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Open Evening – Understanding CEM & GL Assessment 11plus Exams

This is open to ALL parents.

Over the last few years, we have seen significant changes to the 11plus exams around the London and the home counties as schools try to make their papers ‘tutor proof”. This year is no exception as both 11plus boards –  GL Assessments and Durham University (CEM) papers; continue this trend, leaving parents worried and on the verge of anxiety attack. The net effect is many parents are physically coming to our centre with their concerns that their child may not be getting the best tuition and advice.

There is much to say and do but our priority is to ensure that we help as many children as possibly to meet this challenge and get them through the 11plus exams comfortably. As part of this strategy, we are holding two special open evenings this Saturday 10th February, to explain the impact of the changes and what can be done to help. The two meetings are aimed separately to address the concerns of parents whose children in year 4 or in year 5.

Venue: The Learning Hub – Vale Farm Sports Centre, Watford Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA0 3HG

11plus Opening Evening  for Children in Year 4   –   Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm          

11plus Opening Evening  for Children in Year 5   –   Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm          

In order to reserve your place, please call us on Tel: 020 8908 0123, or email us on Please note that due to health & Safety places will be limited.

We all know how important these exams and unfortunately time is running out fast.


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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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Selective or Super-Selective School?

The 11+ Exams are about wishing to enrol your child in a selective or a super selective school. The problem is that most parents do not know the difference and what it requires?

Grammar schools select children on the basis of their academic performance, in particular the 11+ Exam. However, some schools can take in few students on the basis of excellent extracurricular activities, which include excellent performance in music, sports and languages. According to a national figure, almost half of pupils who attain the basic pass mark in the 11+ exams still fail to gain a grammar school place because of the fierce competition.

Although grammar schools are quite stringent in the acceptance of pupils and ensures only the highest achieving students succeed. A Super selective school is even more stringent in their entry requirements and admits just the top few percent of pupils who apply. In some cases pupils may need to score as much as 99 percent in the 11+ to secure a place. Moreover, super selective schools are highly looked upon by people and they receive far more applicants than places available.

Some of the benefits of joining super selective schools are:

  • The schools focus on a particular achievement and create a strong learning environment, in which they help their pupils achieve good results.
  • Children are likely to be with like-minded peers who have a strong attitude to learning and a desire to do well.
  • Children have a wider range of academic subjects to choose from at GCSE and A level, including single sciences, further math’s and more languages.
  • A more traditional approach of education is offered, with firm discipline considered essential.
  • Super-selective in particular pride themselves on their academic results, and many of them have good links with the top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Selection Process?

The majority of selective schools allocate places on the basis of academic ability, assessed by the  11+ exams. This usually combines elements from four main areas: Math, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Subsequently, the chances of your child getting into a selective school depend on where you live. In some areas like the outer boroughs of London, where there are fewer grammar schools, several thousand children regularly apply for as few as 180 places, so places go to the top performers. For example, at Queen Elizabeth’s Boys school and Henrietta Barnet Girls School, on average, only the top performing three per cent of children, get a place. In contrast, areas with more grammar schools, like Buckingham, have a much higher pass rate, around 3 out every 10 child is successful. For super-selective schools, children only stand a realistic chance of gaining a place if they have a near perfect score.

Improving Your Child’s Chance

Although 11+ Exams are designed to be hard to tutor for, and many schools discourage pupils from being tutored, it’s very difficult to get through the test without some preparation. In some areas, and particularly for super-selective schools, there’s a definite culture of tutoring with some children beginning extra-curricular sessions as early as Year 3.

Solid skills are required to prepare a child, this means good tutoring at the very least, by someone who has very good experience and a track record as the child needs to have a good understanding of all the concepts covered in the exam. And remember they only have ONE chance at this. Maths papers, for instance, typically include subjects that your child won’t learn about until Year 6, and as the test is taken at the very beginning of the autumn term, you can’t rely on your child covering them at school. It’s also important that your child is familiar with the format of the paper, and develops good time management skills, as the test usually involves completing a large number of questions in a tight timescale.


The Learning Hub has a long legacy of students being awarded a place(s) at some of the top schools in the country and here are some of the many testimonials, to help you further to make your decision. In fact, we are proud to state that we have many lever arch files to confirm all this.

