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Private Tutors for the 11 Plus in London and Online

Simply Learning Tuition introduce the highest calibre of private tutors to support your child through their 11 Plus. Every tutor we introduce has a thorough knowledge of 11+ English, Maths and verbal and non-verbal reasoning, and many also have experience working in the UK’s leading independent and grammar schools. To ensure your child fully benefits from 11 Plus tuition, we will only introduce private tutors suited to their personality and learning style. We believe this is the key to unlocking your child’s potential and to giving them the confidence to excel in their exams.

Our 11 Plus tuition is available in-person in central London or online. We can also introduce residential tutors and international tutors to live and travel with you anywhere in the world.

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    Tutors for the 11 Plus

    Sophie Taylor Barthorpe, SLT's Director of Tuition explains what is needed for 11 Plus tuition to be effective. A winning combination of experience and empathy is demonstrated by all the 11 Plus tutors we introduce and every year we are proud to celebrate successful acceptances to the UK's leading senior schools, including Harrow, Eton, Marlborough and many others.

11 Plus Private Tutors

SLT introduces expert 11 Plus tutors to help your child prepare for all parts of the 11 Plus exam. Each of the tutors listed below is known personally by us, and we will take care to match a tutor with just the right character and teaching style to help your son or daughter excel at literacy, numeracy and verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Many of the tutors are also familiar with the particular entry requirements of specific day and boarding schools and will be able to pass on invaluable advice about what the school is looking for.

  • Aisling

    Aisling

    Aisling specialises in Maths tuition from 7+ up to A Level, and is a qualified teacher.

  • Alex G

    Alex G

    Alex specialises in English tuition and is qualified to teach English as a Foreign Language. He can also support with Creative Writing and is a specialist online tutor.

  • Alex H

    Alex H

    Alex is a specialist Maths tutor who works with students from 11+ to Oxbridge level. Additionally, he works with students on their Oxbridge admissions.

  • Alex S

    Alex S

    Alex specialises in English and Maths tuition and has taught many of our home schooled students.

  • Alexa

    Alexa

    Alexa tutors students for entrance exams from 7+ to 13+. She also prepares students for interviews and scholarship applications.

  • Alexander B

    Alexander B

    Alex specialises in Economics, History and English Literature tuition from GCSE to A-Level, including IB tuition. He can also support with 11+ and 13+ Exam Preparation.

  • Alexander D

    Alexander D

    Alexander is a Science specialist, who specialises in Biology tuition. He also supports English and Maths.

  • Alexander S

    Alexander S

    Alexander specialises in varying entrance exams and core GCSE subjects. He also prepares students for Oxbridge applications.

  • Alexandra

    Alexandra

    Alexandra is a qualified teacher with over 8 years experience, who specialises in English and Maths tuition. She also teaches Psychology, German and French.

  • Alice

    Alice

    Alice is trilingual and supports with English, French and Spanish. She also specialises in Psychology tuition for A Level students, and teaches Maths at 7+, 11+ and 13+.

  • Alli

    Alli

    Alli has a DPhil from Oxford in Chemical Engineering and specialises in Maths and Science tuition from 11+ through to A Level.

  • Amin

    Amin

    Amin specialises in Maths and Science tuition, specifically for the 7+, 11+, 13+ and GCSE Examinations.

  • Amy HM

    Amy HM

    Amy is a qualified teacher and specialises in English tuition. She also tutors Maths and prepares students for the 7+ and 11+ entrance exams.

  • Andrea

    Andrea

    Andrea specialises in French and Spanish tuition at GCSE and A Level. She also tutors the 11+ and 13+ Entrance Exams in both English and Maths.

  • Andrea F

    Andrea F

    Andrea taught at one of London's top independent schools and is now a full-time tutor. She specialises in English tuition and has prepared students for many of the UK's most competitive entrance exams in English and Maths.

  • Andrea L

    Andrea L

    Andrea specialises in English and Maths tuition, from Key Stage 1 through to GCSE.

  • Anil

    Anil

    Anil is an Oxford graduate who is highly multidisciplinary teaching a range of subjects including Maths, English, Music and Science.

  • Azeem

    Azeem

    Azeem specialises in Biology, and Medicine tuition. He is very experienced teaching Medical Admissions tests such as the UKCAT/BMAT and GAMSAT, and also teaches Maths at 11+.

