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Easter Workshops: Boost your child’s potential!

 

With children facing so many challenges at school, tuition can be that beneficial step to help them cope with unfamiliar workloads or complicated new information. The advantages of private tuition are so well known that most parents now use private tuition.  Learning Hub teachers show students new approaches and methods, as well as how to ’embrace’ any new tasks with which they are faced. Our teachers are able to provide guidance in time management, with which children can better organise their increasingly pressured life.

Our Easter workshops take place over two weeks allowing your child to build up momentum when faced with new or difficult concepts. They will learn effectively over time, practising our tips to success so that by week 2 they become almost second nature. They will benefit from the attention of the teacher as well as becoming motivated by their success throughout the course. For more information call our administration staff on 0208 908 0123.

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11plus Exams and Grammar School Places – London

For people who do not know – Grammar schools are state selective secondary schools ie. they select their pupils by means of an 11plus exam taken by children at the beginning of their school year 6.

Currently, there are 163 grammar schools in England and a further 67 grammar schools in Northern Ireland from the near 3,000 state secondary’s. Wales and Scotland have no state grammar school.

The current government made a ‘u-turn’ on no more grammar schools but left the back door wide open, allowing current grammar schools with their blessings to create extra places.

In brief, in 2009 – 2010 there were 110,600 pupil places in grammar schools with an average population of 690 pupils. Last year, in 2016 – 2017, the state grammar school pupil population grew by 7,600. Based on the average given that calculates to about 11 new grammar schools have been opened or 7600 extra 11plus places being created.

Unfortunately, the increase in spaces has been in the traditional areas where grammar schools are already established and not in other areas where parents are demanding better academic education for their children.

In London, where there is a strong demand, the grammar school population is still relative static and bright children are losing out every year on gaining a place. The impact is difficult to measure but grammar schools’ being academically strong does lead to children attaining excellent GCSEs and ‘A’ levels results. The impact being that these children can then go on to gaining a place at one of the Russell Group of Universities and onto a great career. Something we all want for our children.

Personally, this is a right that all children should have and I personally recommend that everyone should be lobbying their local Member of Parliament and local Councillors to that effect. We do require more state grammar school places and children having a better chance in passing their 11plus exams, no matter what area they live in.

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