant You Are? Once a farmer found an abandoned eagle's nest and in it was an egg; still warm. He took the egg back to his farm and laid it in the nest of one of his hens. T..

Supporting your child preparing for GCSE or A-Level exams. A guide for parents.

18 Apr 24

In this guide, we'll explore actionable strategies, backed by research and expert advice, to support parents in assisting their children in preparing effectively for GCSE and A-Level exams. ..

8 top digital tools for online lessons. A guide for parents.

15 Apr 24

Many great digital tools and platforms have emerged over the past years, as the world has adapted to remote learning. So, we have rounded up some of the best tools used by our teachers designed t..

How do I know if my child needs a tutor? A guide for parents.

15 Apr 24

A report from The Sutton Trust estimates that at least a quarter of all children in the UK receive home tuition at some point in their education (this figure rises to more than 40% of children in..

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A guide for parents.

14 Apr 24

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Exploring the Benefits of 1:1 Tuition Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder see, hear and feel the world differently. If school sometimes feels overwhelming, can..

How to prepare for the 11+ Exam. A guide for parents.

12 Apr 24

This article provides a guide for parents of Year 5 children who want to prepare their children for the 11+ Exam in September 2024 so that they can enter their child into Year 7 at a grammar scho..

How to help my child with reading. A guide for parents.

09 Apr 24

How can I help my child with reading? The single biggest predictor of high academic achievement is reading to children. Not flashcards, not workbooks, not fancy pre-schools, not technology or co..

Safeguarding your child during tutoring sessions. A guide for parents.

02 Apr 24

Many parents opt for tutoring to supplement their child's education. Whether it's to help with academic struggles or to provide enrichment, finding the right tutor can greatly benefit a child's l..

Happy children learn. A guide for parents.

01 Apr 24

In this guide, we will explore various aspects of parenting that contribute to a child's happiness, health, and academic achievements.   Happy Children Learn: A Guide for Parents Raisin..

What makes a brilliant teacher? A guide for parents.

31 Mar 24

The single most significant factor determining the quality of education a student receives is the quality of their teacher. So what makes a brilliant teacher?   Brilliant teachers Teach..

Independent School Entrance Exams for entry in September 2025. A guide for parents.

29 Mar 24

  How do Independent School Entrance Exams work? This blog provides a guide for parents of children looking to enter their child into Year 7 (11+ Entry) or Year 9 (13+ Entry) at an Independ..

Do one thing every day that scares you!

27 Mar 24

An inspirational poem by Baz Luhrmann, 1999 If I could offer you only one tip for the future, it would be to wear sunscreen.The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whe..

How to support your dyslexic child. A guide for parents.

26 Mar 24

Dyslexia affects about a tenth of the population in the UK. This blog provides parents of children with dyslexia with some simple steps to support their child.Supporting your dyslexic childDyslex..

High-quality (and free) educational resources for your family

21 Mar 24

Please explore these resources that can provide a wide range of opportunities for your children. Whether through literature, science or exploration of the arts, these free resources cater for dif..

How to help your child build resilience. A guide for parents.

11 Mar 24

Some children will develop resilience, or the ability to overcome serious hardship, while others will not. Parents being able to understand why some children do well despite early challenges and ..

Preparing for A-Level, GCSE, 13+, 11+, and SATs Examinations. A guide for parents.

10 Mar 24

As a parent, guiding your child through the challenging journey of public examinations can be a daunting task. Whether they are preparing for A-Levels, GCSEs, Common Entrance, 11+, or Primary SAT..

The average child

20 Feb 24

The Average Child  a poem by Mike Buscemi  I don't cause teachers trouble;My grades have been okay.I listen in my classes.I'm in school every day. My teachers think I'm avera..

Mobile phone use in schools. A guide for parents.

19 Feb 24

In an effort to minimize disruptions and enhance classroom behaviour, the government has issued new guidance to schools in England regarding the use of mobile phones during the school day. This m..

Mastering times tables. A guide for parents.

15 Feb 24

This article provides a guide for parents of young children looking to support them in learning their times tables. Mastering Times Tables: A Guide for ParentsEvery parent eventually faces t..

Top parenting tips

10 Feb 24

There are several common factors that parents of successful children have: Parents of successful children teach their children to develop strong social skills, often role-modelling these directl..

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