 ‘We got our son to The Learning Hub, we were really pleased with his progress and his confidence shot through the roof. He is now going to Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School..’ A.P.

‘We opted for the tutoring route and it certainly helped build up son’s skills and confidence.’ J.G.

 ‘We thought it was beyond his reach but The Learning Hub made it happen.’ Mr & Mrs A.

‘The Learning Hub is a fantastic place which I’ve enjoyed. I really appreciate how you have helped me pass my 11+ exams. AA.

‘You’ve helped me when I really needed it and looked after me really well.’ B.

The Learning Hub has a successful 15-year track record in helping over a thousand children being successful in their 11plus exams with many going onto gaining a scholarship. For further information, please contact the centre directly on 020 8908 0123 (Open Tuesday to Saturdays) or send an email to

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11plus Open Evening – Can you afford to miss it!

The Learning Hub is having a special open evening on Tuesday 27th October 2015 explaining what is required for preparing your child for 11plus grammar and independent school exams.

We will be going through:

  • What strategy parents should employ during these important exams
  • What makes a child successful?
  • Benefits of success and rewards in the 11plus

The evening will be presented by Mr Rakesh Joshi MNLP, a recognised expert in the field of 11plus preparation and exams.

The open evening will be at The Learning Hub in Wembley and will focus on schools like Henrietta Barnet Girls Schools, Queen Elizabeth’s (QE) Boys School, Slough Consortium, Tiffin, Watford Grammar Boys & Girls schools along with independent schools like Haberdashers’, Merchant Taylors, North London Collegiate Nottingham and Ealing, and other top schools.

For more details and to book your place for this unique and important evening then contact us on 020 8908 0123 or via our email on

The Learning Hub is based in Wembley, Middlesex and provides comprehensive tuition for children age 6 to 18 in both group and 1 to 1. We tutor children in KS1, KS2, SATs, KS3, GCSE and ‘A’ Levels.


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11plus Exams – Can CEM really make them tutor-proof?

Many schools in the home counties are now dumping the 11plus Exams centred around the GL Assessment papers (formally known as Nfer Nelson) and Bond papers for the ‘new’ CEM type papers which are meant to be tutor-proof. The question now being raised is , ‘Why were so many children and parents alike in tears?’ and ‘Why has the demand for these ‘over-night’ CEM tutors increased dramatically where parents are now paying extortionate fees for their time?’.

The myth of CEM being tutor-proof will remain as such, as The Guardian points out that children from state school seemed to have fared even worse than before. All tests require tuition and when a child is taught the subject matter in an enjoyable environment that child will thrive.

At The Learning Hub, we provide a comprehensive syllabus to suit all type of children and schools. The material contains all aspects of Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning & Non Verbal Reasoning, with the latter being reduce in favour of more English. This redesigning of our courses allows us to bring in more CEM type questions and tests. With it, more regular assessment of the child to ensure their understanding and ability to answer questions in quick bursts is fast and accurate.

Whilst parents are paying extortionate fees for these over-night CEM tutors, the children at The Learning Hub under the guidance of Mr Rakesh Joshi, a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (M.NLP) and a very successful teacher having personally taught over 820 children to a successful conclusion into the grammar school of their choice. He now works systematically with children at our Hub, guiding them and encouraging them to their to end goal of success.

To find out more then The Learning Hub either by telephone on 020 8908 0123 or by email on, 16 September 2014

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11+ Mock Exams – Verbal Reasoning, Maths & English – CEM standard

The exams for various school 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.

The question then arises – ‘How important is the 11plus for your child? If it anything from important or greater; then ring our hotline number – 020 8908 0123 immediately or email us on

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.

