When should I start preparing my child for the 11+?

With the May half term approaching and the on set of longer, lazier days, there begins to be a sense of winding down for the academic year. For some parents with children in Year 5, this can be an uneasy truce. The 11+ exams in January of Year 6 can feel like an forth coming shadow, looming ominously over the summer holidays. But perhaps this shouldn’t be the case.

At Bright Young Things we’ve seen fantastic results come from a little-but-often piecemeal approach to study. Allocating just a little time outside school hours, once or twice a week, for a little text book work early on in the year can pay huge dividends. Whether this is simply a case of you and your child going through a couple of pages of an exercise book on Mondays and Thursdays for 45 minutes each time or scheduling once per week sessions with a friendly tutor to work through a past paper or two (you can find ours here) , it can really help take the load off come the Autumn term of Year 6.

Success at 11+ is certainly determined by a student having reached a very competent standard in their English and Mathematics attainment, but there are other factors at play too. Initiative, confidence, time management and organisation are all skills that can be developed as a by-result of a little extra work per week.

In the meantime, have a look at the fantastic workshops Olivia at our Tuition Centre in Harrow is running over half term.

Have a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend,

The BYT Team