Year 4

11 Plus Head Start Course – Year 4

This is a unique course to reflect the new format of the 11+ announced in February 2017.

The new CEM exams in Devon require pupils to know year 6 skills and topics by the end of year 5. If your child is very bright and at a high performing primary they will pick up everything they need in our year 5 11+ Prep Course. If you believe they woud benefit from some extra professional input then this is the course for them.

Our year 4 Head Start course introduces pupils to the main CEM subjects: English, Maths and Non Verbal Reasoning  We work on basics and common topics while introducing pupils to the format and style of the CEM exams. In order to help pupils deal with tricky questions and certain themes we have added an element of Thinking Skills and Philosophy into the curriculum. This involves structured group discussions backed up by 11+ exercises. It will help all pupils to become more independent in their learning. Our sessions are fast-moving, interesting and help build pupils’ confidence.

Start date: February 2020 (after half term)

Lessons: One FULL hour per week, term times only. Optional summer holiday classes.

Cost: £21 per hour. We provide all books PLUS juice and biscuits!

Group size: 5 pupils.
Tutors: All tutors are graduates and/or qualified teachers and fully DBS checked.

Does my child need to do this course?
If your child lacks skills or confidence in aspects of English and Maths at school.
If your child is described as ‘Working at or below the National Average’ but you feel they have greater potential.
If your child has experienced significant teacher changes or school disruption in the last two years.
If your child needs to become a more independent learner.

If your child is doing well at school and is described as ‘Working above the National Average.'
If your child is a keen reader, can write well and is confident in Maths.
If your child is in top sets of a primary school that sends 25% of pupils to grammar each year.
If your child is a confident and independent learner.

Groups options are below. Please email me to book. 

I’m happy to chat on the phone but please avoid after school tutoring time (3.30pm onwards). Mondays and Thursdays are good days to ring.

Juli (Chudleigh TQ13 0DD)
Monday 4.15pm (2 spaces)

Louise (Preston TQ3 2LR)
Wednesday 3.45pm (1 space)

Rachel (Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AJ)
Thursday 3.45pm (2 spaces)

Rose (Teignmouth TQ14 8QG)
Tuesday 3.45pm (2 spaces)

Sue (Marldon TQ3 1SJ)
Wednesday 5.15pm (2 spaces)

Tamsin (Colyton EX24 6HP)
Tuesday 4.00pm (2 spaces)



11+ Lessons

Our 11+ group lessons are dynamic, fun and absolutely packed full of new skills and knowledge each week. We teach, interact and discuss for the whole hour to make sure the pupils are fully engaged.

We teach in small groups which enables the children to

  • interact
  • share ideas and
  • formulate individual approaches to work

It also allows for some healthy competition!

We teach the skills and techniques needed, but, over the months, we encourage each child to develop his or her own approach. This will help with lifelong learning well after the 11 Plus is a distant memory.

We find that this increases pupils’ confidence and motivation and they really enjoy seeing themselves make progress every week.

Keeping the size of the group small, also allows for individual attention when needed, helping less confident children as well as those who may be gifted and talented. 

We aim for each child to reach his or her full potential over the year.

'Some magical tutoring happens in setting of three or four pupils - and it can save you a bundle in fees. It won't suit everyone, but it can work well for grammar school exams and other school entrance tests.'                               

Good Schools Guide 

Jane Powell BA(Hons) PGCE, Branstead, Higher Erith Road, Torquay, TQ1 2NQ

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