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11+ entry is assessed through Maths, English and Verbal reasoning exams. There is also a short interview.
13+ entry is through the ISEB 13+ Common Entrance Exams, taken at the end of Year 8, or through the 13+ Academic Scholarship.
There is a growing trend to include verbal reasoning as a part of almost every assessment. Schools use the results as a guide to potential, so it ... (Show me more)
There is a growing trend to include verbal reasoning as a part of almost every assessment. Schools use the results as a guide to potential, so it is worth having a handle on what to expect on the day. Don't believe anyone who says that it is not possible to prepare!
11+: Verbal reasoning (VR) for pre-tests and 11 plus is comprised of up to fifty different question types including, for example, letter and number codes, identifying word endings and beginnings, odd one out exercises, analogies and number sequences. The more practice, the better, as some papers can be long and time management is as much a concern as ability.
13+: Verbal Reasoning (VR) is not usually a requirement for 13+. However, for candidates coming from schools that do not prepare for Common Entrance, they may sit the school's own papers. One of these may well be verbal reasoning.11+13+Find a tutor
English, History, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique
PGCE Teacher Training, QTS, MA History
Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School, extensive private tuition, 2 years as VSO teacher trainer in Nepal
Paul specialises in powering his students towards success in English. He kick-started his career teaching to GCSE and A-Level and has now been in the prep school environment for over 5 years, working at Barnardiston, an excellent and extremely popular Suffolk preparatory school, with close links to the top Cambridge schools. Here, Paul has had particular success in making literacy, notably poetry, more accessible to pupils of all abilities.
He has also tutored pre-test and 11+ English for entrance to the major Cambridge schools. This has included Verbal Reasoning and some interview technique as well as exam strategy. He is used to working with children who do not have English as their first language, accommodating their needs both in boosting confidence for oral communication and in improving their literacy skills ready for exam success.
Paul’s scholarship and 13+ students have won places to top public schools including Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Stowe, Oundle, The Perse, Westminster and Wycombe Abbey. His students have been prizewinners in exams for Rugby school and achieved distinctions in exams at Westminster. Paul has attended Common Entrance courses at Eton, which have served to inform his approach immensely. He has a calm, methodical approach, and is determined on personalising his sessions, tailoring each element to suit the individual needs of his students.
Paul firmly believes that through sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for English language and poetry, he can make a huge difference to students preparing for the literacy demands of Common Entrance and Scholarship papers.
English, Latin, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique
PGCE Teacher Training, Oxford University
Farleigh School, Hampshire; Sherborne Preparatory School, Dorset; Canford School, Dorset; Alleyn’s School, Dulwich College; extensive private tuition
Sophie has 19 years experience teaching English and Latin at leading preparatory and public schools in the south of England. She has extensive knowledge of the transfer process at 13+, having held the role of prep school Director of Studies which involved liaising with senior schools and helping children prepare for interviews as well as overseeing their preparation for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations in all subjects as well as teaching her own. Sophie has prepared scholarship candidates for Eton; Harrow; Winchester; Marlborough; Wellington; Charterhouse; St. Mary’s, Ascot; Cheltenham Ladies’ College and many other public schools. She also has extensive experience of teaching children with learning support needs and was Head of Learning Support at a prep school for five years.
Sophie is in high demand as a tutor. Her students have enjoyed significant successes in their exams this year and this looks set to continue. Parents have been known to return to Prep School Tutor to seek Sophie’s support for their children once they have moved on to senior school, such is the rapport she is able to build with her tutees and the benefit they gain from her tuition. Sophie specialises in unknotting the difficulties that can so easily occur when Latin is taught in larger classes, and then moving forward through the syllabus at a pace that suits the individual. As an English teacher, her methods for helping children to generate ideas and structure longer pieces of writing are, she has been told, used by her students even once they have moved on to university! She also specialises in teaching reading techniques that allow exam candidates to maintain the focus they need to perform well in comprehension papers, even when under the pressure of an exam situation. Sophie has a proven track record of obtaining excellent results for pupils in both her specialist subjects. She does this by breaking down the curriculum into manageable sections, smoothing out any problem areas and reminding pupils frequently of the progress that they have made to boost their confidence.
