Preparing for the 11 Plus
One to One 11+ courses
Beaconsfield School of English specialises in One to One courses (private tuition) for the
Buckinghamshire and Slough Consortium 11 Plus tests. The current test provider is CEM, but from September 2018, the 11 Plus Tests in Buckinghamshire will be provided by GL Assessment (NFER).
Our 11 Plus courses are for pupils in Year 5 and cover all three parts of the 11 Plus - Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning. We provide One to One lessons because we believe this is the most effective form of tuition for the 11 Plus. It enables the 11 Plus tutor to identify a pupil's strengths and weaknesses and
to focus on areas in need of improvement.
The 11 Plus lessons are taught by the School Principal, Jeremy Bull. Each lesson is 75 minutes, providing an opportunity to focus on and practise 11 Plus tasks for an extended period. Homework is set after each lesson and is an integral part of the course. Parents support their child by ensuring that homework is completed and that records of work are well organised and maintained.
The academic standard of the 11 Plus test is to some extent aligned to the National Curriculum. To score well in the Verbal Reasoning sections of the test, however, a more extensive knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and syntax is highly desirable.
The 11 Plus course helps pupils develop their knowledge of vocabulary and related study skills. These include:
- understanding the meaning of words in isolation and in context
- understanding the meaning of fixed phrases
- developing the accurate reading of individual words
- developing knowledge of synonyms and antonyms
- developing knowledge of homophones and homonyms
- developing knowledge of idioms and collocations
- developing syntactical awareness
- developing accurate spelling
- recognising vocabulary used in formal / informal contexts
- highlighting pronunciation features
- developing dictionary and other study skills
11 Plus course pupils normally start their 11+ course two weeks after returning to school in September, after settling into the new school year. The 11+ course dates then closely match the Bucks County Council school term dates. There are three 11 Plus course terms at Beaconsfield School of English. These are the Autumn Term, Spring Term and Summer Term. There is also an 11 Plus Summer School in August (please see below).
Scheduled lesson times are Monday - Friday from 5.00pm-6.15pm and Saturday between the hours of 10.00am and 6.00pm. Other times may also be available by arrangement.
We believe it is important for children taking the 11 Plus in September to study in the summer holidays. This is because the 11 Plus is so near the start of the new school year. For this reason, the School provides a 4-week 11 Plus Summer School in August. This course is the final preparation stage leading up to 11 Plus test day. The children study for 10 or 20 hours in all (individual tuition) and the lessons focus entirely on 11 Plus practice tests, consolidation and revision. Scheduled lesson times for the 11 Plus Summer School are Monday - Friday from 10.00am - 12.30pm and 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
The week prior to the course, 11 Plus Summer School pupils study the free Beaconsfield School of English 11 Plus Home Study Course.
The School was delighted that every student who registered for the Summer School in 2016 passed the test.
2017 Summer School Course Dates
w/b Monday, 07 August - Friday, 01 September (4 weeks)
2017-18 Academic Year Course Dates
Autumn Term 2017:
w/b Monday, 18 September - Saturday, 21 October (5 weeks)
w/b Monday, 30 October - Saturday, 16 December (7 weeks)
Spring Term 2018:
w/b Monday, 08 January - Saturday, 10 February (5 weeks)
w/b Monday, 19 February - Saturday, 31 March (6 weeks)
Summer Term 2018:
w/b Monday, 16 April - Saturday, 26 May (6 weeks)
w/b Monday, 04 June - Saturday, 21 July (7 weeks)
11 Plus Summer School 2018:
w/b Monday, 06 August - Saturday, 01 September (4 weeks)
Weekly Fees for the 2016-17 Academic Year (75 minutes per lesson)
11 Plus Course: private tuition - £65 per week
11 Plus Summer School: private tuition - £1,060 (20 hours) or £530 (10 hours)
Fees for the 11 Plus course are payable termly in advance.
Fees for the 11 Plus Summer School are payable in advance.
There is a additionally a one-off Registration Fee of £50. There are no lessons on Public Bank Holidays.
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