Our Mock Exams are unique:

  • Fixed number of children allowed – this ensures quality.
  • Each Mock exam is 1 hour long. Children have 3 papers and are with us for 3 1/2 hours.
  • Our 11+ Mock Exams are conducted under exam conditions comparable to the actual exams
  • Mock Exams are well prepared and correctly organised.
  • Full review of the papers carried out to ensure that the child learns from their mistake.
  • Overview of Good Exam techniques and practice.
  • Papers given back containing child’s detailed scores and correct answers.
  • Open to all students.
  • Recommended by many tutors and tuition centres.
  • Our exams are of the highest quality and used by many private tutors and independent preparatory schools.
  • Builds student confidence
  • Reviewed carried out by uniquely qualified MNLP Head Teacher (Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming)
  • All Staff are CRB checked and qualified.
  • 100% Satisfaction feedback from our customers in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011.
In some areas there are 12 students competing for every place and as demand for grammar school places soars this situation will only get worse. – Give your child the edge!

Benefits of a mock exam

In many areas only one in ten grammar school applications are successful and therefore for thousands of children, securing a sought-after grammar school place rests on that all-important entrance exam.

The Learning Hub 11+ mock Exams offers children a unique experience of simulated Grammar School 11+ exam conditions in the 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 to the examination setting, reducing worry and stress.

The Learning Hub 11+ mock exams will also enable you as a parent to accurately judge how well your child’s preparation is going compared with other children intending to sit the 11+ exams.  It has been proven that 11+ mock exams can provide an extremely accurate indication of the final exam positioning. Multiple mock exams over time will allow a parent to track their child’s progress and fine tune the learning to enable success.

As part of our service, The Learning hub will provide parents of the results comprising of your child’s standardised score, percentage and placement out of the 11+ Mock Exam group for every test.

It has been established that sitting a number of mocks can improve a child’s performance in the Grammar School Entrance Examinations. They’re a fantastic form of practice plus the practice provided is excellent value.

Booking the 11+ Mock Exams

For more details and to book your child for this unique and important experience then contact us on 020 8908 0123 or via our email on

The Learning Hub is Based in Wembley, Middlesex and provides comprehensive tuition for children age 6 to 18 in both group and 1 to 1 format. We tutor children in KS1, KS2, SATs, KS3, GCSE and A Levels.

Here is what some of the children say about our Mock Exams!

‘I found The Learning Hub Mock Exams far more helpful…’ A.G

‘I would recommend other children to take The Learning Hub Exams since it gives a real feel of what the actual exams will look like..’ KM

‘I would recommend it as it build confidence’ KP

‘Helped me to keep calm and help deal with different types of questions and the review helped me understand the  questions..’ MP

‘It made me comfortable with the procedure…’ Anusha

‘I would recommend the mock exams as they have a wide variety of actual 11+ questions, plus they keep it under exams conditions…’ OO

‘The difficulty is quite high, sometimes, it is like a hot, spicy chilli…’ MN

‘Recommend as it gives a strong flavour of the real exams’ SB

‘RECOMMEND, as it also helped to move a level up in school..’ AM

‘I would recommend as it will build their confidence and knowledge of the 11+’ CW

there many many more still to be read,  ‘Why not come and read them all. Then make a decision!’

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11plus Classes for Children in Year 4 Starting in February 2015 – Wembley

Due to overwhelming demand we are now looking to start our new set of classes in February 2015. The classes will comprise of Maths, English and Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning. All parents interested are invited to register their child’s name as soon as possible due to limited spaces.

All children will be fully assessment after which we will place them in the most suitable class utlising our specially written bespoke material to help your child improving quickly.

As ever, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us directly on 020 8908 0123.

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11plus Grammar School Mock Exams – June 2013

The Learning Hub June Mock Exams went very well with the children feeling more positive after the important review. Many children realised the benefit of doing them and appreciated the scale of the task they face.

The exams were based on the CEM style papers as now given by most grammar schools and comprised of three intensive papers – Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning. Each paper was 1 hour long and the intensity helped the children prepare for the actual day.

It was great to hear children telling their parents that they wished to come back for the July Mock Exams as they were learning much from the experience and from the review.

At The Learning Hub, we encourage children to experience our unique and highly respected Mock Exams as they cover all of the core topics. We also have to remembering that in some areas only one in ten grammar school applications are successful and therefore thousands children, securing a sought-after grammar school place rests on passing.