Sophie has been extensively involved in the preparation of candidates for interviews and selection days at academically demanding public schools, including most of the London day schools; she excels at preparing even the most anxious for interview. She has undertaken considerable research into the different approaches to selection taken by different schools and the sorts of questions they ask. Sophie’s method is to equip candidates with the strategies they need to be able to think calmly under pressure so they can answer taxing questions without becoming flustered. She also works hard to ensure that candidates feel they have plenty to talk about by drawing out their interests and enthusiasms in her encouraging preparatory sessions.
Sophie’s aim as a tutor is to prepare her pupils so well that they approach examinations or interviews fearlessly and embrace both as an opportunity to demonstrate who they are and what they know. She aims to give her tutees a love of learning - and even rigorous assessment - that will last for the rest of their lives.
When not teaching, Sophie enjoys spending time, preferably outdoors, with her husband, young son and their Border Terrier, Rosie. She loves food and growing and cooking her own vegetables. A good weekend away would include a city break (she lives very rurally) with a visit to a great restaurant and a trip to the theatre.
Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique
Qualified Teacher Status, studying towards MEd
Walhampton Prep School, Monkton Prep School & St. Andrew's, Turi (Kenya), Extensive private tuition11+13+
Richard has 16 years experience of Maths teaching in prep schools. He has prepared students for 11+, 13+ Common Entrance and scholarship exams. He also has extensive experience of testing for grammar schools. His most recent role as maths teacher and Head of Boarding gives him a versatile approach to private tuition and he is very strong in empowering and motivating his students. Parents all comment on his positive enthusiasm, unfailing energy and strong commitment. Richard has an excellent manner and has notable successes with a wide range of pupils. He specialises in those children who have dyscalculia and may have gaps in knowledge or are just lacking in confidence.
His first teaching post was straight from university where he ventured to Kenya and taught at St. Andrew’s School, Turi. Leaving the grassy plains of sub-saharan Africa he ventured into the grassy plains of the Cotswolds. Here he taught maths from years 4 to 8, preparing pupils of all abilities to top public schools (Westonbirt, Radley and Marlborough College) and for a number of competitive grammar schools as well. Next was a move onto the city of Bath and a six year period at Monkton Prep School. As a maths specialist, he was tasked with ensuring the children were prepared for success to senior schools (Monkton, Prior Park, Canford, Marlborough, St. Mary’s Calne and King Edwards VI). His recent stint on the south coast at, Walhampton Prep, a well renowned prep school has given him a further 7 years of excellent maths teaching to years 5 through to 8. During this time, he has successfully prepared pupils for 11+, 13+ and Scholarship to some of the top boarding and day schools in the UK.
Richard is well versed with transition from prep school to senior school. He has been the central point of contact in his current school for advising on senior school choices. Richard’s strong holistic background has also led him to be an experienced and knowledgeable pastoral leader. He has extensive experience of teaching children Maths with English as a second language. He also tutors children on interview technique, verbal reasoning, revision techniques and exam preparation.
Richard is well versed in the challenges that young people face in the classroom and his knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication make him a superb tutor.
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique
BSc Honours (First Class), PGCE University of Cambridge
Queen’s College Preparatory School; Private tuition for 14 years11+13+iGCSEA-Level
Juliet comes from a highly academic background with both parents having been professors at Oxford and Cambridge universities. She has also studied at both herself, completing her PGCE at the University of Cambridge. During this time, Juliet was awarded the British Psychological Society prize for the best undergraduate project in the country. She was also awarded a Wellcome Trust Scholarship for research and received a First Class Honours degree.
Juliet taught at Queen’s College Preparatory School in London, a highly sought after independent school for girls, and also has teaching experience at Eton College, Glendower Prep, Garden House, Summerfields, Headington, Tudor Hall and Stafford Prep. Having four young children of her own in the private system, she has also been fully involved in entrance exams as a parent. Her two eldest were awarded academic scholarships.
