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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:37 pm 
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Hi everyone,

I've been reading though all the posts, so much help here! Thanks to everyone who has posted.

We've just started doing some extra work, my DD is just going into year 5, so will be starting 'big school' in 2017. Which doesn't seam very long away after researching all the dates for submissions etc!!

Anyone else getting ready for this journey?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:49 pm 
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Yep my son just started yr5.

Tells me he wants to do 11plus but shows no interest in doing any extra work. He is perfectly capable of he put in the effort.

Have tried 10 minute tests and some reading comprehension but to no avail - aargh


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:22 am 
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Although not everyone's cup of tea, this is where we found tutoring so helpful. We are perfectly capable of teaching our DCs the maths, English (and for DS, verbal reasoning), and there is a lot of material out there to work with. But planning what to do each day/week and getting down to doing it is another matter. And that's before you try to prise DC away from the TV or whatever they would prefer to be doing.

We used group tuition, this meant that there was some structure to the work over the year and we didn't have to plan it, plus homework was set for the week that, whilst not compulsory, there was obviously an expectation that it would be completed.

Left to our own devices I am sure that we would have got very little work done in year, and we may not have ended up where we are, with both DC in the schools they wanted to go to!

May be worth considering?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:30 am 
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Oh great minds.... Already planned his tutoring and he starts on 3rd October.

Thankfully our local primary offers extra help to those considered capable of passing 11 plus too.

Hopefully with this three pronged attack (us, tutor and school) he has a good chance of getting there.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:46 pm 
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Tutoring is great if you have the cash - and can find a good tutor (sometimes harder than finding the cash!). We had a brilliant tutor for DS1, but she has subsequently retired - and that, coupled with the fact that we no longer have any cash, means that I am attempting to DIY with DS2. I am already finding it more stressful this time round due to the increased pressure of DIY'ing - and that's before we've even really got started!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:34 am 
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I feel like my 11+ journey never ends... My eldest has just started at Westcliff Boys, my middle daughter has just gone into year 5 and so will be sitting in 2016. My youngest has just gone into year 3 so at least I can take an 11+ breather in 2017!

My eldest was tutored not because of capability but because I wanted him to get used to exam format reading questions properly etc. Unfortunately the primary school the first 2 are at doesn't really focus on 11+ so we did lots of past paper work ourselves at home too. My youngest has just started at a different junior school where they do a lot more 11+ provision.

Good Luck!!!
Kara


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:37 pm 
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kg309 wrote:
I feel like my 11+ journey never ends... My eldest has just started at Westcliff Boys, my middle daughter has just gone into year 5 and so will be sitting in 2016. My youngest has just gone into year 3 so at least I can take an 11+ breather in 2017!

My eldest was tutored not because of capability but because I wanted him to get used to exam format reading questions properly etc. Unfortunately the primary school the first 2 are at doesn't really focus on 11+ so we did lots of past paper work ourselves at home too. My youngest has just started at a different junior school where they do a lot more 11+ provision.

Good Luck!!!
Kara


I can beat that!! My eldest is year 8 at SHSB, my next is year 7 at CCHS, my next just started in year 5, my next is year 3 and my youngest just started school so our 11+ journey will finish in.....2021/22!!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:14 pm 
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pinkrabbit38 wrote:
I can beat that!! My eldest is year 8 at SHSB, my next is year 7 at CCHS, my next just started in year 5, my next is year 3 and my youngest just started school so our 11+ journey will finish in.....2021/22!!


Only one child left to go, but she is in Year 1, so five years to go until last and final 11+ test! Ds is also in year 8 at SHSB and dd1 is in Yr 6 currently awaiting her results...


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:48 pm 
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and I thought I had it bad!!


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