  • Baxter

    Baxter

    Baxter is a qualified Maths teacher, and specialises in tuition from 7+ to A Level.

  • Ben D

    Ben D

    Ben has tutored for over 10 years and specialises in English, Maths and Science tuition, including preparation for 11+ and 13+ exams.

  • Beth

    Beth

    Beth is a highly experienced tutor who has worked around the world, specialising in English tuition.

  • Blanca

    Blanca

    Blanca works with students from 4 to adulthood, teaching English, Maths and core curriculum to 11+, Maths GCSE and Spanish and French. She has extensive home schooling and SEN experience.

  • Caitlin F

    Caitlin F

    Caitlin specialises in English for the younger years. She also prepares students for the 7+, 8+ and 11+ entrance exams.

  • Callum

    Callum

    Callum specialises in English and Maths tuition from 7+ up to GCSE, including 11+ and 13+ preparation. He is experienced in teaching children with special educational needs, particularly with English and creative writing.

  • Cameron

    Cameron

    Cameron specialises in Maths for the 11+ and 13+, as well as for GCSE students. He can also provide tuition for French, English and Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

  • Camille

    Camille

    Camille specialises in English Literature and Language. She provides tuition for 11+ and 13+, as well as University entrance exams.

  • Candace

    Candace

    Candace is a highly multidisciplinary tutor, with particular specialisms in Geography, History, Maths, English, Biology and Classics. She also supports with competitive entrance exams, including the 13+ and SAT.

  • Carrie M

    Carrie M

    Carrie teaches English, History, and French, including maths for the 11+, 13+ and UKiset. She also provides mentoring, interview preparation and Oxford applications advice.

  • Charlotte

    Charlotte

    Charlotte specialises in English, she also prepares students for entrance exams as well as teaches French and Maths up to GCSE level.

  • Chris

    Chris

    Chris specialises in Maths and Physics tuition and also has experience with Homeschooling.

  • Christine

    Christine

    Christine is a qualified teacher, who is multidisciplinary but with a particular specialism in Geography. She also has a particularly broad range of experience with SEN students and preparing students for competitive entrance exams in both English and Maths.

  • Claire

    Claire

    Claire is a qualified maths teachers, and also supports with Oxbridge applications.

  • Claire P

    Claire P

    Claire specialises in English and History tuition, as well as 11+ exam preparation for London's top independent schools.

  • Claudia

    Claudia

    Claudia is a highly experienced multidisciplinary tutor, teaching English, History of Art, History, Geography, Religious Studies & Media studies.

  • Dora

    Dora

    Dora specialises in 11+ and 13+ preparation and interview practice. She also has extensive experience tutoring students with SEN.

  • Dween

    Dween

    Dween is a multidisciplinary tutor and Entrance Examination specialist. Additionally, he has a wealth of SEN experience.

  • Ed

    Ed

    Ed specialises in History, Politics and Geography exam preparation from 11+ up to and including A Level. He also prepares students for Oxbridge applications.

  • Edward

    Edward

    Edward's specialist subject is English Literature, he also teaches History and Maths to GCSE and Science to Common Entrance.

  • Elizabeth E

    Elizabeth E

    Elizabeth specialises in English tuition, while also supporting with History, Drama and Maths up to 11+.

  • Emma B

    Emma B

    Emma is an experienced prep school teacher, who specialises in preparing students of 7+ and 11+.

  • Faizel

    Faizel

    Faizel is a qualified Primary School Teacher and has worked in one of London's top Independent Prep Schools. He specialises in Entrance Exam Preparation at 7+, 8+ and 11+.

  • Freddie

    Freddie

    Freddie specialises in English Literature and Language. He also teaches Theology, Ancient Greek and Latin, as well as preparing students for 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry examinations.

  • Gavin

    Gavin

    Gavin has an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in Modern European History and specialises in History tuition up to A Level. He also supports with English and Maths for the 11+ and 13+.

  • George

    George

    George tutors History, English and German. He is also a Common Entrance specialist.

  • Georgina

    Georgina

    Georgina specialises in primary level tuition, including English, Maths and Science while also supporting with 7+ and 11+ exams.

  • Gillian

    Gillian

    Gillian is a highly experienced tutor who specialises in English and Maths tuition, particularly entrance exam preparation.

