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Private Schools provide extra coaching for students to pass 11+ exams

An undercover BBC South East investigation into ten fee paying schools in Kent has revealed that nine out of the ten schools tutored their students in how to pass the 11+ exam. This type of coaching isn’t allowed by the local council to ensure that all students sitting such exams in the area have the same chance of doing well whether they go to a state or private school. But is it only academic ability that is being tested here?

Those who score the highest on these exams are offered places at local grammar schools with supporters arguing that selective schools provide a chance for bright students from poorer backgrounds to get a higher standard of education without having to pay school fees. However, critics say children from wealthier backgrounds have an unfair advantage because they are often coached in school, or attend private tuition.

In fact with social mobility figures in the UK at an all time low many fear that this type of coaching in private schools creates a divide between children from wealthier backgrounds destined for university and good jobs, and children from working-class backgrounds destined for less lucrative roles. The consequences of this early start in the right school can have a long term effect on the make up of society. As we are well aware the worlds of journalism, politics, law and the arts are dominated by those who have studied at elite schools. The school you attend, as well as the network of peers you connect with, can determine the future success of your career.

In light of this many feel that both state and private schools should be allowed to prepare their students for the 11+ exams as they do for any other test, this would be the most obvious way of ensuring a level playing field according to members of Kent council as well as the CEO for the Independent Schools Association. What do you think the best solution is?

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Free 11+ Open Evenings for Parents of Year 4 and 5 children

Do you want to know more about what your child needs to do to pass the 11+? If so why not pop down to one of our free open evenings. We will be handing out a complimentary 11+ fact sheet to help you guide your child through the 11+ process. Here’s what some of our other parents have said about our open evenings:

I didn’t realise just how much preparation was needed from the parent’s side. Mr Patel

My daughter felt reassured talking to someone her age who had been through the entire 11+ process the year before. Mrs Ali

I wish I’d heard about the Learning Hub when my son was in year 4! The methods and skills from the 11+ programme helped focus Amir towards success. Mr Syed

Year 5 Open Evening on the 6th November at 7.30pm. Fully Booked!

Year 4 Open Evening on the 14th November at 7.30pm. Fully Booked!

Additional dates due to popular demand: Year 4: 5th November at 4.30 pm

                    Year 5: 5th November at 6 pm or 9th November at 7.30 pm

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What makes a good tuition centre?

All parents find it difficult to know which tuition centre to choose. Here are the 5 Golden Rules for choosing a good tuition centre:

1. Aesthetically inviting classroom environment. When a tuition centre possesses visually pleasing surroundings, it creates positive impressions for your child. Having to study extra hours outside of school can be a chore for most children so clean, bright and well-maintained classrooms can significantly take away feelings of apprehension and dread when it comes to learning.

2. Comprehensive content and engaging way of teaching. It is always a good choice to go for a tuition centre who employs tutors that know their craft. A good coach demonstrates a deep understanding of your child’s weak subjects by pitching at standards that are relatable to their students’ level of understanding.

3. Open school-home connection. One of the main purposes of enrolling your child in a tuition centre is to keep your son or daughter abreast with their school’s curriculum. Naturally, parents should be kept up-to-date of their child’s learning progress, as well as their homework, and other curriculum-related matters.

4. Healthy socio-emotional learning environment. A tuition centre that employs tutors who have empathy and compassion towards students is a great indication that the faculty is well-run. Tutors must be more patient and encouraging for them to fully unleash their student’s potential.

5. Detailed monitoring of tutees’ progress. Good tuition centres require teachers and coaches to give regular formative assessments of their students, as well as constructive feedback.

What the Learning Hub offers:

1. We’ve invested in our classrooms ensuring they provide an optimal atmosphere for learning.

2. We keep class sizes small, ensuring we give your child the individual attention and support they deserve in order to help them excel academically.

3. Personalised meetings with parents to discuss student progress is only part of the way we partner with parents to ensure our students receive all the help they need.

4. Our dedicated, qualified teachers work on boosting a child’s confidence in the areas they are struggling.

5. We have regular tests in class to ensure students are picking up on the new concepts and skills we teach.

Get in touch to find out more about everything that we offer!

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Is Literacy a problem in the UK?

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How to get your child running back to school!

The summer is now coming to an end for both parents and children. Starting a new school year is a time of new beginnings and a chance to overcome any old habits that may be holding children back. This time of year is often hectic as children must leave behind the freedom of their holidays to enter a more structured system of education. Some children are eager to start back at school, whilst others struggle or lack motivation to re-enter an academic setting. One of the most common factors in a child’s struggle may be that they find the material too easy or too difficult. They may need some academic help but instead of explaining this to their parents they are more likely to act out.

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They might complain about the teacher, act out in class, or talk about how the material is boring. If they miss class, show up late or even complain about a tummy ache or feeling unwell to get a sick note this is often a signal that they are struggling in some way. Often parents think that their child is not paying attention but it happens more when they feel disengaged with a subject.

Is there anything a parent can do to help?

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One way to help boost a child’s confidence can be to engage them in extra tuition classes. The change of setting, pace and approach often helps children to find their feet. In a smaller group, with detailed explanations and the chance to ask whatever questions they want; many children thrive.