With our simulated Grammar School exams the children experience conditions required to help them in their preparation like; becoming very uncomfortable with the prospect of sitting an examination in a room filled with strangers. At The Learning Hub we have organised five Mock Exams – March 2014, June 2014, July 204, August 2014 and September 2014. All the papers are one hour long and comprise of Maths, English & Verbal Reasoning. We do this as we strongly feel that by sitting a number of Mock Exams, children are able to become familiar with the examination setting reducing any worry and distress. This then allows them to perform at their best September.

With The Learning Hub, your child will be tested against other children and a report provided showing your child’s score, percentage, standardised score and placement out of the Mock Exam group. This will allow you to judge accurately how well their preparation is coming on and what is required to be done. It has been proven that Mock Exams can provide an extremely accurate indication of the final exam positioning and multiple Mock Exams over time will allow a parent to track their child’s progress. This is a fantastic form of practice and excellent value.

For further details, or to book your child for our next Mock Exam,kindly contact us 0208 908 0123

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11plus Appeals – Grammar & Independent Schools Guideline

This time of the year, parents become desperate and emotional as they find their child has not been awarded a place in the school of their choice in the 11plus selective schools exams. Every year there is a proportion of very able children who due to extenuating circumstances marginally fail to perform to the best of their abilities or strangely enough a very small group of children who do qualify for entry, but really are interested in a different school which is oversubscribed.

in this situation, parents for varying different may consider an lodging an Appeal. A very daunting task, especially at a time when one is emotional about the outcome and perhaps conscious of those that have succeeded among the child’s peer group at school or in friend circles.

The 2012 Appeals Code states that admission authorities must allow appellants at least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to prepare and lodge their written appeal.

When preparing the Appeal form, the parents is advised to very closely look at the Grounds of Appeal. For this is the area where most will fail. It is important that the issue(s) are addressed and then stick to it, backing it up with very clear and concise evidence.

Reasons could be:

o Over subscription?
o Non-qualification?
o Maladministration (i.e. did the admission authority make a mistake in the admissions
process and deprive a child that they would otherwise have been entitled)?
o Score Admission Criteria – not reached a score high enough to gain a place?

On whatever grounds you are appealing, you will want to try and compile supporting evidence and present your case coherently in the time allocated.

This whole process can be extremely stressful and is recommended that whatever the reason chosen that the Appeal is filled in properly and emotions kept locked up or out of the way or focus will be lost.

The Appeal form itself is simple but the evidence prepared to enable the panel understand your ground for appeal is crucially important. The panel are operating under pressure as the child did not qualify in the initial round(s) and if everything was proper than your child did not qualify. It is upto the parent to provide conclusive evidence that in their child’s case that things were not proper. The evidence can be in many forms: Hospital and GP records; School report from Headteacher; Distance from School; Flaw in the administration process, etc.

This must be documented clearly and then presented in structured manner so that the child’s reason for appeal is made clear and presented clearly. Some parents hire solicitors who specialise in this but there is no conclusive evidence if this is helpful.

Disclaimer: the information and advice given here is only a guideline and represent only the authors’ view. We acknowledge others might think differently, and parents must undertake their own checks, seeking legal or other independent help where necessary, and satisfy themselves before acting on any such information and advice. Appeal arrangements should be similar throughout the country, but parents must check carefully for any local variations. All procedures should comply with the law and the Department for Education (DfE) Code of Practice on Appeals.

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11plus Open Evening – Wembley and London Home Counties

The Learning Hub is having two open evenings in October explaining what is required for preparing your child for 11plus grammar and independent school exams.

We will be going through – What strategy parents should employ during these important exams; What makes a child successful?; benefits of success and rewards.

The evening will be presented by Mr Rakesh Joshi MNLP, a recognised expert in the field of 11plus preparation and exams.

The open evening will be at The Learning Hub in Wembley and will focus on schools like Henrietta Barnet Girls Schools, Queen Elizabeth’s (QE) Boys School, Slough Consortium, Tiffin, Nottingham and Ealing and independent schools like Haberdashers’, Merchant Taylors, North London Collegiate and other top schools.

For more details and to book your place for this unique and important evening then contact us on 020 8908 0123 or via our email on

The Learning Hub is based in Wembley, Middlesex and provides comprehensive tuition for children age 6 to 18 in both group and 1 to 1 format. We tutor children in KS1, KS2, SATs, KS3, GCSE and A Levels.

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