  • Hanna

    Hanna

    Hanna specialises in English tuition, while also supporting with Entrance Exams, Theatre Studies and Academic Writing.

  • Haris S

    Haris S

    Haris specialises in Biology tuition up to A level, and can support with Maths, Physics and Chemistry at GCSE level.

  • Heather

    Heather

    Heather's specialist subjects are English and Drama. She also tutors Mathematics up to 11+, History and Creative Writing.

  • Helena

    Helena

    Helena specialises in English and History tuition and has supported students with the 11+ and 13+ Entrance Exams.

  • Holly P

    Holly P

    Holly specialises in English tuition and 11+ Exam Preparation. She teaches from Pre-school age and also teaches Maths and Music.

  • Hugh

    Hugh

    Hugh has an MFA in Fine art, and specialises in this and English to Undergraduate level. He also teaches Maths for the 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+ exams.

  • Isabella

    Isabella

    Issy specialises in English Literature and tutors the subject from 11+ up to A Level. She is also experienced in teaching English as an additional language.

  • Jack H

    Jack H

    Jack specialises in English and Maths tuition for students up to GSCE level, including preparation for the 11+ and 13+ exams. He also prepares students for the LNAT exam and supports with Oxbridge applications.

  • James C

    James C

    James is a Maths specialist who also has experience tutoring Physics, Economics, 11+ Entrance Exams and Scholarship Exams.

  • James M

    James M

    James specialises in tutoring towards entrance examinations, in particular 7+, 11+ and 13+. He also supports Oxbridge applications.

  • James S

    James S

    James is a highly experienced English teacher and entrance exam specialist, from 11+ to university applications.

  • Janet

    Janet

    Janet is an Entrance Exam specialist, particularly with Science tuition, and a specialist online tutor

  • Jenny Ha

    Jenny Ha

    Jenny is an English specialist, and also specialises in 7+, 11+ and 13+ preparation, teaching both the English and Maths papers.

  • Jenny S

    Jenny S

    Jenny is an SEN specialist who has a huge range of home schooling experience and supports with English, Maths, Geography, History and Science.

  • Jeremy

    Jeremy

    Jeremy is a Classics graduate from Oxford and specialises in Latin, Greek and English Tuition. He also tutors Maths, Science, French, History and Philosophy.

  • Jess

    Jess

    Jess is a qualified English Teacher and also specialises in SEN support and 11+ Exam preparation.

  • Jessica G

    Jessica G

    Jessica specialises in Psychology tuition and is an AQA Examiner. She also has a strong track record of preparing students for competitive Entrance Exams in English and Maths.

  • Joanna

    Joanna

    Joanna specialises in English tuition, and also supports with maths up to 11+.

  • Joanne

    Joanne

    Joanne specialises in Biology tuition, all Sciences up to GCSE and Mathematics. She also prepares students for entrance exams from 8+ to 16+.

  • Joe E

    Joe E

    Joe prepares students for 11+ and 13+ entrance exams. He also tutors English and Drama at all levels.

  • Julie

    Julie

    Julie is a qualified teacher and specialises in French tuition. She also teaches English.

  • Katherine

    Katherine

    Katherine is a highly multidisciplinary tutor, who supports with a wide range of subjects, including English, Maths, Geography, SAT/ACT, Business Studies and University applications.

  • Katherine B

    Katherine B

    Katherine is a Latin specialist, teaching students up to A Level. She is also highly experienced with 11+ English and Maths tuition.

  • Katie

    Katie

    Katie is an experienced primary school teacher. She specialises in preparing students for 7+, 11+ and 13+. She also provides interview practice.

  • Kieran B

    Kieran B

    Kieran is an Oxford Alumni, specialising in entrance examinations, History, English Language and Literature, and Oxbridge applications.

  • Kieron

    Kieron

    Kieron is a Cambridge Classics graduate, who is highly multidisciplinary. He is also very experienced at supporting students for entry to schools such as Eton College, in both English, Maths and Latin papers.

  • Laura

    Laura

    Laura specialises in English and Entrance Exam tuition. She also supports with Maths, Science and Spanish.

  • Leena

    Leena

    Leena specialises in teaching Maths and Science. She also teaches BMAT, UCAT and entrance examinations.