Juliet has extensive experience with private tuition for 14 years. She has been successful in helping children gain places to major British public schools such as: Rugby, Harrow, Downe House, Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, St Mary’s Calne, Benenden, King’s College and more. Many of these have resulted in academic scholarships and one of her students was awarded six academic scholarships. She has had further success with 11+ entry to highly competitive grammar schools such as Newport Girls, Haberdashers’ Adams, Queen Mary’s and Bishop Vesey’s.
As another string to her bow, Juliet works with children who do not have English as their first language, preparing them for pre-tests and Common Entrance exams. She has provided English courses online to students from Harrow Beijing.
She has helped prepare students for interviews with Heads of School and for assessment days. Her aim is to help the student feel relaxed yet confident in their own abilities and give them the opportunity to show off their talents. She is more than adept in providing advice on exam strategy and revision techniques.
In addition, Juliet has helped students preparing for GCSE and A-Level Biology exams and some have improved by up to four grades.
Juliet has taken recent courses for professional development on Dyslexia, Autism, Special Educational Needs, Bullying Prevention and Child Protection.
Juliet has a calm, methodical approach, which is tailor made for each child. She enjoys helping each student to increase their confidence in their abilities and to succeed in exams. She aims to make the sessions fun and challenging to ensure that each student can perform at their best during school and exams. Many parents have commented that their children may not have liked certain subjects before coming to Juliet or have moved from the bottom to the top set following tutoring. She takes pride in inspiring others towards success.
English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique, ICT
PGCE teacher training
St Paul's Girls' School, The English School, Kuwait11+13+iGCSEA-Level
Jane is a highly experienced teacher and an excellent communicator. She has worked at management level as well as in the classroom both in the UK, including St Paul’s Girls, and in British international schools. Her experience covers Reception all the way through to Year 13 but she specialises in the 11+ Common Entrance exams (100% success) and, more recently, the GL online assessments. She has 20 years experience preparing for examinations for entry to UK prep and secondary schools, as well as schools in the US and the highly competitive international independent schools in the Middle East. She is an expert in eLearning and online tuition having developed her school's eLearning strategy over the past few years.
A recent ISI inspection report mentioned her impact across the school and was particularly impressed by the confidence and independence of the children in terms of finding their own solutions to tasks and by the level of higher-order thinking that they employed. Jane sees the development of these skills as key to exam and general study success.
As well as using past papers and published resources, Jane devises a range of resources to engage pupils and she tailors them to each pupil's needs. She thinks it is important to set tasks into context in order to add another layer of meaning to the work. Jane is adept at breaking down tasks, questions and topics into their component parts and helping pupils to understand their structure. In fact, much work is done in analysing question types and finding both the similarities and differences between papers, believing that, if a child can identify a question type they will more quickly reach an answer.
Jane's last five performance reviews and lesson observations have all been rated 'Excellent' with comments on her attention to detail, diligence and approachability. A senior colleague described her to visitors as an 'inspirational teacher'.
Jane has also been a form tutor over the course of her teaching career, which adds another dimension to teacher pupil relationships. She enjoys developing these relationships and finding out about her pupils aside from their academic progress. Her mixed ability classes include pupils with a wide range of educational needs, and she is accustomed to differentiating in a number of ways: by task, by outcome, assessing for learning and one to one support.
Jane currently works in Kuwait and resides in Wales during the generous international school holidays. The time difference between the UK and Kuwait is just two hours. Her passions are travel, world food, collecting perfume, writing, reading fiction and political biographies, following international politics and movies.
English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique
PGCE teacher training
Handcross Park Prep School, Hurstpierpoint College Prep School, extensive private tuition11+13+
Louise is a dynamic and highly motivating tutor with an addictive enthusiasm for her subject. Having been Head of English at a leading South-East prep school, she has extensive knowledge of both the Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship syllabi, as well as many of the individual entrance exams for the top public schools. With 10 years of teaching experience, she is fully aware of what is needed for students to be successful in SATS, 11+, 13+ and CAS exams, and will work alongside your child to help achieve their goals.
Louise has a proven track record as an excellent English teacher throughout Key Stage 2 & Key Stage 3 and takes into account both the pastoral and academic needs of her tutees, genuinely caring about them as individuals. Her tutees are treated with respect and care which gives them the confidence to achieve well academically; Louise fully believes that confidence in one's ability is often the key to success.
English, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique
English Language and Literature BA, University of Leeds; QTS
Dulwich Prep London, Henry Cavendish Primary School, Kingsdale Foundation, online and face-to-face private tuition.
Phil is an exceptional teacher and communicator, having taught at leading preparatory school Dulwich Prep London for the past 5 years. During his time in the school’s esteemed English Department, Phil taught across Key Stages 2 and 3. He has many years’ experience in preparing students for the 13+ Common Entrance examination and holds a 100% record of success at this level. An impressive number of students have attained A or A* grades under his guidance, many of whom have vastly exceeded expected levels. Phil has prepared students for entrance into top public schools including Eton, Westminster, Harrow, Winchester, Kings Canterbury, Marlborough, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and many others. Phil has worked with high achieving students to prepare them for scholarship awards into such top schools as Eton and Westminster. He has extensive experience in preparing students for the London Day School 13+ examinations, including for schools such as Dulwich College, Alleyn’s, Trinity and Whitgift. Additionally, Phil has taught Year 6 English, preparing students for 11+ pre-test exams. He has a keen understanding of syllabus and requirements across all of these levels.
In 2017 and 2018, Phil wrote and directed the main Summer Term theatre productions at Dulwich Prep - an immersive theatre piece and a full-scale musical, both of which were incredibly well received by parents and pupils alike.
As well as using past papers and published resources, Phil draws upon his wealth of experience and creative ingenuity to devise his own comprehension papers, model writing pieces, worksheets and multimedia presentations. He is passionate about engaging students in stimuli beyond the written word, by using the analysis of film, theatre, photography and art frequently in learning. This gives his students an impressive cultural engagement which sets them apart from their peers in understanding and engagement with the text. It also makes learning a great deal more fun and exciting!
Phil focuses on teaching students structured exam technique whilst also nurturing inspiration and passion for literature. He is passionate about tapping into every student’s full potential, understanding that a child needs to experience individual recognition and belief, in order to thrive. As a result of this approach he has seen students blossoming under his teaching; many students who have struggled with English in the past have discovered a confidence and passion for the subject under his care. Parents have commented that Phil’s teaching has been the “breakthrough” in their child’s learning they have been hoping for.
Phil brings a unique energy and excitement to teaching, aided by his extensive experience as a writer and performance poet. As well as performing across London’s top spoken word venues, his writing has been published in both written and filmic form (www.vimeo.com/shmaya). He is also a keen writer of prose, having written two novels for children and young adults. This passion for performance and the written word spills over into Phil’s teaching as he uses storytelling and poetry to inspire students, as well as guiding them in how to use creative performance skills in order to inspire confidence both in and outside the classroom. His skill as a writer and poet make him an expert in teaching creative writing and poetry analysis in particular.
Phil has a great deal of experience in preparing students for interviews and selection days at the top London Senior Schools, having in-depth knowledge of common interview questions and how pupils should present themselves. His experience as a performer enables him to coach students in the use of body language and vocal technique to help them “stand out from the crowd”.
Phil is a highly organised and motivated professional. He firmly believes that a well-ordered and focused teacher inspires the same attitude and approach in his students. To this end, he plans and prepares every lesson with clear goals and objectives in mind. He is a proponent of individualised learning, creating personal plans for students which include target setting and guidance in learning focus. This approach gives his students a sense of control and progression over their learning, as they begin to realise how far they have come.
Phil’s experience as a form tutor and Head of House gives him excellent interpersonal and pastoral skills. He has worked with students who have specific needs, including those with Downs Syndrome and those on the autistic spectrum, whilst also mentoring children with behavioural difficulties.
These varying facets of Phil’s practice and character set him apart as an engaging and effective teacher who inspires and motivates with great success in a tutoring situation. Tutees under his care gain confidence, skill and a keen sense of excellence. They have fun and discover a new passion for literature and learning due to his infectious energy and unique approach.
Phil has recently moved to Northern Ireland with his wife and two young daughters. In his spare time he enjoys running, eating out and drinking great coffee!
