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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:54 am 
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Anyone care to share an honest breakdown of their campaign costs

Costs.............................................£
External Tuition * 2 hrs weekly................£1,600.0 (from summer hols leading into Yr5)
Bond Books.........................................£190.0
11+ Vocab Flashcard...........................£52.0 (last minute panic buy)
Work Hard Treats................................£55
Travel.................................................£86.4
Home tuition Materials.........................£50.0
additional Academic visits....................£15.0
Photocopy costs..................................£25.0

Total costs..........................................£2,073.4


Marginal cost per SD point Walsall Actual Vs (Pred) £5.76 Vs (£6.48)
Marginal cost per SD point King Edward Actual Vs (Pred) £awaiting Vs (10.69)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:56 am 
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:lol:

You have too much time on your hands! I wouldn't know where to start...! I know I bought lots of books/practice papers that we never got around to using :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:12 am 
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That's pretty decent PP - you seem to have done well there.

I will put mine close to 8 grand. Will try and put some figures together.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:23 am 
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Hi Petitpois,

You've done remarkably well keeping your costs down! We've spent several hundred pounds on books alone, never mind the external tuition (11+ prep course) costs...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:47 am 
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On seeing your post it made me wonder about how much we have spent, so here's our breakdown which I didn't think was too bad!:

K*** Online Registration £15.00
K*** Monthly Online Tests Payment- July 2014-Sept 2015 £594.00
K*** 4 Mock Exams £195.00
K*** 2 Mock Exam Detailed Reports £30.00
K*** 2 books and Flashcards £30.00
First Past the Post & CGP Books & Practise Tests £81.44
Travel to K*** for Mock Tests £20.00
Printer Ink £40.00
Archery Set for End of Test Treat £150.91

GRAND TOTAL = £1,156.35


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:13 am 
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DD2 took 11+ last year.

Costs:
CGP books £80.00
Flash cards £30.00 - never used and passed them on to friend!
Treats for trying hard £100.00

Total £210.00

Having said that she only scored 213 and scraped in off wait list, so maybe could have done more!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:26 am 
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DS1 took 11+ last year.

Costs:

NIL

Wasn't that clued up on 11+ journey so decided to home tutor 6 months before test (only discovered this forum after getting results). Only used online resources and tests which I didn't pay for. I suppose you could add £10.00 for the use of Ink.

Having said that he only scored 206 and scraped in off the waiting list.

DS2 is taking test next year and we are taking a completely different approach this time round!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:37 am 
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Looking back I don't think I would have wanted to risk not doing the tutoring, but I would not have started till October of year 5, rather than end of year 4. That said it comes down to how far behind on reading and maths they are, so realistic initial assessment is important.

£52 on vocabulary flash cards - prize plonker, for buying them really. With benefit of hindsight if you have a spare £52 go out and buy as many relevant books on the buy 1 get one half price deals, David Walliams, Michael Morpurgo, Harry Potter etc.

On the marginal cost per SD point, I wondered whether if there was enough data posted whether a rough analysis using a correlation co-efficient could be done. Donkeys years since I have done that in anger, but would be fascinating to plot. There must be an optimal sweet point where the returns from extra time / cash diminish massively


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:59 am 
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We spent £35 a week on 1 hour tutoring a week for 40 weeks. Plus £50 for the tutor assessment and £25 for past papers.

Total = £1475.

Plus about £50 on post-exam treats!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:11 pm 
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Petitpois wrote:
Looking back I don't think I would have wanted to risk not doing the tutoring, but I would not have started till October of year 5, rather than end of year 4.


PP - It's always hard to find a happy medium with tutoring and judge what's too little or too much.

Our tutor ran several literacy clubs and each club is really worth the time spent. Initially I cherry picked a few for my son and left others. Then I found that 30 odd kids snapped those clubs in no time at all. The only option I was left with was to call up the tutor and request a place for my son on the ones I missed, because as a parent I didn't want him to miss out on what the others had. It's a difficult one :(


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