  • Leia

    Leia

    Leia specialises in Maths, Science and Geography from 11+ up to A Level. She also tutors students in essay writing for University entry.

  • Leon

    Leon

    Leon specialises in English tuition and is an Entrance Exam specialist, teaching from 7+ through to 13+. Leon also teaches essay-based subjects such as History, Geography and Social Sciences.

  • Liam

    Liam

    Liam specialises in English tuition from age 5 up to A level, while also preparing students for 7+, 8+ and 11+ entrance exams.

  • Lizzy

    Lizzy

    Lizzy tutors English, History and Maths. Additionally, she prepares students for the 11+, 13+, 16+ and Ukiset Entrance Exams.

  • Lucinda

    Lucinda

    Lucinda is a French and Spanish specialist, who also supports with English tuition, including tuition for the 11+ and 13+ exams.

  • Lucy FE

    Lucy FE

    Lucy is an English specialist, who can also support with Maths up to 13+ and Latin up to GCSE.

  • Lucy FO

    Lucy FO

    Lucy is an English specialist, who is currently completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge. She also teaches French, Spanish and Maths for competitive entrance exams.

  • Luke

    Luke

    Luke specialises in Maths and Physics tuition. He also teaches Economics, Chemistry, Biology and competitive Entrance Exam preparation.

  • Lux

    Lux

    Lux specialises in Maths and English tuition and is also experienced supporting with the 11+ and 13+ entrance exams.

  • Madelaine

    Madelaine

    Madelaine is a qualified teacher who specialises in English and Maths tuition. She also has a huge amount of homeschooling experience, and experience with students with SEN.

  • Maeve

    Maeve

    Maeve specialises in English tuition up to A level, including 11+ Preparation. She also has a wealth of experience supporting students with SEN.

  • Margaret

    Margaret

    Margaret specialises in English and Maths tuition, with a huge amount of experience with competitive Entrance Exams. She also supports with History.

  • Mariam

    Mariam

    Mariam is a qualified Primary school teacher and specialises in English, Maths and Entrance exams at 7+, 8+ and 11+. She is also a specialist SEN Tutor.

  • Matthew H

    Matthew H

    Matthew specialises in English Language and Literature. He also prepares students for entrance exams and Oxbridge applications.

  • Matthew S

    Matthew S

    Matthew is a highly multidisciplinary tutor, with a particular specialism in Science, English, Maths and competitive Exam preparation, including the 13+, TSA, PAT, MAT and STEP exams.

  • Max

    Max

    Max specialises in English tuition from Pre-school to A Level and has also supported with Entrance exams for students at 8+, 11+ and 13+.

  • Melissa

    Melissa

    Melissa is a qualified Primary School teacher, who specialises in SEN support and teaches English, Maths and Science.

  • Michael

    Michael

    Michael is a highly experienced maths teacher, who also supports with English for 11+ exams.

  • Minnie

    Minnie

    Minnie is a Primary Specialist teaching English and Maths, who has a huge amount of SEN experience. She also supports with Art and School Entrance Exam Preparation.

  • Mutasim

    Mutasim

    Mutasim is a qualified teacher and specialises in Maths, Economics and competitive entrance exam preparation for the 11+ and 13+ exams.

  • Natasha H

    Natasha H

    Natasha has been tutoring for over 5 years and specialises in English Tuition, as well as 7+ and 11+ Exam Preparation.

  • Natasha La F

    Natasha La F

    Natasha is a multidisciplinary tutor, who specialises in Exam Preparation, English and Art. She can also support with Maths, Chemistry and Classics.

  • Natasha S

    Natasha S

    Natasha specialises in English, Philosophy and Theology up to A level, and also guides students through the UCAS and Oxbridge process.

  • Nick

    Nick

    Nick specialises in English and Maths tuition, along with supporting with the 7+, 11+ and 13+ exams and Drama up to A Level.

  • Nick W

    Nick W

    Nick specialises in Maths, English, Geography and History tuition. He also teaches Science at 13+ level and has supported many students with competitive entrance exams.

  • Nicola

    Nicola

    Nicola is a University Lecturer who is highly multidisciplinary, specialising in English, Maths, History and Art History, as well as 11+ and 13+ exams.