Over the past 15 years we at the Learning Hub have helped more than 2000 children succeed in the 11+ exams. An 11+ specialist tuition centre we ensure that academic goals are realised. Student feedback from our 2018 summer workshops:

“My confidence and self-esteem has been boosted like a rocket” – Ritvika, Aged 11

“I have been taught about time management, reasoning techniques and strategies for Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning. I will recommend this to all my friends!” – Marcus, Aged 10

“My teacher was helpful and supportive, explaining the things I didn’t understand so that I improved my marks in the next class” – Safa, Aged 9

If you want you child to be more excited about school then get in touch to find out all that we can offer!

 

 

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Brexit Blues? Children bored at home? Why not try our Summer Camp?

 

Apart from a short vacation abroad or visiting family, children end up spending most of their summertime playing video games, watching TV or using a computer. Past summers will remind you of how bored your children become with all of that extra time they are left alone for. Any work would need to be supervised by you. Do you have the time? Former President Obama has highlighted the effects on children of a summer without learning. Here at the Learning Hub we support those hardworking parents who want their children to experience a fun summer without losing that all important knowledge they have worked hard to get.

“Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

Barack Obama (September, 2010), NBC’s Today Show

 

During the summer many parents struggle with the extra financial costs, as well as the difficulty of trying to keep their children entertained. Here’s our top ten reasons why sending children to our Summer camp will benefit both children and parents!

1. Intensive tuition

2. Improved Grades

3. Increased confidence

4. Parents save Money and Time

5. Develops skills in subject areas that are struggled with

6. Helps to develop social skills

7. An edge over other students when back at school

8. Educational and interactive time away from a Screen 

9. A fun, challenging and engaging environment

10. Making new friends

To find out more:

Summer Camp Booking Form

 

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11+ Mock Exams: Give your child the advantage!

This is the last chance to sit an 11+ mock exam here at the Learning Hub before the real exams for entrance to Grammar and Independent schools for year 5 students begin this upcoming year.

Our papers consist of CEM/GL Assessment to fully prepare students for the actual exams ahead of time as well as allowing them to gain the valuable experience of exam conditions. Students increase their confidence through practice in real exam conditions supervised by qualified invigilators during our exams. This is an opportunity for students to overcome any last minute difficulties and become familiar with the exam procedure.

11+ Results showing the places and scholarships awarded to our students

At The Learning Hub, We prepare children for Grammar and Independent school tests and focus on Numeracy (maths), Literacy (English), Maths, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-Verbal Reasoning. After exams the papers are returned with the scores standardised so that parents and children are able to discuss any issues or gain valuable feedback with our mock exam papers in a meeting with the Headteacher. Our service has a two week turnaround time.

The exams for various schools have changed with competition tremendously high. Statistics show that children who have had practice sitting Mock exams are more:

  • Relaxed
  • Confident
  • Assertive
  • & Average 15% more in the actual paper.

Feedback from both children and parents shows that mock papers help them to overcome their fears of the real 11 plus exams.

Our Final 11+ Mock Exam is on the 5th August 2018 to reserve a place call us on 0208 908 0123.

Detailed focus on preparation during our Summer Workshops

To compliment the above, we are also running Four weeks of Summer workshops. These are intensive courses that provide students with a relaxed, fun setting to receive extra help before the real exams for the 11 plus take place. Our combination of mock exams and summer workshops has helped produce some spectacular results as seen above in our graph of the past eight years.

For more information on our Summer Workshops call us on 0208 908 0123 or send us an email via our booking form below:

Summer Camp Booking Form
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11+ Mock Exams June 2018 Session

11 plus mock exam was successful this weekend. Children were extremely excited and little nervous. The fear of exams is fading away slowly and gradually with each Mock exam.  Children are getting better and more confident but still many small mistakes which can easily take away their only chance to get through.

The Learning Hub 11plus mock exams offer children a unique experience of a simulated Grammar school 11plus exam conditions and excellent for a child’s preparation. Our experience has shown that children become very uncomfortable with the prospect of sitting an exam, especially when in a room filled with strangers. This frequently result in some distress or worry on the child and many good and able children then freeze up whilst doing their 11plus exams, causing them to fail when success was theirs for the taking. By sitting a number of our high quality 11plus mock exams, children are able to become familiar of the exam-type setting, this in turn reduces their worry and stress; allowing them to engage fully.

Two sessions have finished and three more to go (June, July and August) before the actual exam in September.

As we approach the final months of the preparation for the Grammar school exams, The Learning Hub is running its hugely successful 11+ Mock Exams in Maths, English & Verbal Reasoning. Each paper is designed to stretch the child utilising our unique 11plus IQ material to maximise this experience.

The exams for various schools have now changed and the competition increased tremendously. Statistics shows that children who have had experience of taking part in good Mock exams are more:

  • Relaxed
  • Confident
  • Assertive
  • & Average 15% more in the actual paper.

Spoke to few children and parents to get some feedback. It helps them to overcome the fear of 11 plus exam by doing these exams.

Next Mock Exam is on 3rd June 2018 to reserve you place call us now on 0208 908 0123

There is still time for three more sessions to get you ready for your big day.

 

 

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