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Working at greater depth in primary school
Working at greater depth: what it means for your child
How do schools extend children who've mastered the basic curriculum concepts? We take a look at what happens if they're 'working at...
Siblings doing homework
11 ways to handle the academic differences between your children
Making comparisons between our children can affect their self-esteem, so how can we break out of the habit?
Child in classroom
9 habits of smart kids
Want to raise a high-flying child? Here's how to encourage good learning skills that'll set them up for life.
Family homework time
How to help a perfectionist child
We all want our kids to do well at school, but what if they’re setting themselves unrealistic standards? We take a look at the problem of...
Secondary school setting and streaming explained
The parents' guide to secondary school: setting and streaming
All secondary school pupils are, to some extent, taught in ability groups. We explain how setting and streaming works.
Child working in classroom
Setting and streaming explained
Teaching children by ability happens in many primary schools in the UK, but how do setting and streaming work in practice?
Selective and super-selective schools explained
What are selective and super-selective schools?
Places at selective and super-selective schools are highly sought after, with many applicants for every place – but what's the difference...
Supporting your gifted child
10 ways to boost a gifted child's confidence
Being academically gifted can put a strain on your child’s emotional wellbeing, so how can you spot if they’re struggling and build their self-esteem?
Choosing an 11+ tutor
Choosing an 11+ tutor
Every parent wants their child to have the best chance of 11+ success, and choosing the right tutor could be the key. We explain how to find the best...
GL Assessment 11+ grammar school entrance tests explained for parents
GL Assessment 11+ tests explained for parents
It’s one of the main developers of grammar school entrance exams in the UK, but what do GL Assessment’s 11+ tests involve?
Lancashire 11+ guide for parents
Taking the 11+ test in Lancashire
What's involved in the entrance assessment for Lancashire's grammar schools? We have the details.
Yorkshire 11+ guide for parents
The Yorkshire 11+ test explained
Yorkshire has six selective schools, split across three local authorities. Here's what you need to know about taking the entrance tests.
Northern Ireland secondary transfer test guide for parents
The Northern Ireland transfer test: Common Entrance Assessment (CEA)
Since the 11+ was discontinued in 2008, pupils in Northern Ireland have taken a transfer test for grammar school entry. We explain what's...
Surrey 11+ guide for parents
Taking the 11+ in Surrey
Surrey's grammar schools are some of the most competitive in the country. We have the facts you need to know about their entrance exams.
Barnet and Enfield 11+ guide for parents
The 11+ in Barnet and Enfield
Competition is fierce for places at Barnet and Enfield's grammar schools, so what does the 11+ test involve?
Cumbria 11+ guide for parents
Taking the 11+ test in Cumbria
With only one grammar school in Cumbria, we explain what you need to know about entering your child for the entrance test.
Lincolnshire 11+ guide for parents
The Lincolnshire 11+ test explained
With a massive 15 selective schools to choose from, what do you need to know about registering your child for the Lincolnshire 11+?
Liverpool and the Wirral 11+ guide for parents
Taking the 11+ in Liverpool and the Wirral
The Liverpool and Wirral areas have 10 schools that are fully or partially selective. We explain their testing arrangements.
Berkshire 11+ guide for parents
The 11+ test in Berkshire
All the facts you need to know about entering your child for the 11+ test for entrance to the Slough and Reading grammar schools.
Devon 11+ guide for parents
11+ testing in Devon explained
With three separate Local Authorities involved, applying for a grammar school place in Devon can be challenging. We cut through the confusion and...
Essex 11+ guide for parents
The Essex 11+ test uncovered
With 11 schools to choose from, Essex is one of the largest grammar school areas in the country. We explain the testing process.
Dorset 11+ guide for parents
Grammar school 11+ tests in Dorset
We have the facts you need to know about taking grammar school entrance tests in the Dorset area.
The parents' guide to the CEM 11+ test
The parents' guide to the CEM 11+ test
A popular choice for schools and authorities that use 11+ tests, we find out the facts about the CEM assessment and explain what to expect if your...
Trafford 11+ guide for parents
The Trafford grammar schools' entrance tests (11+) explained
If your child is applying for a place at one of Trafford's grammar schools, we have the facts you need to know about the 11+ test.
Wiltshire 11+ guide for parents
Taking the 11+ test in Wiltshire
If your child is applying for a place at one of Wiltshire's two grammar schools, they'll need to sit the 11+. Read on for the facts about...
Hertfordshire Consortium 11+ guide for parents
The Hertfordshire Consortium 11+ test explained
Competition is fierce for places at Hertfordshire's selective schools, so how can you help prepare your child for the 11+ test?
Buckinghamshire 11+ parents' guide
The Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (11+) explained
If you're living in Buckinghamshire, your child will take the Transfer Test to decide which type of secondary school they'll go to – but do...
Warwickshire 11+ parents' guide
The Warwickshire 11+ test explained
With six selective secondary schools to apply for in Warwickshire, we have the details you need about registering your child for the 11+ test.
Redbridge, Essex 11+ parents' guide
Taking the 11+ in Redbridge (Essex)
If you're planning to apply for a place at one of Redbridge Borough's grammar schools, check out the facts you need to know about the 11+...
Gloucestershire 11+ guide for parents
The Gloucestershire 11+ test explained
An 11+ pass is essential if you want your child to have a chance of a place at Gloucestershire's seven grammar schools. We have the facts about...
Bromley 11+ guide for parents
Taking the 11+ test in Bromley
With competition for grammar school places fierce in south east London, we explain the facts about taking the 11+ in Bromley.
Kent 11+ parents' guide
11+: the Kent Test explained
Kent is the largest grammar school area in the UK, with 35 selective schools to choose from. We have the facts about the 11+ test in this region.
Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton 11+ parents' guide
The Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton 11+ test explained
With five grammar schools in the Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton area, we explain the 11+ test procedure that determines whether your child may...
Bexley 11+ parents' guide
The 11+ test in Bexley
Children living in the London Borough of Bexley can sit the 11+ test for entrance to one of the area's grammar schools. We explain the facts...
Birmingham 11+ parents' guide
The Birmingham 11+ test
If your child will be applying to grammar schools in Birmingham, knowing what to expect from the 11+ test is essential. We have all the details about...
Medway 11+ guide for parents
The Medway 11+ test explained
With six grammar schools and one bilateral, we have the facts you need to know about the 11+ test in the Medway area.
Gifted and talented in sport
Is your child a sports star?
Identifying your child as Gifted & Talented in PE and sport will help to make the most of their ability – but Andrew Shields cautions against...
What are triangular numbers?
What are triangular numbers?
We explain what triangular numbers are and how able children in Year 5 or 6 might be taught to use algebraic formula to calculate a triangular number.
What are equations?
What are equations?
We explain what equations are and how children are taught to solve equations in KS1 and KS2, as well as how the topic of algebra is introduced.
Number puzzles
12 great benefits of maths challenges
Maths activities could give your child’s learning a boost in many ways, and help them engage with numbers (and enjoy it!) from a young age. Lucy...

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