  • Nicole

    Nicole

    Nicole specialises in Primary level English and Maths tuition and 7+ Exam Preparation.

  • Nils

    Nils

    Nils specialises in English tuition and is a qualified teacher with over 20 years experience. He has also supported with the 11+ and 13+ Entrance Exams.

  • Noelle

    Noelle

    Noelle specialises in Maths and English tuition for the 11+ and 13+ exams. She also teaches English up to GCSE level.

  • Olivia

    Olivia

    Olivia's specialist subject is English. She also tutors 11+, key stage 3 English, Maths and Science and A-Level Biology. Olivia has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience.

  • Omari

    Omari

    Omari is a highly multidisciplinary tutor, specialising particularly in English and Maths for Entrance Exams from 7+ to 13+.

  • Phineas

    Phineas

    Phineas has been tutoring since 2007. He specialises in Humanities and Languages - French and German. He tutors from 7+ age up to A-level.

  • Rachel

    Rachel

    As a qualified Primary school teacher, working at a top London Prep School, Rachel specialises in English and Maths tuition along with 7+ and 11+ Exam Preparation.

  • Rajiv

    Rajiv

    Rajiv is an Entrance Exams specialist, specifically English, Maths and Science for the 11+ and 13+ exams. He also teaches Science and Latin up to GCSE level.

  • Robert

    Robert

    Robert is a multidisciplinary tutor, who specialises in English, History, Philosophy and Geography. He also specialises in Exam preparation for the 7+, 11+ and 13+, teaching Maths and Science at these levels.

  • Rosemary

    Rosemary

    Rosemary is a multidisciplinary tutor, who specialises in SEN support. She also teaches English, Geography, History, 7+, 11+ and 13+ Entrance Exams.

  • Rupert P

    Rupert P

    Rupert is a qualified teacher, who supports with a wide range of subjects including English and Maths. He has a range of SEN experience.

  • Safie

    Safie

    Safie is a qualified teacher, who specialises in English and Maths tuition. She also has a range of experience with students with SEN.

  • Sally

    Sally

    Sally specialises in exam preparation, with her students receiving offers from top London Day schools. She tutors from 7+ up to GCSE.

  • Samuel

    Samuel

    Samuel is a qualified teacher and highly experienced tutor who specialises in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Study Skills and 11+ preparation.

  • Sara O

    Sara O

    Sara specialises in tutoring GCSE and A-Level Science. She also helps students prepare for Maths 11+ exams and sixth form entrance exams.

  • Sean GR

    Sean GR

    Sean is an online tutor, who specialises in Chemistry and Mathematics. He also supports with Physics and Biology.

  • Sean GT

    Sean GT

    Sean is a mentor and tutor who also supports with Personal Statements and Oxbridge applications.

  • Sean N

    Sean N

    Sean is an English and Maths specialist, while also supporting with Entrance exams, American Standardised Admissions Tests, Science, History, Geography and Music.

  • Shona R

    Shona R

    Shona is a qualified teacher. She specialises in teaching English and maths, including for competitive 11+ examinations.

  • Sophia L

    Sophia L

    Sophia's specialist subjects are Latin and French and she is experienced in teaching 11+ and 13+.

  • Steph

    Steph

    Steph specialises in English tuition, along with Drama and Theatre Studies. She also supports with 11+ Entrance exams, and Drama School Auditions.

  • Thomas H

    Thomas H

    Thomas is a highly multidisciplinary tutor who specialises in Business, Geography and Maths tuition. He also provides academic assessments and teaches English, Economics, and Science.

  • Tom

    Tom

    Tom specialises in English, entrance examinations and Government and Politics. He also teaches the SAT for US admissions.

  • Verity M

    Verity M

    Verity specialises in online tuition, with a particular focus on English, 7+, 11+ and UKiset tuition.

  • Vishal

    Vishal

    Vishal specialises in Entrance Exam Admissions at 7+, 8+, 10+, 11+, 13+ and 16+. He also supports English, Maths and Science up to GCSE level.

  • Wiebke

    Wiebke

    Wiebke specialises in French, English, German, home schooling and 11+.

  • William B

    William B

    William is a Cambridge graduate and highly experienced tutor. He teaches English, Maths, German and Science and has worked with SLT for over 10 years.

