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Free Stress Management Course for Parents

These days many of us are busy juggling work, parenting, childcare and a multitude of other responsibilities for our families. It can be really challenging trying to fill all of these roles, leading to high rates of stress and anxiety. Trying to cope with stress on your own as well as everything else can be really overwhelming, so we at the Learning Hub are offering a complimentary class, run by NHS professionals, on how to reduce stress and manage your responsibilities in a way that is healthier for you and your family.

Eight out twenty of the most stressful things about being a parent relate in some way to schools whether it’s getting your child to do their homework or ensuring they are on time for their class. In fact this same research shows that most mums and dads feel stressed out for almost 2 hours every day! We will be offering some handy tips on how to negotiate some of these areas with your child to remove some of these anxious feelings and leave parents feeling more at ease with the day to day routines.

If you would like to join us on either of the dates we are running this course, please call and confirm on 0208 908 0123.

Limited places available – book now to avoid disappointment!

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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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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.

alone, black and white, boy

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?

Girls on Desk Looking at Notebook

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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Theresa May and the Revival of the Grammar School: What does it mean for your child?

Recently May’s government announced plans to give £50m to existing grammar schools to increase the number of places for students applying for those in demand places. But what does this mean for a parent planning and preparing their child for the 11 plus entrance exams?

The schools will continue to be as selective as before with a boost in resources if their bids for funding are accepted this September. In fact children will still need to meet the schools standard entry requirements with some schools offering the extra places to children who live out of the area. At a time when such selection criteria is vital the government explains this plan is to increase access for disadvantaged pupils and for these schools to work with local schools to improve outcomes for all pupils and give more families access to a good school place.

Studies show that children with an advantage such as extra tuition often out perform those who sit the exams without the preparation. This can give a child the edge over those others in the competition for the few places each school allocates.

My child is really bright; surely we don’t need to bother with tuition.

Tuition is not simply about learning, it is about overcoming challenges with the support of qualified teachers. It allows students to develop the confidence to realise when they don’t understand a question and learn tools to overcome this issue. Equally the subjective nature of English means often there is no wrong answer; it is more a question of making a good argument. A lesson a week for 12 weeks can help students go up a grade – if they are paying attention. In some ways tutoring is really well supervised revision with a confidence boost. No matter how bright all students can use help finessing their skill set.

How Tuition helps:

  1. Customised lessons tailored to students
  2. One to One teaching gives more time and attention
  3. A choice of tutors
  4. Increased confidence
  5. Help with homework and test practice
  6. More interesting materials and forms of study
  7. Flexible and convenient
  8. Saves time and effort

Compared to large classrooms, with numerous distractions a tuition session is more relaxed, allowing students to take in information, overcome their weaknesses and gain the edge over other students. No matter how bright a child is, the more opportunity for practice and the exposure to a variety of skills will help them to stand out from the crowd and excel.

If you would be interested in joining us during our Summer Camp 2018 please fill in the form below or contact us on: 020 8908 0123.

Summer Camp Booking Form
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Summer Camp 2018 – 23rd July to 17th August

For those parents worried that their children will miss out on vital time to learn during their lengthy holidays we at the Learning Hub are running a Summer Camp! We have four weeks of fantastic courses for children to learn in a fun and well- structured environment. With between 10 to 15 hours of solid tuition every week – this camp is guaranteed top give your child a big push and a constructive break this summertime.

We provide all materials needed for the workshop so you don’t need to buy books or folders. With a strong emphasis on quality teaching we limit each class to 12 students only. Focus is on Maths and English as these are the essential skills the government is campaigning to improve in both children and adults. If you are going on holiday there are flexible options for booking per week should you need this.

To book your interest complete the form below:

Summer Camp Booking Form

 

Alternatively call us on 0208 908 0123!

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Grammar School Places – time to start registering your interest!

For all those parents aiming to get their child into the best possible school we have a handy guide featuring all of the local grammar schools that will be of interest.

One way to support and prepare your child is to enrol them onto our Mock exam preparation course. We have only 3 exam dates left this year so book before they are gone. The first session is an exam to test your child’s knowledge. This is followed by another session which goes through the paper giving children detailed feedback on their errors and tips on how to answer the questions, as well as what to include to get the higher marks.

                                                  Mock Exam Booking Form and Dates

Just click on the school you are interested in below to get more information about 11+ exam dates, admissions procedures and school brochures. All of this information is vital to help ensure that your child gets a place at the school of their choice!

Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School

The Henrietta Barnet School

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School

Upton Court Grammar School

Langley Grammar School

Aylesbury Grammar School (Boys)

Aylesbury Grammar School (Girls)

Beaconsfield Grammar School

Tiffin School

Watford Grammar School for Boys

Watford Grammar School for Girls

The Latymer School

Mill Hill County High School

Chesham Grammar School

Sutton Grammar School

Tiffin Girls School

Herschel Grammar School

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

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