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique
PGCE Teacher Training, TESOL, Postgraduate Forensic Science
Christ Church Cathedral School, Hendon Preparatory School, Milton Keynes Preparatory School, EtonX
Angela is an expert in pre-test preparation to the highly competitive UK private schools. She has an excellent knowledge of the entrance exam requirements for British public schools, including Eton, Westminster, Wycombe Abbey and Sevenoaks. She has worked to prepare children in Maths and Science, through 13+ Common Entrance, 13+ Scholarship and also to success with GCSE particularly in the Sciences. Some students have been boosted from the bottom of their class to the top. Working on their confidence can be the key to see a major improvement in their performance. Angela tailors each lesson to a student's needs and individual learning style. She could not work harder in terms of preparation and dedication and will go to the nth degree to accommodate her students. She is a happy, caring and dynamic teacher who thrives on helping children to reach their goals.
During Angela's NQT year, she had the highly unusual honour of being appointed as a head of department in a London Prep school. During this time she highlighted issues that caused changes in science departments across over 120 schools. She also ran scholarship clubs, booster sessions and gave up her lunches and time after school to help students gain entry to the school of their choice. Parents commented to the headteacher that they had never seen anyone so dedicated to helping the children pass their entrance exams.
She then went on to teach at a prep school in Milton Keynes. Here she ran intervention lessons for children who struggled with English and maths and extension classes for children who were gifted and talented. During her time here, the independent schools inspectors rated Angela as an Excellent teacher(the highest level given to a teacher at that time)commenting that they had never seen such empathy and solicitude in action before. They decided that the care she gave to children meant the children showed greater achievement. In her free time Angela also tutored local children through the local 11+ exams. Gaining families who would want her to tutor their children for many years.
All the previous hard work led to Angela being appointed as head of Science and PSHE at Christ Church Cathedral School In Oxford. Here she taught the children of many Oxford academics, even hosting talks given by some of Christ Church's leading academics to boost the children's career options and interests. Also running a leadership skills club to boost the pupils skills for future life and Interview technique. She helped pupils to gain entry to schools such as Eton, Harrow, Magdalean college school, Radley and Westminster. These also included scholarship places.
Angela then began tutoring children for entrance exams full time. Gaining an indepth knowledge of entrance exams for many of the top schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey, Sevenoaks, Charterhouse and the Perse.
She was also trained by Eton and taken on as a leadership tutor in their leadership course collaboration with EtonX.
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique
PGCE teacher training, CELTA, MBA
Extensive private tuition11+13+GCSEA1A2
Nina is an enthusiastic educator! She loves imparting knowledge to students and really wants to get them interested in the subjects they are learning. Nina’s areas of expertise are in Science and Mathematics where she teaches through Common Entrance and GCSE / iGCSE, through to A-Level. She is also somewhat pro at 11+ preparation. Nina has great experience and detailed knowledge of the requirements for pre-tests, 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and Scholarship exams to the top British public schools. She has taught from Key Stage 2 through to A-level both in schools and as a private tutor.
After completing degrees in Science and Business Studies, Nina worked for many years in Investment Banking and Consulting. She then lived abroad in parts of Europe and South America, where she worked as a teacher. Her interest in teaching and learning then encouraged her to obtain teaching qualifications. Nina has experience of teaching Science, Mathematics, Literacy and English and is patient and sympathetic to the needs of her students. Having lived abroad with children herself, Nina understands the challenges faced by students in different education systems aiming towards entrance to British Schools.
English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique
Cert.Ed, MA in Education, Ofsted inspector
Cayman Prep School and High School11+13+GCSEiGCSEA-Level
Diana is a dedicated teacher who is passionate about achieving excellence in education. She has considerable experience in her field, having worked in education for 25 years, recently gaining her Masters degree in Education from the University of Leeds. Diana taught at a British Prep school in the Cayman Islands, assisting the students with their 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance exams, as well as tutoring them to improve their grades in GCSE and A level. She believes in building the student’s confidence to allow them to become more inquisitive and knowledgeable about their learning. She has considerable experience with students who have dyslexia and ADHD.
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