  • Xanthi

    Xanthi

    Xanthi teaches Maths, English and Science, specialising in GCSE Maths and English. As a writer, she is well-equipped to teach essay writing and has proven success in this area at a wide range of levels. She also specialises in Philosophy at A Level and above.

  • Zoe F

    Zoe F

    Zoe specialises in the Humanities, English, History and Geography up to year 7, while also teaching Maths up to 11+.

  • Zoe H

    Zoe H

    Zoe specialises in English up to A Level, and also teaches Maths at Key Stage 1 and 2, including 7+, 8+ and 11+ Exam Tuition.

What is the 11 Plus?

The 11 Plus exam, which governs admission to many independent and grammar schools, has been one of the key points in a young person’s life for some 40 years. The 11 Plus is usually taken in the autumn or spring term of Year 6 for students applying to join senior school in Year 7. It typically comprises literacy, numeracy, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, although the assessment often varies by school. Working with a tutor who is well versed in the 11 Plus entry examinations for the schools that you are applying to is paramount.

What does the 11 Plus exam involve?

Although the exact requirements of the 11 Plus vary from school to school, the fundamentals are generally the same. Students are assessed in English, Maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.

The English typically comprises reading comprehension and creative writing. Maths covers the core skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – although many assessments will also include more complex problem-solving questions. The reasoning papers require children to spot patterns in shapes, numbers and language, and to make inferences and draw conclusions based on these.

Many schools still use hand-written 11 Plus papers, though some (such as the London 11 Plus Consortium) have moved to online assessments. But although the format is different, the core knowledge being tested is usually the same.

Why is the 11 Plus exam important?

The 11 Plus is used to select students for entry to schools in Year 7. It is used by selective independent schools, including both senior schools which start in Year 7 and prep schools which have a Year 7 intake. Some boys’ senior schools which start in Year 9 (such as Eton College) also have an 11 Plus assessment as part of their selection process. Finally, the 11 Plus is also used by grammar schools (academically selective state schools).

The vast majority of the most popular independent senior schools are academically selective, so if your child is aiming for one of these, they are very likely to have to pass the 11 Plus to gain entry. Unsurprisingly, the most prestigious and sought-after schools tend to have the most demanding and competitive 11 Plus exams.

How 11 Plus tutoring works

Every 11 Plus tutor will have a slightly different approach, but there are several common principles to sound 11 Plus preparation. The key is to target the specific skills that are tested in the exam.

First, the tutor builds up your child’s core skills in literacy, numeracy, and reasoning. This can be done through a mixture of practice questions and more engaging games and quizzes, which keep children focused and learning effectively. Then, the tutor will integrate past exam practice to familiarise the child with how the exams look, and to enable them to learn exam technique and time management. Finally, they will focus on any remaining areas of weakness so there are no gaps in the child’s knowledge before the real exams. At SLT, all of our 11 Plus tuition is delivered one-to-one so it is completely bespoke to your child’s needs.

A good 11 Plus tutor will be familiar with the requirements of the specific schools your child is applying for, and will be able to tailor their preparation accordingly.

What is the difference between 11 Plus tuition and normal tutoring for specific subjects?

11 Plus tutoring is tailored towards the specific subjects and skills which are assessed for the 11 Plus examinations: English, Maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. The particular skills assessed in the English and Maths components are slightly different (and usually more challenging) than the English and Maths your child will be studying at school, so dedicated preparation is strongly recommended. 11 Plus tuition also teaches children vital exam technique and time management which is not usually covered in standard subject tuition.

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Does my child need 11 Plus tutoring or tuition for specific subjects?

The vast majority of schools only assess English, Maths and reasoning at 11 Plus. If your child is in Year 4, 5 or 6 and struggling in another subject (like Science, History or a modern language) they would likely benefit from working with a tutor for that subject. However, they would not need 11 Plus tuition.

On the other hand, if your child has 11 Plus examinations coming up for entry to senior school, working with an experienced 11 Plus tutor can make all the difference to their preparation. A generalist English or Maths tutor may be able to help a little with the core skills, but the 11 Plus also tests knowledge which is not part of the core school curriculum – this is particularly the case for the more competitive schools. Furthermore, the reasoning papers require specialist preparation as these are not subjects covered in school. Here, there is no substitute for working one-to-one with a tutor with lots of entrance exam experience.

How to prepare for Maths and English papers and reasoning tests

The 11+ English paper can be challenging for most adults, let alone 10-year-olds. It involves composition and comprehension that requires them to be confident about ‘writing from the heart’. In our experience this is where many children – particularly boys – lose marks. An excellent way to improve verbal dexterity is to tell, or read, your child a story and then talk about it afterwards. Get them to describe to you what happened and explain how it made them feel.

For Maths, your child will need to understand the core concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Practising mental maths and times tables, as well as more fun techniques like playing online maths games, can make a big difference.

Some schools claim that the reasoning papers test innate ability and therefore cannot be coached. However, there is no skill which cannot be mastered with practice. Familiarising the child with past questions by purchasing verbal and non-verbal reasoning practice books is vital. If they have not seen this type of question before the exam they will likely be completely thrown. A tutor can approach a wide range of reasoning problems with a child. Even if these exact problems are not on the exam, the student will know how to deal with the unexpected, having practiced methods of thinking and rationalising larger concepts.

Our full guide to the 11 Plus contains more advice and information.

11 Plus past papers and mock exams

Click here to download some general 11 Plus mock exams for English, Maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. These will give an indication of the kinds of questions that are typically asked. Please note, however, that it is important to prepare for the specific schools your child is applying for. Working with an 11 Plus tutor who has previous experience with these schools can often be vital.

  • Our approach to 11 Plus Tuition

    We take a strategic approach to the 11 Plus entrance exam and believe that effective preparation should start at least 12 months before the examination. With many schools insisting on one or more pre-tests, it is important to know exactly what your child will be expected to do and when. We recommend an initial assessment to work out where to focus tuition - or if indeed tuition is required in the first place.  An assessment will allow you to know how realistic your choice of school is - and how far your child is from the pass mark.

  • Why choose a Simply Learning Tuition 11 Plus tutor?

    Tutors introduced by Simply Learning Tuition have been helping students excel at the 11 Plus for over a decade. Because we know every tutor that we introduce personally, we are able to guarantee that the match with your child will be perfect. Tutors recommended by Simply Learning are highly vetted, inspiring and dependable. When you review the tutor’s profile you will be able to see a full list of the schools they have had success with, as well as testimonials from their students.

  • What is the 11 Plus?

    The 11+ exam, which governs admission to many independent and grammar schools, has been one of the key points in a young person’s life for some 40 years. It typically comprises literacy, numeracy, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, although the assessment often varies by school. Working with a tutor who is well versed in the 11 Plus entry examinations for the schools that you are applying to is paramount.

  • When should my child start preparing for the 11 Plus?

    We usually recommend 12 to 18 months of gentle preparation for the 11 plus exam, starting in the Autumn or Spring term of Year 5. However, this really depends on your child and their current attainment levels. Your son or daughter may only need a few hours of exam practice, and a confidence boost, or if there are any deeper learning gaps, or significant obstacles, they might need several months of regular weekly tuition. The good news is that any support focused on the 11+ will pay dividends for your child’s schoolwork.

  • How to prepare for the 11 Plus English paper

    The 11+ English paper can be challenging for most adults, let alone 10-year-olds. It involves composition and comprehension that requires them to be confident about ‘writing from the heart’. In our experience this is where many children – particularly boys – lose marks. The effective and constructive communication of emotions are not usually a strong point at that stage, which is why many boys’ schools work on a 13+ entry system, which boys sit when they are more developed. An excellent way to improve verbal dexterity is to tell, or read, your child a story and then talk about it afterwards. Get them to describe to you what happened and explain how it made them feel. As well as helping them to unlock their emotions, effective story-telling brings a satisfying increase in marks. From our experience, girls tend to have better accuracy, creativity and consistency with punctuation that allows them to achieve better grades on composition papers.

  • How to prepare for the 11 Plus Maths paper

    You need to make sure that your child understands the core concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – and can apply this knowledge under pressure, particularly in problem solving type questions. Their knowledge should be strong and extensive, but flexible. To help your child solidify their knowledge of maths, go over times tables regularly using games, cards and posters. Encouraging them to be alert and thinking outside of the classroom gives you the opportunity to make learning fun!

  • How to prepare for 11 Plus Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

    Some people believe these test innate ability and therefore cannot be coached. However, we believe it is vital to provide opportunities for practice, which is easily done as there are plenty of books on sale. There is no magic to it, but if the child has not seen this type of question before the exam they will likely be completely thrown. A tutor can approach a wide range of reasoning problems with a child. Even if these exact problems are not on the exam, the student will know how to deal with the unexpected, having practiced methods of thinking and rationalising larger concepts.

  • 11 Plus mock exams

    Anything you can do to help your child reduce the natural anxiety they may feel around the 11+ will be a good thing. One of the best things to do is a mock exam. Tutors can organise these for you and they can be fun! Alternatively, you could organise your own by hiring a hall, or going to a house that is unfamiliar to your child, with a group of other children (even better if those children are unknown to each other) and taking a mock test. Keep things formal, give timings and ensure everyone works in silence. Put the pressure on to work fast, and throw in a couple of unexpected questions. The aim is to help children prepare for what happens when things look unusual, and when problems arise. Then go through the papers afterwards to identify strengths and weaknesses. Bear in mind that mark schemes can be hard to understand and may need expert interpretation. Sometimes a composition piece might look good and be spelled and punctuated correctly, but has nevertheless failed to answer the question properly.

  • 11 Plus revision advice

    If there is an iPad in the room while your child is trying to work it can prove an easy distraction between lessons. It is not good to switch from making ‘brain and pen’ connections to computer games because both activities stimulate different parts of the brain.Your child will need to perfect the management of calm retrieval of data. They also need time to absorb information – some downtime to process the work they have completed and to let the information sink in. This is best done if breaks involve a walk or some other exercise.

  • What can parents do to help prepare for the 11 Plus?

    If you find yourself getting nervous, remember the ultimate goal - your child's happiness. With so much riding on the outcome, most parents are quite nervous (as are school heads!).  But it’s vital that you don’t convey this to your child. Aim to be relaxed and detached. Don’t push, just give gentle encouragement and explain that exams are not the be all and end all. Help your child to de-stress by making sure they take regular breaks. Tired children are also easily frustrated, and are unlikely to be able to concentrate. Remember that factors such as parents’ relationship difficulties, financial stress, bullying and illness can all affect a child’s performance in their exam. Try to protect them from the real world as much as you can.

  • 11 Plus exam results

    If your child doesn’t do as well as you expected, don’t take it lying down – appeal! Grammar schools have an established process for this. For independent schools, the decision is entirely discretionary. Generally speaking you are more likely to succeed if you have the support of your child’s head teacher to confirm that the poor performance on the exam day was unexpected. But stay calm; our advice is to accept the result and praise your child for all their hard work. There are plenty of other schools that will be a good fit for your child and with a bit of help you can make a plan to get them back on the road to academic success and emotional well being.

  • "Because of Russell's efforts over half term, Doug's marks in his Common Entrance improved so much! I can't thank him enough".

    Mrs. T, 11+ Preparation

  • "I found Erin to be an excellent tutor. She engages with her student and has a clear understanding as to how best to teach the child using methods they will relate to. Within a very short space if time, Erin understood how my son approached English and Maths and taught him accordingly with various plans and pointers to collect maximum marks. Erin made the whole process of the 11+ simpler and instilled great confidence in my son and the belief in himself. Always well presented, punctual and reliable. We would have no hesitation to recommend Erin to anyone".

    Mrs. G, 11+ Tuition

  • "Doug's marks in his Common Entrance improved so much! Russell remained calm and was just brilliant. I can't thank him enough".

    Mrs. R, 11+ Common Entrance Preparation

  • "James was offered at all 3 schools he sat exams for, including Bancroft's, Forest and Chigwell Schools. He was the only child to do this in his school. We took some time to take this in but have now accepted a place at Bancroft's school for September. Nicolas was great. He bonded with James from the start over a shared love of all things Japanese and got him laughing at the very first lesson. He was experienced with children so was able to be firm and focussed without needing to be heavy handed. James looked forward to his sessions with Nicolas as a fun time with a friend. Nicolas gave honest feedback to both James and I on his progress and this allowed me to support his efforts outside of the lessons. I would recommend him to other parents.I would like to thank Simply Learning for all the support we have received on this journey".

    Mrs. A, 11+ Tuition and Preparation for Bancroft's, Forest and Chigwell

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